- Associated Press - Friday, July 9, 2010

NICOSIA, CYPRUS (AP) - Greek Cypriots are celebrating while rival Turkish Cypriots are lamenting a decision by U.S. diva Jennifer Lopez to call off a controversial show in the divided island’s breakaway north.

Reports that Lopez would perform at a luxury hotel in the north on her 41st birthday this month triggered a Greek Cypriot online campaign pushing for cancellation.

Greek Cypriots on Friday hailed Lopez’s withdrawal “a victory”. They saw her appearance as helping legitimize the island’s division. It was split into a Greek speaking south and a Turkish speaking north in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece.

Turkish Cypriots called the cancellation part of a Greek Cypriot campaign to keep them isolated.

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