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* The European Union has given Turkey two years to settle the Cyprus
problem according to Daily Milliyet's report. The European Union will
otherwise commence the membership process of the Greek Cypriot Sector of
Setting a deadline for the first-time, the European Union has thus
advised Turkey not to waste time in settling the Cyprus problem. Although
European Union diplomatic sources say this is not an attempt to exert
pressure on Turkey, Turkish officials believe otherwise. Turkish officials
also say that the European Union should stay away from the Cyprus issue.
* According to daily Cumhuriyet's report on Friday, Turkish President
Ahmet Necdet Sezer approved the appointment of 43 governors recommended by
the Interior Affairs Minister Sadettin Tantan.
Balikesir governor Alaaddin Yuksel was appointed to Izmir governorship,
Deputy Director General of the Public Security Turan Genc to Elazig,
Director of the Public Security in Istanbul Hasan Ozdemir to Ardahan,
Administrative Inspector general Muzaffer Dilek to Sanliurfa.
* Hurriyet reported that a 105-meter tunnel dug at Bergama Prison by 34
Revolutionary Peoples Salvation Front-C militants, found by the gardener
of the prison, was only 10 meters away from completion.
The militants tried to stop the security forces and set the wards on
fire when the security forces attempted to search the prison after the
discovery of the tunnel.
The gardener noticed the tunnel while watering the prison yard and
warned the prison authorities.
* Officials announced on Thursday the results of the Turkey's Examination
for Student Selection. Scoring at least 105 marks, about 954 thousand out
of the 1.4 million students passed the exam.
Statistical data shows that female students were more successful in the
exam than their male counterparts: While 74.6% of female students
succeeding in the exam, the percentage for male students reached only
According to the results of the exam published in daily Cumhuriyet,
Buket Avci, a female student, also got the highest score in the test. The
rate is 66.5 percent in male students. Officials declared 55 candidates
papers as invalid for cheating or violating the examination rules.
One of the requirements of enrollment in college or university in Turkey
is to be successful in the Examination for Student Selection. This event,
therefore, is watched by keen interest by all Turkish families.
* Turkey's Higher Education Board presented a new list for candidates to
lead the Turkish universities to the Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer,
daily Turkiye reported on Thursday.
Mr. Sezer had vetoed the Higher Education Board's list of candidates for
Dokuz Eylul University again after two professors withdrew their
candidacies on Tuesday.
As we reported last week, Turkish president vetoed an earlier list for
not taking into consideration the election results at the universities.
After President Ahmet Necdet Sezer's veto, the partners of the Turkey's
government coalition also started to discuss the mandate of Higher
Motherland Party prepared a proposal on limiting the Higher Education
Board's authorities according to a report by daily Cumhuriyet.
Nationalist Movement Party Istanbul deputy Mr. Yasar Ozturk stated that
the Motherland Party's proposal brought minor changes that were not enough
and added that certain radical changes should be made about the Higher
Both Mr. Ozturk and Democratic Left Party Istanbul deputy Mr. Masum
Turker argued that the Higher Education Board should be turned into a
It is expected that when the Turkish Grand National Assembly opens, the
discussions on the Higher Education Board's restructuring will begin and
different views on the issue among the coalition partners will lead to new
* The Fourth Eurasia Islam Council meeting in the Bosnian capital of
Sarajevo ended on Friday.
Islamic leaders from Turkey, Bosnia, republics and communities in the
Russian federations such as Tatarstan, and the newly independent republics
of the Former Soviet Union attended the meeting.
Among the resolution adopted by the council are:
- Making Turkish the common language of the Eurasia Islam Council
and establishing a "Turkish Language Teaching Center" in Ankara, the
center of the Organization.
- Assisting member communities in converting their alphabets to
the Roman alphabet. Most of the communities in the territories of the
former Soviet Union are currently using Cyrillic based alphabets.
- Establishing a web site to disseminate information about the
activities and goals of the organization.
There were also non-Moslem leaders attending the meeting.
Bosnia-Herzegovina cardinal Linka Polic said their biggest goal is to
increase dialogue among different religions, and maintain peace and
stability in Bosnia-Herzegovina. "In this geography, many Muslims and
Christians have lived together for years and they respected each other's
The cardinal also said that Islam should be adjusted according to the
time, and claimed that Islam cannot meet today's needs with its structure
dating back to ancient times.
* Daily Milliyet reported on Friday that The European Commission decided
to extend 450 million euro credit to Turkey to strengthen and consolidate
the Customs Union agreement.
