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      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Gokce Gokalp

      * As we reported to you in the past few months, the divided communities of
      Cyprus attempted to reunify the island under one republic with two
      separate referendums on a United Nations proposal. The Turkish Cypriots
      accepted the United Nations draft plan, whereas, the Greek Cypriots
      rejected it. Here is the latest from the two communities which both have
      their own governments at this point:

      * According to the daily Turkiye, following the fall in Turkish Republic
      of Northern Cyprus Parliament seats held by the coalition to 23, work to
      establish a new coalition government has begun.
      The falling coalition government was made up of the Republican Turkish
      and Democratic Parties.
      On Thursday, a Peace and Democracy Movement Party delegation headed by
      Mustafa Akinci met with Prime Minister and Republican Turkish Party leader
      Mehmet Ali Talat.
      Afterwards, the two leaders told reporters that they had decided to join
      forces to establish a new government with a majority in Parliament.
      Meanwhile, Mr. Talat sent a letter to European Parliament head Pat Cox
      and the leaders of European Union member states urging them to support the
      Turkish Cypriots justified cause.

      * Following the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's presentation of a Cyprus
      report earlier this week, the UN Security Council is expected to discuss
      the report and issue a resolution on the matter by June 15, when the term
      of the UN peacekeeping force on the island is due to expire.
      In his report, Secretary-general Annan noted that the Turkish Cypriots
      voted for the islands unification in April referendums and urged the
      council to end the international isolation of the Turkish Republic of
      Northern Cyprus.
      In related news, Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopulos met with
      Secretary-General Annan in New York on Thursday.
      Mr. Annan reportedly told Mr. Papadopulos that after the Greek Cypriots'
      rejection of the UN plan, the Greek side should take the initiative to
      make progress on the issue, reports the Turkish daily Milliyet.

      * Terrorist group al-Qaeda kidnapped one Turkish and one Egyptian truck
      driver transporting food to southern Baghdad on Wednesday.
      The terrorists threatened to kill the hostages if Turkey and Egypt don't
      condemn the invasion of Iraq by coalition forces.
      In related news, the Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry has begun
      initiatives to free the hostages. Rejecting the terrorists demands,
      Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul said that Turkey wanted a timely
      handover of power to Iraqis and the withdrawal of all foreign troops from
      Iraq without causing chaos in the region, reported the Turkish daily

      * The Anatolian News agency reported that a working group on small- and
      medium-size enterprises formed under the Industry and Business World
      Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
      convened in Istanbul Wednesday to discuss ways to increase the global role
      of small and medium-size enterprises.
      Mr. Ahmet Ecmer Yorganci, representing Turkey's Directorate General of
      Small- and Medium-size Industry Development in Brussels, said that the
      Small and Medium-size Enterprises Working Group was made up Organization
      for Economic Cooperation and Development member states and convened twice
      a year.
      The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
      ministerial-level meeting is due to take place Friday.
      The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is made up of
      30 countries. The US, Turkey, France, Germany, Britain and Greece are
      among some of the founding members in 1961. Japan joined in 1964. Among
      recent members are Mexico, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary,
      Poland and Korea.
      See http://www.oecd.org/home/ for more.

      * Turkey's Prime Minister and Justice and Development Party leader Recep
      Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that his government would suspend for now its
      push for enactment of the controversial Board of Higher Education bill
      following its veto last week by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer.
      The critics were saying that the bill was designed to do away with the
      secular nature of education in Turkey by giving incentives to the
      graduates of high schools with religious educational curriculum in
      entering universities and colleges.
      Addressing his party's parliamentary group meeting, Mr. Erdogan said,
      "Our priority is enacting the European Union harmonization laws. After
      Turkey gets a date to begin accession talks at the December European Union
      summit", added Erdogan, "the government will again take up the Board of
      Higher Education issue more comprehensively."
      Calling Turkey a gold key for the European Union, Mr. Erdogan said that
      keeping it out of it would weaken the Union.
      Mr. Erdogan further urged Brussels to give a date to Turkey to start the
      accession talks, arguing that there was no good obstacle or excuse for not
      doing so reported the daily Milliyet.

