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Rival Cyprus leaders to continue peace talks in Geneva

  • FILE- In this Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 file photo, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, left, and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, right, talks as the UN Special Advisor of the Secretary-General Espen Barth Eide, right, looks on as they leave their talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided island, at the disused Nicosia airport inside a United Nations controlled buffer zone in this divided island of Cyprus. A United Nations spokesman says on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2016, the leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus' Greek and Turkish speaking communities will conduct a key phase of reunification talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland next month Nov. 7-11. Aleem Siddique said the talks between Anastasiades and Akinci will focus on how much territory each side will administer under an envisioned federation.  (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

    FILE- In this Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 file photo, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, left, and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, right, talks as the UN Special Advisor of the Secretary-General Espen Barth Eide, right, looks on as they leave their talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided island, at the disused Nicosia airport inside a United Nations controlled buffer zone in this divided island of Cyprus. A United Nations spokesman says on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2016, the leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus' Greek and Turkish speaking communities will conduct a key phase of reunification talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland next month Nov. 7-11. Aleem Siddique said the talks between Anastasiades and Akinci will focus on how much territory each side will administer under an envisioned federation. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, May 15, 2015 file photo, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, left, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, right, and United Nations envoy Espen Barth Eide shake hands after their talks at a UN compound inside the the U.N buffer zone at the abandoned Nicosia airport, in the Cypriot divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus. A United Nations spokesman says on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2016, the leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus' Greek and Turkish speaking communities will conduct a key phase of reunification talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland next month Nov. 7-11. Aleem Siddique said the talks between Anastasiades and Akinci will focus on how much territory each side will administer under an envisioned federation. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, May 15, 2015 file photo, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, left, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, right, and United Nations envoy Espen Barth Eide shake hands after their talks at a UN compound inside the the U.N buffer zone at the abandoned Nicosia airport, in the Cypriot divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus. A United Nations spokesman says on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2016, the leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus' Greek and Turkish speaking communities will conduct a key phase of reunification talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland next month Nov. 7-11. Aleem Siddique said the talks between Anastasiades and Akinci will focus on how much territory each side will administer under an envisioned federation. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 file photo, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, left, and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, right, talk as a guard stands in front of a car after their meeting aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided island, at the disused Nicosia airport inside a United Nations controlled buffer zone in this divided island of Cyprus. A United Nations spokesman says on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2016, the leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus' Greek and Turkish speaking communities will conduct a key phase of reunification talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland next month Nov. 7-11. Aleem Siddique said the talks between Anastasiades and Akinci will focus on how much territory each side will administer under an envisioned federation.  (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 file photo, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, left, and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, right, talk as a guard stands in front of a car after their meeting aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided island, at the disused Nicosia airport inside a United Nations controlled buffer zone in this divided island of Cyprus. A United Nations spokesman says on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2016, the leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus' Greek and Turkish speaking communities will conduct a key phase of reunification talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland next month Nov. 7-11. Aleem Siddique said the talks between Anastasiades and Akinci will focus on how much territory each side will administer under an envisioned federation. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)  (The Associated Press)

A United Nations spokesman says the leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus' Greek and Turkish speaking communities have agreed to conduct a key phase of reunification talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, next month.

Spokesman Aleem Sidiqqui said Wednesday that the talks will take place Nov. 7-11 between Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

He said the talks will focus on how much territory each side will administer under an envisioned federation.

Shifting negotiations abroad is aimed at lowering the risk of leaks undercutting the talks' momentum amid concerns of a backlash by some Turkish Cypriots who may have to relocate.

A 1974 Turkish invasion in response to a coup aiming to unite Cyprus with Greece resulted in the island's division.