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REFEED: Erdogan addresses nation following conversion of Hagia Sophia back into mosque (ORIGINAL)

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to address the nation as Turkey’s Council of State ruled for the landmark to be turned back into a place of worship.

The statement will be made at 20:53 local (16:53 GMT), potentially referring to 1453, the year that Istanbul was conquered by Ottoman empire.

UNESCO, who has been opposing the move, released a statement following the decision, expressing concerns about the impact it may have on the universal value of the site and calling on the Turkish authorities “to engage in dialogue” on the matter.

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