About 200 Greek Cypriots have gathered outside Cyprus' presidential palace to demand the return of their homes and farmland in any deal to reunify the ethnically divided island.

Morphou Mayor Charalambos Pittas told the Associated Press that Friday's peaceful demonstration was intended to get President Nicos Anastasiades to live up to his pledge of making the return of the fertile town a part of the ongoing reunification talks.

Anastasiades and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are meeting in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland for two days next week to negotiate how much territory either side would administer under an envisioned federation.

A 1974 Turkish invasion triggered by a coup aimed at uniting Cyprus with Greece split the island along ethnic lines.