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      * European Union Commission spokesman Amadeu Altafaj
      Tardio yesterday sent a letter to the Turkish
      government on Thursday, stating that Ankara hadn't yet
      met all the criteria to join the European Union.
      "Religious freedom is very important for us and it
      will constitute an important subject in Ankara's
      negotiations", said Altafaj in his letter, adding that
      Turkish officials knew the importance of this issue,
      reported the daily Aksam.

      * In related news, speaking Thursday in Hamburg at a
      campaign rally for next months general elections,
      German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder stated that
      Turkey's European Union membership was important for
      the Unions security, even though some circles are
      trying to paint Turkey as a threat to the Union.
      "The European Union will benefit Turkey, a country
      which is adopting Western values", said Schroeder.
      He stressed that the European Union vision should
      continue, adding that if the European Union wants to
      take control of its boundaries, then Turkey's
      membership would be an historic opportunity.
      "If we lose this opportunity, in the future we'll
      regret it", indicated Schroeder, adding that the
      European Union couldn't go any further without Turkey,
      according to the daily Sabah.

      * According to the daily Milliyet, on Tuesday French
      prime minister Mr. Dominique Villepin claimed that
      Ankara couldn't begin its European Union accession
      talks before recognizing Greek Cyprus.
      In related news, Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry
      spokesman George Koumoutsakos also stated that an
      European Union candidate state not recognizing a member
      state could pose a problem.
      However, the daily Sabah reported that European Union
      Commission spokesman Amadeu Altafaj took exception to
      French Prime Minister's remarks about Turkeys European
      Union talks, saying that on the contrary, recognizing
      Greek Cyprus wasn't a precondition for Turkey's
      European Union talks to begin on Oct. 3.
      Mr. Altafaj said that Turkey had met all conditions
      to begin its talks, adding that the recognition issue
      should be addressed by the United Nations, not the
      European Union.

      * On hearing French prime minister's remarks, and
      later, French president's position on them, the Turkish
      prime minister had a few things to say: According to
      the daily Milliyet, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
      criticized French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday
      for agreeing with the French prime minister's remarks.
      The Turkish prime minister stressed that accepting
      other criteria to begin its European Union talks on
      Oct. 3 was out of the question, adding that the Union
      had decided at last December's summit to begin Ankara's
      talks on Oct. 3.

      * Former Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President
      Rauf Denktas urged the Turkish Parliament on Thursday,
      not to approve the additional Customs Union protocol,
      denouncing the protocol as part of a traitorous game.
      Mr. Denktas further stated that the European Union
      wanted Turkey to recognize Greek Cyprus.
      As we reported to you last week, the protocol extends
      the Customs Union to the European Union's 10 new
      members, including Greek Cyprus, though Turkey has also
      issued a declaration stating that the extension did not
      amount to recognition, reported the daily Aksam.

      * Speaking of Cyprus, according to the daily
      Cumhuriyet, Turkish president Mr. Ahmet Necdet Sezer
      met with visiting Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
      president Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat on Tuesday to discuss
      recent developments on the Cyprus issue and the recent
      signing of the additional European Union Customs Union
      During their meeting, Mr. Sezer urged the
      international community, the United Nations and the
      European Union to end the Turkish Republic of Northern
      Cyprus's isolation. "We expect concrete steps on the
      issue," he said.
      Speaking at a press conference following their
      meeting, Mr. Sezer stated that there were two
      separate states and nations on the island, adding that
      these two nations could co-exist peacefully.
      President Sezer stated that the Greek Cypriots didn't
      want a resolution based on the equality of both
      sides. Sezer stressed that Turkey would continue to
      support the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in all
      areas, adding that the Turks would stand by the Turkish

      * According to the Turkish daily Turkiye, Turkey's
      Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Mr. Namik Tan stated
      Wednesday that during the current tripartite meeting
      between Turkey, the US and Iraq, Ankara would urge the
      US administration to close the rebel Turkish Kurd's
      underground organization Kurdish Workers Party's bureau
      in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.
      Speaking at a press conference, Mr. Tan stressed that
      the issue would be handled at the meeting, which
      started in Washington Wednesday.

      * In related news, addressing a press conference on
      Tuesday, State Department spokesman Mr. Tom Casey
      stated, "Our position on the Kurdish Workers Party is
      well known. They are a terrorist organization. We
      continue to cooperate closely both with our friends in
      Iraq, as well as our friends in Turkey, to ensure that
      the Kurdish Workers Party does not have a safe haven or
      the ability to operate out of northern Iraq."
      Mr. Casey further stressed, the United States and
      Turkey have a long history of friendship. "We have
      worked together cooperatively. As NATO allies, we have
      worked together at the UN. We've worked together on a
      wide range of issues. We certainly have a broad and
      deep relationship that covers politics, economics, as
      well as security matters and we certainly look forward
      for that to continue. ... I think there's a good deal
      of friendship between the American and Turkish people
      and we certainly look forward for that to continue."
      Asked about reports of a terrorist Kurdish Workers
      Party bureau in Kirkuk in northern Iraq, Mr. Casey
      stated that he had not heard those reports, reports the
      daily Turkiye.


