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The Secretary General of the United Nations Organization, António Guterres, proposed this Tuesday in his meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, the creation of a Contact Group with Russia and Ukraine to guarantee the effectiveness of the humanitarian corridors in the area of conflict.

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“I proposed the creation of a Humanitarian Contact Group that unites the UN, Russia and Ukraine, to search for the possibilities of opening safe humanitarian corridors with a local ceasefire to guarantee that they are really effective,” he said during a conference of press alongside Lavrov.

Guterres acknowledged the existence of “a crisis in Mariupol, where hundreds of thousands of civilians require humanitarian aid, many need to be evacuated.”

“The UN is ready to mobilize all of its human and logistical resources to save the people in Mariupol,” he said.

During a meeting with the Russian foreign minister, Guterres stated that: “We are deeply interested at this time in doing everything possible to end the war in Ukraine as soon as possible, and doing everything possible to minimize the suffering of the people and reduce the impact on vulnerable groups in other parts of the world.

Similarly, the secretary general stated that the UN is preparing to find “ways to create conditions for an effective dialogue, for a ceasefire as soon as possible, create conditions for a peaceful solution.”

However, the Portuguese diplomat asserted that the international system is experiencing “a complex situation in Ukraine, with different interpretations regarding what is happening there.”

Likewise, Guterres expressed his concern regarding the repercussions of the conflict in other latitudes of the world where the prices of raw materials, food and fuel have risen sharply.

After the meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister, the secretary general will hold a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, according to the United Nations statement.

The agenda of the head of the UN has scheduled for this Thursday a meeting with the president and the foreign minister of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky and Dmitri Kuleba respectively, where he hopes to take “urgent measures to achieve peace in Ukraine and the future of multilateralism based on in the Charter of the United Nations and international law”.

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