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      Edited by Gokce Gokalp

      * In a surprise move, the ruling Justice and Development
      Party government decided on Thursday to postpone the
      implementation of the new Turkish Penal Code, as well as
      the Criminal Procedural Law and the Misdemeanors Law from
      April 1 to June 1 in order to make revisions to lessen the
      concerns of many groups, including journalists.
      Commenting on the decision, Foreign Affairs Minister
      Abdullah Gul said the government had made great efforts in
      drafting the new penal code, but conceded that there were
      still technical problems and that revisions seemed to be
      needed to overcome certain shortcomings. In related news,
      Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Volkan Bozkir
      briefed European Union officials Thursday in Ankara on the
      matter reported the daily Turkiye.

      * In related news President Ahmet Necdet Sezer stated
      Thursday that he also favored putting off implementation
      of the new Turkish Penal Code. He told reporters that the
      postponement was good as it would allow for needed
      revisions to be made according to the daily Turkiye.

      * Speaking at a conference in Istanbul Thursday,
      Switzerland's Foreign Affairs Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey
      reiterated that Turkey's European Union membership bid was
      very important, adding that it would also serve to
      strengthen stability in the region. European Union values
      are not about exclusion, but rather integration and
      clarity, she stated, adding that Switzerland was
      determined to develop relations with Turkey.
      Ms. Calmy-Rey indicated that some 80,000 Turkish
      citizens in Switzerland had successfully integrated to the
      country. "Turkey, as an element for stability in its
      region, deserves our trust," she added according to the
      daily Milliyet.

      * According to the daily Cumhuriyet, Foreign Affairs
      Minister Abdullah Gul commented on Greek Cypriots' recent
      urging of Turkey to open its air and sea ports to Greek
      Cyprus, saying that there was no conflict between Turkey
      and the European Union on the issue.
      Mr. Gul also reiterated that the government wouldn't do
      this before the international isolation of the Turkish
      Republic of Northern Cyprus is brought to an end. Greek
      Cypriots claim that Ankara opening its air and seaports to
      Greek Cyprus is part of its Customs Union obligations.

      * Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Prime Minister
      Mehmet Ali Talat stated Wednesday that the Turkish
      Republic of Northern Cyprus 's right to trade directly
      could not for long be blocked either by the Greek Cypriots
      or other powers.
      Stressing that the European Union had no intention to
      drop the topic of direct trade, Talat said that his
      government would insist on the issue. The premier added
      that he expected important steps would be taken towards a
      settlement on the island before Turkey begins its European
      Union accession talks on Oct. 3 reported the daily

      * In related news, Mr. Joost Lagendijk, co-chairman of the
      Turkish Parliament-European Parliament Joint Parliamentary
      Commission, stated Wednesday that Turkey had kept its
      promise by declaring that it will sign the Ankara
      Agreements additional protocol.
      Mr. Lagendijk underlined that Turkey isn't obliged to
      recognize Greek Cyprus in order to begin membership talks
      and continued:
      "However, when Turkey extends the Customs Union protocol
      in order to include Greek Cyprus, this will indicate that
      a light recognition of Greek Cyprus by Turkey has
      occurred." reported the daily Aksam.

      * According to the daily Sabah, Ruling Justice and
      Development Party Erzurum Deputy Ibrahim Gundogan and
      Izmir Deputy Serpil Yildiz resigned Wednesday from their
      The two are expected to join the Motherland Party before
      this weekends congress. Meanwhile, Justice and Development
      Party Gaziantep Deputy Omer Abusoglu, who quit his party
      on Tuesday, joined the ranks of Motherland Party during a
      ceremony held in Ankara Wednesday.

      * Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld denied that he had
      criticized Turkey for not allowing US troops to be
      deployed on its soil before the Iraq war, which could have
      opened a second front in the north of Iraq.
      Although Mr. Rumsfeld did not recant his recent
      statement that Ankara's refusal had resulted in a greater
      level of insurgency in Iraq, he stressed that Turkey had
      made its own decision as an independent country.
      "They had a brand new government [in early 2003], headed
      by a political party that had not governed in that
      country," he told reporters. But still "they actually went
      forward and made a good faith effort to do it [authorize
      the deployment]."
      When asked whether he was "blaming" Turkey in his
      earlier remarks, Mr. Rumsfeld answered, "I wasn't at all.
      They're a sovereign nation [and] they make their own
      decision," reported the Turkish daily Hurriyet.

      * According to the daily Star, in the runup to
      negotiations due between Turkey and Syria, the Foreign
      Ministry has agreed to establish a commission to find an
      acceptable formula for the territory problem between the
      neighboring countries.
      The so-called territory issue concerns 10,000 square
      meters of land in the southern province of Hatay, as Syria
      claims these Turkish territories.
      The commissions head Ambassador Mehmet Yildiz has
      requested written comments and recommendations of the
      Office of the General Staff, Interior Ministry and the
      Ministry of Public Works on the issue.
      The commission will develop Turkey's arguments on the
      Hatay issue to be discussed with Syrian officials and
      review the issues that a possible bilateral agreement
      could cover.


