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The mayor of Hasankeyf


The mayor of Hasankeyf, a town due to be submerged if the Ilisu dam is built in Turkey, this week cancelled a tour of the UK. He feared that his trip would escalate tensions between the Turkish government and locals who feel inadequate consultation has been carried out. Turkey wants to build the hydroelectric dam, but 36,000 predominantly Kurdish people will be directly affected by the creation of a giant reservoir. Contractor Balfour Beatty, part of a Swiss-led consortium, has secured a £200M UK export credit guarantee for the project.

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