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

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.