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      x0x Turkish News for the week ending 03 April 2010

      [This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 03 April 2010]

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      * German Chancellor Angele Merkel was in Turkey last week.
        According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet Ms. Merkel was very busy attending many events in addition to meeting Turkish officials. Here is a summary of her visit:
        - Addressing a group of Turkish and German business people, she said that Germany may ease visa requirements for Turkish nationals, and issue long-term visas especially for business people, students and artists.
        - She pledged to continue to mine the great untapped economic potential between Turkey and Germany. However she asked both countries to remove the obstacles for further economic cooperation.
        - She asked both countries to renew the agreement to prevent double taxation.
        - She said that an agreement on expediting criminals between the two countries is needed.
        Ms. Merkel also visited the historical sites in Istanbul and the German high school and the German Protestants church.
        During her visit to the 1400-year-old Hagia Sophia, Ms. Merkel spoke with the museum director, and said she was impressed with the grandeur of the former church and mosque.
        During her visit to the 400-year-old Blue Mosque, the German chancellor spoke with the mufti of Istanbul, Professor Mustafa Cagrici, and expressed great admiration for the site's "excellence."
        She also attended a concert with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the German Consulate in Istanbul marking the selection of both Istanbul and Essen, Germany as 2010 European Capitals of Culture.
        Also present at the concert were Turkey's minister of culture Mr. Gunay, Turkey's Chief European Union Negotiator Mr. Bagis, Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler, Istanbul Greater Municipality Mayor Kadir Topbas, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomeos and Armenian Orthodox Archbishop Aram Atesyan.

      * The Turkish daily Sabah also reported on Ms. Merkel's visit. According to Sabah, Ms. Merkel still insists on a special partnership status for Turkey with the European Union rather than full membership.
        One change in the German leader's position as it relates to Turkey came about: Ms. Merkel now says that it is okay for Turks to open their own schools in Germany. As we reported to you last week, in an interview with a German daily she was expressing her opposition to such schools.

      * The Turkish daily Star reported on the two other German leaders' positions on issues realting to Turks and Turkey:
        In an interview with Germany's ARD television, German Chancellery Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration Maria Boehmer said that the adaptation of newcomers to Germany should not be assimilation, adding that more time could be spent teaching Turkish in German schools.
        Maria Boehmer is from the Christian Democrat party.
        On the other hand, Claudia Roth, the co-chair of Germany's Green Party, told German daily Die Welt that Chancellor Angela Merkel's "privileged partnership" proposal is a huge mistake and that democratization in Turkey could be accelerated by giving it a convincing membership perspective.

      * According to the Turkish daily Turkiye Turkish president Mr. Abdullah Gul visited Pakistan this week. On Thursday Mr. Gul said Turkey and Pakistan enjoy strong political relations and now it is time to boost bilateral economic cooperation.
        Calling on businesspeople from both sides to make use of their countries' potential in energy, industry, manufacturing industry, agriculture, food and construction, Mr. Gul said Turkey is ready to share its experiences with Pakistan in dam and hydroelectric power plant construction and contracting services.
        During Mr. Gul's visit to Pakistan, officials from the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges and the Lahore industrial zone signed an agreement paving the way for Turkish investments in the area.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey welcomed the progress made in Cyprus unification talks in the runup to this month's Turkish Cypriot presidential elections, said Turkey's foreign affairs minister Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu Thursday.
        "The Turkish side has always pursued a proactive policy. Negotiations should continue after the elections," he added, praising a statement made Tuesday by Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias.
        The two Cypriot leaders held their last meeting this week before breaking for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus's April 18 elections.
        Mr. Davutoglu also said when spoke on the phone with his Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos, whose country currently holds the European Union term presidency, that he welcomed comments by President Talat showing progress on the issues dividing the island. "To date the parties have had 71 talks at the leadership level and discussed all aspects of the Cyprus question," said President Talat. "The Turkish Cypriot side has made progress in the talks on a basis laid out in joint statements on March 21, May 23, July 1 and July 25, 2008, as well as UN parameters."
        In a related news, the Turkish Cypriot president warned that if he is not elected, which seems very likely that he is not, the unification talks would be over, the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet quoted him. 

      * According to the Turkish Daily Aksam, Turkey's chief European Union talks negotiator Mr. Egemen Bagis was in Poland this week.
        On Thursday Mr. Bagis met with former Polish President Lech Walesa. Also at the meeting, which was held at a foundation established on Walesa's behalf, were Turkey's European Union Secretariat General head Volkan Bozkir and Turkish Ambassador to Warsaw Resit Uman.
        Calling Turkey an essential part of Europe, Walesa said Europe is inconceivable without it. Stating that he supports and believes in Turkey's European Union bid, Walesa said that he will continue to defend this stance even if some disagree.