Turkey and the European Union signed a Customs union agreement that went
into effect in January 1997, eliminating most tariffs. The European Union
promised to assist Turkey economically to alleviate any adverse effects of
* Daily Sabah says that George Soros, "the money magician", and the
Overseas Private Investment Corporation formed 150 million U.S. dollar
fund to support private initiatives in nine Balkan and Southeast European
countries, including Turkey.
* Turkish officials announced earlier this week that Bell Helicopter
Textron won the contract to supply 145 attack helicopters to Turkey. The
deal is worth $4.5 billion.
* According to daily Zaman, Turkey's population increased by 29,8 percent
over the past 15 years. However, the number of taxpayers remained about
the same. Turkey's Finance Ministry and State Statistics Institute figures
shows how extensive the unregistered economy is in the country.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Gamze Seckin
* Turkish TV personality and program host Mr. Cenk Koray, 56, died
suddenly of a heart attack on Sunday July 23rd. He was born in Adana, a
beautiful city in southern Turkey.
As an entertainment show host, Mr. Koray amused Turkish TV audiences
with his wit and humor during much of the 1970s and 1980s. Fully trained
as an attorney, Mr. Koray chose a career of journalism over law. His lucky
break came when he was invited to stand in for another popular TV
presenter who was on vacation. For several years, Mr. Koray wrote a column
for the daily newspaper Aksam. Until last season, he was spokesman for his
favorite soccer team, Istanbul's Besiktas.
Mr. Cenk Koray's funeral ceremony was held at Karacaahmet Cemetery.
Koray was buried by the side of his son Nihat, whom he had lost 4 years
* Already broadcasting in Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia, Turkish
Radio Television International (TRT-INT) has spread its reach to include
Northern America and Canada. As of September 1st, TRT-INT will be
available in Brazil, and this will include broadcasts from TRT-FM and
Voice of Turkey.
* According to daily Hurriyet Turkish architect, Mustafa K. Abadan,
designed the most recent twin skyscrapers of New York. Scheduled to be
completed towards the end of 2002, the Columbus Center of Manhattan will
be anchored by Time Warner, AOL and CNN. The new Columbus Center will
highlight a jazz concert hall named in honor of Mr. Ahmet Ertegun, owner
of Atlantic Records Co. Mr. Ahmet Ertegun is also from Turkey.
* Daily Milliyet reports that world famous Turkish fashion designer Faruk
Sarac, who had carried Mr. Kemal Ataturk's clothing to the podiums, is now
bringing Ottoman Sultans to the catwalk. Mr. Sarac will present 577 items
of extraordinary clothing worn by 36 Ottoman Sultans.
The fashion show will be held at the Saint Irene Museum in Istanbul on
* Daily Hurriyet reports that the strength and durability of the Turkish
ceramics will be tested at the peak of Mt. Everest. The tests will
demonstrate how well the ceramics hold up against the freezing cold of Mt.
Everest and the burning hot weather conditions of Central Africa's Sahara
desert. Produced by Seranit J.S. Corp, the ceramics will be taken to Mt.
Everest by the renowned Turkish mountaineer, Mr. Nasuh Mahruki. Known by
his nickname Snow Leopard, Mr. Mahruki heads the Rescue and First Aid
Organization of Turkey, AKUT.
* Kazantzakis' unforgettable work Zorba the Greek, which was performed for
the first time by the Hungarian State Ballet, will be on stage in Istanbul
September 5th through 9th.
The performance will be held at Istanbul's Cemil Topuzlu Open Air
Theater with 55 Hungarian dancers. Accompanying the dancers will be the
Sirtos Bouzouki Orchestra and the 45-member Hungarian State Chorus,
featuring soprano Bernadett Wiedemann.
* Daily Hurriyet reports that the world famous Turkish pianist Fazil Say
gave a magnificent recital in Bochum during the Ruhr 2000 Piano Festival.
The predominantly German audience enthusiastically applauded Mr. Say for
his brilliant performance.
The first segment of his recital included the compositions of Domenico
Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Maurice
Ravel. During the second half, he performed his own work titled Kara
* Daily Cumhuriyet reported that "Nemrut: Throne of the Gods," a film
about the Anatolian civilization of the Kommagene Empire, will premiere
August 20th and run for 20 days.
Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Turkish Is Bank and the Istanbul
Stock Exchange, the film will be distributed internationally.
* According to daily Cumhuriyet, Turkey's Association for the Support for
Modern Life is offering theater seminars to the earthquake victims in
Yalova. When the seminars are completed, plays will be staged on a truck
that has been transformed into a stage.
