Greek leader hosts dinner for Turkish Cyprus President

Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias hosted dinner in honor of President Dervis Eroglu of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and his wife Meral Eroglu.

Greek leader hosts dinner for Turkish Cyprus President

Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias hosted dinner in honor of President Dervis Eroglu of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and his wife Meral Eroglu on Tuesday.

UN Secretary General's Cyprus Special Envoy Alexander Downer, Spokesman of United Nations Peace Forces (UNFICYP) Rolando Gomez and his wife, as well as special representatives of the leaders and their spouses attended the dinner.

On July 28, Eroglu hosted Christofias and his spouse at a dinner at his house in Lefkosa.

"Not easy"


Downer said that solution of Cyprus issue was not easy.

Speaking to press following his meeting with Eroglu and Christofias, Downer said the leaders were scheduled to meet on September 3,7, and 10, noting that the meeting on September 3 would be normal and the others would be daylong.

Downer said the parties would again discuss "property" issue, and commenting on a question he said use of the HQ of the UN Secretary General's Special Representative for intensive talks was not possible.

Referring to the visits of the leaders to foreign countries in September, Downer said Christofias would travel to Brussels to attend Council of Europe meeting and to New York for UN General Assembly meeting. Downer said Eroglu would also have a busy agenda in September.

Downer said it would be better if the parties act slowly to prevent any mistake on property issue, noting that acting hastily only to complete quickly would not be a right approach.

"There needs to be an agreement and it needs to be implemented successfully," Downer said, noting that the U.N. was pleased that Christofias and Eroglu remain "very committed" to achieving an agreement.

The last time Eroglu and Christofias came together was on August 10.

"Not a choice"

Turkey's ambassador in Lefkosa said on Tuesday that everything had been said in Cyprus negotiation process.

Speaking at a TV program broadcast by the Turkish Cypriot TV channel BRT, Turkish ambassador Kaya Turkmen said Cyprus talks had been going on for years and the process had reached a breaking point nowadays.

Turkmen said a solution should be found to the Cyprus matter until the end of 2010 and the Greek Cypriot party should be convinced on the issue.

Turkmen also noted that Turkey would not give up on Cyprus for its EU membership process. "I do not believe that Turkey has to make a choice between Cyprus and EU," he said.

Commenting on relations between Turkey and TRNC as well, Turkmen said both countries might have made mistakes in their relations throughout the process in Cyprus, however, necessary lessons should be drawn from such acts.

"Despite all criticisms, TRNC is a success story," the ambassador said, adding that Turkish Cypriots had done nothing to deserve embargoes.



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