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Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Tolga Bozkaya
* Talks to form a new Turkish government looked set to begin early next
week with a three-way coalition led by Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and
backed by nationalists the most likely outcome. President Suleyman Demirel
is expected to pick a prime minister-designate early next week, and
tradition says that will be Mr. Bulent Ecevit, leader of the largest party
in the parliament. The prime minister-designate will then begin rounds of
talks with party leaders to hammer out a coalition deal.
Other speculations on the outcome of the search for a three way
coalition have been the main topic on internal political agenda. Mr.
Devlet Bahceli, the leader of Nationalist Action Party, dismissed the idea
of entering into coalition with the True Path Party or the Virtue Party.
Mr. Bahceli stated that the True Path Party and the Welfare Party, created
conflicts between institutions, paving the way for crisis. Mr. Bahceli
said that these two parties must remain in opposition in the new
Meanwhile, the Motherland Party hinted that a coalition between
Democratic Left Party and the Nationalist Action Party is the natural
outcome of the election and that they could support this formation from
the outside if need be.
* This week Turkey maintained a diplomatic victory in her persistent
blockade of the NATO's Washington summit communique.
After a long debate on the new strategic concept 19-member NATO alliance
reaffirmed its commitment to build the European Security and Defense
Identity within the alliance.
The European Union member countries wanted the Western European Union to
be responsible for the operations and activities to be held in Europe.
If this new strategy had been accepted, Turkey would have been forced to
accept every Western European Union decision without the right to vote and
would have been excluded from the planning stage of NATO operations.
Turkey objected to the proposal and argued that Turkey's participation
in the European security process would be necessary for regional peace.
The issue was resolved towards the end of the talks when other NATO
members accepted Turkey's position. According to the summit statement,
the use of NATO facilities by European Security and Defense Identity has
to receive approval by the NATO Council, of which Ankara is also a member.
* Following lengthy debates, Turkey had its draft resolution on terrorism
approved by the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva last
week. Without openly mentioning their names, the resolution criticized
Italy and Germany for their stances during the stay of the Kurdistan
Worker's Party leader Mr. Abdullah Ocalan in Rome last year. The
resolution called on all United Nations members to abide by their
obligations in the struggle against terrorism and to comply with the
relevant international agreements on terrorism.
* Britain's Independent television Commission revoked the license of
MED-TV, a Kurdish-language television station broadcasting via satellite
from Britain on accusations the TV station incited separatist violence in
Turkey. The action followed Turkish complaints that the rebel Kurdistan
Workers Party used the TV station to issue calls for attacks against
Turkey after the capture of its leader Mr. Abdullah Ocalan in February. A
string of bloody bombing attacks since Mr. Ocalan's capture have claimed
the lives of some 20 people and wounded scores of others.
It is reported that MED-TV is preparing to establish a new facility in
Belgrade which is under NATO bombardment.
* Some 5,000 visitors from around the world turned out at Gallipoli,
Turkey on Sunday to commemorate the landing of the Australia New Zealand
Army Corps (Anzac) there on April 25, 1915. The shores of the Dardanelles
strait witnessed one of the fiercest battles of World War 1. The allied
campaign at Gallipoli was aimed at creating a second front and threatened
Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire. However, the campaign failed
in disaster and ended in reembarkment in late December of 1915.
Representatives of Australia, New Zealand, Britain, France, and Turkey
participated in the dawn ceremony, in memory of more that 100 thousand
lives lost in the battle.
* After years of bilateral tension, Armenian President Robert Kocharyan
has said that his country is ready to establish diplomatic relations with
Turkey with no preconditions. Speaking at a conference in Washington on
Monday, Kocharyan said that Armenia was trying "to melt the ice" between
the two countries and added that small-scale dialogue had already started
between the two sides.
* Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday formally opened the main trial against
the chief of the Kurdistan Workers Party Mr. Abdullah Ocalan. They
presented their indictment to the State Security Court for the death
penalty for Mr. Ocalan on charges of high treason. The indictment was
prepared by the State Security Court, holding Mr. Ocalan responsible for a
series of violent actions carried out by the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party
fighters. The trial will be in in the island prison of Imrali, where Mr.
