President Nicos Anastasiades expressed hope that the island’s name, should there be a solution, would be United States of Cyprus.
In an interview with Turkish newspaper Sabah, he said both himself and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akinci had the same vision on solving the problem and this was the first time there was so much hope this could be done.
“It has been said that the name we are discussing with Akinci is the United Federation of Cyprus. That is not true. The name I am hoping for from my heart is the United States of Cyprus,” Anastasiades was quoted as saying.
“The important thing is that both leaders have the same vision … we want to reach an agreement taking into account our mutual concerns.”
Negotiations are held in a positive atmosphere however, the most difficult matters are property and territory. Some matters have been agreed on while others have not, he said.
Although he expressed utmost respect for the previous Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, Anastasiades said he and Akinci had more in common.
“Our views on resolving the Cyprus problem are almost the same and our vision on resolving the Cyprus problem is almost the same.”
Asked to send a message from Nicosia to Ankara, Anastasiades said “we are waiting for support from Turkey for our efforts with Mustafa Akinci. We also hope that Ankara will contribute towards a solution for the Cyprus problem” that will also benefit Turkey.
“Relations between Turkey and Greece will be mended as a result of peace. The success of negotiations in Cyprus will positively affect all the countries in the area and the Cypriot state will serve as an example. Even more importantly, the United Nations of Cyprus which will be within the European Union will be a close ally of Turkey.”