      Edited by Hilal Koc

      * Dean of Ankara University Professor Nusret Aras
      announced the resumption of work on the archeological
      site of the ancient city of Limantepe, near to the
      Aegean coastal province of Izmir's Urla town.
      The work, which is being funded by the Underwater
      Research Center and Limantepe Archeological
      Excavation Center, is set to be opened by the end of
      September. The aim of the dig is to study the
      settlement and the graves to determine the changes that
      the ancient culture underwent over time and the factors
      involved in these changes.
      The Urla mayor said that they were excited that the
      excavations would re-start again this year and
      thanked Professors Aras and Erkanal for all their

      * The 2nd International Istanbul Theater Festival
      hosted by the Greater Istanbul Municipality's City
      Theaters opened on Aug. 6th and will continue until
      Mr. Hüsnü Kiliç, vice president of the city theaters,
      hosted a press conference at the historic Girl's
      Tower (Kiz Kulesi) in Istanbul to promote the festival
      on Monday and said they hope to further Istanbul as a
      center for arts and culture.
      Mr. Kiliç says the goal of the festival is to promote
      the historic sites of Istanbul; to make positive
      contributions to the public life of the city; and to
      attract theater lovers from different countries and
      Nearly 500 actors and actresses will attend the
      festival from Kirgizistan, Finland, Lebanon, Serbia
      and Montenegro, Denmark, Albania, Macedonia,
      Turkmenistan, Norway, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Tunisia,
      Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sweden, Syria, Canada and Iraq.
      Festivalgoers can watch every play free of charge. For
      the lucky ones who were in Turkey during the festival,
      the opening ceremony was held Aug. 6 at the Dolmabahçe

      * According to the Culture and Tourism Ministry Turkey
      was visited by roughly 8.6 million tourists in the
      first six months of 2005. Holidaymakers arriving from
      other Mediterranean countries accounted for about a
      third of all foreign visitors, the Anatolia news agency
      Further good news for the Turkish tourism came from
      Israel's most popular newspaper, Yediot Ahronot,
      which chose Turkey as 2005's "hottest" holiday
      destination in the Mediterranean.
      The Israeli newspaper said that Turkey, with its
      unmatched beaches, accommodations and high standards,
      was the indisputable number one for coastal tourism for
      Israelis in the first six months of the year.
      The newspaper's tourism section said that the United
      States and Turkey were the two most popular holiday
      destinations with Israeli tourists.
      The article also said that there was a 42% increase
      in the number of Israeli tourists who visited Turkey
      in 2005 when compared to the same time last year.
      January through to the end of June saw a total of 154
      thousand Israeli tourists visit Turkey. According to
      official data this figure shows a 72% percent increase
      when compared to the same period last year.

      * At least 150 historic artifacts, including gold
      crowns and sarcophagi, have been discovered during
      recent excavations in the ancient city of Parion,
      situated in Çanakkale province in northwestern Turkey.
      Excavation team leader Professor Cevat Basaran of
      Ataturk University told an Anatolia news agency
      reporter that they had been able to excavate four
      important sarcophagi since June 20.
      Dr. Basaran said his team had opened two of the four
      sarcophagi and initially estimates them to be about
      2,000 years old. Inside the sarcophagi they found many
      gold artifacts such as a golden crown in the shape of a
      leaf, believed to have belonged to the wife of a king
      or prince.
      Among other artifacts were two gold coins with the
      sun god engraved on its face, a necklace with bull
      figures, a ring adorned with stones, a pair of earrings
      in the figure of Eros and a dagger. Professor Basaran
      said the 3,000-year-old city probably took its name
      from Trojan King Priam's son Paris. He said the city
      had been a commercial center with two seaports.
      "The settlement area contains many architectural
      examples. There are four temples, one of them
      dedicated to Apollo, and an Altar," he said. He added
      that the ancient city of Parion was just as important
      as Troy.
      The excavation project will continue until Aug. 20,
      although the professor said excavations could
      theoretically continue for hundreds of years as
      artifacts are dug up, restored and handed over to the
      Çanakkale Archaeology Museum.
      After the excavations are complete, the area will be
      open to the public for viewing and exploring, like
      the cities of Ephesus and Miletus.

