Statement on Cyprus
In a statement ahead of the meeting of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, Christofias and Eroglu, on 30-31 October in New York, President Barroso said: "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." He added that "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."