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* Turkey's Anatolian news agency reports that the Turkish ministry of
justice denied allegations that Turkish security forces caused most of the
deaths during recent operations in the prisons.
Various human rights organizations in and outside Turkey, especially
organizations aligned with the radicals in the jails, blamed the deaths on
the Turkish government. Some of these organizations claim that the
security forces burned the prisoners themselves.
Turkish security forces have completed a major sweep of the country's
major prisons in what they claim was an effort to regain control from the
armed militants that were running them. They also intended to put an end
to the "death fasts." Some of the prisoners who have been transferred to
new prisons continue their fasts.
The Turkish minister of justice criticized Belgium for letting the
radical leaders organize protest fasts and actions from within its
territory. The minister of justice stated that he requested Belgian
authorities to shut down the radicals' offices.
Turkish officials have also criticized Belgium for some months for not
allowing a murder suspect to be extradited to Turkey.
* Daily Milliyet, quoting Turkish officials, says that natural gas imports
from Iran and increased amounts from Russia will start arriving in Turkey
With rapid development of the economy and lack of major oil deposits to
meet the energy needs, Turkey has been looking to its neighbors to meet
Although not seeing eye-to-eye on many issues with Iran and Russia,
Turkish officials have no other alternatives since the much-awaited
Caspian oil pipelines are still being constructed.
Turkey's main ally the United States is opposed to these pipelines,
especially the one from Iran.
* According to the daily Hurriyet, Mrs. Cag Akyol, the wife of Nihat
Akyol, Turkey's Permanent Representative to the European Union, was chosen
as "the Ambassadress of 2000."
The Diplomatic News, the most influential magazine in the European Union
circles and Europe, chose Mrs. Cag Akyol to receive the honor.
* The Turkish Office of the General Staff made a statement on
Friday: "High ranking officials of the Turkish Armed Forces wish to
reiterate the fact that our Armed Forces are not against Turkey's
integration into the European Union."
The statement was made in an attempt to put an end to rumors that the
Turkish military is opposed Turkey's entry into the European Union.
Analysts are speculating that the military is against the increased
levels of civilian oversight that may come about as part of Turkey's entry
into the European Union.
* Most Turks took a 10-day holiday this week, combining the religious
holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan with New Year's Eve.
Turkish papers and TV media report that most of the people who live in
large cities opted for going out of town. Traditionally, Turks stay home
with relatives and friends during the Ramadan holiday.
According to the daily Milliyet increased traffic on the roads caused
many unfortunate accidents. So far, the death toll from these accidents
stands at 109.
* The daily Radikal reports that 12,921 illegal immigrants were arrested
in Istanbul during the first ten months of 2000.
This week, the New York Times claimed that the total number of illegal
immigrants arrested throughout Turkey was nearly 50,000, an increase of
20,000 as compared to last year.
Most of these illegal immigrants attempted to reach Europe. The European
countries say that last year they arrested about 500,000 people as
compared to only 40,000 in 1993.
ARTS AND CULTURE
* The daily Sabah reports that improved relations between Syria And Turkey
enabled 3000 Syrian citizens to visit their relatives in Turkey for the
Even the military from the both sides joined in the festive
mood. Turkish soldiers and Syrian commanders danced together at the
* The daily Radikal reports that the historical artifacts in Anatolia are
being unearthed by a record number of excavations.
Anatolia, the main Asiatic part of the Turkish territory, was the cradle
of multiple civilizations and cultures, including the Assyrian, Hittite,
Lydian, Urartian, Seljuk, Byzantine and Ottoman civilizations.
Turkey's Ministry of Culture and universities are working together on 48
archeological excavations, with an additional 33 run by foreign experts.
Officials of the Ministry of Culture said that nine excavations are in
process in the Mediterranean province of Antalya, six in and around the
Aegean province of Izmir, five in Mugla, three in Bursa, three in
Canakkale, two each in Aydin, Corum, Eskisehir, Icel, Van and Aksaray.
The foreign scholars who work on excavations in Turkey are mostly
comprised of Americans. German, Italian, Belgian, Austrian, French,
Australian, and Japanese scholars also participate in excavations
* According to the Anatolian news agency, the Harran township of the
southeastern Sanliurfa province in Turkey attracts the tourists with its
conical domed houses and the remains of the first university in the world.
Officials of the Provincial Tourism Directorate state that the number of
tourists visiting Harran increased 50 percent this year when compared with
Harran, which is 44 kilometers from Sanliurfa, attracts tourists with
the collection of written documents dating back centuries, and with the
ruins of the first university in the world.
Among those scholars educated at Harran University were mathematician
Sabit Bin Kurra, astronomy scholar Battani, Cabir Ibn-I Hayyan who was
considered as the discoverer of atom, and religious scholar Ibn-i
Officials say that, once completed, the excavations launched in Harran
in 1983 will bring to light the history of the township.
The Han-el Bar'rur Caravanserai, which is 20 kilometers away from the
township, Suayb, which is 30 kilometers away, and Sogmatar, which is 45
kilometers away, are the choice sites to visit.
Ulu Mosque is another historical place in the area that must be seen.
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees C (Degrees F), Weather
Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 15/8 (59/46) Rainy
Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 15/10 (59/50) Partially Cloudy
Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 16/8 (61/46) Rainy
Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 9/2 (48/36) Partially Cloudy
Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:
* Turkish Premier soccer league
Antalyaspor - Galatasaray 0 - 1
Trabzonspor - Erzurumspor 3 - 0
Rizespor - G.Birligi 2 - 0
Adanaspor - Istanbulspor 2 - 2
Fenerbahce - Kocaelispor 4 - 0
Ankaragucu - Samsunspor 2 - 0
Yozgatspor - Besiktas 1 - 1
G.Antep - Bursaspor 2 - 1
Galatasaray - Denizlispor 1 - 2
Antalyaspor - Jetpaspor 1 - 3
Standings in the league as of Dec 23, 2000
1. Galatasaray 39
2. Fenerbahce 39
3. Besiktas 37
4. G.Antep 35
5. Trabzonspor 32
6. G.Birligi 30
7. Samsunspor 28
8. Istanbulspor 26
9. Ankaragucu 25
10. Yozgatspor 24
11. Denizlispor 24
12. Antalyaspor 23
13. Rizespor 19
14. Bursaspor 15
15. Adanaspor 14
16. Erzurumspor 12
17. Kocaelispor 10
18. Jetpaspor 9
(Bu duyurulari saat 17:30 da ve 18:30'da iki kez yayinlayin.)
(Duyurularda giri$ ucreti soz ediliyorsa, radyoda bunlari atlayin.)
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