Greek Cyprus leader refuses Turkish dinner proposal

Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias has turned down Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu's proposal for a dinner at his residence.

Greek Cyprus leader refuses Turkish dinner proposal

Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias has turned down Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu's proposal for a dinner at his residence.

Writing a letter to Christofias last week, Eroglu invited the Greek Cypriot leader to a dinner at his residence, officials from the President's office of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) told AA on Monday.

In his reply to Eroglu's invitation, Christofias said such a gathering would not be practically possible ahead of the two leader's upcoming meeting on May 26.

Christofias also said that it would be better if the UN organized such a gathering at the buffer zone, adding dinner organizations at residences could be held in the long-term.

Commenting on the statement of Christofias, Eroglu said, "I made the invitation in order to help us understand each other better".

Noting that they would have the chance to get to know each better at the negotiation table, Eroglu said he hoped the ongoing negotiations would be concluded and a permanent settlement would be reached until the end of the year.

Extensive settlement talks in Cyprus, which were suspended due to the presidential election in TRNC on April 18, will resume on May 26 with the meeting of Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias at the buffer zone in Lefkosa.

Eroglu's predecessor Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Christofias got together 71 times under the extensive settlement talks, which began on September 11, 2008. The last meeting took place on March 30.


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