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      * The president of Turkey Mr. Ahmet Necdet Sezer vetoed a controversial
      bill bringing more regulations for radio and TV broadcast, and introducing
      regulatiions to Internet content.
      Mr. Sezer to the that pointed out that the new regulations might also
      cause large monopolies in media ownership.
      He also found some of the proposed regulations restricting freedom of
      speech and thought.

      * Agence France-Presse reported on Friday that Turkey's constitutional
      court shut down the pro-Islamic Virtue Party.
      The court also expelled from the parliament two of the 102
      parliamentarians from the ranks of the Virtue Party.
      Expelling all parliamentarians would have meant new elections and
      political turmoil when Turkey is going through a severe economic crisis,
      Agence France-Presse says.
      There have been three other pro-Islamic parties closed in Turkey in the
      past, and a total of 20 others, mainly communist and pro-Kurdish
      Among the critiques of the practice of shutting down parties is the
      European Union. They are saying that the practice will not make it easier
      for Turkey to become a member of the union.

      * The Turkish prime minister Mr. Bulent Ecevit says that he does not
      approve of the party closures by the Constitutional Court. Ecevit says his
      three-party coalition will push through amendments to the constitution
      that will make it more difficult to ban parties.

      * The news reports say that NATO bases in Turkey, mainly used by the
      US and British, are put on a higher state of alert after reports of
      The alert came after Iraq claimed that US and British plains killed 23
      Iraqis and wounded 11 when they bombed a soccer field. Both the US and the
      Britain denied the claims.

      * The Greenpeace said in a statement that Turkish police detained 13 of
      its members during at protest in Istanbul against major oil companies.
      Some of the protesters entered a hotel where foreign officials and
      representatives of major oil companies were attending conference on oil
      resources in the Caspian, eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
      The protesters hung a banner in the mezzanine of the hotel, which said,
      "Oil companies fuel disaster here".
      Melda Keskin, from Greenpeace's Mediterranean office in Istanbul, said
      in the statement the oil companies promoted themselves as caring
      environmentalists in order to sell their products, but these
      products were major contributors to climate change.
      See http://www.greenpeacemed.org.mt/21062001.html for more.

      * According to Agence France-Presse, Turkish officials rejected as
      unacceptable a Security Council resolution extending the mandate of the
      United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus.
      The Turkish officials say that neither Turkey nor the Turkish Cypriots
      were consulted. The decision therefore violated the United Nations
      principalthat peacekeeping forces can only be deployed with the consent of
      all interested parties.

      * According to the daily Turkiye, a group within the German greens is
      asking for the recognition of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
      Turkey is the only country that recognizes the Turkish Republic of
      Northern Cyprus.
      The entity was formed after the intervention of Turkey on the island of
      Cyprus to prevent Greek extremists from uniting the island with mainland
      Greece in 1974.

      * Another news item on Cyprus came from the U.S. The daily Cumhuriyet
      reports that the Republican representative Dan Burton as saying that
      everybody blames Turkey and Turkish Republic of
      Northern Cyprus' President Rauf Denktash concerning the Cyprus issue but
      nobody takes the faults of Greek Cypriots and Greece who imposed an
      embargo on the Cypriot Turks into consideration.

      * A Turkish firm trying to start flights to Iraq is running into United
      Nations approval snags, reports the Anatolian News Agency.
      If approved the flights will be the first since the 1991 Gulf War.
      The flights are to carry Turkish businessman seeking new business deals
      with Iraq as the so-called smart sanctions that will go into effect will
      ease doing business there.
      Iraq was one of Turkey's largest business partners before the Gulf War.
      Turkish officials estimate the lost business after the war added up to
      $35 billion.

      * Good news for the Turkish economy: After the sudden drop in the value of
      the Turkish Lira earlier in the year, Turkey's foreign trade deficit also
      dropped, as much as 44%, reports Turkey's State Institute of Statistics
      The Institute also says imports fell by 14 % and exports rose by 8%,
      narrowing the gap.

      * According to New York Times, a global monitoring system will be set up
      in order to observe whether or not nuclear tests are being carried out
      around the World.
      One of the monitoring systems will be established in Turkey. According
      to the agreement, 321 stations are expected to be set up in 90 countries.


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



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

      Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 27/19 (81/66) Scattered Clouds
      Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 35/20 (95/68) Scattered Clouds
      Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 30/19 (86/66) Clear
      Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 30/15 (86/59) Scattered Clouds

      Seawater temperatures

      Trabzon (Black Sea) 64
      Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 73
      Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 66
      Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 75


      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Cuneyt Capanoglu

      * The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reports that Turkey's Yalvac Ural, the
      author of many books for the children, will attend the joint 5th
      International Children's Poems and 32nd International Poetry Festivals.
      The festivals will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Ural's books
      will be exhibited and sold during the festivals.

      * The daily Cumhuriyet also reports another success for the Turkish Film
      Nemrut Dagi (The Nimrod Mountain) in Chicago, Illinois.
      The Grand Prize "Golden Camera" for the History and Biography Category
      was awarded to the Turkish Film during Chicago International Film and
      Video Festival.
      The Producer of the film, Mr. Tolga Ornek, received the award on June 8,
      2001 during the Award Ceremonies.
      The film tells the tale of the ancient statues on Mount Nemrut.
      See http://www.wam.umd.edu/~dilli/pics/Nemrut01.html and
      http://www.zlm-concept.org/voyages/turquie/nemrut.html for a photo. Also
      see the pages of the International Nemrud Foundation http://www.nemrud.nl/

      * The Kusadasi Short Film Festival is being held during June 19-24, 2001
      and the theme of this years festival is "Environment and Culture."
      Cumhuriyet reports that the countries represented in this year's festival
      are Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Spain and Turkey.

      * The daily Turkiye reports that the "Sultan's Seal" exhibition is being
      sponsored by the Sabanci Group of Turkiye and the Deutsche Bank.
      This exhibition, previously held at various museums worldwide beginning
      in 1998 through May 2001, will be further enriched with Sabanci
      The exibition was opened on May 16th at Frankfurt Museums Fur
      Angewandte Kunst with Sakip Sabanci, Chairman of Sabanci Holdings, and
      Rolf Breuer, Chairman of Deutsche Bank attending the opening.
      The exhibit will remain open to visitors through July 24,2001.

      * According to the daily Sabah, The Sun, published in Britain, included
      Turkey in its 10 country-list for the places where the sun, the sea and
      sand could be enjoyed the most.
      The paper. reviewing the best holiday centers in the World, listed
      Spain, Tunisia, Florida and Greek islands in addition to Turkey.


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