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Cablegate: Adana Mayor Visits the New

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UNCLAS ADANA 0019

SIPDIS


SENSITIVE


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL AMGT TU ADANA
SUBJECT: ADANA MAYOR VISITS THE NEW
CONSULATE

REF: ADANA 0017


1. (SBU) On January 30, incumbent Adana Mayor
Aytac Durak paid a courtesy call on the PO. The
Mayor expressed total confidence in his victory
in the upcoming municipal election no matter
which party finally placed him on its ticket (see
reftel). For weeks, officials close to the Mayor
repeatedly expressed confidence in Durak's
nomination by AK Party, despite press reports to
the contrary. Again, on the margins of this
meeting, his advisor stated that it was 90% sure
that AK Party would announce his nomination
shortly after the Sacrifice Bayram (the first
week of February).


2. (SBU) Durak related to the PO that politics
in Adana and Mersin was more personality-based
than other cities in the Southeast. For example,
the Mayor pointed out that DEHAP could run just
about anyone in Diyarbakir and win. In contrast,
Durak recounted, that in the 1999 election, MHP
took the Adana parliamentary election with a
large majority, but he won the mayoralty running
on the ANAP ticket. According to Durak, voters
in Adana just don't follow parties blindly like
they do in other cities; they follow
personalities.


3. (SBU) The Mayor expressed dissatisfaction
with the Adana electoral structure. Although he
is mayor of the Buyuksehir Municipality, it
contains two sub-municipalities, Seyhan and
Yuregir. The sub-municipalities elect their own
mayors, who according to Durak, sometimes work
against him. This, he explained, made it
difficult for him to efficiently manage the city
overall (Note: For example, the Consulate must
work with the Yuregir sub-municipality, where it
is located, to improve the adjacent road.
However, the Consulate must request assistance
for connection to the storm system from
Buyuksehir Municipality. End note). He also
noted that because the sub-mayors could be from
other parties, there was political motivation for
a lack of cooperation.


4. (SBU) The Mayor expressed his apologies for
his inability to assist post in finding a new
site. During a tour of the consulate compound,
consulate and contractor personnel discussed the
need for the Consulate's connection to the
municipality storm system with the Mayor's
advisor. Durak (an experienced contractor
himself) promised to discuss the possibility with
municipality engineers (Comment: The Mayor was
cordial and seemed genuinely willing to assist
the consulate. Consulate and contractor
personnel will follow-up with municipality
engineers. End comment).
REID

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