Turkish news for week ending 29 August 1998
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* President Suleyman Demirel has invited Armenian President Robert
Kocharian to attend celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the
proclamation of the Turkish Republic. Armenia is looking positively at the
invitation, however no official response has been received as yet. It is
not known whether Kocharian himself will attend the celebrations or send a
representative for the occasion. Demirel met with Kocharian for the first
time in Yalta, Ukraine, where a Black Sea Economic Cooperation meeting was
* President Suleyman Demirel laid the foundations of the Turkish
Foundation for the Support and Education of Autistic People Center in
Istanbul this week. He also attended the second anniversary meeting of
the World Eye Hospital held in Ceylan Intercontinental Hotel in Istanbul.
Later on Thursday, the president opened the newly restored historic
Akaretler houses on the main road between Besiktas and Macka in Istanbul.
* Margarita Papandreu, the first wife of former Greek Prime Minister
Andreas Papandreu, has brought peaceful messages to Istanbul. Papandreu,
who is the founder of the Peace Committee consisting of Turkish and Greek
women, proposed that investments made in arms purchases by Greece and
Turkey should be channeled to meet social need, and that the two countries
should stand by each other in the European Union to find common solutions
to current problems. Attending a tourism congress jointly organized by
Bogazici University and the Turkish Economic and Social History
Foundation, Papandreu delivered a speech on "Effects of Peace on Tourism".
She also suggested that Turkey and Greece should conduct joint programs
adding that tours starting from Athens, through the Greek islands and then
to the Aegean coasts and ending in Istanbul could be organized by tourism
* Leader of the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party, Adbullah Ocalan, is
reportedly ready to announce a cease-fire to take effect on September 1.
Ocalan made the announcement at a press conference on the outlawed MED-TV
station Friday evening.
* Afghan leader General Rashid Dostum came to Ankara Wednesday after
attending meetings in Iran to establish an opposition front against
Taleban forces in Afghanistan. It is reported that another Afghan leader,
Malik Khan came to Ankara 20 days ago. Turkish officials are trying to
establish peace between the two leaders. Dostum had meetings with
technical level officials in the National Intelligence Service yesterday
and later in the week he is expected to meet with deputy Prime Minister
Bulent Ecevit, Foreign Minister Ismail Cem and State Minister Ahad
* A Greek tanker loaded with crude oil ran aground on Tuesday in Uskudar,
Istanbul. According to officials, the tanker was transporting 140
thousand tons of crude oil from Russia to Italy, and ran aground while
passing through the Bosphorus. A rescue operation has begun which
includes the pumping of oil onto another ship. Officials said that
traffic through the straits could be affected during these rescue
* Turks living in Kosovo are asking for equal rights in education along
with Albanians. Albanians who have refused the education program imposed
by the Serbian administration have been applying their own education
program for seven years. However, Turkish children are forced to continue
their education in government-run official schools.
* Turkey has rejected demands from Syria that a joint Turco-Syrian-Iraqi
technical committee dealing with water issues be revived in 1998. Citing
'adverse developments' in bilateral relations as the reason, the Turkish
Foreign Ministry said "it is too early to revive the water committee
process". The last committee convened in 1992.
* Vural Savas, the chief prosecutor of Turkey's High Court of Appeals, has
submitted a report to the Ankara chief prosecutor's office to enable
former officials of the now-defunct Welfare Party to be put on trial and
face sentences of up to three years for their involvement in trying to
conceal a total of TL 1 trillion from Ministry of Finance auditors. Savas
stated that it was mandatory by law to transfer all of a party's assets to
the Treasury upon its closure.
* According to Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Necati Utkan,
Turkey has until September 25 to request the extradition of underground
figure Alaattin Cakici, wanted in Turkey on charges of murder. Belgian
officials have also requested France to hand over Cakici on murder
* Michael Lake, the former European Union Ambassador to Turkey, said in
his term report in February that Turkey would be a very valuable member
and even an "attractive prize" to the European Union. The report said that
Turkey was the only "real Muslim democratic" country in the world and
Turkey's membership to the European Union would bring mutual advantages.
