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* According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, the Foreign Affairs
Minister of Turkey Mr. Ismail Cem told the German weekly Welt am
Sonntag that there are people within the European Union that do
not want to see Turkey as a member because of its predominantly
Mr. Cem also told the weekly that Turkey would not accept the
admission of the Greek Cypriot administration to the European
Union. He said that the Greek Cypriots could not represent the
whole of the island.
In related news, on his return from an official visit to the
United States, the Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. George
Papandreou told reporters that the U.S. supports Greek position
on the Cyprus issue.
Mr. Papandreou says that the U.S. administration sees no
problem in the all-Greek Cyprus administration becoming a
European Union member.
* According to the Turkish daily Milliyet, Turkey put reservation
on an Organization for Islamic Countries summit resolution to
impose sanctions on Israel.
At the concluding remarks of the summit, the delegates asked
the member countries to break their political relations with
Israel and impose economic sanctions as long as aggression and
blockade against Palestinian people and administration continue.
Turkish officials attending the summit stated that the
implementation of sanctions would not produce positive results.
In related news, despite call for sanctions, the sixth Turkish
exports products faire in Israel will start on June 5 as planned,
the Turkish news wrote on Thursday.
The bilateral trade volume between Turkey in Israel exceeds $1
* Turkey's minister responsible for privatization Mr. Yuksel
Yalova resigned after his remarks caused the Turkish stock market
and the value of the Turkish Lira to go down earlier in the week.
Mr. Yalova criticized the agreement the Turkish government made
with the International Monetary Fund to secure further loans.
According to the Reuters news agency, Mr. Yalova was especially
critical of a draft law concerning tobacco production. He was
saying that the law couldn't be rushed to please the
International Monetary Fund.
The draft law is proposing to open up Turkey's tobacco market.
The markets seem to be very sensitive these days in Turkey: On
Monday the minister responsible for economy Mr. Kemal Dervis
debated with the agricultural minister over agricultural support
prices, says Bloomberg News. That again pushed the stock index
down 11 percent.
The sensitivity of the markets started earlier in the year. A
quarrel in February between the Turkish Prime Minister and the
president sent the markets and the Turkish lira tumbling down.
The economists are estimating that the ensuing crisis that
erupted could only be solved with up to $40 billion of loans from
* According to the Associated Press, Turkey's more than 25,000
web site operators are complaining over a draft bill in the
The bill is proposing that the web site operators to register
with local authorities and submit two printed copies of their
pages to a prosecutor everyday.
* According to the daily Cumhuriyet, there are six Turkish
candidates in the upcoming British elections.
The Reform 2000 party established by Turkish businessman has
five of the candidates, and the Liberal Democratic Party has a
Turkish Cypriot Lady as one of the candidates.
* 20,000 dual Bulgarian-Turkish citizens will be voting in the
upcoming Bulgarian elections at Bulgarian consulates in Turkey.
The Turks, which makes up about 10 percent of the Bulgarian
population, has been playing a pivotal role in the politics after
the collapse of communism.
In the last few years of the communist rule, the Bulgarian
authorities subjected the Turkish Bulgarians to forced
assimilation. To escape the oppression many of them immigrated to
There are currently 19 Turkish deputies in the Bulgarian
* An article in the New York Times is saying that Turkey should
make a choice between the abolishment of the death penalty and
membership in the European Union.
The European Union is insisting that its members and candidates
abolish the death penalty.
The Turkish parliament has been debating the issue for some
time, the right-wing Nationalist Action Party is objecting to the
abolishment. They are saying that if death penalty is abolish,
the jailed leader of the Kurdish separatists underground
organization Mr. Abdullah Ocalan will escape execution.
Since 1984 Turkey has not executed any person sentenced to
* The Turkish prime minister Mr. Bulent Ecevit suggested this
week that the Greek and the Turkish Cypriots part their ways and
form two separate states, similar to what Slovaks and Checks did
in the former Czechoslovakia.
Greece and the Greek Cypriots immediately rejected the idea.
Cyprus is separated into two zones after Turkey's intervention
on the island in 1974 to protect the Turkish Cypriots.
Many attempts by the United Nations and World powers have
failed to reunite the island. The Greek administration in the
South is recognized as the official Cypriot government. Only
Turkey recognizes the Turkish administration in the North.
* According to the daily Hurriyet, the Rotary 2420th Regional
Governorship in Istanbul presented an honorary certificate to a
Turkish citizen of Armenian origin posthumously.
Mr. Berc Keresteciyan Turker has saved Turkey's independence
war leader and first president Mr. Kemal Ataturk's life in 1919.
