United States – AFP
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths will travel to Turkey on Monday to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Includes Ukraine and Russia.
Griffiths told a news conference in New York that the panel could meet at any time to discuss humanitarian issues, such as a ceasefire, safe corridors and those assigned to evacuate civilians.
Griffiths indicated at his conference that he would arrive in Turkey on Wednesday for a two-day visit, without specifying when he would meet with the Turkish president.
But after the announcement, his team reported that Griffiths had tested positive for the “Govit-19” infection, forcing him to postpone his trip to Turkey to an unspecified date.
On Sunday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres held a telephone conversation with Erdogan.
Griffiths visited Moscow in early April, then traveled to Kiev in an effort to carry out a humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine, and put forward a number of plans aimed at facilitating humanitarian operations in Ukraine.
Guterres admitted on Wednesday that a ceasefire in Ukraine was not possible at the moment.
On Monday, Griffiths insisted that Moscow had not placed local ceasefire agreements above its priorities.
He stressed that Ukraine greatly welcomes the UN proposals, “but we have not yet received such a response from Russia.”
Griffiths pointed out that Kiev had adopted the idea of a so-called Humanitarian Liaison Committee comprising Ukraine and Russia under the United Nations. Formed. The Deputy Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs has stated that he intends to visit Russia after Turkey.
He pointed out that one of the problems currently facing the establishment of humanitarian routes is that the two sides sit in the same room and do not exchange accusations when things come to hand.
He said Turkey was “more involved” in efforts to evacuate civilians from the city of Mariupol through a naval operation aimed at evacuating about 800 people.
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