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Rival Cyprus Leaders Hold New Round of Talks

Rival leaders in Cyprus have held a new round of talks Wednesday in Nicosia as they continue to discuss a power-sharing agreement to resolve the division of the Mediterranean island.

The meeting was the sixth between Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat since the two leaders resumed formal negotiations in September.

The talks are focused on how power would be shared between the two sides in a future federal state.

Earlier this month, Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat agreed to accelerate the process by holding weekly negotiations.

Both leaders say they are committed to ending the island's decades-old division.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish forces invaded the island in response to a coup by Greek Cypriots aimed at uniting Cyprus with Greece. Turkish Cypriots backed a United Nations-sponsored settlement plan in a 2004 referendum, but the Greek Cypriot side, in a simultaneous vote, rejected it.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.