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* According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, Turkish
Prime Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan described
on a televised address on Thursday the government
initiative to solve the decades long conflict with
the Kurdish rebels.
Mr. Erdogan called on the opponents of the
government initiative to drop their opposition and
join forces with him.
Rebuffing accusations by Nationalist Movement
Party leader Devlet Bahceli that the initiative
amounts to treason, and claims by Republican
People's Party leader Deniz Baykal that the
initiative would damage Turkey's unity and
political identity, Mr. Erdogan said, "Whoever
tries to find a treasonous plan in this project of
fellowship is causing the most damage to Turkey.
The limits laid down by the Constitution are
"We will never allow any intention or attempt to
divide Turkey or cause damage to our national
unity or to the unitary structure of our state.
"We will not take even the smallest step that
could harm Turkey's interests. What we are doing
is for the benefit of our country.
"It is for the benefit of our 71.5 million
citizens. Our government has always emphasized
this: one nation, one country, one flag, one
Mr. Erdogan added, "Everyone should know this very
clearly: The purpose of this move is to establish
a democratic environment where everyone living in
this country can freely express themselves."
Stating that the initiative would bring an end to
mourning over fallen sons, Mr. Erdogan said, "We
want our children to live in peace in these
territories. This is a democratic initiative, an
initiative of love and fraternity. This initiative
is a revelation of the common mind."
Stressing that the southeastern Anatolia issue
cannot be resolved by military means alone, Mr.
Erdogan called it a multifaceted issue, with
social, economic, cultural and psychological
dimension dimensions, adding, "Above all, it has a
diplomatic dimension. It is an issue of humanity.
It is an issue of democracy."
* According to the Turkish daily Sabah, NATO
Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrived in
the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday for
official talks, in his first visit to Turkey in
his new post.
Speaking to reporters, Mr. Rasmussen said the
future and the ways to boost the alliance would be
discussed during his talks with Turkish officials.
Mr. Rasmussen said he was looking forward to
closer cooperation with Turkey.
As part of his visit, Mr. Rasmussen attended an
iftar (fast-breaking dinner) along with Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that was hosted by
the Ankara branch of the ruling Justice and
Before his trip to Turkey, daily Hurriyet wrote on
Thursday that Mr. Rasmussen expressed his concerns
about Turkish-Greek 6 relations. Mr. Rasmussen
thinks that these relations are affecting the
alliance's efforts in Afghanistan and Africa.
He said that he would like to raise the question
of better cooperation between the two NATO members
during his visit to Turkey, and later to Greece.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, a new
ferryboat service from Turkish Cyprus to Lebanon
Lebanese tourists will be able to take the
ferryboat as part of package service and stay in
Turkish Cyprus for four days.
Turkish officials say that the isolation of
Cypriot Turks will be lessened with this service.
Currently the republic of the Cypriot Turks is
under international sanctions due to effective
* According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet,
following a two-day ministerial level meeting of
the Friends of Democratic Pakistan in Istanbul,
Pakistani Foreign Affairs Minister Shah Mehmood
Qureshi held bilateral talks with his Turkish
counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu, and was also received
by Turkey's president Mr. Abdullah Gul at the
Cankaya Presidential Palace in Turkey's capital
The United Nations sponsored meeting of the
Friends of Democratic Pakistan meant to
facilitate international aid to ensure and
maintain Pakistan's stability in the face of
terrorist activities by the Taliban. Attendees
included delegates from 20 member countries as
well as the United Nations, the European
Commission, and other international institutions
such as the World Bank, Asian development Bank and
Islamic development Bank.
While the main focus of assistance was combating
terrorism and promoting stability in Pakistan, the
meeting also discussed the results of a private
sector meeting and pilot project for
reconstruction in the Malakand region. A
declaration was also issued calling for efforts to
boost Pakistan's internal strength, create
permanent partnerships, expand economic
opportunities, and focus on developing Pakistan's
The Istanbul meeting of the Friends of Democratic
Pakistan also served as a preparatory meeting for
the first Friends of Democratic Pakistan summit,
set to be co-hosted next month in New York by
President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown and Pakistani President Asif Ali
* Turkish researchers have succeeded in producing
a protein which prevents the uncontrolled division
of cancerous cells in transgenic rats' milk,
reports the Turkish daily Sabah.
