‘Cyprus Wounds Must Finally be Healed’

‘Cyprus Wounds Must Finally be Healed’

Ferdi Sabit Soyer, 56, is the prime minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is only recognized as an independent country by Turkey. He spoke with SPIEGEL about negotiations with his Greek neighbors to the south.

SPIEGEL: The presidents of northern and southern Cyprus have met 10 times recently to discuss the future of the divided island. Has there been progress?

Soyer: Our goal was to vote in the June 2009 European Parliamentary elections as a united Cyprus. But everything’s moving too slowly. I’m afraid we’re not going to meet our goals — we’re seeing more problems than progress right now.

SPIEGEL: Last week’s talks apparently ended in some pretty serious quarreling. more

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