News

Head of Black Sea UN grain deal says ‘food must flow’

FILE PHOTO.  Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme, speaks to the media in Rome, Italy.  October 9, 2020. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
FILE PHOTO. Amir Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme, speaks to the media in Rome, Italy. October 9, 2020. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

ISTANBUL, Oct 31 (Reuters) – The UN coordinator for the Black Sea Grains Initiative said on Monday that civilian cargo ships can never be a military target or hostage and “food must flow” under the deal from which Russia withdrew over the weekend.

Amir Abdulla’s comment on Twitter came after the United Nations, Turkey and Ukraine went ahead with a transit plan. Russia had withdrawn, saying it could not “guarantee the safety of civilian ships” after an attack on its Black Sea fleet.

(Reporting by Daren Butler; edited in Spanish by Benjamín Mejías Valencia)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button