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Divided Cyprus' rival leaders agree to restart stalled talks

  • Passenger are seen through the windows of a bus during heavy rain in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway northern part of the divided capital Nicosia in Cyprus, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Passenger are seen through the windows of a bus during heavy rain in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway northern part of the divided capital Nicosia in Cyprus, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • An elderly Cypriot man sits on a bench with a sign reading  "Peace" near a main checkpoint in Ledras street in divided capital Nicosia in this eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci agreed to meet in Geneva next month in a four-day summit to decide on the key issues of territory and post-settlement security arrangements. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    An elderly Cypriot man sits on a bench with a sign reading "Peace" near a main checkpoint in Ledras street in divided capital Nicosia in this eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci agreed to meet in Geneva next month in a four-day summit to decide on the key issues of territory and post-settlement security arrangements. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man visits a part of  the "Green Line" as he's stands in front of barrels and sandbags that block a road from the Greek Cypriot south to the Turkish Cypriot in the North near a main checkpoint in Ledras street in divided capital Nicosia in this eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci agreed to meet in Geneva next month in a four-day summit to decide on the key issues of territory and post-settlement security arrangements. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A man visits a part of the "Green Line" as he's stands in front of barrels and sandbags that block a road from the Greek Cypriot south to the Turkish Cypriot in the North near a main checkpoint in Ledras street in divided capital Nicosia in this eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci agreed to meet in Geneva next month in a four-day summit to decide on the key issues of territory and post-settlement security arrangements. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

The United Nations says the leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus have agreed to immediately resume reunification talks, breaking a nearly two-week stalemate.

In a statement issued early Friday, the U.N. said Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci agreed to meet in Geneva next month.

The Jan. 9-12 talks in the Swiss city will aim to hammer out an agreement on the pivotal aspects of how much territory each side will control in an envisioned federation.

They will also bring together Greece, Turkey and Britain to decide on post-reunification security arrangements.

The announcement came after Anastasiades and Akinci met for a dinner hosted by U.N. envoy Espen Barth Eide.

A 1974 Turkish invasion following a coup aimed at union with Greece split the island.