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According to local sources, a demonstration in solidarity with the Turkish Cypriots is reportedly taking place on 15 November on Ledra Street in Nicosia. The mobilisation is expected to take place without incident.

The demonstration coincides with the visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC, not recognised by the international community) of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called for “talks on the basis of a two-state solution”, before a controversial trip to the disputed area of Varosha, a symbol of the division of the island. The Turkish President’s visit was described by Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades as “unprecedented provocation”.

As a reminder, the nationalist Ersin Tatar, supported by Ankara, was elected president of the TRNC following the presidential elections of 18 October. Like the Turkish President, Ersin Tatar is in favour of a 2-state solution, unlike his predecessor Mustafa Akinci, who advocated a reunification of the island.

In addition, the U.S. State Department has warned against mobilizations on 16 and 17 November in Nicosia.

On 16 November, demonstrators will mobilise from 10.30 (local time) at Ledra Street checkpoint, Ledra Palace, and Agios Kassianos parish.

On 17 November, a march is planned in the morning from the PASYDY building to the U.S. Embassy. This mobilisation has been called in memory of the 1973 Athens uprising against the Greek military junta.

Increased security as well as disruptions are to be anticipated.

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