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* Turkish President Mr. Ahmet Necdet Sezer called this week the presidents
of Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan and asked them to cooperate against
terrorism around the World, reports the daily Cumhuriyet.
All of the presidents reportedly said that they were determined to take
part in such cooperation.
In related news, Agence France-Presse reported on Thursday that Turkey
would send next week the State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel as a special
envoy to deliver a written message to the Pakistani President on fighting
* The Turkish Daily News reports that the Turkish President emphasized the
importance of tourism for World peace.
In a statement issued by his press office, President Sezer said "Tourism
not only creates employment and income but is also one of the principal
vehicles for insuring lasting peace in the world."
* Turkey's foreign affairs minister Mr. Ismail Cem was in the U.S. this
Mr. Cem met with Vice President Dick Cheney, the National Security
Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Mr. Cem expressed Turkey's views to the U.S. officials on Afghanistan.
Mr. Cheney and Ms. Rice expressed their appreciation for Turkey's support
in the fight against terrorism.
Mr. Cem also told the U.S. officials Turkey's disappointment for
harboring certain people whom he said are supporters of the rebel Kurdish
Workers Party. He characterized these people as being supporters of a
Mr. Cem later traveled to New York and met with the U.N. secretary
general Kofi Annan.
* The Voice of America reports that the Turkish Prime Minister Bulent
Ecevit wants any U.S.-led operation against Afghanistan to continue until
the countries "archaic" Taliban is ousted.
However, Ecevit cautioned that, "All efforts should be made to prevent
the Afghan people from suffering".
* Associated Press reported that the U.N. awarded $176 million to Turkey's
BOTAS Petroleum Pipeline for losses incurred during the Gulf War. The
company had been saying that its losses actually exceed $1 billion to the
UN compensation committee.
The committee currently receives 25% of the revenue from Iraqi oil sales
to fund the claims of damages.
In related news, Mr. Kemal Dervis, the minister responsible for the
economy, told Turkish Parliament that Turkey's losses due to the embargo
on Iraq exceed $45 billion.
* The British paper Independent said that the Turkish Parliament lifted a
ban on Kurdish broadcasts in an effort to impress the European Union.
The paper also reported that the Turkish Parliament voted on a series of
other amendments to the Turkish Constitution to improve human rights.
Among the most notable of the amendments was the abolishment of the death
penalty. The parliament, however, retained the death penalty for war
crimes and terrorism.
The paper claims that the Turkish Parliament acted under pressure from
the European Union, which Turkey wants to join.
* The daily Cumhuriyet says that the Turkish parliamentarians told the
European Council Parliamentarians Assembly session this week that European
countries have left Turkey alone in its fight against terrorism.
Turkish parliamentarians said that the rebel Kurdish Workers Party
organization caused the deaths of 35,000 people in Turkey, and said,
"European countries have not supported us and some even opened their doors
Turkish parliamentarians told that democratic rights could only be
obtained through democratic ways.
* Two Turkish parliamentarians from the ruling coalition parties resigned
Ms. Sema Piskinsut, known for her daring midnight raids on police
stations to investigate allegations of torture, resigned from the
Democratic Left Party. Ms. Piskinsut said that there was nothing
democratic left in the party. She earlier tried to run against Mr. Bulent
Ecevit for the party's leadership. However, she was physically harassed
for doing so.
Mr. Eyup Asik resigned from the Motherland party.
* The Financial Times reports that the Turkish government is looking to
The paper says that as compared to domestic borrowing, the Turkish
government is finding funds to be cheaper abroad.
Turkish officials directed Morgan Stanley and Salomon Smith Barney to
explore borrowing opportunities on its behalf.
* A Turkish singer-songwriter who lives in Australia was awarded more than
$570,000 after wisdom teeth surgery ruined her potentially lucrative
singing career, the Sydney morning Herald reported.
After the operation, Ms. Birsel Akbulut of Melbourne was left with
permanent numbness in her mouth and an inability to sing for long periods.
* The daily Cumhuriyet reports that the Turkish Industrialists and
Businessmen Association and Swedish Entrepreneurs Confederation have
reached an agreement to improve the cooperation between Turkish and
Swedish small and medium sized companies.
Sweden thinks that Turkey might be a partner for its commercial
activities in a market including Central Asia and Middle East with its
geo-strategic location, labor and close cultural links with those regions.
* Turkey signed the European Commission's Convention on Combating Money
Laundering, Distributing and Seizing Tainted Money on Thursday the daily
* The Turkish Daily News reports that the Fifth International Defense
Industry, Aviation and Navigation Fair started in Ankara, Turkey this
Some 243 companies are participating at the fair. Delegations from 44
countries are attending.
