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      A service of the TURKISH RADIO HOUR, producer of:

      TURKISH CULTURAL PROGRAM
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      NEWS BRIEFS

      * 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
      policies.
      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
      three years.
      Ziraat Bank is the largest bank in Turkey.

      Speaking of privatization, state-owned Turk Telecom is to privatize by
      year 2001.
      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
      growth.
      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
      commute.
      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
      earthquakes.

      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 competition.

      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
      Lithuania third.
      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
      Award.

      WEATHER

      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

      Seawater temperatures

      Trabzon (Black Sea) 75
      Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 72
      Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 75
      Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 82

      EXCHANGE RATE

      Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:
      Buying Selling
      668,549 665,341

      SPORTS NEWS

      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
      Genclerbirligi Gaziantepspor

      Standings

      Team Pts
      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
      silver medal.

      *** ANNOUNCEMENTS

      (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:

      1-415-646-0946

      or e-mail them at
      taac@...
      www.taaca.org

      *** 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.

      Please check
      http://www.ci.sunnyvale.ca.us/leisure-services/facilities/parks-map.htm
      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
      volleyball tournaments.

      Donations of $10 per person will be accepted due to the costs
      involved.

      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
      dance troops.

      See for more information
      http://www.ci.sunnyvale.ca.us/news-releases/0007192.asp

      *** Turkish American Entrepreneurs Brunch, 22 Oct. 00, Sunnyvale

      TAAC South Bay Chapter is having a brunch on October 22 at
      10:30AM.
      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@...

      Metin Ozen
      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
      card.

      *** 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
      AEGEAN FRIENDS
      Box 14022
      San Francisco, CA 94114-0022
      or e-mail:
      aegfriends@...

      Our new website is at:
      http://members.aol.com/aegfriends

      Subscribe to the AegeanFriendship e-mail list!
      Send e-mail to:

      aegfriendship-subscribe@onelist.com

      *** 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
      e-mail: abdullah_gedik@...

      *** Horon, Monterey
      For more information call Yavuz Atila:
      1-831-646-1916

      Horon is a Turkish American Association of California
      associate organization

      *** 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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