      * Saudi Arabia and Turkey showed firmness during the world economic crisis, and this created a strong ground for future investments, said Turkey's finance minister Mehmet Simsek Thursday, reports the Turkish daily Milliyet.
        Stating that Saudi Arabia has a savings surplus, Turkey's finance minister said during a meeting with his Saudi counterpart Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf. 
        "Turkey is a fast-growing country but has a relative savings deficit. Turkey and the region have structures which complement each other," the Turkish minister added.
        He stated that in 2004-2009 alone, Saudi investments in Turkey totaled $1.4 billion. "The probability of investments both from the Gulf and Saudi Arabia in the years to come is high. There are important opportunities. The [Turkish] Treasury is working on all ways to attract resources and funds," he added.

      * Turkey's Prime Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the Arab league summit in Libya.
        He told the Arab leaders that the Palestinian issue is the most critical problem in the region and that it cries out for an immediate solution.
        Mr. Erdogan said that all problems in the region can be overcome through sound cooperation. Turkey places great importance on the Arab League and is pleased with the group's influence in both regional issues and global politics, Mr. Erdogan said. He also pledged cooperation with the league.
        Mr. Erdogan also criticize Israel's policy on Jerusalem. He said that Israel is violating international law by building homes in the eastern part of the city.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Iraqi Kurdish leaders visited Turkey and met with the Turkish foreign affairs minister in Istanbul.
        Nechirvan Barzani, the co-chairman of northern Iraq's Kurdistan Democratic Party, was received by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu yesterday in Istanbul.


      Edited by Carol Dean

      * Renowned Turkish pop singer Sezen Aksu will be in the United States between April 4 and 7 for a series of concerts.
        Ms. Aksu's concert tour will begin at Strathmore Concert Hall in Bethesda , Maryland on April 4, continue at New York 's Carnegie Hall of New York on Apr. 6, and end at Prudential Hall in Newark , New Jersey on April 7. Aksu hasn't performed in the US since 2,000, and more than 8,000 people are expected to attend her concerts.
        Ms. Aksu is also a songwriter and producer who has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. Her nicknames include the "Queen of Turkish Pop" and "Minik Serce" (Little Sparrow). She performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London , on Oct. 7, 2007. She was only the second Turkish artist after Zeki Muren to have ever performed at this prestigious venue.
        Ms. Aksu has recently been re-releasing all of her old classics with digital re-mastering and in new specially designed sleeves.

      * The archaeological legacy of Zeugma, will soon have a new home, reports the Anatolia News Agency.
        Zeugma is an ancient city in Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep that is home to some of the world's most valuable mosaics.
        The ancient city of Zeugma was founded in 300 B.C. by Alexander the Great and was first known as "Selevkia Euphrates." The city, one of four large centers in the kingdom of Commagene, was taken by the Romans in 31 B.C. and took the name Zeugma, which means "bridge" or "gate."
        The city reached the height of its glory during the Roman era, but was ruined and burned by the Persian Sassanid Empire in 256 A.D. Later and earthquake further damaged the city.
        In 1987 the Gaziantep Archaeology Directorate carried out the first excavation at the site and unearthed stone graves and statues. A second excavation in 1992 uncovered floor mosaics and two villas.
        Because much of the ancient city will be submerged by water when construction of the Birecik Dam is finally completed, teams of Turkish and foreign scientists worked to ensure that Zeugma's important archaeological treasures were transferred from the site to the new Gaziantep museum.
        Speaking to the agency, Gaziantep Culture and Tourism Director Salih Efiloglu said the center, which would be both the largest in Turkey and in the world, would be established on an area of 2.7 million sq. ft., and would have a positive effect on the surrounding region. 
        "There are mosaics as big as 4500-5000 sq. ft. in our collection. They are waiting for restoration and conservation. It will provide a great boost to the economy and opportunities for employment," he added.

      * According to the Anatolia News Agency, U.S. congressmen are visiting Turkey, among other things, to inaugurate a Turkish jazz department, the Turkish Coalition of America, said Thursday. The Turkish Coalition of America released a statement and said its President Lincoln McCurdy would accompany U.S. congressmen during their visit to Turkey .
        The group includes Ed Whitfield, the co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations, congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland , congressman Jim Moran of Virginia , who is also a member of the Turkish Caucus.
        Hacettepe University is the only university in Turkey to have a department dedicated to the study and history of jazz. The university will begin its first jazz courses in September 2010. The student body will include 10 of the most talented young jazz musicians in Turkey .
        "Turkish Coalition of America has made a commitment to strengthen the longstanding ties between Turkey and the United States through our shared culture and values," said President Lincoln McCurdy.
        "Jazz, music and the arts are a wonderful way to highlight how the enduring bond between these two nations is only getting stronger as Turkey emerges as a new center for the arts in Europe ," he also said.
        The Turkish Coalition of America is an educational, charitable organization incorporated in February 2007. It aims to foster understanding of Turkish and American issues through public education.

