Jean-Claude Juncker: Geneva talks could be ‘last chance’ for Cyprus’ reunification

The effort beginning in Geneva on Thursday could be the “last chance” for the reunification of Cyprus, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday.

“The time has come for the reunification of the island,” Juncker said in a press conference with Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat in Valetta, where he was present for the official launch of Malta’s stint in the EU’s six-month rotating presidency.

He expressed hope that the talks on Cyprus will have a happy outcome within the next days and hours, repeating that the leaders of the island’s two communities were doing “excellent work”. The European Commission president said he had discussed the issue on Wednesday with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and also noted his own “personal interest” in the Cyprus issue, saying it was his “duty” to be present during the talks.