The UN is considering the possibility of extending and expanding the “grain corridor”. This became known during the session of the UN General Assembly, which took place on October 10. Reminder: the validity period of the agreement, which was concluded for 120 days through the mediation of the UN, on the possibility of exporting Ukrainian grain, ends at the end of November.
The President of the UN Assembly, Csaba Kőrösi, highly praised the work of the “grain agreement”, with the help of which about 6 million tons of grain were exported. During his speech, he stated: “We will act together for the full implementation of vital food supplies from Ukrainian ports.”
UN Secretary General António Guterres and his team are working to extend the “grain initiative” for a year. “The Secretary General and his team are conducting intensive negotiations on these issues. Mr. Guterres and the team are working hard on the expanded Black Sea Grains Initiative,” said UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.
The UN Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, tweeted that the world cannot wait. “The opening of the Black Sea route is our best choice for overcoming global hunger,” he said.
The issue of continuation of the Grain Corridor is also raised by the European Business Association. They appealed to the UN and Turkey to extend the term of the “grain agreement” and to include the Mykolayiv port hub in the list of ports.
As of October 10, 309 ships with a cargo of 6.9 million tons of grain and by- products left Greater Odesa ports since the start of the Initiative. The share of Asia, Africa, the Middle East and other non-EU countries is 52% of the volume of all products sent by Ukraine during the operation of the Corridor. The share of wheat for these regions is 66%