The leaders of the two communities on the divided island of Cyprus are to meet the UN Secretary General at the weekend in a bid to resolve a deadlock in reunification talks.

Antonio Guterres invited the Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders to New York for a joint meeting and both have accepted.

They remain at loggerheads over core issues such as power sharing, territorial adjustments, security arrangements and property rights.

The eastern Mediterranean island has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded its northern third in response to an Athens-inspired coup seeking union with Greece.

A UN drive to hold a Cyprus peace conference in Geneva collapsed last week, leaving the future of two years of talks on reunifying the island in limbo.

After a UN reunification blueprint was rejected by Greek Cypriots in a 2004 referendum, Cyprus joined the EU still a divided island, with the breakaway north recognised only by Turkey.