Under the guidance of Stephan Fischer-Fels of the Berlin Orips Theatre,
Kerstin Hess of the Dresden New Generation Theatre, Turkish students,
teachers and children are participating in the seminars.
The seminars will continue through August 1st.
* According to daily Milliyet, Turkish businesses, Turkish Foundation for
Combating Soil Erosion and scientists began a new initiative to save the
ancient city of Zeugma, which is being slowly submerged by the waters of
the Birecik Dam.
The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion aims to transport the
second terrace of Zeugma to higher ground.
Representatives of the group working to save Zeugma said the initiative
offered a highly positive approach to save the remains of the ancient
Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer received the 15-member delegation
from the Zeugma Initiative Group. Delegates included Turkey's Minister of
Tourism Erkan Mumcu. During the meeting,
President Sezer pledged to extend support for the completion of work
aimed toward salvaging and preserving Zeugma's historical artifacts.
* Gaziantep Director of Culture Hasan Eliacik said that a mosaic piece
from the historical site at Zeugma would be returned to its original
Stolen from Turkey in 1968, the mosaic was brought back to Turkey on
Mr. Eliacik said that experts have reassembled the mosaic illustrating
the love between Partenope and Metiox.
The lovely mosaic will be placed on public display at a ceremony
attended by Turkey's Minister of Culture Istemihan Talay.
The missing mosaic was found in the U.S. in 1993 through the joint
efforts of the Gaziantep Museum and Prof. David Kennedy from Western
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees C (Degrees F), Weather
Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 39/21 (102/70) Sunny
Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 33/23 (91/73) Sunny
Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 39/23 (102/73) Sunny
Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 34/24 (93/75) Sunny
Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: Buying Selling
One U.S. dollar would get you 630,456 Turkish Liras,
while 633,496 Turkish Liras would get you one U.S. dollar.
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak
* The first leg matches of the second qualifying round in the European
Champions League were finalized.
Results of the first leg matches of the second qualifying round area as
BESIKTAS (Turkey) v PFC Levski Sofia (Bulgaria): 1-0
* Ms. Ayse Kil has become the champion of 25 meter military rapid shooting
competition second time after coming first in rapid and slow shooting
competition. Kil with her success got the 'best shooter' title.
* The first leg of Friendship Cups Sailing Races organized by Turkey High
Seas Races Club and Greek Nautical Club of Salonica started in Istanbul.
The races which were organized to enhance the Turkish-Greek friendship.
The sails will compete in both Turkish and Greek territorial waters.
* Yasemin Dalkilic, dive 120 meters underwater, breaking the world record
on "Limitless variable weight free diving". Dalkilic dived to 120 meters,
breaking the ''limitless variable weight free-diving'' record, which was
115 meters by Cuban Deborah Andorra. Her record was approved by Free
Diving Rules and Training Union (FREE), established by her coach Rudy
(Bu duyurulari saat 17:30 da ve 18:30'da iki kez yayinlayin.)
(Duyurularda giri$ ucreti soz ediliyorsa, radyoda bunlari atlayin.)
*** CALIFORNIA TURKISH ARTS & CULTURE FESTIVALS 2000
1st Annual San Francisco Bay Turkish Festival
Saturday & Sunday, July 29-30, 2000
(11am - 6pm)
Central Park, downtown San Mateo
(El Camino Real, between 5th and 9th)
TURKISH MUSIC CONCERT AND DANCE PARTY
Saturday, July 29, 8pm
San Mateo Central Park Recreation Center
3rd Annual Monterey Bay Turkish Festival
Saturday & Sunday, August 5-6, 2000
(11am - 6pm)
Monterey Custom House Plaza
(next to the Fisherman's Wharf)
Art Exhibits (Tapestry, Gilding, Carpet weaving, Photography)
Live music entertainment, Folk dancing, Belly dancing
Food and drinks (Doner Kebap, Adana kofte kebap, borek, baklava,
Turkish Coffee, ...) Many activities for Children (coloring, story
telling, folk dancing, games,...)
Information: (415) 646-0946, www.taaca.org
*** Turkish American Association of California has partially
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- http://www.taaca.org also has a form that would
enable you to make a donation on-line with a credit
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*** Arkadash Turkish Folk Dance Ensemble, San Jose
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*** Anadolum Turkish Folk Music Chorus
ANADOLUM Turkish Folk Music Chorus
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Practices: Sundays, 1-4pm
CALFED Community Room
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Belmont, CA 94002
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