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      x0x Turkish news for week ending 29 April 2006

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      * Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, paying an official visit to Turkey,
      met on Wednesday with Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul to discuss a
      number of issues, including bilateral relations.
      During their meeting, Mr. Gul said that cooperation between the two
      countries should be further developed.
      Mr. Gul further reportedly stated that Turkey appreciated the US
      longtime recognition of the rebel Kurdish Workers Party as a terrorist
      group, and called for the US to play a more active role against the
      Kurdish Workers Party at a time when it has been stepping up attacks.
      For her part, Ms. Rice reportedly said that Turkey and US trusted each
      other. Following the meeting, diplomats said that Ms. Rice's visit would
      bolster close ties between US and Turkey.
      The diplomats stated that there was strategic cooperation between the
      two countries and that there should be more talks in order to develop this
      After completing her contacts in Turkey, Ms. Rice proceeded to Iraq.

      * According to the Turkish daily Star, the remarks of Secretary of State
      Condoleezza Rice, speaking to Athens dailies prior to her visit to Ankara,
      were reported in the Greek press with the headings, "Rice backs Turkey".
      She told the Turkish journalists, "Though Cyprus is a divided island,
      when it (Greek Cyprus) entered the European Union, and this caused anxiety
      that its position would complicate Turkeys European Union bid. But (Greek)
      Cyprus was saying the opposite." She then said that the Greek Cypriots
      should keep their promises.
      Ms Rice said that the United Nations plan for the reunification of the
      two communities was a fair solution for the island, and she also
      reproached Greek Cypriots for rejecting the plan two years ago.
      She said that she had wanted to explore both in Greece and Turkey if
      there is the basis for a new initiative.

      * Speaking of the Kurdish Workers Party, news reports say that 30,000
      Turkish troops are sent to Southeastern Turkey to squelch a rise in
      attacks by the rebels.
      Iraq claimed that some of the troops crossed into its territory, which
      was immediately denied by the Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry. Rebels
      have bases on the rugged Iraqi mountains, Turkish officials say.
      There were also report Iranian planes bombed the rebel bases on its side
      of the border.
      Also, Ms. Condoleezza Rice is reported to have said in her visit to
      Turkey that US is passing intelligence to Turkey on the rebels.

      * Debate is growing over Turkey's new anti-terror laws, the private
      channel NTV reports.
      The main opposition party in the Turkish parliament claims that if the
      draft anti-terror laws were passed unaltered, the imprisoned leader of the
      rebel Kurdish Workers Party could be released in two years time.
      Mr. Cemil Cicek, the justice minister, denied that the rebel leader
      would be released.

      * Australian Governor-General Michael Jeffery, who is currently visiting
      Turkey for ceremonies marking the 91st anniversary of the Gallipoli
      campaign, met Wednesday separately with Turkish President Ahmet Necdet
      Sezer and Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc.
      In the evening, President Sezer hosted a dinner in the honor of his
      overseas guest.

      * The daily Milliyet reports that Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer met
      Monday with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas
      Mr. Abbas was in the Turkish capital for an official visit.
      During their meeting, the Palestinian president said that he expected
      Turkey to play an important role for peace in the Middle East.
      Turkey's Main opposition Republican Peoples Party leader Deniz Baykal
      also met with the visiting Palestinian President.
      During their meeting, Mr. Baykal stated that the humanitarian shortages
      the Palestinian people will face in the days to come cannot be discussed
      apart from diplomacy and drawing attention to the responsibility of the
      new Hamas government for overcoming economic problems.
      Mr. Baykal said that Hamas had not come to the point of starting
      negotiations for peace and that Palestine cannot achieve peace without
      recognizing Israel.

      * We told you last week about the discovery of barrels of toxic waste in
      Tuzla city near Istanbul.
      In the wake of the public uproar on the event, Turkey's parliament late
      Wednesday passed new environmental legislation that introduces fines of
      $20,000 for persons or companies found guilty of releasing or burying
      dangerous waste in the ground.

