Extensive settlement talks in Cyprus which was suspended due to the presidential election in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on April 18, will resume on May 26.
The new Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu and Greek Cypriot Leader Demetris Christofias will meet over a dinner at Chataux Status Restaurant in the buffer zone in Lefkosa on Tuesday ahead of talks which would begin on Wednesday.
Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Cyprus Alexander Downer will also participate in the dinner.
Wednesday's talks will start with property issue.
Eroglu's predecessor Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot Leader Demetris Christofias got together 71 times under the extensive settlement talks, which began in September 11, 2008. The last meeting took place on March 30.
The Greek Cypriot side wants to continue talks on the same basis from where they left off with Talat.
Meanhwile, speaking while receiving industrialists at his office, Eroglu said that the TRNC expected the Greek Cypriots to be more understanding.
In the event that an agreement is reached in Cyprus, we will need time and incentives to make the economies of the TRNC and Greek Cypriot administration equal, Eroglu said.
Turkish Cypriots are in search of an agreement with which they can live in honor on these soil. An agreement that would disappear after 3-5 years would not be to the benefit of
the Turkish Cypriots. We need to act accordingly, Eroglu said.
We will continue with the negotiations with the mentality that the Turkish Cypriots will live here forever. We will conduct the negotiations with all good will and efforts for a compromise, Eroglu said.
Meanwhile, answering a question, President Eroglu said that he did not yet receive an official invitation from the United States.