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“We, the Trade Ministers/Heads of Delegation of the signatory WTO Members, have met today at the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva to reiterate our full support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine. We express our deep sorrow at the devastating human losses and suffering caused by the aggression against Ukraine. We thereby reaffirm our support for the resolutions of the UN General Assembly of March 2, 2022 (A/RES/ES-11/1) and March 24, 2022 (A/RES/ES-11/2).
The war is also having devastating effects, including on Ukraine’s economy and ability to trade. The destruction of a significant part of Ukraine’s transport infrastructure, including roads, bridges, ports and railways, is severely hampering Ukraine’s ability to produce, export and import. We are deeply concerned about the consequences of this destruction for Ukraine and world trade, particularly with regard to the supply of international markets with a number of key commodities produced by Ukraine, including agricultural and food products, fertilizers, sunflower oil and critical minerals . We are also deeply concerned by numerous reports of grain looting from Ukraine. These measures are contrary to the principles and values of the WTO.
We emphasize the importance of maintaining open and predictable markets and Ukraine’s ability to trade. In view of this, we strongly condemn all measures aimed at the means of supply, production and transport that Ukraine needs for production and export to the world, including agricultural food. We stress the need to ensure that trade routes, particularly sea routes and ports, are not blocked by threats of force.
The impact on food security is dramatic for those directly affected in Ukraine, but is not limited to Ukraine and its citizens. Ukraine is one of the world’s largest exporters of important agricultural products such as wheat, corn, barley and sunflower oil. It is a key supplier to the World Food Program. The aftermath of the war, including the blocking of Ukraine’s access to the Black Sea, is seriously threatening the food supply of some of the most vulnerable parts of the world, in developing countries. This risks pushing millions of people into food insecurity, compounding the already dire situation caused by COVID-19.
In this regard, we will try to support Ukraine and facilitate its exports. We encourage WTO members to do this in ways that are within their ability, including facilitating the use of infrastructure or facilitating and simplifying customs procedures.
Within our means, we will look for ways to help Ukrainian farmers continue to grow and grow grains and oilseeds that are badly needed for themselves and the world. To the extent that each WTO member is able, we will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to alleviate the suffering of Ukrainian civilians, including ensuring their access to basic goods and services, including food. We will also look at ways to help Ukraine rebuild as soon as circumstances allow.”