[Listen] Anastasiades only joked about ‘United States of Cyprus’


Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades was only joking when he referred to ‘United States of Cyprus’ as a possible name for a reunited federal state, the acting government spokesman said on Wednesday.

And he had certainly not told Turkish daily Sabah that was the name his heart desires, added Victoras Papadopoulos who also released the interview’s audio recording to prove that.

Papadopoulos said: “Asked ‘what will the name of the new state be’, the President said ‘we have not discussed that yet but thank you for this question because I heard my friend (Mustafa) Akinci (the Turkish Cypriot leader) saying it would be United Cyprus Federation or something like that.

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