Europe

Rival Cyprus leaders map out intensified peace talks

The rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus are meeting to take stock of where things stand in reunification talks ahead of an intensified phase of negotiations aiming at a peace deal by year's end.

President Nicos Anastasiades, a Greek Cypriot, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are meeting at a U.N. compound Wednesday to outline the points the agree and disagree on before launching the stepped-up talks.

Anastasiades said this would help make talks more productive by focusing efforts on tackling disagreements in forging a federation.

It's their first meeting after Anastasiades paused the talks over a perceived bid to diplomatically upgrade the island's breakaway Turkish Cypriot north.

A Turkish invasion in the wake of a 1974 coup aiming at union with Greece carved Cyprus along ethnic lines.