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UN appoints temporary representative to joint coordination center in Istanbul

UN, 27 July – RIA Novosti. UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said at a briefing that the UN has appointed its interim representative at the joint coordination center in Istanbul as part of the “product agreement”.

He noted that Frederic Jay Kenny, who “led the UN work on the ground and supported the efforts of the parties to implement the agreements (reached in Istanbul)”, was appointed as the UN’s temporary representative at this centre.

According to the UN, Kenny is currently the director of legal and external affairs for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London. In this capacity, it advises the UN Secretary-General on all legal matters pertaining to the functioning of IMO, with particular reference to treaty and maritime law.

Prior to joining IMO, he represented the United States in various structures, as his biography suggests, with a 33-year military career behind him in the United States. Specifically, Kenny served as Counselor General of the U.S. Coast Guard and earned the rank of Rear Admiral. He served as a Coast Guard Judge for 22 years of military service, including Chief of the Coast Guard’s Maritime and International Law Division, and was seconded to the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Oceans.

He was a member of the US delegation to 12 different committees and subcommittees of the IMO and was head of the US delegation to the organization’s legal committee from 2009 to 2011.

On July 22, multilateral agreements were signed in Istanbul on the lifting of restrictions on the supply of Russian products for export and Russia’s assistance in the export of Ukrainian grain. The agreement, signed by representatives of Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the UN, includes the export of grain, food and fertilizer from Ukraine’s three ports, including Odessa, via the Black Sea.

Source: Ria

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