UN envoy says Cypriot leaders implementing "three baskets model"

Other News Materials 13 November 2008 16:55 (UTC +04:00)

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat's meeting with Greek Cypriot administration leader Demetris Christofias on Thursday has ended.

The leaders made no comments to the press after their meeting that lasted 2.5 hours in the buffer zone in Lefkosa, reported World Bulletin.

This was the 8th time the two leaders met under the full-fledged talks aiming at finding a permanent solution to the Cyprus issue. On Thursday, the leaders began discussions on the judiciary.

The full-fledged talks were launched on September 11. In their previous seven meetings, the leaders discussed administration and share of power. They first handled authorities and then negotiated federal administration.

Making a short comment on Thursday's meeting, U.N. Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus Alexander Downer said that the two Cypriot leaders gained a good momentum which should be preserved.

Downer said that the next meeting of the two Cypriot leaders would take place on Monday, November 17 at 16.00 hours during which the mechanism to overcome deadlocks would be handled.

Alexander Downer said that the two Cypriot leaders were implementing a "three baskets model" in the negotiations.

According to Downer, one basket consists of differences, another consists of topics on which there is agreement and the third basket consists of issues on which an agreement is hard to reach.

"The Cyprus problem is a complex one. Negotiations in the island will continue in 2009. There is no need for the leaders to meet more frequently," Downer also said.