* Turkish officials in Turkish Embassy in the Republic of Congo left this
country last week after internal clashes threatened their security, the
Foreign Ministry said. Rebels and the military units under the command of
the Head of State, Laurent Desire Kabila, have been severely clashing in
* The town of Hasankeyf, located on the historical route that linked
Mesopotamia to the southeast, will be under water in two years time after
the Ilisu and Karkamis dams are completed as part of the Southeast
Anatolia Project . As part of a preservation project, the Ministry of
Culture has decided to exhibit movable artifacts from the town in museums,
and to document the areas which will be inundated. The Ministry has
signed a protocol for "Rescuing the Cultural Heritage of Hasankeyf" with
the Middle East Technical University and the State Water Works. Culture
Minister, Istemihan Talay said that excavations to map the archeological
structure, and document the cultural heritage of the region started last
week and would end on 15 September.
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak
* With an increase in agricultural production due to the Southeast
Anatolian Project, industrial sectors based on agricultural products also
started to improve. The most attractive sector for investors, who want to
make investments in the region, is textile.
* Between 1990-97, 25,531 certificates for investment incentives were
given to various sectors in Turkey. During the same period, Turkey's
manufacturing sector received the highest incentives with 16,435
certificates, while the service sector ranked second with 6,649
certificates and agriculture sector came third with 1,915 certificates.
Meanwhile, 24 certificates for investment incentives with foreign capital
worth $180.744 million were given in July.
* Deputy General Director of the Turkish Petroleum Board Akif Guneri said:
"Turkey will be an oil center". Noting that Turkey was at the center of a
region, where there are the greatest oil reserves of the world, Guneri
stated that Turkey was the symbol of stability and confidence in the
region. Stressing that the most important way of Middle East and Asian
oils was the Persian Gulf and pipelines opened from Russia to the West,
Guneri said that the world could not ignore such a stable country in the
region. Guneri added that the Turkish Petroleum Board should gain the
structure of leading oil companies in the world as soon as possible and
have the opportunity of marketing.
* French Grouppe Schneider, one of the world's leading companies in
electric distribution, industrial control and automobile spare-part
production, is going to increase its market share in Turkey. General
Director of the company, Dominique Bellot said that Turkey was a rapidly
developing giant market adding that Turkey had been the biggest market of
the Middle East. Bellot noted that French-Turkish trade relations had been
developing without being affected by some political issues.
* Turkey's exports, measured by quantity, increased by 22.4 % in May
compared to April, while imports rose by 18.1 %. According to the State
Institute of Statistics, the value of Turkey's exports and imports fell by
0.9 and 3.5 %, respectively in the same period, the Anatolia news agency
* In Turkey, deposits in bank accounts and bank loans increased greatly
over the first seven months of 1998. The volume of both deposits and loans
increased by 23.7 in real terms. Bank deposits accounts, which brought in
a more stable income when compared to other instruments, reached 8
quadrillion and 256.1 trillion Turkish Liras, increasing by 60.3 %.
* One of the world's leading investment banks, Deutsche Bank has completed
a study on comparing the Russian and Turkish economies within the
framework of the Asian economic crisis. The study, called "Story of Two
Countries", says that foreign investors evaluated Turkey and Russia
according to the same investment areas and notes that both countries have
same economic characteristics. However, the report says that after June
1998, Turkey and Russia applied different economic measures to avoid the
negative effects of the Asian crisis. "Turkey followed an economic policy
in line with market conditions that protected the stable structure of the
Turkish lira. However, the Russian ruble lost value because of the
negative effects of the Asian crisis. Although Russia and Turkey have
similar economic characteristics, there are differences in the application
of economic measures. Russia could not prevent its economy from entering
into a serious crisis, whereas Turkey successfully continued on its way,"
says the study.
* Turkey's Board of the Potable Water and Sewerage Department of the
General Directorate of the State Water Works, put out international
tenders for the construction of a sewage system using the "pre-selection
method", the Anatolia news agency reports. An announcement related to the
tender has been published in the Official Gazette. It says that the
majority of the project will be financed by a loan obtained from the
Japanese Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund. Implementation projects will
be prepared by the Consultant Melen Engineering and Counseling Services
Joint Initiative Group and the tender will be opened according to these
* Because of the instability prevailing in international markets, Turkey
is going to join foreign borrowing markets in September. Treasury
officials announced that Turkey together with Poland and the Czech
Republic have the chance to join international markets following the
Russian economic crisis. Despite the economic crisis in Asia, Turkey has
succeeded in obtaining the support of the International Monetary Fund and
international rating institutions. The Treasury will give authority to
international broker institutions for selling securities.