      * According to the Hurriyet Daily News, a building once used as a maintenance hall for railway engines and cars has been converted into the Turkish capital Ankara's first modern-art center, which will host exhibitions, workshops and other cultural activities.
        The 124,000-sq.ft. indoor complex boasts a 48.5-thousand-sq.ft. exhibition hall, the biggest in Turkey, as well as a museum, a photo gallery, a museum shop, a conference hall and an art library. A few locomotives parked outside remind visitors of the building's industrial past.
        Five residential studios will host local and foreign artists for six-month periods, during which they will able to meet with art lovers and talk to them about the works they have on display.
        "Our art library will open its doors within the next two months to those interested in culture and the art world," Turkye's culture minister Mr. Gunay said.

      * A legendary name in the jazz world, contrabass virtuoso Charlie Haden will give concerts in Istanbul on April 6 and 7.
        Haden will perform in association with Ernie Watts on saxophone, Alan Broadbent on piano and Rodney Green on drums, according to a statement released by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
        Born in 1937, Haden is an American jazz musician. He is a double bassist, probably best known for his long association with saxophonist Ornette Coleman

      * With more than 20 million users out of a population of 72 million, Turkey is one of the largest markets for social networking website Facebook, a senior company official said on Wednesday.
        Turkey was the third biggest country until last week, however Indonesian users have outnumbered Turkish Facebook users, Blake Chandlee, vice president of the company in Europe, said.
        Chandlee said 50 percent of Turkish Facebook users log on to the website every day.

      * A photo exhibition on Istanbul which is titled "His/Tanbul" and consists of photo collections of Turkish photo artist Vehbi Koca, has opened in London on Wednesday.
        The exhibition is taking place at the gallery of the European Commission with the contributions of the Cultural and Tourism Counsellor of the Turkish Embassy in London as Istanbul was declared the 2010 European Capital of Culture.
        Istanbul is the largest province in Turkey and fourth largest city proper in the world with a population of over 12.8 million. Istanbul is also a megacity, as well as the cultural, economic, and financial centre of Turkey. The city covers 39 towns of the Istanbul province. It is located on the Bosphorus Strait and encompasses the natural harbour known as the Golden Horn, in the north-west of the country. It extends both on the European ( called Thrace) and on the Asian ( called Anatolia) sides of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world that is located on two continents.

      * Turkish Mediterranean province of Antalya will host International Sand Sculpture Festival. Festival's Director General Cem Karaca said on Monday that the sculptures would be made as of April 1, adding that the festival would begin on May 1.
        Mr. Karaca noted that "mythology II" would be the theme of this year's festival which would take place at Lara Beach Park.


      EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.51


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey:
      66/41 Mostly Sunny

      Antalya, on the Mediterranean:
      79/57 Partly Cloudy

      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey:
      57/41 Mostly Sunny

      Izmir, on the Aegean:
      68/46 Mostly Sunny

      Van, in Eastern Turkey
      50/34 Partly Cloudy

      Trabzon, on the Black Sea:
      52/45 Partly Cloudy

      Snow depths at skiing locations:

      Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey
      - inches

      Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey
      - inches

      Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey
      16 inches

      Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey
      - inches

      Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey
      - inches

      Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey
      45 inches

      Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey
      51 inches


      * Soccer

      * Premiere League

      * Results for week27
      B. $ehir Bld. Sp-Bursa Sp2 - 1
      G. Birligi-Diyarbakir Sp1 - 0
      Be$iKta$-Eski$ehir Sp3 - 2
      Denizli Sp-Kasimpa$a3 - 3
      Antalya Sp-Manisa Sp0 - 0
      G. Antep Sp-Sivas Sp2 - 2
      G. Saray-Fenerbahce0 - 1
      Kayseri Sp-Trabzon Sp1 - 0

      Standing in the league as of week ending27

      1 -Bursa Sp58
      2 -Fenerbahce55
      3 -Be$iKta$55
      4 -G. Saray53
      5 -Trabzon Sp46
      6 -Kayseri Sp46
      7 -Eski$ehir Sp45
      8 -B. $ehir Bld. Sp43
      9 -G. Birligi38
      10 -Antalya Sp34
      11 -G. Antep Sp34
      12 -Kasimpa$a33
      13 -Ankaragucu32
      14 -Manisa Sp28
      15 -Sivas Sp25
      16 -Diyarbakir Sp24
      17 -Denizli Sp18
      18 -Ankara Sp0


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