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      x0x Turkish news for week ending 04 March 2006

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      Edited by Gokce Gokalp

      * Speaking at a press conference Thursday, Turkey's Justice Minister Cemil
      Cicek stated that this weeks Belgian court ruling convicting terrorist
      Fehriye Erdal of belonging to a terrorist group and giving her a four-year
      prison term was important, but not enough.
      Mr. Cicek indicated that Ankara was expecting Ms. Erdal, who disappeared
      just after the courts decision, to be extradited to Turkey as soon as
      "We hope that all European Union member states will cooperate with us
      concerning the issue", he added.
      In related news, Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul
      criticized Ms. Erdal being allowed to escape while she was under arrest
      reported the daily Milliyet.

      * According to the daily Turkiye, US State Department Iraq Coordinator
      James Jeffrey commented the rebel Kurdish Workers Party in Iraq.
      During a State Department briefing on aid in Iraq, a reporter asked if
      militants attached to the terrorist Kurdish Workers Party were patrolling
      alongside US military forces in Iraq's Kirkuk and Mosul cities.
      Ambassador Jeffrey replied that the US considers the Kurdish Workers
      Party a terrorist organization and that it has nothing to do with the
      The Kurdish Worker's Party is an underground organization of the rebel
      Turkish Kurds. Along with the United States the European Union also
      considers the organization to be a terrorist entity.
      Turkish government holds them responsible for the deaths of almost
      40,000 people in the armed conflict between 1985 and 1999, until the
      capturing of their leader.
      Most of the militants belonging to the rebel group are now thought to be
      hiding in Northern Iraq, just beyond the Turkish border.

      * Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari came to Ankara to hold talks on
      Tuesday. Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi, Transportation
      Minister Selam Al-Maliki and Electricity Minister Mohsen Shlash
      accompanied al-Jaafari, who was welcomed by Turkish Energy and Natural
      Resources Minister Hilmi Guler.
      Mr. Al-Jaafari first met with the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
      Erdogan. During their meeting, which Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul
      also attended, Mr. Erdogan told Mr. Al-Jaafari that Iraq's political and
      religious leaders should unite.
      "It's imperative that political circles and religious circles should act
      together to prevent terrorist groups in Iraq from reaching their aims",
      said the Turkish prime minister.
      Mr. Al-Jaafari described the recent violence as deliberate terrorist
      acts, saying, "These are people with roots outside Iraq, who can't accept
      the process, and are carrying out deliberate and harmful activities to sow
      an atmosphere of insecurity".
      The Iraqi prime minister was also received by the Turkish President
      Ahmet Necdet Sezer.
      The Iraqi President and Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani was not pleased
      with his prime minister's visit however. He strongly criticized Mr.
      Al-Jaafari Tuesday for going to Turkey without informing him, and warned
      that any agreement reached during the trip would be invalid, reported the
      daily Star.

      * In related news, appearing on television Tuesday, US Ambassador to
      Ankara Ross Wilson stated that Washington supported Turkey's efforts to
      promote peace efforts in Iraq.
      According to the daily Sabah, Mr. Wilson stated that Turkey was striving
      for the Iraqi nation to have a better future, adding that it had
      undertaken a role to provide the participation of all groups in the
      political process.
      Touching on the issue of Iran's nuclear program, Mr. Wilson indicated
      that US officials would continue to exchange views with Turkish officials
      concerning the program.
      Asked about Turkey's expectations of the US concerning the rebel Turkish
      Kurds, Mr. Wilson stated that in recent months US and Turkish officials
      had been trying a package of measures to address the issue fully.

      * According to the daily Turkiye, The European Union General Affairs and
      External Relations Council approved a regulation on direct aid for the
      Turkish Cypriots on Monday, by decoupling it from a measure for direct
      Turkiye reports that this is a move running counter to Turkish and
      Turkish Cypriot demands.
      The regulation was prepared by the European Union Commission in 2004 and
      proposes 139 million euros in aid for the Turkish Cypriots.
      In related news, the European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli
      Rehn said that it would be possible to provide aid in such fields as
      energy and the environment, adding that with the adaptation of the
      regulation the first step had been taken to end the isolation of the
      Turkish Cypriots.
      "With a number of concrete projects, the Turkish Cypriots will become
      closer to the European Union", he added.
      European Union Term President Austria's Foreign Affairs Minister Ursula
      Plassnik said that the aid would raise the standards of the Turkish