The then general director of French-owned Ottoman Bank, Mr.
Berc Keresteciyan Turker, informed the officials that the ship on
which Mr. Ataturk would be sailing on May 19, 1919, would be
attacked, and thus, saved Mr. Ataturk's life.
The Deputy Patriarch of the Turkish Armenians Krikor Damadyan
received Mr. Turker's honorary certificate on his behalf at a
ceremony organized at Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul
Mr. Berc Keresteciyan Turker died 50 years ago.
Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees C (Degrees F), Weather
Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 27/18 (81/64) Partially Cloudy
Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 34/22 (93/72) Scattered Clouds
Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 34/20 (93/68) Clear
Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 30/11 (86/52) Partially Cloudy
Trabzon (Black Sea) 61
Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 68
Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 66
Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 73
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited for the Turkish radio hour by Anita Donohoe
* The Turkish Daily News reported on the First National
Environment Children Assembly. The Assembly took place in
Istanbul, and was sponsored by the Ministry of Environment, the
Istanbul Governor's Office, the Municipality of Sisli and Koc
Minister of Environment Fevzi Aytekin was on hand to speak at
the opening ceremony. He said, "If it ever reaches the point
where people would do anything possible to take a breath of fresh
air, to drink just one drop of unpolluted water or to have one
piece of fertile land, it would be the end for mankind."
* The daily Hurriyet ran an article on a lecture given at Bilgi
Renowned foreign policy writer for the New York Times Mr.
Thomas Friedman spoke of the meaning of globalization for Turkey.
He likened globalization to a straitjacket made of gold. He said
that if Turkey is to be a part of the globalization, it should
Mr. Friedman went on to say, "Margaret Thatcher produced this
strait-jacket and everybody has to wear it. Your economy is
expanding, but your policy choices are narrowing. In order to
adapt to globalization, the existing state and government system
of the country should be modernized."
* The daily Cumhuriyet gives us the news that archaeologist
Manfred Korfmann received the Helga and Edzard Reuter Award.
Korfmann was given the award for his contributions to the
archeological excavations in the ancient city of Troy located in
North Western Turkey.
Korfmann's work revealed the closely-knit relations between the
Anatolian and European cultures dating back to Early Ages.
* According to the daily Cumhuriyet, the second Israeli Movie
Festival will be held in Ankara June 14-17.
The Ankara Cinema Association and the Israeli Embassy are
jointly sponsoring the festival.
* Cumhuriyet reports that Turkey, Cuba and Egypt are the favorite
countries for European tourists.
Greek and Spanish tourism officials are concerned over the
dramatic increase in the reservations by Europeans in Turkey.
* According to a report in the Turkish Daily News, Istanbul was
treated to the reenactment of the entry of Fatih Sultan Mehmet
and his army into Istanbul.
The performance marked the 548th anniversary of the conquest of
* A Turkish News headline reads: Italian Seismic Ship to carry
our research in the Sea of Marmara.
The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey and
Marmara Research Center Director Prof. Naci Gorur said that the
Italian seismic ship Urania would start earthquake research this
He stated in a press conference that the ship would examine the
Marmara Sea shallows, and sections closer to Istanbul.
* The daily Cumhuriyet reported on a glassware exhibition in New
A collection consisting of precious glassware used by the
Ottoman Sultans will be exhibited in the New York's Corning
Museum of Glass until September 3.
The exhibition will continue in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
until January 13, 2002.
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak
* Turkish Premier Soccer League
Week 34 results:
Denizlispor - Besiktas 2 - 2
Erzurumspor - G.Antep 0 - 2
Bursaspor - Ankaragucu 2 - 3
Istanbulspor - Rizespor 1 - 0
Samsunspor - Fenerbahce 1 - 3
Kocaelispor - Adanaspor 4 - 3
Siirt_Jet-PA - Yozgatspor 1 - 3
G.Birligi - Antalyaspor 2 - 1
Galatasaray - Trabzonspor 4 - 0
* Fenerbahce got the championship.
1. Fenerbahce 76
2. Galatasaray 73
3. G.Antep 68
4. Besiktas 64
5. Trabzonspor 61
6. Ankaragucu 56
7. Yozgatspor 49
8. Samsunspor 48
9. Rizespor 46
10. G.Birligi 46
11. Denizlispor 45
12. Istanbulspor 44
13. Kocaelispor 41
14. Bursaspor 40
15. Antalyaspor 36
16. Siirt_Jet-PA 24
17. Erzurumspor 21
18. Adanaspor 16
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