Turkey’s famous Cleopatra Cove in legal dispute
A local bar association has announced it would take legal action against the administration over the rent contract for the famous Cleopatra Cove in the southern Turkish province of Antalya.
According to media reports, Antalya Bar Association President Polat Balkan claimed the tender concluded by the Natural Protection and National Parks General Directorate on May 30 could be against the law and the principle that such decisions should be made if there is public interest.
A consortium of three companies had won the 29-year-long rent contract for the 12-hectare plot of Tekirova National Park, including Cleopatra Cove, by offering an annual payment of 505,000 Turkish Liras.
“The tender should have been conducted in accordance with legal procedures, like it was with the Phaselis and Kındılçeşme areas. Our first impression is that we should start a legal process for the cancellation of the tender. We will do it after the Eid holiday,” Balkan told daily Habertürk.
In Turkey, the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr ends on June 17.