French president offers support to Cyprus peace talks

France's president says his country is ready to help ongoing efforts to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus.

President Francois Hollande said France was willing to play a "useful role" in getting the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council involved in Cyprus settlement negotiations.

Hollande said after meeting with Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday that European Union leaders must also become engaged in the peace talks.

Over 18 months of negotiations between Cyprus' rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders will culminate next month during a summit in Geneva, Switzerland.

The summit will also bring together Greece, Turkey and Britain to thrash out a deal on post-settlement security arrangements.

Anastasiades says any peace deal must adhere to EU principles and laws.