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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus have agreed on new talks in Geneva this month.

Guterres invited Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to a working dinner at U.N. headquarters to try and break an impasse.

Two years of negotiations have made significant strides, but a dispute over how a final summit aiming for a reunification deal should proceed brought talks to a standstill late last month.

The announcement is being considered a significant step towards the final round of negotiations on a peace agreement to reunify the Mediterranean island.

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