Juncker commented on the upcoming talks on Cyprus: this is the last chance

The negotiations on Cyprus, which will be held on January 12 in Geneva, would be the last chance to normalize the situation. This was stated by the head of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker at a press conference in connection with the official transfer of the Malta presidency of the EU Council for the next six months.

“I really think that this is the last chance to normalize Cyprus”, – he said.

The EC President said that hopes for a positive outcome of the upcoming talks. “The time has come to unite the island. I hope that the Cyprus talks in Geneva will end tomorrow in a positive way,” said Juncker.

As reported, January 12, will be held at the conference on Cyprus with the participation of the guarantor countries (Greece, Turkey and the UK), as well as delegations of the European Union. The completion of the conference to be announced. It will be held at the level of foreign Ministers.

Cyprus is divided along ethnic lines since the Turkish military invasion in 1974 year provoked a coup supporters of annexation of the island to Greece. As a result of military operations under Turkish control was approximately 37% of the territory, which in 1983 was founded the so-called self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Turkey is the guarantor of North Cyprus, the southern part of the island remained under the control of the Republic of Cyprus, populated mainly by Greek Cypriots. Direct intercommunal talks on reunification are conducted under the auspices of the United Nations for several decades.