      * The Turkish daily Aksam reports that a two-day World Businesswomen's
      Summit began on Thursday in Istanbul.
      Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogans wife Emine Erdogan hosted
      the summit.
      Syrian first lady Esma Assad, Afghan first lady Ziniat Karzai, Turkish
      Republic of Northern Cyprus first lady Oya Talat, Lebanon Parliament
      speakers wife Randa Berri, and Bosnia Herzegovina prime ministers wife
      Niado Terzic attended the summit.
      Speaking at the meeting, Ms. Erdogan said that that there were
      socioeconomic and cultural obstacles to education, especially for girls.
      Addressing the gathering, Ms. Assad said that everybody should strive
      for peace and security in the Middle East. For her part, Ms. Talat
      commented on the isolation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,
      saying that no country should be isolated.

      * Turkey's Central bank has announced a quarter point reduction in
      interest rates, the first cut this year.
      The reduction is the first in the bank's benchmark overnight interest
      rate since December last year.


      * The 7th International Theater Festival of Black Sea Countries will be
      held May 1-13 in Trabzon, Turkey.
      Fifteen theater companies from 12 countries including Bulgaria, Romania,
      Moldova, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Greece,
      Armenia, and Serbia and Montenegro, as well as Iran and Israel, along with
      internationally known directors from England, Poland, Lithuania, Belarus,
      Austria, Georgia, the Russian Federation, Moldova and Romania will
      participate in the event.
      The festival will feature workshops, conferences and international
      theater symposiums that include painting, caricature, photography, costume
      and sketching exhibits in addition to classical music concerts and fashion
      Several theater groups including the Wood Puppet Workshop, the Trabzon
      Art Theater and the Trabzon Hearing-Impaired Theater Group will perform at
      the festival, reported the Anatolia news agency.
      In conjunction with the festival "Trabzon Day" will be celebrated at the
      Hagia Sofia Museum in Trabzon, and special shows will take place in venues
      such as the Atapark Haluk Ongan Theater, the Hüseyin Kazaz Culture Center,
      the Kostaki Mansion and the Hamamizade Ihsan Bey Culture Center.

      * A photography, painting and slide exhibition on Lycia, an ancient region
      located in what is today Turkey's southern mediterranean province of
      Antalya, will open on May 2 at the Antalya Museum.
      The exhibition will be part of the "Living Lycia -- Mediterranean
      Reality" project.
      The exhibition, which will run through May 15 in Antalya, will later be
      on display in Finike, Demre and Kas as well as in Istanbul, Izmir and
      Ankara until Dec. 15.
      The project will then move on to Greece, France, Austria, Germany, the
      Netherlands and England from Feb. 5, 2007, the Anatolia news agency
      Lycians established an important civilization that thrived in southern
      Anatolia, the Asiatic part of Turkey, for several hundred years starting
      around 1400 B.C.
      See the following link for more on Lycians:
      http://www.kalkan.org.tr/history.htm and

      * The 8th International Eskisehir Film Days, organized by Anadolu
      University's faculty of communications, will kick off on May 5.
      Eskisehir is located in North west of central Turkey.
      The oganizers say last year film days attracted 14,000 people.
      Coordinator of the Film Days Ms. Gulseren Güçhan said the festival would
      start with "Merry Christmas" by French director Christian Carion, adding
      that this year's program featured films in the categories of:
      - Young Stars of World Cinema,
      - Unforgettables of Cinema History,
      - From the World Festivals,
      - Turkish Cinema 2005-2006,
      - Animation Cinema,
      - Norway Volda University Students' Films,
      - Special Screenings and
      - Short-feature Films.
      Ms. Güçhan also said famous Turkish actress Selda Alkor and veteran
      director Halit Refig, this year's guests of honor, would be given the
      Honor Award.
      The festival will run through May 15, reported the Anatolia news agency.

      * More than 1,500 Turkish publications will be displayed at two major
      fairs in Tehran and Salonika in May under the auspices of Turkey's Culture
      and Tourism Ministry.
      The publications will focus mainly on the theme "Istanbul: 2010 European
      Cultural Capital," and Turkey will participate in the events within the
      scope of the Turkish Cultural, Artistic and Literary Works in Foreign
      Languages translation support project.
      This year's 19th Tehran International Book Fair, scheduled for May 3-13,
      is especially important due to the fact that Iran hosts near 30 million
      Turkish-speaking citizens and has borders with Central Asian countries.
      Speaking of "Turkish Cultural, Artistic and Literary Works in Foreign
      Languages": The project aims to merge the Turkish cultural, artistic and
      literary spirit with intellectuals abroad and to familiarize people with
      Turkish culture, art and literature. It has been active for one year.
      The cultural, artistic and literary classical and modern works of
      Turkish artists, writers and poets are being translated into world
      languages, published and promoted in foreign languages as part of this

      * Children participating in the National Sovereignty and Children's Day
      festival organized by the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation for the
      28th time this year put on a show at the Aspendos ancient theater near
      Antalya on Sunday.
      The Turkish Radio and Television Children's and Youth Folk Dance Group
      also performed at the festival, participated in by nearly 1,000 children
      from 36 countries.
      At the end of the event all the children got on the stage and put on a
      group performance.
      Local Turks also celebrated the day with two events: One was in Palo
      Alto and the other in San Ramon.

