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THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL’S REMARKS ON SIGNING OF BLACK SEA GRAIN INITIATIVE

Yesterday, 22 July 2022, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres held a speech in Istanbul at the signing of the Black Sea grain exports agreement: Your Excellency, President Erdoğan, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Today, there is a beacon on the Black Sea. A beacon of hope – a beacon of possibility – a beacon of relief — in a world that needs it more than ever. I want to recognize and thank all those who helped make it happen. To our hosts, President Erdoğan and the government of Türkiye: Your facilitation and persistence have been essential through every step of this process….

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UN Emergency Special Session on Ukraine – The Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ Remarks to the General Assembly

The fighting in Ukraine must stop. It is raging across the country, from air, land and sea.   It must stop now. Russian missile and air bombardments are pounding Ukrainian cities day and night.  The capital, Kyiv, is encircled from all sides. In the face of the continuing attacks, Kyiv’s three million residents are being forced to seek safety in their homes, improvised bomb shelters, and in the city’s subways.   The Ukrainian government has distributed a meaningful number of arms to the population with the stated objective to participate in the defense of the country. According to UNHCR, half…