      * According to the daily Turkiye, Turkey has conveyed to the U.S. its view
      on the United States Greater Middle East Initiative, diplomatic sources
      said Monday.
      Turkey has often been cited as a model nation by US politicians, but
      while stating that it can contribute to the project, Turkish officials are
      urging that it not be held up as such a model.
      Turkish officials said that countries should contribute to the project
      with their current institutions and regimes, adding that the adoption of
      the project by countries in the region was very important.
      Turkey also said that it could lend support in economic areas.
      The initiative reportedly aims at bringing democracy, modernization,
      transparency and open economies to the Mideast region.


      Edited by Hilal Koc

      * Winners of the "Wide Angle" Photography Competition will be on display
      at the Istanbul Photography Center, as part of the "Rejuvinating Breaths:
      Turkish Photography, Part II."
      The exhibit focuses on new and original photographs from young Turkish
      photographers. The new wave of 18 younger photographers ranges in ages
      from 21-35, and feature the work of 8 women.
      The "Wide Angle" Photography Competition originated at Bospherous
      University in 1997, when Photography Club members embarked on an ambitious
      campaign to expose different photography styles and angles. The
      competition has been staged independently of the University since 2000.
      For more information on the competition, log on to
      http://www.genisaci.com or email genisaci@....
      For more information on other exhibits of interest at the Istanbul
      Photography Center, please log on to :
      http://www.istanbulfotografmerkezi.com or email

      * The fabled Rumeli Hisar will host the "Theater Gathering," June 1st
      through the 18th with actors from various acting troups throughout Turkey
      performing. The organization Aysa is putting together the event.
      The event, which has been getting more and more popular each year, is
      again garnering attention from theater enthusiasts and fans.
      For a complete daily schedule, please log on to the organizer, Aysa's
      website: http://www.aysaorg.com.

      * The Yann Tiersen concert planned for June 4 has been postponed to August
      5th due to health concerns for guitarist Roger Marc Sens who was unable to
      make the trip to Istanbul.
      Fans with tickets were allowed to attend the 'Emir Kusturica & No
      Smoking Orchestra' on the same night or hold off until the August concert.
      The French musician expressed regret for the postponement but added that
      he is enthusiastic about Sens's recovery and their upcoming concert.

      * And speaking of concerts, famous pop singer Tarkan thrilled crowds in
      Russia's Lujniki Concert Hall in the capital city of Moscow.
      Performing at the Turkish Cultural Festival in the capital, Tarkan
      created quite a stir in the capital.
      Upwards of ten thousand Russian fans showed up for his two concerts and
      rocked to his popular songs, "SIkIdIm," "Kuzu Kuzu," as well as more
      traditional slow songs.

      * Diyarbakir, the largest city in the southeast of Turkey, will be hosting
      an Arts and Culture Festival this weekend.
      This year's theme, "The Secrets Behind the Paintings on the City Walls,"
      will be evident in the attractions.
      The festival will also feature a play called "Women's Place in
      Communication" and several notable films featuring topics from European
      Human Rights to the History of Verbal History.
      The festival will end June 6th.

      * Shortly after Crown Prince Willem Alexander of the Netherlands and his
      wife Princess Maxima visited Cappadocia, the ancient region home to
      fantastic landscape launched its first annual Arts Fair, which ended June
      The festival aimed to expose these natural treasures to the rest of the
      Artists attended the fair from 11 different countries and featured
      paintings, sculptures, and ceramic arts. The Uchisar mayor, Mustafa Zuhal,
      announced the fair would become an annual event due to the dramatic
      success of this year.
      Organizers and contributers Ozlem Klakan Erenus and Feryal Taneri were
      pleased that so many of the invited artists came to the fair.
      German artist Dorothea Fleiss said the unique and beautiful natural
      scenary of Cappadocia inspired her to try different styles of sculpting
      and different color schemes and many others artists commented that the
      region was the perfect location for an arts fair and planned to come back
      with friends and family.