      * Former Turkish Cypriot President Rauf Denktas stated on Monday that UN
      Secretary-General Kofi Annan's plan for reunification of the divided
      island was dead
      "It's a big mistake to ask for the resumption of negotiations within the
      framework of this plan," Mr. Denktas was quoted as saying during a press
      conference at Suleyman Demirel University in Isparta.
      Mr. Denktas also indicated the Turkish Parliament shouldn't approve an
      additional protocol extending Turkey's Customs Union deal to the newest
      members of the European Union, including Greek Cyprus, and added that the
      protocol shouldn't even be discussed by Parliament, reported the daily
      Turkish Daily News

      * The Turkish Daily News reported that Main Opposition Republican People's
      Party leader Deniz Baykal accused the ruling Justice and Development Party
      and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of being at the center of
      political corruption on Tuesday.
      Speaking at a parliamentary group meeting, Mr. Baykal stated, "Its about
      time the prime minister assessed the situation. If (Finance Minister
      Kemal) Unakitan didn't have the support of the prime minister, would he
      have been able to do so much? I'm almost ashamed to speak about the
      details of what's going on. Everything is out in the open."
      The Finance Minister is being accused of promoting legislation that
      reduces his personal tax obligations.

      * The Turkish daily Turkiye reports that Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister
      Abdullah Gul met with visiting Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Boris
      Tarasyuk on Wednesday to discuss a number of issues, including bilateral
      During their meeting, the two ministers signed a 15-article action plan
      aimed at several issues, including boosting economic ties and cooperation
      in fighting terrorism.
      The plan also includes a new investment fund and a working group to
      explore avenues of cooperation issues in the energy field.
      During the meeting, the Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister stated that
      Turkey supported the reform process in Ukraine and its integration with
      European Atlantic institutions.
      For his part, Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister praised Turkey's recent
      proposal for resolving the Cyprus issue.


      Edited by Hilal Koc

      * Turkish Daily News reports that world-renowned pianist twins Güher and
      Süher Pekinel and famous French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier will perform
      on March 8 at the Is Art Culture.
      The proceeds from the recital will benefit the Turkish Education
      Foundation and the Foundation's Inanç Türkes Private School . The proceeds
      will also be used for completion of the school's Science and Art Center.
      Turkish Education Foundation Inanç Türkes Private School is the first
      and only school for gifted children in Turkey and celebrates its 12th
      anniversary this year.
      The event will be jointly sponsored by Kayra Wines, Biletix, Is Sanat, B
      Point, Agron Agricultural Products, Set Group Holding, Dogan Yayin
      Holding, Kütahya Porcelain, Radisson Sas Bosphorus, The Marmara Istanbul,
      DDF, VIP Tourism and the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.
      The Pekinel sisters rank internationally as a piano duo of extraordinary
      mastery and remarkable expressiveness. They are recognized worldwide for
      their most exceptional artistry and magnetism.
      The Pekinel duo and the Jacques Loussier Trio have performed together
      many times and considerably expanded the inner dynamics of their unique
      interpretation of Bach together.
      The sisters' recording in collaboration with Loussier of Bach's piano
      concertos No. 2 and No.3 released by TELDEC, "Take Bach" had worldwide
      record sales.

      * Turkish capital Ankara is welcoming the spring with music. The "3rd
      Martfestodtü Festival," which will start on Sunday, will entertain Ankara
      music lovers throughout March with its colorful program.
      The festival aims to unite jazz enthusiasts with other distinguished
      artists and to offer quality performances to university students at low
      The festival is being held in cooperation with the Middle East Technical
      University and the LEO Organization sponsored by
      - ERE Automotive;
      - RadioODTÜ;
      - Daily Cumhuriyet,
      - Daily Milliyet,
      - Daily Ankara Guide;
      - Myselfdergi;
      - Gazette Ankara and
      - Ankara Jazz Society.
      There will be a total of 10 concerts throughout the festival held at
      Middle East Technical University's Congress and Culture Center.
      The festival will open with the world-renowned Turkish opera and jazz
      singer Yildiz Ibrahimova and daughter Suna Dinçer singing a concert called
      "Children Songs" on March 5.
      The festival will also feature
      - "Ankara Musicians,"
      - A concert directed by Tahir Aydogdu celebrating World Women's Day on
      the 8th,
      - Turkey's leading illusionist Kubilay QB Tuncer,
      - Musician Baris Güney,
      - Blue Black Flamenco Ensemble, the first and only flamenco group in
      Turkey, and
      - Group "Nem," consisting of four young Ankara musicians.
      For more information on the festival log onto: http://www.leo.com.tr