      * Sponsored by Turkey's Naval forces command, preparations
      for the first Marmaris International Maritime Festival are
      continuing, reports the Turkish Daily News.
      Marmaris is a town located in the southwest of Turkey
      where the Aegean and Mediterranean seas intersect.
      The area is dotted with coves and is an ideal location
      for yacht enthusiasts.
      The governor of Marmaris is saying that the festival is
      aiming to increase the number of visitors to the area.
      The Marmaris municipality, the South Aegean Tourism
      Hotel Operators Union and the Maritime Chamber of Commerce
      will participate in the festival. Turkey's president Mr.
      Ahmet Necdet Sezer will be attending the opening ceremony
      of the five-day festival.
      The festival will take place April 27-May 1.

      * Turkey's Environment and Forestry Ministry reports that
      it has started a project to duplicate and store the genes
      of plants and animals native to Turkey. The genes will
      then be available for cloning.
      The project will be in collaboration with the Scientific
      and Technical Research Council of Turkey.
      The ministry says that Turkey is rich in endemic
      species. The European mainland in its entirety has 12,000
      plant species, whereas Turkey alone has more than 9,000,
      3,000 of which are endemic plants.
      In the first phase of the project three gene banks will
      be established. The research Council will start the gene
      bank at the Marmara Research Center in Gebze, the
      Environment and Forest Ministry will establish another
      gene bank in Antalya, and the Agriculture and Rural
      Affairs Ministry will establish the third gene bank in a
      place yet to be determined.
      The project will aid in preserving species such as the
      tulip and crocus, which are used in the pharmaceutical,
      paint and cosmetics industries.
      Gene samples will also be taken from wild animals such
      as the hyena, gazelle, wild goat, bear and otter as
      determined by the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Ministry.
      The ministry open shows say that gene samples could be
      preserved in gene banks for hundreds of years.

      * The 4th Boston Turkish Movie Film Festival started with
      the Turkish film "Dry Summer", a 1964 Golden Bear award
      winner directed by Metin Erksan.
      The festival, taking place at the Boston Fine Arts
      Museum, will run until April 10. It will feature the best
      10 Turkish Movies selected by the Ankara Cinema
      Association for the first time in North America. These
      movies were first featured at the 39th Karlovy Vary Film
      Festival in the Czech Republic last year.
      Founder and director of the festival Mr. Erkut Gomulu
      said the festival has been running since 2001 and is
      becoming more and more popular every year.
      Mr. Gomulu said this year's festival is a good
      opportunity for those wanting to see the best Turkish
      films from the last 40 years, adding, "Turkish films have
      gained new momentum in the last few years due to the
      successful work of young directors like Nuri Bilge Ceylan,
      Zeki Demirkubuz, Fatih Akin, Neco Celik and Ferzan
      The festival will end with Nuri Bilge Ceylan's film
      "Out of Reach", which has won many awards at international
      film festivals.
      The remaining "Best 10 Turkish Movies" that the festival
      will feature are:
      - Atif Yilmaz's "Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalim,"
      - Omer Lütfi Akad's "The Bride",
      - Yavuz Turgul's "Mr. Muhsin",
      - Yilmaz Guney's "The Hope",
      - Omer Kavur's "The Homeland Hotel",
      - Zeki Okten's "The Herd",
      - Zeki Demirkubuz's "Innocence" and
      - Serif Goren's "The Road".

      * Turkey's southeastern province of Batman, which is out
      of the way for most tourists, is trying to promote its
      historical riches to the world with a "Miss Hasankeyf
      Beauty Pageant" during Tourism Week, April 15-22.
      Young women between the ages of 16 and 25 are eligible
      to enter the pageant, and the winner will be awarded
      around $800 in local currency, a cell phone and shopping
      coupons from sponsoring companies.
      Great interest is expected in the pageant, which will be
      the first of its kind to take place in Batman.

      * Rocks in Cappadocia Turkey carved by the ancient
      Hittites 5000 years ago in the shape of castles for
      defensive purposes and huge subterranean holes in which to
      hide are the most frequented tourist attractions in the
      area. The most popular castle is Uchisar, located in
      Nevsehir province, carved out of a soft rock known as
      "tufa", reports the Dogan News Agency.
      Uchisar Castle, situated 600 feet above the Ceviz
      River, was originally sculpted as a strategic defense
      location and residence and is widely considered to be the
      world's first skyscraper.
      Uchisar Mayor Mustafa Zuhal noted that the tufa rock
      found in the region is easy to work with, enabling a
      single rock to house a wine cellar, living quarters,
      kitchen, stables and approximately 400 other rooms.
      Another castle measuring 300 feet in height, called
      Ortahisar Castle, was also created by the Hittites and
      used for defense and housing as well.

