UN chief stresses Ukraine’s agricultural production must be available on international markets again

Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General

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# 11 May 2022 15:52 (UTC +04:00)

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that Ukraine’s agricultural production must be available on international markets again, APA reports citing CNN.

Speaking at a news conference in Vienna with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Guterres stressed that the “senseless war” in Ukraine “is causing massive devastation, destruction and suffering in the country,” with a vast impact on Ukraine’s “food, energy and finance”.

“Food security is an especially deep concern and was the focus of my recent meetings in Moscow and Kyiv," Guterres urged.

"We need quick and decisive action to ensure the steady flow of food and energy and open markets, by lifting export restrictions, allocating surpluses and reserves to those who need them and addressing food price increases to calm market volatility."

Guterres went on to say these additional challenges were coming off the back of the pandemic, further escalating “inequalities and insufficient resources for recovery”.

“To rise to these challenges, we need to raise our ambition and act together with greater urgency,” Guterres said.

Regarding the possibility of peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, Guterres said: "This war will not last forever. There will be a moment in which the peace negotiations will be on the table.”

"It’s not on the immediate horizon, but one thing I can tell you: We will never give up," he added.

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