I thank the briefers for their candid statements.
Again we’re here to discuss consequences of Russia’s own illegal war against its neighbour, and fellow UN Member State, Ukraine. This war is a blatant violation of international law, and the very principles of the UN Charter- which we have all committed to uphold.
In addition to the enormous- and steadily increasing- loss of human lives and the grave humanitarian consequences for Ukrainians- this war increases the risk of an imminent global food shortage.
The detrimental effects of Russia’s illegal war are being felt far beyond Ukraine. With devastating consequences for the millions of people already facing hunger. The negative impact of this war on global food security is clear.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the reason why the supply of Ukrainian grain to global markets stopped- with undeniable and direct consequences on the global food supply. Exacerbating shortages, and causing the high prices we are now seeing. Russia’s war of aggression is affecting us all.
Grain from Ukraine is also critical for the World Food Program, and other humanitarian actors responding to increasing humanitarian needs across the globe.
It is vital that the Black Sea Grain Initiative is fully implemented and continued.
We trust that the parties’ commitment to the agreement will continue, and we call on Russia to lift its suspension in order to minimize the impact on the populations that depend on these shipments.
It is essential to keep a transportation line open to secure food for the world's most vulnerable people and countries.
In July we were encouraged to see that the parties were able to negotiate this critical agreement to allow for the resumption of exports from “the global bread-basket” Ukraine, and food and fertilizer from Russia.
The Security Council called the agreement “a beacon of hope” and “multilateral diplomacy in action”. And we are pleased to learn about UN’s plan for a movement plan, to keep vessels moving.
Norway continues to support the SG’s efforts for dialogue and mediation between the parties – to further the grain agreement. And when the time comes, we will stand firmly with the UN in the efforts to build and sustain peace.
Including the full restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity with its internationally recognised borders.
Let me conclude by reiterating that Norway does not, and will not, recognise any illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory. This includes the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol.
We remain steadfast in our commitment to international law, and Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.