Cyprus Problem | Anastasiades Invited to Deep Purple Concert

Cyprus Problem | Anastasiades Invited to Deep Purple ConcertCyprus Problem – Anastasiades Invited to Deep Purple Concert

TRNC President, Derviş Eroğlu, has invited the south’s President, Nicos Anastasiades, to the Deep Purple concert scheduled for 24th May in the north. So far he has received no answer.

Ian Gillan of Deep Purple defended the band’s decision to perform there, saying the group was not taking any sides pointing out that they had performed in many troubled regions in their touring history.

“We have never been on one side or the other when it comes to performing music. I remember, during the Cold War, hearing about visits to London by the Bolshoi Ballet and the top football teams from Moscow, also the Cossack dancers, and many other cultural exchanges between the West and the Soviet Union. The diplomatic and cultural side was always open for art, entertainment and sport, no matter how frightening and confrontational all the rest of it was.”

Some pertinent album titles include:

Slaves and Masters (1990)
The Battle Rages On… (1993)
Abandon (1998)
Bananas (2003)
Now What?! (2013)

Eroğlu said the north aims at a referendum in three months to solve the dispute but explained that:

“Anastasiades thinks there will not be a solution before 2015.”

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