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      NEWSBRIEFS

      Edited By Gokce Gokalp

      * On Thursday The European Council adopted legislation designed to ease
      the isolation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
      The legislation, due to take effect on Saturday, would facilitate the
      sale of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus goods and the movement of
      persons across the Cypriot Green Line as well as that of Turkish Cypriots
      within the European Union.
      In related news, Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul said that under
      the legislation, the European Union should establish representation within
      the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
      Asked whether another referendum would be held on the island, Gul said
      that doing so would be difficult reported the daily Aksam.

      * According to the Turkish daily Turkiye, "Europeans have appreciated both
      Ankara and Turkish Cyprus as we kept our promises and implemented the
      commitments we made", stated the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Prime
      Minister Mehmet Ali Talat Wednesday.
      After completing his contacts in Brussels, Mr. Talat held a press
      conference at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport en route to the Turkish Republic
      of Northern Cyprus.
      Stressing that European leaders had been disappointed by the Greek sides
      negative stance towards a settlement on Cyprus, Mr. Talat stated "Now we
      have to pursue an active, dynamic policy. We have to work hard without
      losing time to ensure the embargo on the Turkish Republic of Northern
      Cyprus is lifted."
      Pointing out that the Greek side could not represent Turkish Cyprus, Mr.
      Talat welcomed the European Union's recent decision to open an office in
      the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

      * In related news, the Turkish daily Aksam reported that addressing the
      ruling Justice and Development Party's group meeting Tuesday, Turkey's
      Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul called Saturday's historic
      referendums on Cyprus a diplomatic success.
      He said that the Turkish side had done its best for a Cyprus resolution
      by accepting the UN plan in Saturday's referendums, adding that the world
      should reward the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus by finally
      recognizing it.
      "We will work day and night to make the world recognize the Turkish
      Republic of Northern Cyprus", added Mr. Gul.

      * According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, at a press conference in New
      York Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan congratulated Turkish
      Cypriots for their courageous vote in Saturday's historic referendums.
      Stressing that the plan included key planks for both sides on the
      island, Mr. Annan stated, "I salute the Turkish Cypriots for their
      courageous vote in favor of the proposals. We must all do our best to see
      that they are not penalized for the way the vote went in the other part of
      the island. I hope that before too long the Greek Cypriots will have an
      opportunity to consider the plan more calmly, and to judge it on its true
      merits".
      Meanwhile, the UN Security Council yesterday discussed the Cyprus issue.
      Diplomatic sources said that Russia had certain objections to a draft
      council declaration and had rejected lifting the embargo from the Turkish
      Republic of Northern Cyprus.
      The council is expected to continue deliberations on the matter today.
      In related news, US Cyprus Representative Thomas Weston said yesterday
      that the economic isolation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
      could be ended soon.

      * NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer is currently paying a visit
      to Istanbul to lay the groundwork for the NATO summit there set for June.
      Addressing students at Galatasaray University, Scheffer called Istanbul
      a bridge between two continents.
      Pointing to Turkeys close relations with the Balkan, Caucasus,
      Mediterranean, Middle East and Central Asian regions, the
      secretary-general said that Ankara was an important ally, adding that its
      success was closely tied to NATOs.
      "As a secular, democratic state, Turkey can play an important role in
      the region known by some as the Greater Middle East", he added. Scheffer
      further stressed that even as seven new members join NATO, the values of
      the alliance should be preserved reported the daily Turkiye.

      * The daily Cumhuriyet reported that in a commentary written for the
      Wednesday edition of French daily Le Monde, British Prime Minister Tony
      Blair reiterated that his government supported Ankara's European Union
      membership bid, adding that allowing it to join would help to bridge the
      gap between Europe and the Islamic world.
      "Both Turkey and Croatia are on the right path [to full European Union
      membership]", wrote Blair. "Britain welcomes these two candidacies. We
      believe, in particular, that Turkey, as soon as it meets the membership
      criteria, will add a new dimension to the Union, providing a bridge with
      the Islamic world."

      * According to the Turkish daily Star, speaking at a press conference
      Wednesday, Turkey's State Minister for the Economy Ali Babacan said that
      if Ankara continues to follow its free exchange rate policy, there should
      be no need to worry about the current accounts deficit.
      'The high current accounts deficit could have been a problem if we had a
      fixed exchange rate", stated Babacan.
      Asked about the recent depreciation of the lira, Babacan said that the
      currency's value would be determined by free market conditions.

      ARTS AND CULTURE NEWS

      Edited by Hayal Koc

      * A new expedition will be launched this summer to find positive evidence
      that Noah's Ark came to rest on Turkey's Mount Ararat.
      Daniel P. McGivern, president of the Shamrock-Trinity Corporation of
      Honolulu, Hawaii, announced on Monday that a joint US-Turkish team wanted
      to investigate the large object buried in the snow on the side of the
      mountain for evidence.
      The object, some 42 feet high, 66 feet wide and 65O feet long, became
      partly visible last summer during a heat wave.
      The current investigation includes only taking pictures to prove the
      object was the Biblical Ark, and not physical excavations.

      * The Zengibar Castle in Isauria, one of the largest states of the ancient
      Roman Empire, now located in Konya, in southwestern Turkey, is danger of
      ruin.
      The castle has recently been endangered by unauthorized excavations,
      which have severely damaged its walls.
      Town officials have tried to hire a guard to watch over the castle but
      have not been successful at deterring the diggers, who then try to sell
      pieces of the castle on the black market for up to $300,000.

