Ankara's Beypazarı district, a cradle of civilization, expects to be nominated for the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, said the mayor at the 25th International Beypazarı Festival. The Beypazarı district is seeking nomination to the World Heritage List. 'We are confident and hopeful,' Mayor Tuncer Kaplan said in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency. Stressing that only one candidate is selected among over 130 candidates per year, Kaplan said they held meetings and took the necessary steps for candidacy. 'We believe that Beypazarı deserves the World Heritage status more than many places,' said Kaplan, adding that Beypazarı has a long history which was home to Hittites, Ancient Romans, Byzantines, Seljuk Turks, and the Ottoman Empire. Besides having rich cultural assets, the region has played a strong role in agriculture, he said. 'We are Turkey's leader district on agriculture. We provide %12-13 of the total vegetable need of the country,' stressed Kaplan. Producing nearly 60% of Turkey's carrots, he said the district is leader in lettuce, green onion, and spinach farming.