"Now is the time to take new steps for a comprehensive settlement," Gül said after a two-hour meeting with the TRNC President in Ankara. Talat will travel to the US and meet with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Washington on Friday.
While in the US Talat will also meet with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the author of a reunification plan for Cyprus that collapsed last year after it was rejected by Greek Cypriots in a referendum. Turkish Cypriots overwhelmingly voted in support of the plan.
"The UN can put pressure on the Greek Cypriot side to return to the negotiating table," Talat said.