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Brussels, 28 October 2011
Statement by President Barroso ahead of the meeting of UNSG Ban Ki-moon with the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, Demitris Christofias and Dervis Eroglu, on 30/31 October in New York
I warmly welcome the initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to convene the upcoming meeting in New York with the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus.
After more than three years of settlement talks time has come to close all outstanding core issues. All Cypriots and the European Union will benefit of a united Cyprus.
The European Commission expects the New York meeting to produce tangible results, paving the way for the final phase of the process.
I am following very closely the whole process. I would like to call on both leaders to grasp the opportunity to reach a comprehensive settlement now. The two leaders and the United Nations can continue to count on the European Commission's full support for their historic endeavour.