Ocalan is currently being held.
Late last year Mr. Ocalan had to leave his decades-long sanctuary in
Syria after Turkey's successfull threats against the Syrians. He surfaced
in Italy but an initially sympathatic Italian governement finally told him
that he was not welcome.
Afterwards he tried to seek asylum in a Western European country.
However, most European countries being afraid of importing violence from
his militants, refused his requests.
Fnally, Mr. Ocalan was captured in Kenya where he was smuggled by the
Greek secret service.
* The International Monetary Fund has announced that the financial
position of the Turkish economy is strengthening while inflation is
decreasing as well. International Monetary Fund reported that the Russian
economic crisis did not affect the Turkish economy adversely as a result
of the successful economic programs which have been applied during recent
years. It was said that Turkey ought to apply structural measures to
maintain her powerful development.
Edited for Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak
* Division I Soccer Results: Week 29th
Sakaryaspor-KDC Karabukspor 4-0
1. Galatasaray 69
2. Besiktas 64
3. Fenerbahce 59
4. Trabzonspor 54
5. Antalyaspor 45
6. Kocaelispor 44
7. Genclerbirligi 42
8. Gaziantepspor 41
9. Istanbulspor 37
18.KDC Karabuk 18
Matches for Week 30:
Galatasaray 3 : 0 Sakaryaspor
Adanaspor : Antalyaspor
DC Karabukspor : Besiktas
Fenerbahce : Altay SK
Genclerbirligi : Gaziantep
Istanbulspor : Kocaelispor
Erzurumspor : Bursaspor
Samsunspor : MKE Ankaragucu
Trabzonspor : C Dardanelspor
* In its latest meeting, UEFA has decided to implement the European Super
League project, which will begin in 2003 with 18 teams.
Meanwhile, due to the UEFA's evaluation process based on the last five
years, only Galatasaray has been chosen from Turkey for the Super League
in which the giant teams of Europe will struggle. Of all other European
teams, Galatasaray is the one which has participated in the Champions'
League the most.
MONEY, ARTS, CULTURE & SCIENCE NEWS
Edited by Aydin Koc
Selling Rate Buying Rate
One U.S. Dollar 388,000 386,138
ANKARA : 10/21 (50/70) Cloudy
iSTANBUL: 14/23 (57/73) Cloudy
iZMiR : 16/25 (61/77) Cloudy
ANTALYA : 18/26 (64/79) Sunny
ARTS & CULTURE
* The famous Janissary Band which attracts the attention
of foreigners, will also take part at this year's
traditional Turkish Day March in New York. Officials at the
Federation of Turkish American Associations told that
the Turkish Day march will begin at Madison Avenue, one of
the most magnificent avenues in New York, on May 15 and
will end in front of the "Turkish House" later same day. The
Turkish Week will begin on May 14 with a ball to be held at
the New York Hilton Hotel. Ercan Saatci and Kibariye, two
famous names of Turkish popular music, will appear at the
* Turkey's 15-year campaign to recover looted pre-Christian treasure
bore fruit last week in New York, as the country's cultural
minister Mr. Istemihan Talay collected nearly 1,700 gold pieces
known as "Elmali Treasures" and a wooden medieval panel from
the Great Mosque in the Divrigi county of the central Turkish province of
Sivas from the US attorney's office in Manhattan.
coins, valued at $35 million, will be displayed at the Anatolian Museum
of Civilizations in Ankara before being returned to a museum in
* The Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of the
Cevher Group, Haluk Ozyavuz, who represented Turkey at the
World Young Businessmen Competition in Portugal, was elected
as "The Most Successful Manager of the World". Cevher
Machinery Industry, which was represented by Haluk Ozyavuz,
is the biggest automobile spare-part producer in Turkey.
Meanwhile, Izzet Garih, who was elected as "The Most
Successful Businessmen in the World" last year in China,
gave a speech concerning his experiences in business world.