The interferon gamma protein promises to be a
breakthrough in treating such diseases as cancer,
hepatitis and viral infections.
* Speaking to Hurriyet daily on Sunday, Turkey's
State Minister for Foreign Trade Zafer Caglayan
discussed ministry plans for a restructuring of
Turkey's handling of trade relations across the
Stating that world trade would fall $4 trillion
due to the global economic crisis, Mr. Caglayan
said, "In light of this, we will adopt a
target-oriented foreign trade approach based on
the unique features of each country worldwide to
improve Turkey's exports by diversifying foreign
ARTS AND CULTURE
* Anatolia News Agency reports that a museum
displaying amphoras, or ceramic jugs, from various
periods in Turkey's Mediterranean province of
Mersins Silifke area is drawing more attention
from visitors each day.
Some 6,000 people reportedly visited the museum in
Tasucu town last year, a figure that has already
increased to 8,000 this year. Most of the visitors
are foreign tourists.
"There are more than 500 amphoras having
characteristics of Syria, Palestine, Cyprus and
the Italian peninsula," said Arslan Eyce, the
chairman of the Tasucu Foundation for Education
and Protection of Natural Life.
An amphora is a type of ceramic vase with two
handles and a long neck narrower than the body.
Amphorae first appeared on the Syrian coast around
the 15th century BC and spread around the ancient
world, being used by the ancient Greeks and Romans
as the principal means for transporting and
storing grapes, olive oil, wine, oil, olives,
grain, fish, and other commodities.
* Vercihan Ziflioglu of Hurriyet Daily News
reports that Harput's historical fort in Turkey's
eastern province of Elazig is being restored.
The Foundation for the Promotion and Protection of
Environment and Cultural Heritage will be carrying
out the restoration work.
The fort was built by the ancient Urartus. The
president of the foundation Professor Metin Sozen
says that it was possible to observe traces from
all civilizations that existed in Anatolia in the
* The winners of the International Antalya Golden
Orange Film Festival Honorary Awards have been
announced, the Hurriyet Daily News reports. The
Festival will take place this year from Oct. 10 to
17 for the 46th time.
Vedat Turkali, for his enriching efforts in
Turkish film as a script writer, director, poet
and novelist; director Ulku Erakalin; musical
theoretician and composer Yalcin Tura; and actress
Sevda Ferdag will be granted with the Golden
Orange Honorary Award.
Actor Erol Gunaydin will be bestowed with the
"Yildirim Onal Memorial Award."
Additionally, film set worker Halil Dede will
receive the "Cinema Endeavor Award," which is
given to those working behind the camera, due to
his devoted hard work.
The International Antalya Golden Orange film
Festival takes place every year in Turkey's
Mediterranean province of Antalya.
* Two Turkish philanthropists turned a historical
lighthouses lodging building into a library with
more than 500 books on maritime studies and
lighthouses, reports Turkey's Dogan News Agency.
The philanthropists are former Istanbul Bar
Association Chairman Yucel Sayman and his wife
Mr. Yucel Sayman rented the Ayvacik Sivrice cove
lighthouse keepers lodge from the Coast Guard
General Directorate in 2008. After undergoing
infrastructure work, the building, said to have
been built in 1805, has become a library. The
historical building now named the Sivrice
Lighthouse Maritime Library, will be opened
officially in October in a ceremony.
Mr. Sayman said the library archives contain
novels, research papers, childrens books and
documents on lighthouses in various languages. "My
goal is to create an archive of 5,000 books from
the Ottoman period and to make this place into a
center that will be visited by those engaged in
scientific research," he said.
Mr. Sayman said he also wished to establish a
small-size maritime museum next to the lighthouse
yard, which is also home to a miniature replica of
the old lighthouse from the 1940s. He said film
and documentary screenings would be held in the
library garden during the summer months.
