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      * Writing in the EU Observer, Mark Beunderman says that US is trying to
      move the negotiations forward in Turkey's European Union membership.
      The talks have been stalled because of the European Union insistence
      that Turkey open its ports to the new European Union member Greek Cyprus,
      which Turkey does not recognize.
      Turkey wants European Union economic sanctions on the Turkish Cypriots
      to end as a precondition to open its ports.
      US is proposing a trade-off deal which could remove this key obstacle to
      The idea would see ports and airports in the Turkish Republic of
      Northern Cyprus placed under United Nations inspection, allowing trade
      with the Turks of Cyprus, who have been banned from conducting commerce
      with the rest of the World due to sanctions.
      The United States and the European Union vowed to take steps to ease the
      isolation of the Turkish Cypriots in 2004 but no visible progress has been
      achieved since then.
      Turkey refuses to recognize Greek Cyprus until the island is reunified.
      In April 2004 an effort to unify the two communities under one government
      under a United Nations plan was snubbed by the Greek Cypriots.

      * Will it, or will it not? That was the question being asked for the past
      few weeks around the globe, especially by allies, as to whether Turkey
      will send troops to southern Lebanon in support of the UN efforts to
      monitor the cease-fire.
      As we reported to you in the past few weeks, US wanted the Turks. There
      were even op-ed articles advocating that Turkey lead the UN force.
      News reports coming out of Israel have been indicating that Israelis
      were also very much in favor of seeing Turkish troops.
      However, the opposition to sending young Turks to a hotbed of armed
      conflict was fierce in Turkey itself. As Mr. Cevik of the Turkish Daily
      News wrote in a column on August 30, the issue also became fodder for a
      "domestic political showdown".
      Finally the suspense was lifted late this week when the Turkish prime
      minister announced that Turkish troops would be deployed to the Lebanese
      In announcing the decision in a televised address to the nation
      Thursday, Mr. Erdogan said: "Backing away from our responsibilities would
      be a betrayal of our history, our future and the higher interests of our
      "We shouldn't forget that we cannot escape the fire by shutting our
      doors" he added.
      The Turkish prime minister's decision puts it at odds with the Turkish
      public. A survey of the results we conducted of the several opinion polls
      indicate that an overwhelming majority of the Turks are opposed to sending
      troops to Lebanon. As we reported to you last week, even the Turkish
      president told that he is opposed to the idea.
      The government's decision has to be approved by the Turkish parliament
      next week, and Mr. Erdogan's party members may break ranks and join the
      opposition to vote against the deployment.

      * The ugly face of terrorism showed up its head in Turkey this week again.
      5 bombings throughout Turkey killed three and injured dozens.
      A Kurdish rebel group assumed responsibility. The rebels thought to be
      an offshoot of the Kurdish Workers Party say that they don't want tourists
      visiting Turkey.
      Tourism is a vital part of the Turkish economy. With some 12 million
      tourists visiting Turkey last year alone, the Turkish ministry of tourism
      estimates the country's economy earned $18.2 billion from tourism in 2005,
      wrote Vivian Salama, who writes for various English language publications
      around the world including the Newsweek.
      One of the bombs went off at a destination frequented by British
      tourists, making some speculate whether the target was actually the
      British government, which banned organizations of the Kurdish insurgents
      in Britain, and as we reported last week, is poised to confiscate their
      The Newsweek says that the response from the Turkish government to the
      blasts has been bullish, with the military pledging to clamp down on the
      Kurdish separatists.
      US State Department spokesman Tom Casey condemning the Kurdish
      insurgents' attacks said the US was against all terrorist groups and that
      to end the Kurdish workers party activities they would work together with
      Turkish officials.
      An official of a U.S. backed group of Iraqi Kurdish fighters has
      condemned the deadly terror attack in Turkey, Voice of America's Brian
      Padden reported. However, the Iraqi Kurdish official said that a clamp
      down on the rebel Turkish Kurds by the Turkish government was not a