      * A new archeological study discloses that the Urartians, who established
      a kingdom around Lake Van in eastern Anatolia between 1,000 B.C. and 585
      B.C., failed to deal with severe winter conditions, especially snow, in an
      effective way.
      Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Professor Sevin said he conducted
      comprehensive archaeological studies on the ancient Urartian civilization.
      He said Urartian civilization was an important regional power and that it
      was highly developed.
      Urartians were renowned for their architectural skills in the design and
      construction of temples, dams, palaces, castles and water channels.
      Professor Sevin said the Urartians were not a social state and were
      governed by a feudal system that made their kings the ultimate authority.
      This system led to a lack of preparedness and communication between the
      common people during the long winters.

      * The Turkish Union of Theater Producers will launch the "1st Ankara
      Theater Get-together" on March 20-27, the union announced on Wednesday.
      The event, sponsored by the Turkish capital's Çankaya Municipality, will
      feature 15 plays by 14 theater companies staged at five venues, the
      Anatolia news agency reported.
      Theater companies to participate in the event include the Gülüm Pekcan
      Dance Theater, the Çankaya Municipality City Theater and the Ankara Sanat
      Tiyatrosu as well as a children's theater ensemble.
      Side events of the gathering include three panel discussions titled
      "Theater and Organization," "Theater and Authorship" and "Children and

      * The Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul, which is currently holding an
      exhibit of the works of renowned painter Pablo Picasso, held a "Neighbors
      Day" on Wednesday. The event was aimed at enabling the people of Emirgan,
      the neighborhood where the museum is located, to view the exhibition free
      of charge.
      The exhibition, which opened on Nov. 24, will run through March 26.
      Museum director Ms. Nazan Ölçer said that that most residents of Emirgan
      have not been visiting the exhibition due to high entrance fees. "We want
      our neighbors to visit the museum and feel themselves as the owners of the
      museum," she added
      Emirgan mayor Mr. Baki Kizginkaya said they have so far given around
      3,000 invitations to neighborhood residents. "Some people cried when they
      received invitations. They were so touched," he said.
      The visitors were offered tea, coffee and cookies on the day, reported
      the Anatolia news agency.
      "Picasso in Istanbul" is the first major exhibition devoted to a Western
      artist to be held in Turkey.
      It brings together works from the Picasso museums in Paris and
      Barcelona, the Lille Modern Art Museum, FABA and family collections from
      by Picasso's grandson Ruiz-Picasso.
      The event will be repeated on March 8.

      * An "Italian breeze" will rush through the city of Istanbul, starting
      this weekend. Famed Italian director, Federico Fellini's movies will be
      shown throughout the month.
      The event was the result of a collaboration of the Italian Cultural
      Center and the Modern Cinema's directors honoring the 150th anniversary of
      the establishment of Turco-Italian diplomatic ties.
      Nine of Fellini's films will be viewed on rotation throughout the month.
      Among the films will be:
      - Il Casanova,
      - I Vitelloni,
      - Lo Sceicco Bianco,
      - Giulieta degli Spiriti,
      - Le Notti di Cabiria,
      - Satyricon,
      - Roma,
      - Otto ed una metà and
      - La Dolce Vita.
      The Istanbul Modern Cinema will also simultaneously host two other
      The 4th Annual Filmmor Woman's Film Festival and the Goethe Insititute's
      "Short and Good" Film Festival.