      * Arnavutkoy, a small and cozy suburb on the European side of Istanbul,
      hosted a new conference announcing continuing efforts to unearth the
      hidden mosaic treasures throughout the country.
      The partnership between the American Research Association and the
      International Mosaic Association and Selcuk University's Archeology
      Department is thriving and according to the University's Head of
      Archeology, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Sahin, increasingly active digs have
      produced unexpected results- mosaics not previously known or documented.
      Researchers and archeologists from five countries will also be joining
      the Turkish-American partnership- Germany, Canada, Italy, Austria and
      Southern Cyprus.

      * Two weeks ago, we mentioned the efforts to promote Turkish museums
      featuring artifacts from the famed Illiad, in conjucture with the movie
      Troy's release.
      The Head Work Force on the region, Prof. Dr. Manfred Korfmann, announced
      that the efforts to expose new artifacts are continuing at an accelerating
      The work is hard and ardous, and to date, despite nearly 135 years of
      research, Dr. Korfmann said that "only 5% of the treasures" have been
      Dr. Korfmann further noted that Trojan Museum set up in the region has
      been difficult to develop due to the governmental red tape and lack of
      He invited increased international participation, noting, "There is
      still much to be done. Troy is not just a Hollywood movie- it can be very
      beneficial to Turkish archeology and tourism."

      * The 20th Annual International Amateur Theather Festival drew to a close
      last week in the county of Denizli in northwestern Turkey.
      The festival was held in the ancient outdoor theaters of Aristophanes
      close to Pammukkale.
      Nearly 3,000 fans attended the festival, which featured dancing and
      acting groups from Turkey, Georgia, Macedonia, Lithuania and Germany.
      The festival focused on the theme of "peace through unity, understanding
      and friendship."
      The festival closed with a play simply titled, "Peace," directed by
      Gunay Toprak.

      * In an effort to support young filmmakers and Turkish film production,
      Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, has launched an International Short
      Film Competition.
      The competition will be open from June 1st through September 15th and is
      limited to movies 15 minutes or shorter in four categories:
      - Creative/Original,
      - Documentary,
      - Experimental, and
      - Animation.
      The winners of the overall best film will receive approximately $1300 in
      local currency and winners in each category will receive $675 each.
      Turkey's Fida Film will sponsor the competition and host the gala to
      announce the winners on September 24th.
      Applications can be obtained on various university campuses- Eskisehir
      Anadolu, Marmara, Ege, Istanbul, Bilgi, Mimar Sinan, Dokuz Eylul- as well
      as by emailing: info@....


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



      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 82/54 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 79/66 Partly Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 75/63 Showers
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 88/68 Partly Cloudy
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 77/59 Partly Cloudy

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 61
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 64
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 68
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 72


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * Soccer - National Team

      Turkey 1 - 0 South Korea
      Hakan 22'

      * Turkish Basketball - Mens' Playoffs


      √úlkerspor 2 - 0 Efes Pilsen

      * NBA - Playoffs

      Mehmet Okur Stats

      Game 1 Detroit 74 - 78 Indianapolis 2 pts, 3 rebounds and 1 assist in 15 minutes.
      Game 2 Detroit 72 - 67 Indianapolis 9 pts, 4 rebounds and 0 assists in 16 minutes.
      Game 3 Detroit 85 - 78 Indianapolis 0 pts, 0 rebounds and 0 assists in 11 minutes.
      Game 4 Detroit 68 - 83 Indianapolis 0 pts, 2 rebounds and 0 assists in 5 minutes.
      Game 5 Detroit 83 - 65 Indianapolis 2 pts, 1 rebound and 0 assists in 5 minutes.
      Game 6 Detroit 69 - 65 Indianapolis 0 pts, 1 rebound and 0 assists in 9 minutes.