* According to the Anatolia News Agency, Istanbuls
Turkish Dance Festival will bring together Turkish
folk dances with folk dances of the world in
September. The festival, featuring Spanish
flamenco, Cuban salsa, Argentinean tango,
Brazilian samba, Ankaras misket and Aegean
cokertme, will be held in September.
Festival events include dance courses by national
and international dancers, special shows and
amateur dance shows. The festival is expected to
turn into a platform where the worlds dance
cultures come together.
The six-day festival will host dancers from
Germany, Russia, the United Arab Emirates,
Lebanon, Greece, France, Ukraine, Tunisia,
Belarus, Italy, Switzerland and various Turkish
* Archaeologists have concluded this year's
excavations at the Aizanoi Ancient City reports
the Anatolia News Agency. Ruins of the ancient
City are located in the Cavdarhisar village in
Turkey's Aegean province of Kutahya.
Excavations this year began on August 3rd. The
excavation team was headed by professor Ralf von
den Hoff of the University of Freiburg in Germany.
The excavations in the ancient city first began in
1970. Aizanoi Ancient City was first discovered by
European travelers in 1824.
Archaeologists have so far unearthed the world's
best-protected Zeus temple, a theater for 20,000
people, a stadium for 13,500 people, two
bathhouses, one of the world's first stock
exchange building, five bridges, the "Meter
Steunene" holy area and necropolises.
Also, settlement layers from 3,000 B.C. were found
around the Zeus temple. The findings are being
exhibited at the Kutahya Archeology Museum.
* Hurriyet Daily News reports the Nev Shalom
Synagogue in Istanbul's Galata district will be
the venue for Turkeys Jewish community who is
looking forward to participating in a series of
activities for the European Day of Jewish Culture.
On the day at the event on September 6 Jewish
community will help the public at large discover
the cultural and historical heritage of Judaism.
"This day carries a special importance for us. The
key point is to make our culture known. We are a
community of 23,000 in a country of 70 million.
Thats why we give a lot of importance to such
events," said Deniz Baler Saporta, a spokeswoman
for Turkeys Jewish community.
Begun as a local initiative in the Alsace region
of France, Culture Day went international in 1999.
This year its theme is Jewish Festivals and
Traditions and its roster is likely to include as
many as 800 separate, simultaneous events in 28
The events in Istanbul will include exhibitions,
concerts and panels. But the highlight will
certainly be the symbolic circumcision ceremony,
along with the Ramadan dinner, that will take
place at Beyoglus Municipality Building. As the
European Day of Jewish Culture has coincided with
the Moslems' holy month of Ramadan this year, the
iftar will be held as a symbol of unity between
cultures. Everyone who wants to join is invited to
The synagogue will also host a chamber-music
concert titled "Reflections from Jewish Themes,"
which will be performed by pianist Jerfi Aji,
violinists Cihat Askin and Aida Baydag,
clarinetist Aysegul Kirmanoglu, violist Tuba Ozkan
and cellist Yelda Ozgen Ozturk.
Another performance on the culture day will
feature the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki
Choir, which is directed by Kostis Papazoglou and
includes 14 sopranos, 7 altos, 4 tenors and 5
basses. The concert will take place in the
* Vercihan Ziflioglu of the Hurriyet Daily News
writes that a master of installation art will
bring examples from his 50-year professional
career to Istanbul from the world's museums.
Sarkis' exhibition "Site," which will open Sept.
11 at the Istanbul Modern Museum in the historical
neighborhood of Karakoy, will be the most
comprehensive exhibition of his work ever
displayed. Sarkis is a Turkish born Armenian
artist who lives in Paris.
Even though he has previously organized a few
exhibitions in Istanbul in recent years, his new
exhibit will be the first of its kind in many
"Memory has turned into image for the first time
in this exhibition. Images wanted to come together
and called for each other. I have never made a
combination using images thus far," said the
The images that Sarkis mentions are the
photographs some 20,000 of them that he has
taken in his exhibitions for half a century. From
his massive archive, the artist has chosen just 50
images for this exhibit.
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