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* The leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities started their
periodic ritual of talking about settling their differences in New York.
However, the news coming to us indicates that the Greek side is not quite
on the talking side yet: The Greek Cypriot leader Mr. Glafkos Klerides is
upset about United Nations Secretary-General's remarks that the Turkish
Cypriot's are the political equals of the Greeks.
The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet says that Mr. Klerides cancelled his
meeting with UN special representative to Cyprus Alvaro de Soto. Moreover,
Mr. Klerides sent a letter to Secretary General Kofi Annan, conveying his
uneasiness over Annan's statement. Mr. Klerides asked for an explanation
of the statement, and declared that what Annan said was contrary to the
resolutions of the UN Security Council.
* The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reports that the Greek Defense Minister Aki
Tsochatzopoulos as saying that Greece would support Turkey's full European
Union membership if Turkey gradually changes its Aegean and Cyprus
Mr. Tsochatzopoulos stated that Greece regarded Turkey's
responsibilities on its path towards the full European Union membership as
an opportunity. Evaluating the Turkish-Greek relations before and after
Helsinki summit, Mr. Tsochatzopoulos claimed that Turkey put forth illegal
and unilateral demands against Greece and tried to legitimize its presence
in Cyprus. Mr. Tsochatzopoulos said that he hoped Turkey would change its
policies over the Aegean and Cyprus due to the pressures by the US and the
European Union and implement more flexible policies towards Greece. He
added that if these are achieved, Greece has to support Turkey's full
European Union membership.
* The chiefs of general staff of 19 NATO countries were in Turkey this
week to participate in the second part of the 139 NATO military committee
meeting and 2000 military committee tour. The first part of the meeting
was held in Athens, Greece.
* Turkish and Italian generals will head the international peacekeeping
forces in Kosovo (KFOR) beginning in October.
KFOR is responsible for the establishment of peace and order in Kosovo.
Turkish officials who participated in the NATO Military Committee
meetings in Athens with the Chief of General Staff Huseyin Kivrikoglu said
that KFOR will be transferred in October to the command of NATO South
European Allied Command (AFSOUTH).
Turkish Military officers comprise sixty percent of total officers who
will lead the multinational force between October 2000 and April 2001.
* Turkey's minister interior will be visiting Uzbekistan next week. The
goal of the visit, Turkey's daily Milliyet says, is to talk with Uzbek
officials on the fighting terrorism in Uzbekistan.
* Israeli Air Forces Commander Major General Dan Haloutz visited Turkish
Air Forces Commander General Ergin Celasin this week in Ankara. It was
reported that the two commanders discussed the ways to improve the
military cooperation between Israel and Turkey.
* Daily Star says that the Turkish government finalized a plan and
timeline for the privatization of three major state owned banks. The plan
foresees the privatization of Ziraat Bank, Halkbank and Emlakbank within
Ziraat Bank is the largest bank in Turkey.
Speaking of privatization, state-owned Turk Telecom is to privatize by
Undersecretary of the Treasury says that initially a 34 percent block of
the shares of the Turk Telecom may be sold, followed by the rest being
offered to the public.
An initial attempt to sell 20 percent of they Turk Telecom was spurned
by major investors earlier this year.
* Turkey is faced with a serious energy deficit, says the daily Turkiye.
The water level in dams has decreased to its lowest levels in the last
30 years. The energy shortages are adversely affecting the economic
The undersecretary of the ministry of energy and natural resources Mr.
Yurdagul Yigitguden says that due to the belt tightening policies imposed
by they economic reform program, Turkey is not able to invest more money
into energy generation.
Mr. Yigitguden also says that the Turkish Parliament should
expeditiously passed laws to liberalize the petroleum, power and natural
gas markets, which would encourage generation of more power.
On Wednesday, a visiting World Bank manager of the expense the same view
about the liberalization of the energy sector in Turkey, however, he
characterized the current shortage as temporary. The World Bank official
said that Turkey may actually have a surplus in energy after the current
investment projects became operational.
* A new route on the Istanbul subway is going into service tomorrow.
