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      * Turkey's foreign affairs minister Mr. Ismail Cem traveled to Kosovo and
      assured the ethnic Turks there that they will not be left alone, says the
      Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.
      While in Kosovo Mr. Cem also met with the officials of the United Nations
      and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He told them
      Turkey's views for a stable peace in Kosovo.
      Mr. Cem also told them that Turkey wanted the official language status
      of Turkish to be maintained in the new Kosovar constitution.
      Mr. Cem later traveled to the Macedonian capital. He told Macedonian
      officials that Turkey also is in favor of establishing a national unity
      government in Macedonia.

      * In a related news, Turkey's Prime Minister Mr. Bulent Ecevit rejected
      NATO Secretary General's request for increasing the number of Turkish
      forces in Kosovo.
      The daily Hurriyet says that the rejection is a reaction to the
      exclusion of Turkey from the European Security and Defense Identity, the
      new united European defense force being formed.

      * Turkish president Mr. Ahmet Necdet Sezer says that Turkey should work
      harder to resolve the problems of the disabled.
      Mr. Sezer was speaking on the occasion of the Disabled Persons Week.

      * the Greek daily Kathimerini says that Greece and Greek Cyprus hailed a
      decision by the European Court of Human Rights that condemned Turkey for
      human rights violations stemming from its military intervention in Cyprus
      in 1974.
      The papers says that Ankara, on the other hand, disputed the ruling.
      "The ruling is contradictory to the Cyprus reality, lacks any legal
      basis, is unfair and inapplicable from Turkey's point of view." Said the
      Turkish Foreign Ministry.
      The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that Turkey committed
      "massive and continued violations" of human rights after occupying
      northern Cyprus in 1974, following a military coup engineered in Athens
      aimed at uniting the island with Greece.
      The Turkish officials say that the issue concerns The Turkish Republic
      of Northern Cyprus, not Turkey.

      * the U.S. under Secretary of State Mark Grossman held talks in Ankara
      with the Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Bulent Ecevit and the foreign affairs
      minister Mr. Ismail Cem yesterday.
      Mr. Grossman was on a tour to convince Washington's allies over a
      controversial missile defense project, says the Agance-France Presse.
      A senior Turkish diplomat, in his unofficial views, said that Turkey
      shares the concerns of the United States over weapons of mass destruction.
      The U.S. project is aimed at intercepting ballistic missiles coming from
      what it calls "rogue states", not from Russia.

      * Greece scrapped plans for its chief of the naval staff to attend an
      official NATO ceremony in Turkey.
      Turkey says that it will not allow the Greek admiral's helicopter to
      land on Turkish territory if it arrives by way of the Greek military base
      on the island of Rhodes.
      Turkey says that the island should be demilitarized according to a 1947
      Greece's foreign affairs minister Mr. George Papandreou says that
      Greece's right to on the island is not negotiable.

      * The provincial governor of the Greek island of Lesvos Mr. Dimitris
      Vounatsos declared on Wednesday that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew,
      the Istanbul-based leader of the world's Christian Orthodox, was unwelcome
      on the eastern Aegean island.
      Vounatsos claimed that Vartholomaios was "a hostage of the Turks" and,
      therefore, "dangerous."
      Bartholomew is due to visit Lesvos on June 16 for a ceremony in which
      the Greek town of Geras will sign a sister city agreement with Altinoluk
      on the nearby Turkish coast.
      Bartholomew is an ethnic Greek from Turkey.

      The web pages of patriarchate is at http://www.patriarchate.org


      * Turkish News: Political bosses agree on the terms of sale for the
      state-owned Turkish telecommunication giant. The sale is a prerequisite
      for further international loans to Turkey.

      * Reuters: Cost of Turkish financial crisis may exceed $40 billion, equal
      to 20 percent other countries gross domestic product.

      * Reuters: Turkey's state oil and gas company Botas cannot pay its bills
      for gas imports from Russia, Algeria and Nigeria on time because it is not
      able to collect payment from local buyers, a Turkish energy ministry
      official said on Thursday.

      * BBC: The Turkish parliament has passed a new banking law to help lift
      the country out of its most serious financial crisis in years. The law is
      designed to strengthen the banking sector by preventing the misuse of
      funds by the owners and managers of banks. The International Monetary Fund
      had made it a condition for authorising a ten billion dollar emergency
      loan package.

      * Associated Press: Turkey's financial crisis is forcing the military to
      postpone defense projects worth $19 billion, Turkish and U.S. defense
      sources said Friday, narrowing the Turkish market for U.S. and European
      companies - Turkey's primary arms suppliers.

      * Turkish News: The Germany-based Center for Studies on Turkey estimated
      that the number of Turkish entrepreneurs in the European Union
      would rise to 160,000 in 2015, with 120,000 alone in Germany. There were
      73,200 Turkish entrepreneurs in the EU in 1999, with 55,200 in Germany,
      and their businesses employ 366,000 people
      from various nationalities.

      * Milliyet: Privatized petroleum distribution company Petrol Ofisi
      increases market share and profits.

      * Turkiye: Turkey among 20 countries attracting the greatest number of
      tourists in the world last year with 9.6 million. In terms of revenue with
      1.6 percent of the world market it is in the 14th place.

      * Turkiye: Volvo names Turkish executive Necip Soyak as chairman for its
      Japanese operations.

      * Hurriyet: automotive exports increased by 45 percent while imports
      decreased by 66 percent.


      Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:



      * Due to unusually higher amounts of rain various regions of Turkey are
      experiencing flooding.

