J-Lo cancels controversial north Cyprus show

July 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez canceled her controversial birthday concert in the breakaway north of Cyprus. Her decision provoked celebrations Friday by Greek Cypriots while Turkish Cypriots denounced the move.Lopez had planned a July performance on her 41st birthday at a luxury hotel in the breakaway Turkish north. Reports of her concert triggered a Greet Cypriot online campaign pushing for cancellation.

While Greek Cypriots celebrated the show's cancellation, Turkish Cypriots scorned the move. They saw it as part of a Greek Cypriot campaign to keep them isolated.

Cyprus 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.

Greek Cypriots viewed Lopez's July 24 appearance as helping legitimize the Mediterranean island's violent division.

Turkish Cypriots declared an independent state in 1983 that is only recognized by Turkey, which maintains 35,000 troops there. Both sides have come closer in recent years, but hopes are fading that long-drawn peace talks can reach a reunification deal any time soon.

AP contributed to this report.