The interim coordinator for the Black Sea grain deal says the program is off to a “good start.”
Frederick Kenney, interim coordinator for the UN at the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) for the Black Sea initiative, says there has been no illegal contraband found in any of the shipments of grain from Ukraine.
Kenney spoke by video link from Istanbul to UN reporters in New York.
He praised the deal members for cooperating, highlighting Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, and the UN in keeping the 120-day deal working successfully.
Kenney said Wednesdsy saw the most shipment traffic, adding that three ships were coming out of Ukraine and two were outbound.
He reported getting many phone calls from prospective shippers interested in participating, but said the grain arrangement is in its “early days.”