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      * Leaders of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation member states convened in
      Istanbul on Wednesday to mark the group's 15th anniversary. At the summit
      the leaders discussed issues such as energy and relations with the
      European Union.
      Turkey's President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said that the Black Sea Economic
      Cooperation has turned into the most comprehensive and important
      cooperation platform in this region in the last 15 years.
      Addressing the gathering, Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul
      said that the Black Sea region is attracting increasing international
      attention. Mr. Gul further stressed that if the Black Sea Economic
      Cooperation countries work together, dealing with the problems of the 21st
      century will become easier. In the post-meeting final declaration, the
      Black Sea Economic Cooperation member states stated that they would work
      with the European Union to strengthen cooperation over energy and its
      equitable distribution.
      In related news, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with his Greek
      counterpart Costas Karamanlis during the summit. Mr. Erdogan said that he
      always appreciated Mr. Karamanlis' support, adding that economic ties
      between the two countries are getting stronger every day.
      For his part, the Greek prime minister said that his main goal was to
      improve bilateral ties.
      Russian President Vladimir Putin was also among those in the city for
      the 15th anniversary meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation
      organization. Other members of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation are
      Turkey, Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldavia, Greece, Ukraine, Azerbaijan,
      Serbia, Albania and Romania.
      In a statement issued after the summit, the leaders agreed that they
      wanted the Black Sea Economic Cooperation to take on a larger role in
      regional issues and for greater cooperation between members "especially on
      issues such as energy, trade and transport." The leaders also pledged to
      increase cooperation on security issues.

      * In a different venue on Tuesday, Turkish president Ahmet Necdet Sezer
      criticized the decision to build a new pipeline through Thrace by Russia,
      Bulgaria and Greece. Mr. Sezer said the new pipeline would pollute the
      Aegean Sea.
      Mr. Sezer was speaking at the 10th Energy Conference, organized in
      Istanbul by Turkey's Foreign Economic Relations Council and the Cambridge
      Energy Research Associates.
      The Cambridge Energy Research Associates is a US based consulting
      company that specializes in advising governments and private companies on
      energy markets, geopolitics, industry trends, and strategy.
      Analysts are saying that the new pipeline is Russia's move to counter
      and eclipse the US-backed pipeline that brings Caspian oil through Turkey
      to the European markets.

      * According to the Turkish daily Turkiye, US Ambassador to Turkey Ross
      Wilson said on Thursday that as a neighboring country, Iraq's security and
      stability are very important for Turkey.
      Paying a visit to Turkey's Aegean province of Izmir, Mr. Wilson met with
      its governor. Speaking to reporters, the top diplomat said that the US had
      been shocked by the rebel Kurdish Workers Party terrorist attacks on
      Turkey and that the US administration condemns them.
      Stressing that the US is continuing efforts together with Turkish
      officials to end the terrorist attacks, Mr. Wilson said that his
      administration recently gave a strong message to the Iraqi government to
      do more to prevent them.

      * As we have been reporting to you, the Turkish government complains about
      the rebel Turkish Kurds' bases in northern Iraq. The rebel Kurds
      infiltrate Turkey from these bases and attack military and civilian
      targets, the Turkish officials say. Turkish officials have been putting
      pressure on the US and the Iraqi government to close these bases. They
      also have been saying that the Turkish military may go into the Iraqi
      territory to take these bases out.
      On Thursday the Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbag said that
      cross-border operations could damage Turkey's relations with Iraq, and
      that the Kurdish Workers Party shouldn't get in the way of better
      relations. The Iraqi spokesman was visiting Istanbul, Turkey's largest
      city. Mr. al-Dabbag said that the tripartite mechanism established by the
      US, Iraq and Turkey will discuss and eliminate these problems.
      Mr. al-Dabbag's remarks came one day after the chief of the Turkish
      military General Buyukanit reiterated at a press conference that
      cross-border operations is needed. The same day the US state department
      spokesman Sean McCormack said that an operation of this type by the
      Turkish military would not be helpful, either in the short, medium, or

      * The daily Milliyet reports that on Tuesday Turkey opened two new
      chapters in its European Union accession negotiations. The chapters are on
      statistics and financial control.
      France blocked the negotiations on a third chapter related to economic
      and monetary policy.
      Turkey's chief negotiator Mr. Ali Babacan expressed displeasure at
      France's move. France's new administration under recently elected
      president Nicholas Sarkozy is against a Turkish membership in the European
      According to the Turkish daily Star, another criticism to French
      blockage came from the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen's
      Association representative to the European Union. The association's
      representative said that France's stance on Turkey is out of step with the
      European Union principles and constitutes a hostile stance against the
      Turkish people.

      * According to the Turkish Daily News, Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals
      ruled Tuesday that the Istanbul-based Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate
      Greek patriarch's claim that he is the spiritual head of the 300 million
      Orthodox christians around the World lacks any legal basis.
      The Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate has been allowed to remain within
      Turkish territory since the establishment of the Turkish republic but only
      as the head of the church of the Turkish citizens of Greek origin, the
      court said.
      There are currently 3000 minority Greeks living in Turkey.

      * The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reports that Turkey's Banking Supervision
      and Regulation Board Chairman Tevfik Bilgin criticized the sale of Turkish
      banks to foreign interests.
      Turkish banks starved for capital often try to solve this problem by
      selling their banks, the chairman said.