* Due to an economic crisis in Russia, Turkey's loss in official export
figures will total $700 million. It is estimated that the loss in trade
from Russian tourists visiting Turkey will amount to $1.1 billion.
Turkey's exports to Russia stand at $2.1 billion within the registered
foreign trade volume worth $4 billion between Turkey and Russia.
* A sharp drop in Istanbul Stock Exchange trading, high interest rates
which reached 130 %, and high demand for foreign exchange, have prompted
the Turkish government to take measures to limit the negative effects of
the Russian economic crisis, which has caused downward trends in stock
exchanges the world over. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and Minister of
Finance are expected to announce "measures to relieve the economy"
including easing some articles of the new tax package. Meanwhile, Chairman
of the Istanbul Stock Exchange, Osman Birsen said that the recent drop in
the stock exchange was the result of the economic crisis that Russia has
been suffering. He added that also the early election decision of the
government had affected transactions in the stock exchange.
* Visiting Russia at a time when the country has fallen into a deep
monetary crisis, State Minister Gunes Taner said that Turkey was concerned
over the latest developments in Russia, but added that there was no cause
to panic in Turkey. In his statement Taner said that a devaluation of the
Turkish Lira similar to that of the Russian ruble was not in question.
Adding that it is not coincidental that he was the first minister
responsible for the economy to visit Russia, Taner said that Turkey was a
friend of Russia and that it would do everything in its power to help
Russia in these hard days. He added that Turkey would prove its friendship
by holding higher level contacts in the near future. Prime Minister Mesut
Yilmaz will visit Moscow in October.
* The United Garanti Bank International in Holland, affiliated to the
Turkish Garanti Bank, has signed a syndication credit worth $75 million.
According to a statement made by the United Garanti Bank International, an
agreement regarding the credit was signed in Amsterdam. A total of 19
banks participated in the credit.
* Head of the Privatization Administration Ugur Bayar said that 80-90 % of
their privatization income target, which they announced earlier as $4.5
billion for 1998, has been achieved. Bayar noted that the fourth quarter
of the year would be full of privatization initiatives. Bayar made a
speech at a meeting of Ankara Chambers of Industry and stated that
political stability was essential for the achievement of privatization
* According to an evaluation released by Institutional Investor, a noted
finance and investment magazine, Akbank, a private Turkish bank, places
42nd in profit-making and 178th in equity capital among the largest 500
banks of the world.
SPORTS, MONEY, ARTS and CULTURE NEWS
Edited by Aydin Koc
Selling Rate Buying Rate
One Dollar 276,040 277,370
* In the 3rd week of the premier Turkish Soceer League :
Adanaspor - Fenerbahce 0-3
Ankaragucu - Antalyaspor 0-0
Besiktas - Gaziantepspor 1-1
Dardanelspor - Genclerbirligi 1-2
Sakaryaspor - Altay 1-2
Galatasaray - Kocaelispor 3-1
Istanbulspor - Karabukspor 3-0
Samsunspor - Erzurumspor 2-4
Trabzonspor - Bursaspor 2-0
The top five standings are :
* In the European Champions League, Galatasaray beat
Grasshoppers of Zurich also in the second leg 3-2 and
advanced to the second round. For the second round,
Galatasaray will be in the same group as Juventus of
Italy(finalist for the last 3 years), Rosenborg of Norvay
and Atletico Bilbao of Spain. First match will be with
Juventus in Turin on Sep 16th.
* In the Cup Winner's Cup, Besiktas will meet with FC
Spartak of Slovakia and in the UEFA Cup, Fenerbahce will
meet with AC Parma of Italy.
* The Eighth Oxford-Cambridge-Bosphorus University Boat
Race will take place on Saturday, August 29 in Istanbul.
Athletes from three university teams will compete in the
rowing races which will take place on the Golden Horn and
which have been jointly organized by the Istanbul
Metropolitan Municipality and the Bosphorus University.