The new route will ease traffic and highly congested Taksim-4th Levent
The rest of the Istanbul subway is also fairly new, and the total miles
of track is still only a fraction of the final plan.
The authorities are saying that the subway is also built to resist major
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited for the Turkish radio hour by Gamze Seckin
* According to Turkish Daily News, the first of five American couples that
won a Turkish vacation arrived Turkey.
All five couples won the seven-day vacations in Turkey during a
promotional campaign sponsored by Turkey's Ministry of Culture. During
their visit, the lucky couples will tour Cappadocia, Ataturk's Mausoleum
in Ankara and a series of picturesque sites in Istanbul.
* Scientists are discovering exciting new artifacts at the bottom of the
Black Sea, providing evidence of the great flood described in legends of
the Middle East and the biblical story of Noah. Underwater explorer Dr.
Robert Ballard who leads the team of scientists says that they have found
new remnants of human habitation in over 300 feet of water about 12 miles
off the coast of Turkey.
Fredrik Hiebert from University of Pennsylvania states that the
artifacts represented the first concrete evidence of human habitation in
this part of the Black Sea prior to its flooding.
See http://www.nationalgeographic.com/blacksea/ and
http://www.ife.org/index1.cfm for more information.
* The Israeli Film Festival in Ankara ended on September 10. the Israeli
Embassy in Ankara and the Ankara Cinema Association jointly organized the
festival, which introduced Israeli films to people of Ankara.
* As a contribution to world peace, Turkey's Prime Ministry Directorate
General of Youth and Sports and the University of Marmara organized the
Second Golden World Universities Folk Dance Competition in Istanbul.
Azerbaijani, Bulgarian, Palestinian, Turkish Cypriot, Lithuanian,
Egyptian, Hungarian, Macedonian and Jordanian folk dancers participated in
The following universities were represented by the folk dancers:
Khazar University of Azerbaijan
Southwest University of Bulgaria
Bet Lehem University of Palestine
Near-East University of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)
Vilnius University of Lithuania
Debrecen Agricultural Sciences University of Hungary
St. Kliment Ohridski University of Macedonia
Ainshams University of Egypt
Yarmouk University of Jordan
Gazi, Harran, Akdeniz and Uludag universities of Turkey
Bulgaria and Turkey won first place for style. Egypt came in second, and
In the category for authenticity, Lithuania came in first, Turkey and
Hungary tied for second, and Bulgaria won third place. The Near East
University of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus won the award for
Best Costume, Jordan won for Best Music, and Palestine won the Most
Attractive Group award. Azerbaijan was presented with the Jury Special
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees C (Degrees F), Weather
Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 26/19 (79/66) Partially Cloudy
Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 31/17 (88/63) Partially Cloudy
Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 32/21 (90/70) Partially Cloudy
Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 26/13 (79/55) Partially Cloudy
Trabzon (Black Sea) 75
Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 72
Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 75
Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 82
Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:
Edited for the Turkish radio hour by Mark Nowak
* Turkish Premiere Soccer League
Week 4 matches results:
Adanaspor 1-1 Besiktas JK
MKE Ankaragc 2-3 Genclerbirligi SK
Erzurumspor K 5-0 Bursaspor K
Gaziantepspor K 0-0 Istanbulspor
Fenerbahe SK 4-2 Siirt Jet-PA SK
Caykur Rizespor 0-0 Yimpas Yozgatspor K
Antalyaspor 4-1 Denizlispor K
Trabzonspor K 2-1 Kocaelispor K
Galatasaray SK 1-2 Samsunspor K
Week 5 matches
Kocaelispor 1-4 Galatasaray
Samsunspor - Erzurumspor
Denizlispor - Bursaspor
Besiktas - Fenerbahce
Yozgatspor - Adanaspor
Siirt Jet-PA - MKE Ankaragucu
Istanbulspor - Trabzonspor
Antalyaspor - Rizespor
1 Galatasaray 12
2 Besiktas 10
3 Trabzonspor 10
4 Genclerbirligi 10
5 Fenerbahce 9
6 Gaziantepspor 8
7 Antalyaspor 7
8 Samsunspor 7
9 MKE Ankaragucu 6
10 Adanaspor 5
11 Caykur Rizespor 5
12 Yimpas Yozgatspor 5
13 Denizlispor 3
14 Erzurumspor 3
15 Siirt Jet-PA 1
16 Bursaspor 1
17 Istanbulspor 1
18 Kocaelispor 0
* European Champion's League
Galatasaray began "European Champions League" with a victory. In its
first match in Group D, played in Istanbul, Galatasaray beat French AS
Monaco 3-2 thanks to the goals of Jardel, Hagi and Capone. Galatasaray
will play its second game against S. Graz in Austria.
