>> Mr. President?>> It's the start of a week of intensive talks. Leaders of ethnically split Cyprus meeting in Geneva, hoping to succeed where others have failed. The goal is to reach an outline of a peace deal to end decades of division. The island was split in a Turkish invasion in 1974 triggered by a brief Greek inspired coup.
Reuter's correspondent Michelle Kambas is at the talks in Geneva. She says the arrival of new leaders has changed the dynamics.>> For the first time in many, many years we've got two moderates at the helm. We have Cypriot President and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akinci, who was elected 18 months ago.
Both of them are moderates. Both of them have got very, very good chemistry between them and are seen by diplomats as being very pro-settlement.>> Their unification talks will be difficult. The leaders are discussing power sharing, territorial adjustments, and security issues, as part of reuniting the country. First on the agenda, is how to handle property disputes stretching back more than 40 years.
Security is also a thorny issue.>> The Greek Cypriot side insists that as part as of any deal, Turkish troops must leave Northern Cyprus. Now Turkey has got about 30,000 troops in Northern Cyprus. They won't hear about pulling out all of the troops. So it seems to be at the moment, we seem to have two fairly extreme viewpoints here.
>> There are dozens of disagreements to tackle. On Thursday, talks are scheduled to broaden, to include other nations with a stake. Britain, Greece and Turkey. Conference organizers have already begun suggesting the process might be more open-ended than initially thought.