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Brussels, 20 January 2012

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, from 22 to 24 January in New York

"I warmly welcome the initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to convene this meeting with the leaders of the two Cypriot communities in New York.

The meeting with the Secretary-General offers both leaders the opportunity in this important phase of the process to show the necessary political will, vision and determination and use this unique opportunity for reunification in Cyprus. I share the assessment of the Secretary-General that a window of opportunity currently exists and that an agreement is possible.

The two leaders and the United Nations can continue to count on the European Commission's full support of their efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement. All Cypriots, the European Union and the entire region will benefit from a united Cyprus."

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