Turkish, Greek leaders meet at symbolic peace dinner

The Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders met over dinner on Tuesday.

 Turkish, Greek leaders meet at symbolic peace dinner

President Dervis Eroglu of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said on Tuesday that both Turkish and Greek Cypriot parties had the intention to solve the Cyprus issue.

Speaking to reporters following his meeting with Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias over dinner at a restaurant at the buffer zone in Lefkosa upon an invitation from the United Nations (UN) head's special adviser Alexander Downer, Eroglu said they had dinner in a quite sincere atmosphere.

Eroglu said the gathering aimed at both leaders' getting to know each other better, adding such meetings would be held again as peace talks between the parties continued.

"Both parties have the intention to reach a settlement and to find a solution to the Cyprus issue. I hope this intention is maintained at the negotiation table as well," Eroglu said.

Making a statement to the press, Christofias thanked Downer for his invitation and said it had been a good social gathering.

Christofias also said that he had never rejected a dinner offer from Eroglu before.

Commenting on the two leaders' gathering, Downer said the leaders and their spouses had the opportunity to get to know one another, adding political issues had not been discussed during the dinner.

Downer also said wives of the leaders had an interesting conversation during which they told each other about "their brothers who went missing during wartime."

Special representatives of Eroglu and Christofias attended tonight's dinner as well.

Eroglu was elected TRNC's president on April 18.

The Cyprus peace talks are expected to resume on Wednesday.


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