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.