      * According to Turkish Radio & Television Channel's producers, the song
      representing Turkey in this year's Eurovision Song Competition will be
      announced in a conference held at the Ceylan Intercontinental Hotel in
      The 51st annual Competition which is viewed by 400 to 600 million
      people, will be held in Athens this year. Singer Sibel Tuzum will
      represent Turkey.
      Turkey joined the competition for the first time in 1975 with Semiha
      Yanki's song, "One Moment with You" and won first place in 2003 with
      Sertab Erener's song "Everyway That I Can."
      Turkey hosted the event in 2004.

      * Famous jazz diva Dee Dee Bridgewater will be visiting the capital city
      of Ankara for the first time.
      Ms. Bridgewater, who had two concerts in Istanbul last year will be in
      Ankara and will then move on to Istanbul again for another concert.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.3


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 48/28 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 66/48 Mostly Sunny
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 55/36 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 64/43 Partly Cloudy
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 48/36 Rainy

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 35 inches
      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 63 inches
      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 110 inches
      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 34 inches
      Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey 12 inches
      Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 73 inches
      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 79 inches


      EDITED BY Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Soccer Premier League

      Week 21 Match Results:

      Erciyesspor 1-0 Gaziantepspor
      Galatasaray 4-2 Manisaspor
      Denizlispor 1-0 Malatyaspor
      Diyarbakirspor Konyaspor
      Fenerbahçe 2-2 Besiktas
      Gençlerbirligi 1-1 Ankaragucu
      Rizespor 0-0 Kayserispor
      Samsunspor 0-1 Ankaraspor
      Trabzonspor 0-0 Sivasspor

      Week 22 Matches:

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

      Team Pts
      1. Fenerbahçe 53
      2. Galatasaray 55
      3. Kayserispor 37
      4. Trabzonspor 36
      5. Besiktas 33
      6. Gençlerbirligi 32
      7. Manisaspor 30
      8. Sivasspor 28
      9. Erciyesspor 28
      10. Konyaspor 25
      11. Ankaraspor 25
      12. Ankaragucu 24
      13. Denizlispor 24
      14. Rizespor 24
      15. Gaziantepspor 22
      16. Samsunspor 20
      17. Malatyaspor 20
      18. Diyarbakirspor 19

      * Turkish Fortis Cup - Quarter Finals

      Fenerbahçe - Galatasaray
      Malatyaspor - Gaziantepspor
      Besiktas - Kayserispor
      Denizlispor - Samsunspor

      * Turkish Basketball - Men
      Team Pts
      1. Ülker 38
      2. Efes 38
      3. Besiktas 37
      4. Telekom 37
      5. Banvit 36
      6. Tekel 34
      7. Fenerbahçe 33
      8. G.Saray 30
      9. T.Pilsner 30
      10. Darüssafaka 30
      11. P.Karsiyaka 30
      12. Büyük Kolej 27
      13. Mersin BB 26
      14. Beykoz 26
      15. Erdemir 24
      16. ITÜ 21

      * Turkish Basketball-Women
      Team Pts
      1. Besiktas 35
      2. Fenerbahçe 35
      3. Ceyhan Belediyesi 31
      4. Istanbul Üni. 29
      5. Mersin BB 28
      6. Botas 27
      7. Bursa Yildirim 24
      8. Migrosspor 24
      9. Ted Kayseri Koleji 24
      10. Çankaya Üni. 23
      11. Burhaniye 22
      12. Erdemir 22

      * ULEB Top 16 Standings

      Group E
      W L
      1. Real 2-0
      2. Climamio 1-1
      3. Macc.T-A 1-1
      4. Ulker 0-2

      Group G
      W L
      1. Cibona 2-0
      2. Benetton 1-1
      3. Efes P. 1-1
      4. Panathin. 0-2

      * NBA

      Hidayet Turkoglu Stats
      pts rebs assts mins
      Orlando 118 - 123 Phoenix 20 4 5 41
      Orlando 94 - 98 Golden State 10 4 5 34
      Orlando 87 - 102 LA Lakers 7 3 1 32
      Orlando 84 - 89 Houston 10 4 4 34

      Mehmet Okur Stats
      pts rebs assts mins

      Utah 105 - 103 LA Clippers 29 5 2 32
      Utah 89 - 104 Charlotte 6 6 4 33
      Utah 117 - 108 Golden State 26 14 3 47
      Utah 95 - 100 New Orleans 36 6 2 33


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