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Street name in occupied Cyprus renamed after Turkish military chief that orchestrated 1974 invasion

A street in the occupied town of Varoshia in northern Cyprus has been renamed by the occupying Turkish regime to the name of the Turkish Chief of the General Staff that orchestrated the 1974 military invasion.

Following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent visit to Varoshia, the town’s main thoroughfare, Kennedy Avenue, has been renamed Semih Sancar Avenue, Cyprus Mail reported.

The occupying Turkish regime partially opened the town of Varoshia in violation of UN Resolutions 500 and 2483.

A Turk in Varoshia violating UN Resolutions 500 and 2483.
A Turk in Varoshia violating UN Resolutions 500 and 2483.

The renamed avenue has a bicycle lane that Turkey’s ambassador to the occupied north used on Sunday to tour the dilapidated town, which Ankara wants to fully reopen.

Visitors can rent a bicycle to tour the area, which had been closed since August 1974 when it was abandoned by its Greek Cypriot population ahead of the advancing Turkish army, Cyprus Mail explained.

Ikonion (Ἰκόνιον, Turkish: Konya) municipality in Turkey donated 600 bikes.

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