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Cyprus leaders to map out stepped-up peace talks on June 8

  • Cyprus' President Nicos Anasatsiades, center right, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, center left, before joining Greek and Turkish Cypriot children at Ledras palace crossing point in divided capital Nicosia in east Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Thursday, June, 2, 2016. Anastasiades and Akinci met with 100 fifth-grade Greek and Turkish Cypriot students - 50 from either community - to underscore their commitment to reaching an accord that will reunify the island. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Cyprus' President Nicos Anasatsiades, center right, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, center left, before joining Greek and Turkish Cypriot children at Ledras palace crossing point in divided capital Nicosia in east Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Thursday, June, 2, 2016. Anastasiades and Akinci met with 100 fifth-grade Greek and Turkish Cypriot students - 50 from either community - to underscore their commitment to reaching an accord that will reunify the island. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cyprus' President Nicos Anasatsiades, right, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci shake hands before joining Greek and Turkish Cypriot children inside the UN controlled buffer zone at Ledras palace crossing point in divided capital Nicosia in east Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Thursday, June, 2, 2016. Anastasiades and Akinci met with 100 fifth-grade Greek and Turkish Cypriot students - 50 from either community - to underscore their commitment to reaching an accord that will reunify the island. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Cyprus' President Nicos Anasatsiades, right, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci shake hands before joining Greek and Turkish Cypriot children inside the UN controlled buffer zone at Ledras palace crossing point in divided capital Nicosia in east Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Thursday, June, 2, 2016. Anastasiades and Akinci met with 100 fifth-grade Greek and Turkish Cypriot students - 50 from either community - to underscore their commitment to reaching an accord that will reunify the island. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cyprus' President Nicos Anasatsiades, left, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci stand with Greek and Turkish Cypriots children, inside the UN controlled buffer zone at Ledras palace crossing point in divided capital Nicosia in east Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Thursday, June, 2, 2016. Anastasiades and Akinci met with 100 fifth-grade Greek and Turkish Cypriot students - 50 from either community - to underscore their commitment to reaching an accord that will reunify the island. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Cyprus' President Nicos Anasatsiades, left, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci stand with Greek and Turkish Cypriots children, inside the UN controlled buffer zone at Ledras palace crossing point in divided capital Nicosia in east Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Thursday, June, 2, 2016. Anastasiades and Akinci met with 100 fifth-grade Greek and Turkish Cypriot students - 50 from either community - to underscore their commitment to reaching an accord that will reunify the island. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

Cyprus' rival leaders have agreed to meet on June 8 to map out the next phase of stepped-up talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided island by year's end.

Thursday's announcement by the island's Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots Mustafa Akinci formally ends a diplomatic spat that briefly put negotiations on ice last week.

Anastasiades called off a scheduled meeting with Akinci last week over what he saw as an attempt to diplomatically upgrade the Turkish Cypriots when Akinci appeared at a heads of state dinner during a May 23rd U.N-sponsored summit in Istanbul.

The two leaders made the announcement after attending an event bringing together 100 fifth-grade students from either side of the divide.