      * Despite the attacks, Turkish and the World press reports that tourists
      may still be visiting Turkey. The Russian paper Kommersant says that
      Russians are still eager to go to Turkey despite explosions. In 2005, 1.52
      million Russian citizens visited Turkey, the Russian Statistics Committee
      The Peterborough Evening Telegraph of Great Britain wrote that UK
      Tourists are not put off by Turkey bombings. The paper carried interviews
      with Travelers to Turkey, many making their annual trips to the region.
      The travelers mostly expressed solidarity with the Turks and told paper
      that they are determined to keep spending the holidays in Turkey.

      * We reported to last week about a ship that the Turkish government and
      environmentalists wanted sent back to Holland. The publication Expatica
      reports that the "Toxic" shipped was refused entry into the Turkish
      territorial waters.
      Dutch junior Environment minister Pieter van Geel returned Tuesday from
      Turkey after failing to persuade the Turkish officials to accept a deal on
      the freighter Otapan.
      Mr. Van Geel issued an export license, which stated the vessel contained
      a ton of asbestos. The Turkish authorities refused to accept the Otapan
      when it emerged it contained 54 tons of the carcinogenic material.

      * The Reuters news agency reports that Iraq started pumping crude oil on
      Tuesday through its vital northern pipeline to Turkey after sabotage
      stopped shipments for nearly two months, shipping sources said.

      * Turkey's Interbank Card Center General Manager Sertaç Özinal said on
      Friday that Turks love to e-trade and had gotten used to making purchases
      on the Internet.
      In the first six months of 2006, Turkish consumers purchased goods worth
      $610 million over the Internet, a 70 percent increase over 2005.
      Turkish sources expect Internet transactions in Turkey to number 21.2
      million by the end of 2006, with estimated sales of $2.1 billion.

      * Turkey's export figures rise by 27 percent in August while trade deficit
      grows 29 percent in first seven months
      Turkey's State Minister Tüzmen says Turkey's export target is $82-84
      billion this year.


      Edited by Hilal Koc

      * The fourth annual "Rock'n'Coke" concert series began yesterday,
      September 1st and will last through the weekend. The concerts are
      sponsored by Coca-Cola and Istanbul Arts and Culture Foundation and will
      be held at the Hezarfen airport.
      Alongside headliners Muse and Placebo, many other groups such as
      Kasabian, Gogol Bordello, Editors, The Sisters of Mercy, Reamonn and
      Mercury Rev will share the center stage. Top DJs will also be spinning at
      stages off to the right of the center stage and will be entertaining
      thousands of fans.
      Turkish rock stars Sebneb Ferah and Duman will also perform at the
      festival, as well as Vega, Ogun Sanlisoy, Yuksek Sadakat and Hayko Cepkin.

      * After the designation of the films to be entered into the 43rd Annual
      Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, the films for the 2nd Annual
      International Eurasian Film Festival have been determined as well.
      A total of ten movies will be competing in the festival, which will be
      held September 16-23rd. Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's recent film,
      "Seasons" will also be among the contenders. The others are:

      - Fauteuils dOrchestre / Director: Daniele Thompson
      - Taxidermia / Director: György Palfi
      - The Boy on a Galloping Horse / Director: Adam Guzinski
      - Frozen City / Director: Aku Louhimies
      - Bliss / Director: Sheng Zhimin
      - Time / Director: Kim Ki Duk
      - Ober / Director: Alex van Warmerdam
      - The Paper will be Blue / Director: Radu Muntean
      - The Valley of Flowers / Director: Pan Nalin

      * Istanbul Arts and Culture Foundation has organized yet another event
      this summer, with the help of Renault, Toys R Us and Turkiye Is Bankasi.
      The Children's "Minifest" Festival will be held September 22-24th at the
      Maslak Parkorman in Istanbul.
      The children participating in the festival will enjoy several different
      activities including music, theater, archeology, and story telling booths.
      Children ages 0-12 will enjoy these festivities for the mere cost of about
      $4 in local currency.
      For more information, please log onto www.iksv.org/minifest.

