azovstal: mobilizing team to coordinate evacuation of civilians near Azovstal plant in Mariupol : UN – Times of India

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NEW YORK: The United Nations is currently in talks with Moscow and Kiev to develop a framework for the evacuation of civilians in Ukraine, UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said on Wednesday, adding that their Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is deploying a team mobilizes for the evacuation of civilians near the Azovstal plant of Mariupol.
“Following the agreement in principle between the Secretary-General of the UN [Antonio Guterres] and Russian president [Vladimir Putin]our Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is mobilizing a team on behalf of the UN system to coordinate the evacuation of civilians near the Azovstal plant in Mariupol,” Haq said. “Today we have a follow-up meeting with the authorities in Moscow and in Kiev to develop an operational framework for the timely evacuation of civilians.”
Haq said the United Nations is now “moving things” to some areas in Ukraine to provide assistance.
“We are putting people on the ground and we are in talks with the parties. What we want is to ensure that a ceasefire is respected and that people are transported safely,” he added.





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