Lopez Cancels Controversial Cyprus Hotel Date

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July 8, 2010 | 11:20pm EST

Jennifer Lopez has withdrawn from a gig in Cyprus after critics slammed her for agreeing to the show on the 36th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of the European island.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 populartourist destination on 20 July.

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.com, “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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