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Official: US to help overcome Cyprus peace talks snags

  • In this Tuesday, July 12, 2016, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland waves to the media as she arrives for a meeting with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidential palace in capital Nicosia in the ethnically divided island's. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has asked US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland to convey to the Turkish side the need to resolve “substantial disagreements” on specific aspects of sharing power in an envisioned federation. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    In this Tuesday, July 12, 2016, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland waves to the media as she arrives for a meeting with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidential palace in capital Nicosia in the ethnically divided island's. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has asked US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland to convey to the Turkish side the need to resolve “substantial disagreements” on specific aspects of sharing power in an envisioned federation. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Tuesday, July 12, 2016, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland arrives for a meeting with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidential palace in capital Nicosia in the ethnically divided island's. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has asked US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland to convey to the Turkish side the need to resolve “substantial disagreements” on specific aspects of sharing power in an envisioned federation. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    In this Tuesday, July 12, 2016, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland arrives for a meeting with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidential palace in capital Nicosia in the ethnically divided island's. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has asked US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland to convey to the Turkish side the need to resolve “substantial disagreements” on specific aspects of sharing power in an envisioned federation. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

Cyprus' government spokesman says the United States is willing help both sides overcome key hurdles holding back progress in talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically split island nation.

Nicos Christodoulides told state radio Wednesday that Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades asked U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland to convey to the Turkish side the need to resolve "substantial disagreements" on specific aspects of sharing power in an envisioned federation.

There are also disagreements on how to handle private property lost after Cyprus's division in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup aiming at union with Greece.

Anastasiades also told Nuland Turkey must "tangibly demonstrate" its stated desire for a peace deal.

Negotiations between Anastasiades, a Greek Cypriot, and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are in their 14th month.