* The 2nd International Bursa Tulip Festival has begun
on 29 April. Within the framework of the festival there will
be concerts, theater performances and exhibitions. Groups
from the Netherlands, Japan, Germany and Israel will exhibit
their traditional handy-works, Israeli violin artist Matan
Givo and German Reimund Popp and Tilmann Hubner guitar duo
will give concerts within the scope of the festival
* The 16th International Ankara Music Festival kicked off
on April 28 bringing a variety of world-class entertainment
to the capital's music lovers. World-famous orchestras,
conductors, soloists and singers along with classical and
modern ballet companies will make this festival unique. The
spectacular opening on April 28 featured highly-acclaimed
Turkish pianist Fazil Say performing with the world-famous
French National Orchestra.
* The High School Students' Mathematics Contest within
the European International Union has ended. At the end of
the competition attended by 71 students from 14 schools in
seven countries, a Turkish student from the Izmir American
Collegiate Institute, Caglar Unlu, came first.
In the team category, Ankara TED College, Izmir American
Collegiate Institute, MEF Schools in Turkey, International
College Spain and the Austrian Danube International School
teams came first.
*** Turkish American Association of California has partially
underwritten today's program. TAAC is a non-profit
charitable organization established to promote better
understanding between Americans and Turks.
If you have any questions about Turks and Turkey,
give them a call:
or e-mail them at
*** TAAC Annual General Membership Meeting and Picnic
May 2nd, Sunday, 1-5 P. M., Sunnyvale
Sunnyvale Lakewood Park
Turkish Food and Drinks
$10 adults/$8 students ($2 discount for the TAAC members)
*** 1st Annual Sacramento Turkish Arts & Culture Festival
May 15-16th, Sat & Sun, 11 A.M. - 6 P.M., Sacramento
Turkish music and folk dances, Turkish arts and crafts,
food and drinks, and activities for Children
[HOYTUR will be dancing on Sunday at 2 P. M.]
Sacramento State University - Library Quad
Organized by the TAAC Sacramento Chapter and sponsored by TAAC
Need volunteers please contact us.
Info:(916) 608-0686, taac_sacto@...
*** HOYTUR Turkish Folk Ensemble Show
May 16th, Sunday, 8:00 P.M., Palo Alto/Stanford
(24 dancers-musicians, from Ankara/TURKIYE)
Stanford University Kresge Auditorium
Next to the Law school and Braun Music Center
Suggested donations: $15 adults/$10 students
Info: (415) 646-0946, taac@...
*** HOYTUR Turkish Folk Ensemble Show
May 17th, Monday, 7:30 P.M., Monterey/Carmel
(24 dancers-musicians, from Ankara/TURKIYE)
Carmel Sunset Cultural Center
Suggested donations: $15 adults/$10 students
Info: (831) 646-1054, taac@...
*** 2nd Annual California Turkish Arts & Culture Festival,
August 7-8th, Sat. & Sun., 11 A.M. - 6 P.M., Monterey
Custom House Plaza next to the Fisherman's Wharf
*** AEGEAN FRIENDS
Arkadas * Filoi
AEGEAN FRIENDS is a social-cultural group of Greeks,
Turks, Cypriots, and other peoples of good will, coming
together to celebrate their rich heritage, explore common
roots, and promote peace in the Aegean region.
Share music, food, and conversation. Dance. Create art.
Discover the generosity of the heart.
Next potluck get together of Aegean Friends will be in
Berkeley on May 1!
For more information contact
San Francisco, CA 94114-0022
*** Turkish Folkdancing in Northern California:
*** Arkadash Turkish Folk Dance Ensemble, San Jose
Free classes, all ages are welcome
Call Omer Uyuklu at (408) 374-5066
e-mail: ccc at calcc.com
*** Horon, Monterey
For more information call Yavuz Atila:
Horon is a Turkish American Association of California
*** Art for Peace, Stanford
For more information contact
artforpeace-intnl at lists.stanford.edu
408-971-1376 Carol Leitner
*** Group Anadolum.
For folk, pop and sufi music of Turkey,
also for playing oud and saz.
Group Anadolum is composed of about 25 musicians and
Group Anadolum is a Turkish American Association of
California associate organization.
Contact Sahin Gunsel at (415) 643-1722
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