      * The Bodrum Municipality and Bodrum residents have
      launched a campaign for the return of King Mausolos'
      mausoleum to Bodrum, reports the Turkish Daily News.
      Bodrum Is a Historic City in the southwest in the region
      of Turkey where they Mediterranean and Aegean seas
      The mausoleum is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient
      World and is currently exhibited at the British Museum.
      A total of 1,200 signatures were collected in the first
      four hours of the month-long campaign. Roger and Nancy
      Withespoon, who came from London to Bodrum for a vacation,
      also signed the petition.
      Deputy mayor of the city said they intended to expand
      the campaign and that after collecting enough signatures
      they would apply to the European Court of Human Rights for
      the return of the mausoleum.
      Queen Artemisia ordered the mausoleum built for her
      husband Mausolos, the king of Caria, who lived between 377
      and 353 B.C. in Halicarnassus, the ancient name for
      modern-day Bodrum. All that remain today are some of the
      stones from the mausoleum.
      British archeologists discovered the mausoleum, which is
      believed to have been destroyed during a major earthquake.
      Lord Stratford Canning launched excavations in 1846 with
      special permission from Sultan Abdülmecit of the Ottoman

      * The 7th State Theater Sabanci International Theater
      Festival opened with a ceremony on Sunday March 27 in
      Turkey's Mediterranean City of Adana.
      Turkey's new Culture and Tourism Minister Mr. Atilla Koc
      addressed a ceremony.
      Turkey's State Theaters' general manager, Mr. Lemi
      Bilgin, said with every passing year a bigger audience was
      reached and that 17 theater groups with international
      artists from Italy, Russia, the United States, Romania and
      Greece as well as Turkey are taking part in the festival.
      The festival will end with a concert by Zuhal Olcay on
      April 30.

      * Turkish State Theaters artist Aclan Buyukturkoglu has
      received positive reviews from critics and audiences with
      Norman Barasch's play "Standing By," which he staged in
      Los Angeles last week. The play is the humorous story of
      two young people who meet on a plane and who realize that
      it is impossible to achieve anything in life without
      taking risks.
      The play was featured at the Matrix Theater on Friday.
      Mr. Buyukturkoglu, lauded by critics for his unique
      directing style, told the Dogan News agency that he, as a
      Turk, was proud of putting on a play in Los Angeles.
      Getting ready to enter into the world of movies with the
      film "High Places", Mr. Buyukturkoglu said he wanted to
      become known in Hollywood as well.
      He emphasized, however, that theater was his first love
      and that he would never leave his main profession. The
      first Turkish student ever to graduate from the American
      Film Institute, Mr. Buyukturkoglu had his first experience
      in theater direction in Hollywood with Franz Kafka's "The
      Trial," which was sold out for four months.
      The play received favorable reviews from the local
      press, which said the Turkish director's point of view was
      radically different than that of Americans and that this
      made the play more interesting.

      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.36


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 39/27 Snow
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 64/50 Showers
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 45/37 Sleet
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 52/43 Mostly Cloudy
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 43/37 Rainy

      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


      Turkish Soccer Premier League

      Last week games

      Besiktas - Trabzonspor 1 - 0
      Malatyaspor - Rizespor 0 - 1
      Gaziantepspor - Ankaragucu 2 - 0
      Kayserispor - Istanbulspor 0 - 0

      Galatasaray - Ankaraspor 4 - 2
      Gençlerbirligi - Konyaspor 2 - 1
      Sebatspor - Samsunspor 3 - 0
      Sakaryaspor - Diyarbakirspor 3 - 2

      This week's games

      Fenerbahçe - Gaziantepspor 2 - 0
      Rizespor - Gençlerbirligi 1 - 1
      Ankaragucu - Sakaryaspor 2 - 7
      Istanbulspor - Sebatspor 1 - 0

      The Top Five in the League:

      Team Points
      1. Fenerbahçe 65
      2. Galatasaray 60
      3. Trabzonspor 55
      4. Besiktas 48
      5. Rizespor 41


      * A Benefit Concert

      Sunday, April 24, 3:30 PM
      the Ross Valley Masonic Auditorium
      Larkspur, CA,
      Devi-ja Delgado Croll,

      well-know performer of world music in the SF Bay area.

      - There will be three incredible ensembles, and
      - will feature (among other great artists) Devi-ja's father, legendary Bay Area world music percussionist Vince Delgado.

      Devi-ja has participated in many Turkish events over the years.

      *** The Alaturka restaurant underwrote today's program,
      where gourmet Turkish cooking is an art:

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

      For reservations: (415) 345-1011


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      charitable organization established to promote better
      understanding between Americans and Turks.

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      North May Turkish Classical Music Ensemble is looking for players
      traditional Turkish classical instruments such as oud, ney,
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      instruments that easily adapt to Turkish music, such as cello.

      The ensemble is also looking for people, who can sing in Turkish,
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      The group is open to anyone with a sincere interest in Turkish

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