      Detroit wins series 4 - 2

      Finals : L.A. Lakers vs Detroit Pistons


      *** Mercan Dede at Stern Grove Festival on August 1.

      There is no cover charge for the event.
      See http://www.sterngrove.org/index.php?tpl=concert&page=08012004 for more information.

      *** Today's program is partially underwritten by www.tulumba.com, the
      first Turkish mega-store in the U.S. offering music, food, exquisite
      and stylish home decoration articles, jewelry and much much more

      http://www.tulumba.com, Turkey at your fingertips.

      Bugunku programin sizlere ulasmasinda www.tulumba.com'in katkilari
      olmustur. Turkiyemizden muzik, kitap, video, yiyecek, icecek, dergi,
      kilim, cini ve diger seckin ev dekorayon esyalari ve Turkiye'den
      hersey icin, http://www.tulumba.com sitesine ugramayi unutmayin.

      Amerikali dostlariniza da Tulumba.com'un bulunumunu verin.

      {A$agidaki duyuru haberlerden SONRA yayinlanacak}

      *** Turkish American Association of California has partially
      underwritten today's program. TAAC is a non-profit
      charitable organization established to promote better
      understanding between Americans and Turks.

      If you have any questions about Turks and Turkey,
      give them a call:


      or e-mail them at


      *** Today's program is underwritten by the Alaturka restaurant,
      where gourmet Turkish cooking is an art:

      869 Geary St, (cross street Larkin)
      in San Francisco

      For reservations: (415) 345-1011


      *** Planning to go to Turkey? Take a look at our Web pages that is full of
      articles and information furnished by travelers like yourselves:


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      North May Turkish Classical Music Ensemble is looking for players
      traditional Turkish classical instruments such as oud, ney,
      tanbur, kanun or kemence, bendir or kudum; or even western
      instruments that easily adapt to Turkish music, such as cello.

      The ensemble is also looking for people who can sing in Turkish,
      or are interested in learning.

      The group is open to anyone with a sincere interest in Turkish

      For details call Hank Levin at 415 492-0728, or email:
      *** Turkuaz magazine, a nation-wide magazine aimed at connecting fellow
      Turkish-Americans and educating Americans about Turkish culture,
      current events and has officially launched their new website
      http://www.turkuaz.us. The website is designed as a billboard for the
      cultural life of the Turkish-American community in the US. Every week,
      the events calendar is updated with the many interesting events and
      programs organized throughout the country. The staff actively
      encourages any feedback you may have, including any announcements
      you'd like to make.

      Arkadas * Filoi
      is a social-cultural group of Greeks,
      Turks, Cypriots, and other peoples of good will,
      coming together to
      celebrate their rich heritage, explore common roots,
      and promote peace in the Aegean region.
      Share music, food, and conversation.
      Dance. Create art.
      Discover the generosity of the heart.

      This month's potluck is on Sunday 13 June 2004 * 5:00 PM
      RSVP & info 510/222-2246

      For more information contact
      Box 14022
      San Francisco, CA 94114-0022

      or e-mail: aegfriends@...

      Aegean Friends's website is at: http://members.aol.com/aegfriends

      *** Bay Area Turkish School is a meeting tomorrow!
      Contact Atila Ersahin at
      510-796-1442 or ersahin@...

      *** Yore at Ethnic Dance Festival, 19 & 20 June, San Francisco

      Yore Folk Dance Ensemble will make its debut in the 26th Annual San
      Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Yore Folk Dance Ensemble secured one of
      the 24 slots in the festival through a rigorous auditioning process with
      116 groups representing numerous cultures and nationalities. It has been
      15 years since a Turkish group was represented in this, one of city's
      most anticipated events. We will appreciate your presence in one of our three
      performances. Below is the information about Yore's Festival

      Saturday, June 19, 2004 2 PM & 8 PM
      Sunday, June 20, 2004 2 PM
      Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

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