Turkish, Greek leader to meet at dinner ahead of talks

Turkish Cypriot presidency said Tuesday it wants to quicken pace of UN-backed reunification talks with Greek Cypriots.

Turkish, Greek leader to meet at dinner ahead of talks

Turkish Cypriot presidency said Tuesday it wants to quicken pace of UN-backed reunification talks with Greek Cypriots.

In a statement, office of the President Dervis Eroglu of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said that it was positive on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's recent Cyprus report.

It said the Turkish Cypriot side sincerely supports the goal to get a result in talks this year.

"Mr. Secretary-General has also pointed out the importance of timeline. Turkish Cypriot side wants accelerated pace of talks," the statement said.

Reunification talks in Cyprus which was suspended due to the presidential election in 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 a restaurant in the buffer zone in Lefkosa later in the day, 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 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.


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