ANKARA : 29/16 Sunny
iSTANBUL : 29/18 Sunny
iZMiR : 32/20 Sunny
ARTS & CULTURE
* The Whirling Dervishes of Turkey will be touring
eighteen North American cities during September and October.
For seven hundred years the Mevlevi, or whirling dervishes,
have performed one of the world's most beautiful
spiritual ceremonies. They will be performing at the Marin
Center in San Raphael on October 10th; for tickets, call
(415)472-3500, and at the Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford
University on October 11th. Tickets Box Office is
* The world renowned art director of the St. Petersburg
Ballet, Boris Eifman, will present "Red Giselle: The Story
of a Ballerina" on Sept. 1-15 as part of this year's Young
Pamukbank Art Activities.
* First Istanbul Dance and Techno Festival. On Sept. 12,
the day of the First Istanbul Techno Festival, Park Orman
(Maslak) will turn into a ravers' wonderland, and raver
wonderacts are going to strut their stuff for 24 hours.
There will be two stages in Park Orman. The first is the
amphitheater, which is going to be a full-charging,
power-dance club at all times. For your hip-shaking
pleasure, DJs from Wax and the legendary London clubs
Freedom and Sublime are going to do two-hour sets each in
the amphitheater. Performers will be chock full of top names
such as DJ Cam, Aphex Twin, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Emperor Sly
* The Second International Leather, Ready-Made Leather
Clothes and Leather Processing Systems Fair (Leather
Turkey'98) opened in Istanbul World Trade Center on Friday.
A total of 150 firms, 30 of them foreigners, take part in
the fair in order to present their collections for autumn
and winter. Nearly 30 thousand people are expected to visit
* The First Ankara Culture and Art Festival organized
jointly by the Culture Ministry and Office of the Governor
of Ankara on the occasion of celebrations for the 75th
anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic and
making Ankara the capital, will be held between
15 September and 30 October 1998.
* Ayse Nur Zarakolu, the owner of the Belge
Publishing House, was awarded by the International
Publishers' Union with the ''Human Rights Prize'', it was
reported on Monday. The German Publishers' Union based in
Frankfurt, stated that Zarakolu has deserved the prize worth
10 thousand German Mark for her struggle for the freedom of
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charitable organization established to promote better
understanding between Americans and Turks.
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*** First California Turkish Arts & Culture Festival
Turkish American Association of California
First California Turkish Arts & Culture Festival
August 29-30, 1998
11:00am - 7:00pm
Custom House Plaza next to the Fisherman's Wharf
Turkish Music Concert and Dance Party
August 29, 1998
Monterey Conference Center, Serra Ball Room
next to the Double Tree Hotel
For more information for both events please contact
Yavuz V. Atila
yatila at miis.edu
*** Monterey - Sufi Concert 8/28
in association with
The Turkish American Association of California
An Evening of Sufi Music
With two of the foremost Turkish musicians in the World
Necati Celik & Omer Faruk Tekbilek
Friday, August 28, 8:00 PM
Carleton Hall-Monterey Religious Science Church
400 W Franklin (at Pacific) Monterey
Call 373-7379 for reservations
*** 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.
For more information contact
San Francisco, CA 94114-0022
e-mail: aegfriends at aol.com
*** Turkish Folkdancing in Northern California:
Every Thursday at the Monterey Senior Center
information on Turkish Folkdancing with
Horon call Yavuz Atila:
*** Art for Peace
A group that teaches various dances
around the globe including
** Turkey **
For more information contact
ArtforPeace at mailexcite.com
650-497-9470 Cuneyt Yuksel or 408-971-1376 Carol Leitner
*** Group Anadolum
For folk, pop and sufi music of Turkey,
also playing oud and saz
Group Anadolum is now moving its rehearsals to:
Bechtel International Center
(every other Sunday during the summer season)
Group Anadolum is composed of about 25 musicians and
singers. It includes members of the Tosun Family,
coming from seven centuries of ashik music tradition.
Ashik music tradition has been a symbol of individual
and religious freedom and at times persecuted by the
Ottoman Palace in the past.
Art for Peace International supports this activity and
will work with Group Anadolum on collaboration of music
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