      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees C (Degrees F), Weather

      Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 15/9 (59/48) Showers
      Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 19/14 (66/57) Showers
      Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 21/16 (70/61) Showers
      Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 14/8 (57/46) Showers

      Seawater temperatures

      Trabzon (Black Sea) 57
      Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 55
      Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 64
      Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 68


      Editor for the Turkish Radio Hour by Ozgur Okter

      * Turkey's Minister of Culture Mr. Istemihan Talay suggested that the
      dance show "Sultans of the Dance" should also be performed abroad.
      Replying to the questions from the press after watching the show in
      Mydonose Showland two days ago, Mr. Talay said, "This performance is not
      just a show. It is a ritual, a kind of worship and a prayer. This an
      extraordinarily successful work of art."
      "Sultans of the Dance" is a show in which 90 dancers perform Anatolian
      music, rhythm, folk dances and dances in a modern style in the.
      The show is scheduled to be performed on Broadway next season.

      * Turkey's Ministry of Culture is participating in international book
      fairs in Warsaw, Prague, and Jerusalem, a ministry statement said on
      According to the statement, the Jerusalem book fair was between May
      7-11 and the Prague book fair will be held between May 16-20.
      At these fairs, the Ministry of Culture will display publications by the
      Turkish Linguistic Association , Is Bank, and ministry itself about the
      Turkish language, culture, art, history, tourism and Turkey's founder and
      first president Mr. Kemal Ataturk.

      * The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey will hold an
      "Invention Festival" in the Council's Feza Gursey Hall on May 11-12 in
      The festival, which has had 200 child apllicants so far, is encouraging
      creativity not only in adults, but also in children.

      * UNESCO selected the Turkish documentary Anatolia's Light directd by
      Nedret Cagatay as the best documentary.
      The documentary focuses on the religions that have existed in Anatolia
      throughout centuries.
      The Asian Broadcasters Union offered to televise the documentary in 13
      Asian countries.
      The 12 International Archeological Science Festival in Italy will also
      show Anatolia's Light.

      * The Istanbul International Graphic Design Days took place between May
      The conference featured graphic designers from France, Japan,
      Switzerland, Greece, Russia and Germany.
      Turkish designer Izzetin Calislar also organized a workshop.

      * The European Environmental Education Foundation announced the countries
      that will receive Blue Flag Awards this year.
      99 beaches and 11 marinas from Turkey will be presented the award.
      The Blue Flag Award is given to scenic seaside areas around the World
      with unpolluted waters.

      * The Balkan Stomatological Society unanimously elected professor A. Nuri
      Yazicioglu to its chairmanship.
      Dr. Yazicioglu is a lecturer at the Ankara University Dentistry Faculty.
      The organization was meeting at the capital of Romania Bucharest.
      This is a first time that a Turkish dentists was elected to the
      chairmanship of an organization in the Balkans.

      * The Turkish producer Arif Mardin has been named "Man of the Year" by the
      Nordoff-Robbins Music Foundation.
      The foundation is a charitable organization involved in providing therapy
      for autistic and other seriously disabled children.
      The award ceremony will take place at one of New York's most prominent
      hotels, Essex House.
      "If you've heard Aretha, Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley or the Rascals,
      you've already heard what Arif Mardin can do. He is a special type of
      musician: he's an arranger and a producer.", says music critique David
      Gancher about Mr. Mardin.


      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Premier soccer league

      * Results for Week 31:

      Ankaragucu - Trabzonspor 2 - 4
      Yozgatspor - Kocaelispor 4 - 2
      Antalyaspor - Samsunspor 2 - 2
      Adanaspor - Erzurumspor 3 - 3
      Besiktas - Istanbulspor 2 - 0
      Siirt_Jet-PA - G.Birligi 3 - 0
      Denizlispor - G.Antep 2 - 3
      Rizespor - Bursaspor 3 - 1
      Fenerbahce - Galatasaray 2 - 1

      Week 32 matches:

      G.Birligi - Besiktas
      Erzurumspor - Fenerbahce
      Kocaelispor - Antalyaspor
      Denizlispor - Siirt_Jet-PA
      Galatasaray - Ankaragucu
      Bursaspor - Adanaspor 2-1
      Samsunspor - Rizespor 1-1
      Istanbulspor - Yozgatspor 0-4
      G.Antep - Trabzonspor

      Top scorers:

      Top Goal Scorers:
      22 goals: Jardel (Galatasaray)
      22 goals: Okan (Bursaspor)
      18 goals: Hami (Trabzonspor)
      17 goals: Hasan Ozer (Gaziantepspor)
      17 goals: Nouma (Besiktas)


      Team Pts
      1. Fenerbahce 67
      2. Galatasaray 67
      3. G.Antep 64
      4. Besiktas 60
      5. Trabzonspor 54
      6. Ankaragucu 47
      7. Samsunspor 44
      8. Denizlispor 44
      9. Yozgatspor 42
      10. Rizespor 42
      11. Istanbulspor 40
      12. G.Birligi 39
      13. Bursaspor 37
      14. Kocaelispor 35
      15. Antalyaspor 35
      16. Siirt_Jet-PA 21
      17. Erzurumspor 21
      18. Adanaspor 16

      * Hundreds of Israeli soccer fans went to Turkey to watch Israeli
      international midfielder Haim Revivo play for Fenerbahce against
      "We're proud of Revivo. Now he's playing here, we've come to see him
      with our eyes," said one fan, in Istanbul's central Taksim square.
      Tour organizer Sharom Matur said more than 1,000 Israelis were flown
      from Tel Aviv in four charter planes, paying around $200 each for a
      package which included flight, accommodation and a ticket to Fenerbahce's
      stadium on the Asian side of Istanbul.
      Revivo moved to Fenerbahce from Spanish side Celta Vigo last year for an
      undisclosed fee and has played an
      effective part in their resurgence this season.


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