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Jennifer Lopez Cancels Cyprus Gig Due to the Country's Controversial Date

July 09, 2010 09:06:22 GMT

After learning that July 20 is the day that the islanders would rather forget because it marks the 36th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of the European island, the singer postpones her show.


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Jennifer Lopez has withdrawn from a gig in Cyprus after critics slammed her for agreeing to the show on the 36th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of the European island. The singer was billed to perform at the opening of new hotel complex Cratos Premium in the Turkish Cypriot part of the popular tourist destination on July 20.

But she's scrapped the show after learning it coincides with a day islanders would rather forget, insisting she would never have agreed to the concert in the first place if she knew about the history and relevance of the date.

A representative tells TMZ, "After a full review of the relevant circumstances in Cyprus, it was the decision of management to withdraw from the appearance. This was a team decision that reflects our sensitivity to the political realities of the region."

Previously, officials at the Cyprus Action Network of America started a campaign calling on Lopez to scrap the gig as it falls on the anniversary of the date that Turkish troops invaded the Greek-owned island in 1974.


 




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posted by Eddie Feridun on Jul 12, 2010
i'm writing to you to express my deep sadness and dissatisfaction on how the Turkish Cypriots have been sucked into this dirty Greek properganda war. The fact that a continued injustice is being applied to Turkish Cypriots, both at home and abroad, on every level – political, economic and therefore in social terms also. By way of (brief!) background, you may or may not be aware that this abuse of basic Turkish Cypriot Human Rights started less than 3 years after Cyprus achieved its independence in 1960 when their Greek Cypriot compatriots ceased to recognise the power sharing terms agreed between the two communities (and Greece, Turkey and the UK, who acted as the island’s ‘guarantors’). Countless and relentless abuses of Turkish Cypriot rights continued for over 10 years (despite a UN presence since 1964) reaching a stage whereby many Turkish Cypriots felt the need to flee the island, never to return, whilst the remaining 18% of the population had taken refuge from Greek Cypriot attacks on 3% of the island’s area . Events on the island culminated with a Greek Cypriot coup aimed at uniting Cyprus with Greece in 1974, forcing Turkey into the position of intervening under its powers of guarantee to safeguard the Turkish Cypriot minority. Without raking over the details of the long and sorry history between the two communities, the ‘political stalemate’ on the island means that Turkish Cypriot people continue to be held under the embargo of the Greek Cypriots. Their right to freely trade, travel, communicate and, in general, to deal and integrate with the rest of the world has been denied to them by the Greek Cypriot authorities. On this point it is important to note that the internationally recognised ‘Republic of Cyprus’ does not speak for or represent the interests of Turkish Cypriots. Enforcing the silence of Turkish Cypriots by failing to accept their freely and democratically elected representatives serves only to compound their plight further. In practical terms the Turkish Cypriot people have been turned into the hostages of the Greek Cypriots. Turkish Cypriots are forbidden to export their goods direct from Northern Cyprus. A proposed EU Commission Regulation for this purpose is currently blocked by the Greek Cypriot authorities. Nor is there direct access by flight from the UK to Northern Cyprus – another obstacle to undermine the development of North Cyprus and its tourism industry. Currently, airlines have to fly to and from North Cyprus via Turkish airports at very considerable additional costs. The most ‘recent’ development for Turkish Cypriots was in April 2004 when they had the opportunity to voice their support for the UN Annan Plan to unify Cyprus, which was put together after lengthy and detailed discussion of, and considerable compromise on, all aspects of the Cyprus issue following a process agreed by all parties. It’s rejection by 76% of the Greek Cypriot community unfortunately demonstrated their unwillingness to compromise and embrace a settlement. However, 65% of Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of the Plan, even though this would have resulted in considerable risks and sacrifices on their part. Whilst the international community, including the European Union (EU), the United States of America and the UN, pledged to reward the Turkish Cypriots’ brave and positive vote by ending their isolation, Turkish Cypriots are still waiting for the world to make good on these promises. To date, not one single embargo has been lifted, leaving the Turkish Cypriots still suffering as second-class citizens in their own country. They are still unable to trade, travel or communicate directly with the rest of the world, nor can they represent themselves socially and politically.
posted by McPixelchick on Jul 09, 2010
Please can you get your facts right. Cyprus was not a 'Greek-owned' island in 1974. Cyprus was (and remains) an independent republic. Turkey invaded the island (with covert but recognised USA and UK support) in 1974 and continues to occupy about one third of the island's total area.
posted by AS on Jul 09, 2010
Good decision. It would have been ridiculous to do this.
posted by Sotos on Jul 09, 2010
McPixelchick is an idiot do not listen to him The fact is CYPRUS WAS NEVER TURKISH !! Cyprus became independent after the Turkish invasion of 1974 before that it was controlled by a Greek-Cypriot governent

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