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      Today's news was edited by Ahmet Toprak

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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
      legislative period.
      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

      Gaziantepspor-Fenerbahce 2-2
      Sakaryaspor-KDC Karabukspor 4-0
      Ankaragucu-Adanaspor 2-2
      Altay-Erzurumspor 3-1
      Bursaspor-Istanbulspor 2-0
      C.Dardanel-Kocaelispor 3-1
      Antalyaspor-Genclerbirligi 1-1
      Trabzonspor-Galatasaray 0-3

      Besiktas-Samsunspor 0-0


      Team Points
      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
      10.Altay 35
      11.Bursaspor 34
      12.Ankaragucu 33
      13.Samsunspor 33
      14.Sakaryaspor 31
      15.Adanaspor 30
      16.Erzurumspor 29
      17.C.Dardanel 26
      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.


      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


      * 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.
      The 2,500-year-old
      coins, valued at $35 million, will be displayed at the Anatolian Museum
      of Civilizations in Ankara before being returned to a museum in
      Antalya, Turkey.

      * 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

      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
      Box 14022
      San Francisco, CA 94114-0022
      or e-mail:

      *** 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
      associate organization

      *** 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
      e-mail: sgunsel@...


      *** Tune in to the following broadcasts in the Bay Area:

      - Every Saturday at 5 P.M. to the
      Turkish Cultural Program on KUSF FM 90.3
      - Every third Saturday at 6 P.M.
      KKUP FM 91.5 to the Orient Express
      - Tune in to KPFA FM 94.1 every Monday at 10 A.M. for
      Music from Africa-Asia, hosted by Kutay Kugay.
      - Mondays 7:00 - 10:00 P.M. 89.5 FM
      International Program KBES
      (covers Stanislaus County all the way to Manteca),
      hosted by George Geevargis.

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      *** Yusif Savalan

      "Heydar Baba" features Yusif Savalan's silken voice and
      Azerbaijan's Ahmet Bakikhanov Music Ensemble. Mr. Savalan's
      interpretation of great Azeri poet Shehriyari's
      masterpiece Heydar Baba is the title song.

      *** CEMALI
      CEMALI "The First Alternative Music Group from Turkey" have
      released their first US CD "Whirl" and it is available
      through the Turkish Radio Hour. Cemali's recording and
      performing career took them from San Francisco to around
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      their CD sold 300 thousand copies in Turkey.

      *** Chingiz Sadykhov
      Music of world-class pianist from Azerbaijan, Chingiz
      Sadykhov. "Songs of Azerbaijan" is a new CD release
      from 7/8 Music. Maestro Chingiz Sadykhov has been
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      the greatest singers of Azerbaijan and Soviet Union for
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      "Peoples' Artist of Azerbaijan". He has performed and
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      *** Necati Celik
      7/8 Music Productions is proud to release new CD
      from oud master

      Necati Celik belongs to a group of musicians that are a
      rare breed Indeed. He is considered one of the great oud
      players in Turkey now.
      This CD includes one astonishing vocal track from the

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      * From US and Canada you can order the CD by sending
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      * Songs of Azerbaijan by C Sadykov: US$ 18
      * Whirl by Cemali: US$ 15
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