Celebrity Jennifer Lopez has not canceled an upcoming rumored visit to Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, reported Gibrahayer e-magazine.
The Turkish newspaper Zaman wrote about the political nature of Lopez’s visit, and claimed that she had signed an agreement with the “Crato” hotel and casino owners last week. “It is true that Greeks put pressure on Lopez not to visit ‘Turkish’ Cyprus,” reported Zaman. “Of course, she was affected by the pressure. She even received threats from Greeks. In effect, she has certain hesitation. However, Zaman concludes that there is a contract that is signed by the actress.” The Turkish lobby is also reportedly planning to broadcast the event to 193 countries.
Cypriot organizations are asking the public to call, fax, or email the William Morris Agency in New York, which represents Lopez, in an effort to urge her “not to visit Turkish-occupied Cyprus.”
Lopez is expected to arrive in Cyprus on July 20, which marks the 36th anniversary of the illegal Turkish military invasion of Cyprus. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will inaugurate the hotel, according to Hurriyet newspaper.
According to other reports, Lopez will be paid $3 million to celebrate the anniversary.
The Turkish ultra-nationalist Volkan newspaper, referring to the “activism by the Greek Cypriots,” called on the “head of state” Dervis Eroglou to cancel his next visit with Cyprus President Demetris Christofias, to demonstrate against the Greek Cypriot stance on the Lopez visit.
According to CNN-Turk, the event is being organized to “bring the two communities, Greek and Turkish, together.”