      * Two Turkish directors will attend the 31st Annual International Toronto
      Film Festival.
      Reha Erdem's "Fifth Time" and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Seasons" will be
      among the films in the running at the festival held September 7-16th.
      Ceylan's film has already won the FIPRESCI Award at the Cannes Film
      Erdem and Ceylan's films will be among the 352 others in the festival.

      * "Istanbul Bach Days" will be returning to Istanbul this fall, September
      12th - 21st.
      This will be the sixth time the festival will be organized and it will
      be held at several different venues--the Aya Irini Musuem, St.Antuan
      Church, the house of pianist Fazil Say.
      Russian orchestra Musica Viva will perform the official opening ceremony
      at a sit-down dinner at the Aya Irini Museum. World-renowned pianist
      Professor Alexander Rudin will direct the Russian orchestra who will focus
      on some of Bach's best works.

      * Turkish top model Yuksel Ak, who lives with her husband Osman Rimer in
      Izmir, has invited "In Style" magazine to view the luxurious three-story
      condominium she stays at when she comes to Istanbul.
      Check out the interview and pictures in the European edition of In Style
      magazine coming out this month.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.46


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 72/55 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 84/68 Partly Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 75/63 Showers
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 81/66 Mostly Sunny
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 77/73 Showers

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 77
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 79
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 75
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 84


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Soccer - Super league

      Week 4 results

      Ankaragucu 0 - 1 Manisaspor
      Antalyaspor 1 - 2 Sivasspor
      Rizespor 1 - 2 Bursaspor
      Erciyesspor 0 - 4 Kayserispor
      Trabzonspor 1 - 0 Denizlispor
      Sakaryaspor 2 - 1 Fenerbahçe
      Gençlerbirligi 2 - 1 Ankaraspor
      Galatasaray 2 - 2 Gaziantepspor
      Besiktas 3 - 1 Konyaspor

      Week 5 matches

      Ankaraspor-ÇAYKUR Rize
      Gaziantepspor-MKE Ankaragücü
      VESTEL Manisa-Kayseri Erciyesspor


      Team GP W D L GS GA P
      1. Fenerbahçe 4 3 0 1 11 3 9
      2. Besiktas 4 3 0 1 7 3 9
      3. Kayserispor 4 3 0 1 7 5 9
      4. Sakaryaspor 4 2 2 0 5 2 8
      5. Manisaspor 4 2 2 0 5 3 8
      6. Gençlerbirligi 4 2 1 1 4 4 7
      7. Galatasaray 4 1 3 0 9 5 6
      8. Gaziantepspor 4 1 2 1 6 6 5
      9. Bursaspor 4 1 2 1 3 3 5
      10. Konyaspor 4 1 2 1 3 4 5
      11. Trabzonspor 4 1 1 2 3 4 4
      12. Sivasspor 4 1 1 2 4 6 4
      13. Erciyesspor 4 1 1 2 4 13 4
      14. Ankaraspor 4 0 3 1 5 6 3
      15. Antalyaspor 4 0 3 1 1 2 3
      16. Rizespor 4 0 2 2 3 5 2
      17. Ankaragucu 4 0 2 2 2 4 2
      18. Denizlispor 4 0 1 3 1 5 1

      * Serbia striker Mateja Kezman has completed a move sending him from
      Atlético Madrid to Turkish giants Fenerbahçe on a four-year contract.

      * Hertha BSC Berlin have sold midfielder Marcelinho to Turkish club
      Trabzonspor for a €2.5-million fee.

      * Reports in the Turkish and Spanish media have claimed that Roberto
      Carlos could be lured to Fenerbache.

      * FIBA World Basketball Championships

      Quarter Finals

      Turkey 58 - 83 Argentina

      4th place game

      Turkey 56 - 64 France


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