      * The Mediterranean resort city of Antalya is preparing to host Turkey's
      first sand sculpture festival this summer, organizers of the event
      announced on Sunday.
      The festival, to be held in the small holiday district of Lara, will
      turn the neighborhood, which normally plays host to summer homes, into a
      city built of sand.
      The theme of the Lara International Sand Sculpture Exhibition, to be
      held from June 10 to Sept. 30, will be "Legends of Anatolia."
      Noted sand sculptors from around the world will participate in the
      event, creating gigantic sculptures of 30x45 feet on an exhibition area of
      80,000 square feet.
      The beach area will be illuminated at night.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.32


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 63/48 Showers
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 72/59 Partly Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 59/48 Showers
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 72/59 Showers
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 63/48 Showers


      By Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Futbol

      Week 31 Results

      Ankaraspor Manisaspor 3 - 1
      Fenerbahçe Galatasaray 4 - 0
      Samsunspor Ankaragucu 2 - 1
      Rizespor Trabzonspor 1 - 6
      Konyaspor Malatyaspor 0 - 2
      Kayserispor Gaziantepspor 0 - 1
      Gençlerbirligi Denizlispor 3 - 3
      Diyarbakirspor Erciyesspor 2 - 1
      Besiktas Sivasspor 0 - 1

      Week 32 Matches

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


      Team Pts
      1. Fenerbahçe 74
      2. Galatasaray 74
      3. Besiktas 51
      4. Trabzonspor 49
      5. Gençlerbirligi 48
      6. Kayserispor 45
      7. Konyaspor 42
      8. Erciyesspor 40
      9. Sivasspor 40
      10. Manisaspor 39
      11. Ankaraspor 36
      12. Ankaragucu 36
      13. Rizespor 35
      14. Gaziantepspor 34
      15. Denizlispor 30
      16. Samsunspor 30
      17. Malatyaspor 30
      18. Diyarbakirspor 29

      * Turkish Basketball - Men

      Team Tot W L PF PA Pts
      1. Ulker 28 24 4 2254 1853 52
      2. Efes 28 23 5 2178 1848 51
      3. Besiktas 28 22 6 2244 2036 50
      4. Telekom 28 20 8 2318 2099 48
      5. Banvit 28 19 9 2222 2009 47
      6. Fenerbahçe 28 18 10 2252 2062 46
      7. Tekel 28 15 13 2190 2085 43
      8. DarUssafaka 28 14 14 2106 2141 42
      9. G.Saray 28 14 14 2149 2153 42
      10. P.Karsiyaka 28 12 16 2097 2187 40
      11. T.Pilsner 28 11 17 2037 2073 39
      12. BUyUk Kolej 28 9 19 1975 2115 37
      13. Mersin BB 28 9 19 2319 2429 37
      14. Erdemir 28 7 21 2037 2264 35
      15. Beykoz 28 7 21 1905 2166 35
      16. iTU 28 0 28 1586 2349 28

      * Turkish Basketball - Women

      Team Pts
      1. Fenerbahçe 43
      2. Besiktas 42
      3. Ceyhan B 39
      4. Botas 35
      5. Mersin BB 34
      6. istanbul Uni. 34
      7. Bursa Yildirim 30
      8. Migrosspor 30
      9. Ted Kayseri Koleji 28
      10. Çankaya Uni. 28
      11. Erdemir 27
      12. Burhaniye 26

      * Turkish wrestler Hamza Yerlikaya yesterday won the gold medal in 96
      kilos during the European Championships being held in Moscow, Russia.
      Yerlikaya, who has been Olympics, world, and European Champion two, three
      and eight times respectively, defeated a Ukrainian rival in the finals
      In addition, Mahmut Altay scored a bronze medal in 74 kilos.


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