Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat said on Tuesday reaching a settlement in Cyprus would take time.
"We need to see how things work out to overcome certain problems (regarding talks between Turkish and Greek parties). Our goal is to reach a comprehensive settlement," Talat told reporters after his meeting with Lynn Pascoe, UN under-secretary general for political affairs.
Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias agreed late in March to resume negotiations aiming at a settlement of the Cyprus problem, and their envoys later agreed to set up a number of working groups and committees in an initial attempt to lead the way for substantial talks.
Talat said he turned down an invitation by Pascoe to bring the two leaders at a dinner later in the day.
"I will not be there, for so many reasons," Talat said.
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