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25 June, 1999
The new municipal council of the town of Urla, in the Izmir area, decided yesterday to rename a street named after Giorgos Seferis, the Greek Nobel Laureate poet.
The decision was met with protests by artists and some Turkish media.
"It's a shame for Turkey, not Seferis," wrote the large circulation Hurriyet, while singer and composer Zulfi Livaneli expressed his indignation for such lack of respect towards a poet of worldwide stature, in an article in Sabah.
Seferis, honored with the 1963 Nobel Prize for Literature, was born in Izmir in 1890, and as a boy spent summers with his family in Urla, in a house in the street named after him in August last year, in the presence of a numerous Greek delegation and many intellectuals.
Source: Athens News Agency