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The Turkish and TRNC flag which has been drawn, facing south and onto the Greek side, into a mountain side of the Πενταδάκτυλος or Beşparmak (meaning five-fingered in Greek and Turkish respectively) range, and can be seen from space[citation needed]. The coordinates are 35.282902°N 33.375263°E allowing this image to be seen via Google Earth. Beneath the Turkish one is written in white, Ne Mutlu Türküm Diyene, an oft-repeated phrase of the Kemalist ideology meaning: Glad to be Turks.
In 2010 the Greek Cypriot side officially complained about the flag to the EU Commission, framed as an environmental hazard because of toxic materials used to transimpose it into the mountain side that are liable to leakage. It is also considered by Greek Cypriots as offensive not only to the environment but also their own community and as an act of provocation.


The flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (Turkish: Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti bayrağı) is based on the flag of Turkey with the colors reversed and two horizontal red stripes added at the top and bottom and the crescent and the star in red. It was the result of a competition to find a new representative flag for the 'TRNC'.
Flag of TRNC waves in the countries where TRNC has diplomatic relations, i.e. Turkey and the non sovereign Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic in Azerbaijan.
Flag of the TRNC is used in opposition to the flag of Cyprus as the flag of Northern Cyprus. The local use of the Turkish flag is somewhat similar to the use of the Greek flag in the rest of the island.

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  • Copyright: selay mustafa (selay22) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 34 N: 46] (254)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-03-30
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-04-06 5:36
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