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.