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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
      non-Christian population.
      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
      international institutions.

      * According to the Associated Press, Turkey's more than 25,000
      web site operators are complaining over a draft bill in the
      Turkish parliament.
      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
      this week.
      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

      Seawater temperatures

      Trabzon (Black Sea) 61
      Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 68
      Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 66
      Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 73


      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
      Holding Company.
      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
      wear it.
      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.
      See <http://www.cmog.org/page.cfm?page=4&show=169>


      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.

      Final Standings:

      Teams Pts
      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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