      * The winner of the 24th Aydin Dogan International Cartoon Competition
      regarded as the 'Cartoon Oscars' was announced at the beginning of last
      Belarussian Marina Markevitch came first, while Brazilian and Cuban
      caricaturists shared second spot, third place went to India.
      The award ceremony will be held on November 3 in Istanbul.
      The Aydin Dogan Foundation has been holding the competition every year
      in Turkey since 1983.
      The award for best cartoon is a cash prize of $8,000, a statuette, and
      plaques by Turkey's Ministry of Culture and the Turkish daily Hurriyet.

      * Internationally renowned Turkish pianist, Fazil Say performed in the
      open air concert part of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, a significant
      festival in Europe, at the famous Piazza della Signoria in Florence Italy
      on Saturday night, reports the Turkish Daily News.
      Mr. Say performed here with the San Jose Symphony Orchestra in the year
      2000, and received good reviews.

      * Speaking of Italy, the 62nd Nastri d'Argento (silver Ribbon) Italian
      Film Awards were presented to the winners last Saturday night in a
      ceremony held at the International Film Festival in Taormina on the Island
      of Sicily, reports the Turkish Daily News.
      Turkish director Ferzan Özpetek's "Saturno Contro" (Against Saturn) won
      four awards at the festival. Özpetek's film was awarded with Best
      Scenario, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and the Best Film Music.
      Saturno Contro also won four awards last month in a poll conducted by
      Italy's monthly film magazine CIAK among its readers.
      The film starring, Italian actors Margherita Buy, Stefano Accorsi,
      Pierfrancesco Favino and the director's indispensable Turkish actress
      Serra Yilmaz.

      * According to the Anatolia news agency, Milan's famous theater La Scala
      will host an opera adapted from Turkish writer Yasar Kemal's novel
      "Teneke" in September.
      The opera, libretto by Franco Marcoaldi with music by Fabio Vacchi, will
      first face the audience on September 22, according to La Scala's Web site.
      The opera will be staged seven times until October. Roberto Abbado will
      conduct the opera, while Ermanno Olmi will undertake staging, and Arnaldo
      Pomodoro designing of the sets and costumes. Teneke is one of Yasar
      Kemal's novels, which was first translated into Italian by Antonella
      Passaro in 1997. Passaro used the book's original name. Teneke tells the
      story of peasants who had problems with landlords in central Anatolia
      decades ago.
      "Teneke" was performed in Sweden's Gothenburg Theater and in Istanbul's
      Bakirköy National Theater a year ago.

      * Turkey's Dogan News Agency reports that more tourist facilities are
      being planned near the ruins of the ancient city of Troy.
      A project that just got drafted will be turning the nearby Tevfikiye
      village into the accommodation center of the ancient city. Within the
      project, an amphitheater will be built in Tevfikiye. Home-based bed and
      breakfast businesses will also be developed.
      The ruins of Troy are located in Turkey's northwestern province of
      Canakkale. Each year hundreds of thousands of local and foreign tourists
      visit the site.

      * According to the Turkish Daily News, The 13th International Children
      and Youth Theater Festival has started on June 25, and will end on the
      30th in the Alacati town of Turkey's Aegean province of Izmir.
      Among the contributors to the festival are Turkey's State Theater, Opera
      and Ballet Employees Foundation and Alacati Municipality.
      Theater groups from Italy, Portugal and England will join and hold
      workshops at the festival.

      * "Film Family 2007," the first International Family Films Festival kicked
      off at Istanbul Miniaturk with an open air film screening on Saturday,
      June 23. The My Family Association with contributions by the Ministry of
      Culture, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Culture Corporation and Prime
      Ministry Introduction Fund have organized the festival.
      The eight-day festival aims to draw the attention of the public and
      families to the art of film and give them a piece of time to share all
      together. The festival, which is the first one with such a theme, featured
      films from nearly 20 countries.
      The festival will end June 30 and films can be seen for free at the
      Kartal Bülent Ecevit Culture Center, Tarik Zafer Tunaya Culture Center,
      Ümraniye Atakent Culture Center and in Miniaturk

      * Turkey's surreal region of Cappadocia has one more underground city
      opened to public this week.
      The underground city is located in Güzelyurt township.
      Excavation Chairman Ms. Güzin Karaköy, who brought the underground city
      to public, said they unearthed the city, which could not have been
      uncovered for many years, in six months with a 25-person excavation team.
      The underground city dates back to the Byzantine period. Ms. Karaköy
      said it is larger than similar cities in nearby Aksaray and made up of a
      bath, two churches, animal shelters, depots, small and large kitchens and
      living spaces.
      The first visitors of the underground city were a 10-person tourist
      group including German, French, Hungarian, Chinese and Japanese tourists.
      Ms. Karaköy personally led the tour of the city to these first visitors.

      * According to be Anatolia News Agency, the International Blue Flag Jury
      awarded Turkey's 235 beaches and 14 marinas blue flags.
      The jury gives the blue flags depending on cleanliness of water,
      environmental concerns, security, safety and services at beaches and
      The Environmental Education Foundation of Turkey unveiled the first Blue
      Flag in the Aegean resort of Kusadisi town with a ceremony attended by the
      local authorities of Aydin province and Kusadasi township.
      There are 2,579 Blue Flag beaches and 631 marinas around the World.
      Turkey ranks fourth after Spain. The number of beaches in Turkey increased
      20 percent this year compared to 2006.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.31


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 81/54 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 90/73 Partly Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 99/70 Fair
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 99/70 Fair
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 88/70 Clear

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 73
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 75
      Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 81
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 77


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