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1252x0x Turkish news for week ending 30 July 2005

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    Aug 2, 2005

      x0x Turkish news for week ending 30 July 2005

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      Edited by Ahmet Toprak

      * The Turkish prime minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
      was in London on an official visit earlier this week.
      Mr. Erdogan met the British prime minister Mr. Blair
      and one of the topics discussed in the meeting was
      cooperation against terrorism. After the meeting Mr.
      Blair expressed his appreciation for Turkey's efforts
      and said "The cooperation we have had from Turkey has
      been excellent both in terms of intelligence and the
      exchange of information."

      * Speaking of terrorism, In an interview with the Times
      a London on Thursday Mr. Erdogan reiterated Turkey's
      right to carry out cross-border operations into
      northern Iraq against the rebel Turkish Kurds.
      As we reported to you last week the United States is
      opposed to Turkish incursions. Turkey has been urging
      U.S. and Iraqi officials to take measures against the
      rebel Kurds who they say infiltrate turkey from their
      hideouts in northern Iraq.
      Rebel Kurds are blamed for various bombing incidents
      in the past few months. Most countries around the
      world including the U.S. and the European Union
      consider the Rebel Kurds' organizations as terrorist

      * The Turkish private channel NTV reports that at least
      three Turkish citizens were among the victims of the
      devastating series of bomb blasts that rocked the
      Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm el Sheikh two
      Saturdays ago.
      One Turkish citizen is still listed as missing.

      * The daily Turkiye reports that the European Union
      Commission Turkey Representative Hansjoerg Kretschmer
      said on Thursday that a strong, stable, and peaceful
      Turkey will be to the European Union's benefit, adding
      that there are several areas in Turkey, which need to
      be developed.
      First a free market economy and a liberal democratic
      atmosphere should be fostered, he said.
      "Turkey has adopted important social reforms, but
      there is still much to do to guarantee human rights
      and basic rights and freedoms," he added.

      * Turkey signed a protocol and extended its customs
      union agreement with the European Union to the new
      member countries of the union.
      Among these countries is the Greek Cyprus that turkey
      does not recognize and have no diplomatic relations.
      The Greek Cypriot leader Mr. Papadopoulos welcomed
      Turkey's signing of the agreement, and said that it
      will help normalize the relations between Greek
      Cypriots and Turkey.
      However, the Turkish prime minister said earlier in
      the week that recognizing the Greek Cypriots as "the
      government in Cyprus" is out of the question until the
      Greek Cypriots settle their differences with the
      Turkish Cypriots.
      The Greek and Turkish Cypriots have been living apart
      ever since the pogroms against the Turks started in
      Turkey intervened militarily in Cyprus in 1974 and
      the Turkish Cypriots moved to the north of the
      island. Eventually they set up a separate
      Earlier last year a United Nations plan to reunite
      the two communities under one administration failed
      when Greek Cypriots overwhelmingly rejected the plan.

      * The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reports that the Turkish
      Constitutional Court elected a female judge as the
      chief justice.
      Ms. Tulay Tugcu is the first female head of the
      44-year-old constitutional court. Ms. Tugcu said she
      would continue her work on the basis of human rights
      and freedoms, Turkey's first president Mr. Kemal
      Ataturk's principles and reforms, and the democratic
      and secular state of law as stipulated in the Turkish
      The court serves as one of the checks and balances to
      the parliament, ensuring that all legislation is in
      line with the constitution.

      * Turkey's State Institute of Statistics reported that
      the unemployment rate in Turkey fell to 10 percent in
      April. According to the Institute the number of people
      employed rose to 22 million.


      Edited by Colleen Clark

      * Turkey's capital Ankara's mayor Melik Gökçek and U.S.
      Chargé d'Affaires Ms. Nancy McEldowney on Monday opened
      a photo exhibition titled "The 100th Year of
      Turkish-American Friendship" at Ankara's Zafer shopping
      Ms. McEldowney said she was honored to open the
      exhibit with Mayor Gökçek, who has done so many good
      things for Ankara.
      McEldowney said that she hoped that the past hundred
      years of friendship will be expanded and continued
      for the next hundred years. Mayor Gökçek also drew
      attention to the cooperation of the two countries
      against terrorism.
      After the speeches, Mr. Gökçek and Ms. McEldowney
      toured the photo exhibition and viewed the photos

      * The first carved column of the ancient city of
      Laodicea, bearing a likeness of the founder's wife,
      after whom the city was named, has been unearthed in a
      summer excavation at the site.
      Laodicea, located in current-day Western Turkish
      province of Denizli and dating back to the third
      century B.C., was built upon the order of Syrian King
      Antiochos II and later destroyed by an earthquake. The
      column, dating to the same era, bears a likeness of the
      king's wife, Laodikeia, as well as an inscription.
      Assistant Professor Celal SimSek of Pamukkale
      University said his excavation team consists of six
      assistants, 15 archaeologists, 40 archaeology students
      and 30 laborers.
      Dr. SimSek also said that the ancient city was one of
      the largest and most civilized of its time with its
      seven big churches, two ancient theaters accommodating
      15,000 and 20,000 spectators, a hippodrome with a
      capacity of 30,000 and a monumental fountain.
      "We are discovering an ancient and different world
      during our current dig in Laodicea. It would take
      every archaeologist in Turkey working for 50 years to
      bring this ancient city totally to light. We've found
      many little things like nails, local ceramic products,
      charm covers, earthenware and sculptures during the
      excavation. We reached the center of Laodicea this year
      having begun working around the outskirts of the city
      initially," he added
      See more at: http://www.ntimages.com/Laodicia-tns.htm

      * Mayor of Edirne Mr. Hamdi Sedefçi said an
      International Peace and Beauty Pageant organized by the
      municipality is to take place on Sept. 18.
      The pageant will send a message of friendshipand
      peace to the world from the point where the borders
      of Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria intersect, the Anatolia
      news agency reported.
      "Our guests will participate in various activities
      aimed at promoting Edirne in the run-up to the
      contest. The contestants are from Turkey, the Turkish
      Republic of Northern Cyprus, Armenia, Russian
      Federation's Tatarstan, England, Poland, Greece,
      Bulgaria, Germany, Romania, Hungary, France, Russia,
      Singapore, China, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Albania, and
      Bosnia and Herzegovina," said Mayor Sedefçi.