      * Authorities closed eight of the fifteen rooms Of the Bodrum Castle and
      Underwater museum due to insufficient number of personnel.
      Although officials agree on the importance of keeping the castle and
      museum open and serving the public, they cannot risk the security of the
      artifacts with inadequate staffing.
      The museum currently only has 28 employees but needs closer to 50.

      * The highly anticipated Mosaic Museum, located in Gazientep, southeastern
      Turkey, has officially received all the funding required to complete its
      construction and open to the public.
      The museum is full of artifacts discovered from Zeugma, a historical
      site nearby.
      City officials hope that the priceless artifacts will draw tourists to
      the region and that Gaziantep will one day be referred to as "the city of
      mosaics".

      * The massive Cappadocia Restoration Project, generously funded by Magic
      Life International A.P., which included nearly 50 archeologists,
      architects, and engineers, has received approval from the city counsel.
      The project is aimed to increase tourism to the region and will conclude
      in 3.5 years, with a cost of nearly 590 million dollars.

      * Famous photographer and winner of the "World Press Entertainment Photo
      2004" award, Mary Ellen Mark, will be in Istanbul until May 29th to
      exhibit her pictures at the Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall.
      The artist had visited Turkey before but commented that she thought that
      Istanbul, and especially Istiklal Street, had since changed significantly.
      Her pictures will be displayed alongside the work of 62 other artists
      from 23 different countries.

      * The 1st ever Portuguese Film Festival, taking place in Istanbul and
      Ankara, began April 29th, with eight films in screening.
      The festival hopes to raise awareness of Portuguese culture and heritage
      and will continue until May 6th.

      * "The 7th International Women's Film Festival, titles Flying Broom" will
      take place in Ankara between May 6th and May 16th.
      The short films, documentaries, films directed by women and films about
      women are screened at the Kavaklidere and Kizilay movie theaters.
      There are several sections in the festival, such as the "Our Movie"
      section, featuring films with famous Turkish actresses from the 1970s, the
      "From A Country's Movie" section with Spanish female directors and "Each
      is a Different Color", which is composed of eighteen prizewinner women
      directors' films.
      The documentaries will be screened May 7th-11th and will be free to the
      public.

      EXCHANGE RATE

      Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:

      1419000

      WEATHER

      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: seventy-one/46 Hazy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 73/58 Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 66/52 Hazy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 73/58 Partly Cloudy
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 58/49 Partly cloudy



      SPORTS

      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Novak

      * Turkish Software - Super League
      Week 31 Matches
      Malatyaspor 1 - 2 Galatasaray
      Trabzonspor 2 - 0 Diyarbakirspor
      Bursaspor 4 - 0 Elazigspor
      Istanbulspor 0 - 1 Gaziantepspor
      Rizespor 0 - 1 Sebatspor
      Samsunspor 2 - 1 Adanaspor
      Besiktas 1 - 3 Fenerbahce
      Denizlispor 1 - 2 G.Birligi
      Ankaragucu 1 - 0 Konyaspor


      Week 32 Matches

      Adanaspor 1 - 0 Besiktas
      Fenerbahce - Ankaragucu
      Adanaspor - Besiktas
      Konyaspor - Denizlispor
      Elazigspor - Diyarbakirspor
      Galatasaray - Istanbulspor
      G.Birligi - Malatyaspor
      Bursaspor - Rizespor
      Sebatspor - Samsunspor
      Gaziantepspor - Trabzonspor


      Turkish Soccer - National Team

      Turkey 3 - 2 Belgium


      Standings

      Team Pts
      1. Fenerbahce 70
      2. Trabzonspor 68
      3. Besiktas 62
      4. Denizlispor 54
      5. Gaziantepspor 51
      6. Galatasaray 47
      7. Ankaragucu 45
      8. Samsunspor 43
      9. G.Birligi 42
      10. Malatyaspor 41
      11. Konyaspor 40
      12. Diyarbakirspor 40
      13. Rizespor 39
      14. Istanbulspor 34
      15. Sebatspor 33
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      16. Bursaspor 31
      17. Elazigspor 22
      18. Adanaspor 16

      *Turkish Men's Basketball - Playoffs - Quarter Finals

      P.Karþýyaka 1 2 Tuborg
      P.Karþýyaka 76 81 Tuborg

      Beþiktaþ 1 1 Darüþþafaka
      Beþiktaþ - - Darüþþafaka

      Fenerbahçe 0 1 Ülkerspor
      Fenerbahçe - - Ülkerspor

      Efes Pilsen 1 0 Tekelspor
      Efes Pilsen - - Tekelspor

      *Turkish Women's Basketball - Playoffs - Finals

      Fenerbahce defeats Erdemirspor 2 - 0

      *NBA - Playoffs 1st round

      Mehmet Okur
      Detroit vs. Milwaukee
      Game 1 108 - 82: 8 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist in 9 minutes.
      Game 2 92 - 88: 0 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist in 3 minutes.
      Game 3 95 - 85: 7 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist in 11 minutes.
      Game 4 109 - 92: 8 points, 2 rebounds and 0 assists in 14 minutes.
      Game 5 91 - 77: 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 15 minutes.

      Detroit wins series 4 -1
      Round 2 versus New Jersey Nets

      Hedo Turkoglu Stats
      San Antonio vs. Memphis
      Game 1 98 - 74: 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes.
      Game 2 87 - 70: 4 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 34 minutes.
      Game 3 95 - 93: 18 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assists in 33 minutes.
      Game 4 110 - 97: 5 points, 1 rebounds and 6 assists in 34 minutes.

      San Antonio wins series 4 - 0
      Round 2 versus LA Lakers


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