      * The Irgandi Bridge, connecting the districts of
      Osmangazi and Yildirim in Bursa, has been transformed
      into an "art bridge" with an array of traditional
      handcrafts on display on the structure.
      Located near the Marmara Sea in the northwest region,
      Bursa is known as one of the most ancient Anatolian
      In a press conference, Osmangazi Mayor Recep Altepe
      said the bridge was an important part of that
      history. Built in 1442 and currently housing 31 shops
      and one small mosque, it underwent a process of
      restoration that was completed in 2004.
      "Following meetings with experts on how to improve
      the bridge, we decided it would be better off serving
      as an 'art bridge' than a profit-making enterprise. As
      a result, preparations for installing concessions and
      display cases of traditional Turkish handcrafts, wood
      carvings, mother-of-pearl work, miniatures, metal
      ornaments, decorations, Bursa knives, Iznik ceramic
      tiles, baskets and a bookstore were initiated," Mr.
      Altepe told the Anatolia news agency.
      See http://www.ntvmsnbc.com/news/150735.jpg for the
      opening ceremony for the bridge after its
      shows the bridge during restoration.

      * Prolific Turkish screenwriter Safa Önal wrote 395
      screenplays that were filmed, setting a record in the
      Guinness World Records for most filmed scripts and will
      be included in the 2006 edition of the famous book.
      Mr. Önal told an Anatolia news agency reporter in an
      interview that he worked nonstop for 53 years in
      serving the Turkish film industry. "I wrote scripts and
      made films. I never expected to write so many stories
      nor see the day I would be honored in this way," said
      the scribe.
      Mr. Önal said he enjoys his work very much and was
      excited to go down in the Guinness World Records. He
      said this distinction gives him support in his ongoing
      struggle against copyright infringement of his works,
      which he has been fighting for a long time and has even
      taken to the international level.
      Professor Orhan Kural is Turkey's honorary
      representative for Guinness and a lecturer at
      Istanbul Technical University's mineral sciences
      department. He said a new category was opened in the
      Guinness World Records for Önal's achievement.
      Dr. Kural said he would present Önal an official
      Guinness certificate on Thursday at a press
      conference. The professor was very happy Guinness
      Approved Mr. Önal's application. They were hesitant
      about the outcome and feared a prolific writer in India
      would be declared the record holder.
      They are both proud this record belongs to Turkey. *

      * The Scientific and Technological Research Council of
      Turkey in cooperation with Bilim Teknik and Bilim Cocuk
      magazines is sponsoring the 8th National Sky
      Observation Festival Aug. 12-14 in Antalya's Saklikent
      In addition to the invigorating mountain air, the
      Perseid meteor shower, which will make an appearance
      within the festival's time frame, makes it an
      unforgettable event.
      The meteor shower will make its appearance on Aug.
      12, when it will reach its peak in the company of
      100 meteors shooting by in the space of one minute.
      The sky will be observed with the naked eye while an
      expert introduces groups of stars throughout the
      The festival will take place in Saklikent, situated
      in the foothills of the Beydaglari Mountains and home
      to TÜBITAK's National Observatory. This observatory
      hosts the largest telescope in Turkey, with a mirror
      diameter of 1.5 meters.
      During the day films, seminars and presentations on
      and about the heavens will be available as well as
      films and workshops, sun watching and games. Astronomy
      groups and telescope manufacturers with representatives
      in Turkey will also attend the festival.
      For photos and more detailed information on the
      festival go to
      or contact Alp Akoglu from Bilim Teknik magazine on 468
      5300/1069, or e-mail him at alp.akoglu@...


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * UEFA Champions' League

      Trabzonspor 1 – 3 Anorthosis Famagusta (Greek Cyprus)
      Trabzonspor 1 – 0 Anorthosis Famagusta

      Trabzonspor eliminated on 3-2 aggregate

      * Turkish defender Alpay Ozalan signed a one year contract with Cologne, newly
      promoted to the German Bundesliga.

      * Turkish Super League

      Week 1 Matches:

      Gençlerbirligi Fenerbahçe 0 - 0
      Diyarbakirspor Rizespor 1 - 0
      Erciyesspor Besiktas 1 - 1
      Sivasspor Malatyaspor 1 - 1
      Trabzonspor Kayserispor 2 - 1
      Denizlispor Ankaraspor 1 - 1
      Galatasaray Konyaspor 2 - 1
      Samsunspor Gaziantepspor 2 - 3
      Manisaspor Ankaragucu 2 - 2


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      Mark your calendars for two days of events full of fun for the whole family:
      Music, art shows, food, folk dancing, entertainment for kids, and a lot more.

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

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      Turks, Cypriots, and other peoples of good will,
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      and promote peace in the Aegean region.
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      Aegean Friends are getting together next Sunday August 14 for a potluck in San
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      *** Azeri Society of Northern California
      Cordially invites you to a picnic
      Date: Sunday August 14
      Time: 11 AM to sundown
      Place: Saratoga Springs Park
      Menu: Doner kebab, Azeri tea, Azeri desert "Letife"
      Lots of activities!

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