Foreign residents of Alanya, a district in Antalya province, are calling on Turkish authorities to grant Alanya the status of a province, Turkish media reported yesterday.
The Alanya Municipality Foreigners Assembly, which represents the district’s foreign residents, plans to pay a visit to President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the capital to voice its demands.
Assembly head Abdullah Karaoğlu said their district has for years been seen as a province but is officially governed as a district.
“At its last meeting of 2010, the Foreigners Assembly evaluated the year and came to the conclusion that Alanya deserves to be designated a province. This, of course, is a decision that can only be made by the government,” he said.
“We decided to do our part. We will visit our president and prime minister. But we will first send out a letter detailing why Alanya should be a province. After that is done, we will pay our visits.”
The Alanya Russian Language Speakers Association (ARDİD) is among the district’s civil society organizations that support the idea. The association’s chairperson, Anjelika Anzhela, highlighted that all foreigners in the district want Alanya to grow. “Alanya deserves this,” she said.
Alanya Russian Education and Culture Association member Dilay Ulutunçok said giving Alanya the status of a province would help it grow and have an important impact on the education of the residents’ children.
Foreigners Assembly spokesperson Julia Alaettinoğlu said they have already worked to convince the authorities to make Alanya a province. She said they will reiterate their demands in a letter to the government.