      * German-based director Fatih Akin, who won the Golden
      Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival for his film
      "Head On" returned to his hometown of Filyos in
      Zonguldak in Turkey's Western Black Sea region, where
      his father Enver resides.
      Mr. Akin attracted the praise of critics with his
      last film, "Memory of Istanbul", at the Cannes Film
      Festival, and said he's looking to shoot a movie in
      He promised the youth of his hometown that he would
      offer a 10-day film course as part of the Filyos
      Culture and Art Seminar, scheduled to take place next
      Filyos Culture and Art Seminar organizers Muhammet
      Yildiz and Mehmet Türkcelik said the gesture from
      Mr. Akin meant a lot to the local people.

      * The traditional "palace halva" of Kastamonu,
      historically made by specially trained cooks in Seljuk
      and Ottoman palaces for centuries, is now being
      reproduced for residents of and visitors to Kastamonu,
      reports the Anatolia news agency.
      Kastamonu is a town in Turkey's Western Black Sea
      region and the seat of the province with the same
      Nearly 10 tons of palace halva are produced daily,
      and Turkish Airlines serves this special dessert to
      its foreign guests on their flights. In fact, many
      tourists have visited Kastamonu after enjoying this
      tasty treat on a plane.
      Companies that produce the halva say foreign tourists
      like this traditional concoction as much as Turks.
      According to one producer it is quite difficult to make
      real palace halva, adding that it takes five specially
      trained cooks.
      The halva ingredients consist of plain flour, sugar,
      quality butter and water, and requires much manual
      pulling and kneading of the mixture. It is customarily
      served on Holidays, weddings, circumcision parties and

      * Art lovers in Konya in central Turkey have the
      pleasure of viewing pieces from a local artist who
      creates wonderful paintings by using ebru (traditional
      Turkish marbling on paper) and oil techniques.
      Selçuk University lecturer Mutluhan Tas¸ said he
      always admired traditional ebru and focused his
      studies on it.
      Mr. Tas says it is very difficult to make definitive
      shapes in ebru. "I combined two painting styles that
      I love onto one canvas. This revolutionary combo
      technique, first done by me, worked like a charm. I
      applied oil paintings onto a base of ebru. About 70
      percent of the painting is the ebru base, and I added
      details to it."
      Mr. Tas said it was good to experiment with new
      techniques. His paintings measure 5' x 8' and they
      sell for between $1,300 and $10,000.
      Mr. Tas graduated from the painting department of
      Gazi University in Ankara in 1994 and worked as a
      painting teacher in different schools for two years. He
      obtained his master's at Selçuk University in Konya,
      where he remains a lecturer.
      He has also produced a four-part documentary on
      painting for the Turkish State Radio and Television
      See more at:

      * Turkish folk musician and the player of the
      traditional instrument baglama Fatih Kisaparmak was in
      New York to participate in a "Turkish-American Night"
      Prior to the concert Mr. Kisaparmak held a joint
      press conference with the Golden Meadow Culture
      Foundation, organizers of the event, and told reporters
      he was giving a U.S. concert for the first time with
      the aim of assisting in the betterment of
      Turkish-American friendship, the Anatolia news agency
      Mr. Kisaparmak said he wanted to heed the voice of
      his public and to promote Anatolia, mainland part of
      The foundation organized the concert as part of the
      "Ethnic Music Nights" series, held for the last 30
      years in New York's Long Island.
      Seventeen countries are taking part in the series of
      concerts, scheduled to last all summer.

      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.32


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 91/66 Mostly Sunny
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 97/77 Partly Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 88/75 Mostly Sunny
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 93/79 Partly Cloudy
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 84/73 Partly Cloudy

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 75
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 79
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 72
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 82

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 14 inches
      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 67 inches
      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 47 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 16 inches
      Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey 28 inches
      Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 30 inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 79 inches


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * Istanbul side Galatasaray has retained the services of its first
      choice Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Ali Mondragon, beating off the
      attentions of Italian club Palermo. Galatasaray announced that
      Mondragon had agreed to terms with the club to extend his present
      contract (1 year remaining) for an additional 2 years.

      * UEFA Champions League 2nd qualifying round - Trabzonspor became the
      first Turkish team to play in Greek Cyprus but lost 3-1 to Anorthosis.

      * Trabzonspor has increased its scoring options with the signing of
      Czech striker Tomas Jun.

      * French striker Nicolas Anelka will be returning to Fenerbahce again
      this season, rather than making a return to the British Premier League
      with Newcastle United.

      * Spanish side Barcelona had agreed to again loan veteran keeper RüStü
      Reçber to the Istanbul club for another season.

      * BeSiktas, has announced it had completed the transfer of Brazilian
      striker Ailton from German club Schalke 04.


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