AC Milan 4-1 Besiktas
* UEFA Cup
Antalyaspor 2-0 SV Werder Bremen
CD Alavs Vitria 0-0 Gaziantepspor K
* Tufan Turanli of Turkey won gold medal at the 26th Balkan Youth
Championships in Kastoria, Greece. In men's 2,000-meter single sculls,
Tufan Turanli left behind his Yugoslavian, Greek, Romanian, Bulgarian and
Macedonia opponents. Tufanli finished the course in 7 minutes 30 seconds.
In men's double sculls, Akin Saatci and Osman Evrensen on Turkey won
(Bu duyurulari saat 17:30 da ve 18:30'da iki kez yayinlayin.)
(Duyurularda giri$ ucreti soz ediliyorsa, radyoda bunlari atlayin.)
*** 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:
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*** Picnic, 07 Oct 00, Sunnyvale CA, USA
TAAC South Bay Chapter is having another picnic on
October 7, 2000 at 1:00 P.M.
The location is Las Palmas Park in Sunnyvale; 850 Russet Drive.
for further details.
BBQ Kofte, rice pilaf and soft drinks will be served. You can bring
food to share. Also, there will be sports activities; soccer and
Donations of $10 per person will be accepted due to the costs
Bring tavla/backgammon sets for a backgammon tournament as well.
*** International Faire, 23 Sep. 00, Sunnyvale CA, USA
TAAC will be participating in this fair with a booth and two folk
See for more information
*** Turkish American Entrepreneurs Brunch, 22 Oct. 00, Sunnyvale
TAAC South Bay Chapter is having a brunch on October 22 at
The location is Michael's at Shoreline in Mountain View; 2960 North
Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043; (650) 962-1014.
The theme of the brunch is
"Turkish American Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley".
Our invited speakers will talk about the different aspects of
entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. The speakers will be announced
at a later date.
Come and join us for this educational brunch in the beautiful setting
of Michael's at Shoreline. RSVP is required.The seating is limited.
The cost is $25 per person.
Please RSVP to metin@...
Director, TAAC South Bay Chapter
*** Please contribute to the TAAC's earthquake relief fund:
- Mail a check to the TAAC at TAAC Earthquake Relief
Fund, POB 404, Monterey CA 93942. Make checks payable to
"TAAC Earthquake Relief Fund".
- http://www.taaca.org also has a form that would
enable you to make a donation on-line with a credit
*** 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
Share music, food, and conversation. Dance. Create art.
Discover the generosity of the heart.
For more information contact
San Francisco, CA 94114-0022
Our new website is at:
Subscribe to the AegeanFriendship e-mail list!
Send e-mail to:
*** Turkish Folkdancing in Northern California:
*** Arkadash Turkish Folk Dance Ensemble, San Jose
Free classes, all ages are welcome
Call Abdullah Gedik at (408) 374 2249
*** Horon, Monterey
For more information call Yavuz Atila:
Horon is a Turkish American Association of California
*** Anadolum Turkish Folk Music Chorus
ANADOLUM Turkish Folk Music Chorus
welcomes new musicians and vocalists to join the chorus.
Practices: Sundays, 1-4pm
CALFED Community Room
1888 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, CA 94002
Info: (415) 646-0946 taac@...
ANADOLUM TFMC was founded in January 1998 and is an affiliate
of the Turkish American Association of California (TAAC).
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