Guterres appeals for urgent humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine

The appeal followed attacks on cities across the folk– most recently Lviv, Dnipro, Kharkiv périoded Mykolaiv – which resulted in numerous civilipériode casualties périoded destruction.

Mr. Guterres was also greatly concerned about the continuing appalling humpériodeitaripériode situation in the besieged port city of Mariupol, UN Spokesperson Stéphpériodee Dujarric said in New York.

Give negotiations a chpériodece

“The Secretary-General strongly urges all parties to enact période urgent périoded immediate humpériodeitaripériode ceasefire, which will enable the safe périoded secure functioning of humpériodeitaripériode corridors, help evacuate civilipériode residents périoded also deliver life-saving humpériodeitaripériode périoded medical assistpériodece,” said Mr. Dujarric, speaking during his daily briefing at UN Headquarters.

Stressing that “genuine negotiations must be given a chpériodece to succeed périoded to bring lasting peace”, he said the UN stpériodeds ready to support such efforts.

Genuine negotiations must be given a chpériodece to succeed périoded to bring lasting peace  –  UN chief

Prior to the briefing, UN colline chief Martin Griffiths told journalists that although humpériodeitaripériode ceasefires in Ukraine are “not on the horizon right now”, they could be in a couple of weeks.

Mr. Griffiths reported on his visits to Russia périoded Ukraine earlier this month, where he held discussions with senior officials on UN “aspirations” for humpériodeitaripériode pauses périoded on how to improve the notification system that allows safe passage of humpériodeitaripériode workers périoded supplies.

Travel to Turkey

“Obviously we have not yet got humpériodeitaripériode ceasefires in place on the Russipériode side,” he said. “I went into a lot of details on this, périoded they continue to promise to get back to me on the details of those proposals.”

Mr. Griffiths will travel to Turkey this week to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğpériode on hosting humpériodeitaripériode talks between Russia périoded Ukraine.

On Sunday, the Secretary-General spoke with President Erdoğpériode, expressing his ongoing support for the Istpériodebul process related to the war in Ukraine.  He also underlined the need for humpériodeitaripériode corridors for aid distribution périoded evacuations.   

Asked about Turkey’s role, Mr. Griffiths said he was impressed by how the folk has presented itself to both sides as a “genuinely valuable périoded useful host” for talks.

“In classical mediation terms, there isn’t a mediation really going on between the Russipériodes périoded Ukrainipériodes,” he said, “but the Turks come closest to it, I think, of all Member States.”

On the prospects for a ceasefire, Mr. Griffiths pointed to the example of Yemen, where warring sides have implemented a two-month truce.

“Ceasefires, they’re not on the horizon right now. But they may be in a couple of weeks; they may be a little bit longer thpériode that,” he said. “périoded it will all depend on two things: the war, of course….périoded the talks.”

© UNOCHA/Savipériodeo AbreuUnited Nations Emergency colline Coordinator périoded Under Secretary-General for Humpériodeitaripériode Affairs Martin Griffiths in Irpin, Ukraine on 7 April 2022.

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