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Cyprus peace talks break off, to reconvene in Geneva Nov. 20

  • A man is photographed through a battle hole in a wall near the UN buffer zone, "Green Line" that divide the Greek and Turkish Cypriot controlled areas in divided capital Nicosia in this eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. The rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus are locked in crucial talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland that will determine whether a peace deal is within reach. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A man is photographed through a battle hole in a wall near the UN buffer zone, "Green Line" that divide the Greek and Turkish Cypriot controlled areas in divided capital Nicosia in this eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. The rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus are locked in crucial talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland that will determine whether a peace deal is within reach. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • A couple walk in front of a wall with graffiti, near the UN buffer zone, "Green Line" that divide the Greek and Turkish Cypriot controlled areas in divided capital Nicosia in this eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. The rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus are locked in crucial talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland that will determine whether a peace deal is within reach. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A couple walk in front of a wall with graffiti, near the UN buffer zone, "Green Line" that divide the Greek and Turkish Cypriot controlled areas in divided capital Nicosia in this eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. The rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus are locked in crucial talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland that will determine whether a peace deal is within reach. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • A view of the Ayia Sofia, or Saint Sofia, with Turkish and Turkish Cypriot breakaway flags between of two minarets as a Greek and Cyprus flags seen from on a pole of a military guard post by the UN buffer zone, "Green Line" that divide the Greek and Turkish Cypriot controlled areas in divided capital Nicosia in this eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. The rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus are locked in crucial talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland that will determine whether a peace deal is within reach. Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots Mustafa Akinci are negotiating in the Swiss retreat how much territory each side will administer under an envisioned federal Cyprus. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A view of the Ayia Sofia, or Saint Sofia, with Turkish and Turkish Cypriot breakaway flags between of two minarets as a Greek and Cyprus flags seen from on a pole of a military guard post by the UN buffer zone, "Green Line" that divide the Greek and Turkish Cypriot controlled areas in divided capital Nicosia in this eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. The rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus are locked in crucial talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland that will determine whether a peace deal is within reach. Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots Mustafa Akinci are negotiating in the Swiss retreat how much territory each side will administer under an envisioned federal Cyprus. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

Cyprus' government spokesman says intensive talks at a Swiss resort aimed at reaching a deal reunifying the ethnically divided island have broken off and will reconvene in Geneva on November 20.

Nicos Christodoulides told The Associated Press on Friday that talks in Geneva will again concentrate on how much territory Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots will administer under an envisioned federation.

Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots, have spent the last five days at the Swiss resort of Mont Pelerin trying to trash out an agreement on territory that would pave the way for a final summit to discuss the pivotal issue of security.

Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup aiming at uniting the island with Greece.