A United Nations envoy says the leaders of ethnically split Cyprus will meet no fewer than six times this month as they take a more hands-on role in reunification talks.

Espen Barth Eide said Friday that this intensified phase of the negotiations aims to "seek mutually beneficial solutions" on issues where differences remain.

Cyprus was divided into a breakaway Turkish Cypriot north and an internationally recognized Greek Cypriot south in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup aiming at union with Greece.

Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have met 10 times since talks resumed in May after a months-long pause.

The two have made progress on economic matters, governance and power-sharing under an envisioned federal state, and on property lost during the war.