Edited for the Turkish radio hour by Mark Nowak
* Turkish Premier Soccer League
Week 6 match results:
Samsunspor 1-2 Bursaspor
Diyarbakirspor - G.Antep
Galatasaray 2-0 Fenerbahce
Kocaelispor 2-0 Göztepe
Ankaragucu 3-4 Besiktas
Istanbulspor 2-1 Trabzonspor
Rizespor 1-1 Antalyaspor
Denizlispor 4-1 Malatyaspor
Yozgatspor 0-2 G.Birligi
Week 7 matches:
Trabzonspor 2-2 Ankaragucu
Besiktas - Kocaelispor
Fenerbahce - Denizlispor
Diyarbakirspor - Samsunspor
Göztepe - Yozgatspor
G.Birligi - Galatasaray
Malatyaspor - Rizespor
Bursaspor - Istanbulspor
G.Antep - Antalyaspor
1. Galatasaray 16
2. Istanbulspor 16
3. Göztepe 13
4. Kocaelispor 12
5. Fenerbahce 10
6. Trabzonspor 10
7. G.Birligi 9
8. Rizespor 8
9. Ankaragucu 7
10. Denizlispor 7
11. Besiktas 7
12. Yozgatspor 7
13. Bursaspor 7
14. G.Antep 5
15. Antalyaspor 5
16. Diyarbakirspor 4
17. Samsunspor 4
18. Malatyaspor 0
* European Champion's League
Nantes - Galatasaray 0 - 1
PSV - Lazio 1 - 0
1. Nantes 6
2. PSV 6
3. Galatasaray 6
4. Lazio 0
Leverkusen - Barcelona 2 - 1
Fenerbahce - Lyon 0 - 1
1. Leverkusen 6
2. Barcelona 3
3. Lyon 3
4. Fenerbahce 0
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited for the Turkish radio hour by Cuneyt Capanoglu
* The Third Annual New York Turkish Film Festival, organized by the Moon
and Star Project and supported by the American Turkish Association, is
scheduled for October 19th through October 28th in New York.
According to the daily Turkish News, this film festival will feature 17
Turkish films, documentaries, short films and panel discussions.
See http://www.moonandstarsproject.org/pages/index6.html for more.
* Deutsche Phono Academie announced that "ECHO 2001" Award would go to the
famous Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say. The daily Cumhuriyet notes
that Mr. Say will receive the award in a ceremony to be held in Hamburg on
* Orhan Pamuk's book entitled: "My Name is Red" is getting high praises in
Germany after its recognition in the United States. The supplement to The
New York Times gave wide coverage to Pamuk's book. According to the daily
Sabah, the supplement to Suddeutsche Zeitung, one of the prestigious
German newspapers, has also covered the same book and praised it.
may need a free registration with the New York Times Web pages.)
* The Annual 38th Golden Orange Film Festival will be held on October 1st
through 5th in Antalya.
Bekir Kumbul, the Mayor of Antalya, said that the Golden Orange Film
Festival would become an international film festival beginning in 2005.
http://www.turkfilm.net/antalya.html for more.
* The International 1001 Documentary Film Festival and the Documentary
Producers' Conference will be held in Istanbul from October 17th through
October 21st. The festival and the conference are being organized by the
Union of Documentary Producers in cooperation with Turkish Radio and
Television, French Cultural Center and ARTE. Additional support comes
from Mimar Sinan University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Bilgi University and
the Galatasaray University.
A total of 101 documentary films from 22 countries will be shown during
this festival. According to the daily Turkiye, all of the films will be
shown free of charge at the Ataturk Cultural Center, French Cultural
Center and Bilgi University.
See http://www.bsb-adf.org/Eng/engfestival.htm and
* The Aydin Dogan Foundation has announced the theme of the 19th
International Cartoon Foundation as "Terrorism".
Mr. Orhan Birgit, Chairman of the Foundation's Executive Council, stated
the basis for selecting the theme was the recent most horrible terrorist
attack in world history against the United States.
According to the daily Milliyet, he stated the foundations objective to
be: "Our criteria for selecting the cartoons to be included in the contest
will be their value in deterring terrorist inclinations in people."
See http://www.aydindoganvakfi.org.tr/english/ for cartoons from the
* Turkish State Theaters General Directorate will be presenting five
plays by Nazim Hikmet in the 2001?2002 theater season on the 100th
anniversary of his death. In the first cycle, Hikmet's "A House Of The
Dead," "This Is A Dream," "Traveler," "The Epic Of Nationalist Forces" and
a children's play "The Cloud In Love" will be presented.
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