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* The constitutional amendments that the Turkish Parliament accepted last
week have been presented to the Turkish President for approval.
Meanwhile, the acceptance of the amendments drew favorable reactions
from around the World.
The State Department spokesman Richard Boucher stated that the U.S.
appreciated the reform package which will enhance the civil liberties of
the Turks, reported the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.
The ambassador of the European Union to Turkey Ms. Karen Fogg said that
the amendments show how determined Turkey was to meet the European Union's
political criteria for membership. "The European Union commission shall
take these attempts into consideration," Ms. Karen Fogg added.
The daily Cumhuriyet says that Ms. Fogg was speaking at a conference at
the Middle East Technical University in Ankara on "Turkey and Poland's
accession period to the European Union".
According to the daily Sabah, many prominent newspapers and agencies
such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Reuters
and the Guardian also wrote favorable articles about the acceptance of the
* As we have reported to you last week, Turkish officials have been more
vocal about the support of the Western countries, especially the
Europeans, to various pro-Islamic groups and Kurdish insurgents after the
Sept. 11th attacks in New York and Washington.
Turkey's minister of justice Mr. Hikmet Sami Turk is the last official
who joined the criticism of the European countries for their "supportive"
attitude towards these groups.
According to the Turkish Daily News, Mr. Turk was speaking at the
European Justice Ministers Conference in Moscow, at a session titled "The
Measures Against International Terrorism".
In related news, the German foreign affairs minister Mr. Joschka Fischer
promised his Turkish counterpart that Germany would eradicate the
financial resources of a fundamentalist group of Turks based in Germany.
The group is saying that they are aiming to set up and Islamic republic
Also in Belgium, officials raided the offices of organizations that they
claimed are affiliated with the Turkish Kurdish rebel organization
Kurdistan Workers Party this week. The Turkish News says that many Kurds
* Senator Curt Weldon, the head of the U.S. delegation, which just visited
Turkey, said that although Turkey should have played an essential role in
the U.S. foreign policy, this had been neglected so far, reported the
Saying that Turkey suffered $30 billion of losses due to the Gulf War
and the ensuing embargo on Iraq, Senator Weldon said that the U.S. should
reevaluate its foreign policy and take this fact into consideration.
* The Agence France-Presse reported that Turkey, NATO's only Moslem
member, reiterated on Friday its backing for the U.S. drive against
terrorism following talks in Ankara between the U.S. Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld and the Turkish leaders.
Mr. Rumsfeld expressed Washington's gratitude for Turkey's backing and
praised its efforts to help the U.S., Agence France-Presse said.
Mr. Rumsfeld was on a tour of the Middle Eastern countries to drum up
support for a possible U.S. military action against the Taliban regime in
* More resignations from the coalition parties continued this week. Mr.
Mehmet Ali Irtemcelik, a onetime state minister, resigned from the
Motherland Party. Earlier in the week Mr. Suha Tanik also resigned. The
number of Motherland Party seats decreased to 83 while the number of
independence increased 20.
Meanwhile, Mr. Eyup Asik, who resigned from the Motherland Party last
week, joined the opposition True Path Party. This raised the number of
seats of the true path party to 81. Mr. Asik was at one time and strong
critic of the True Path Party and its leader Ms. Tansu Ciller.
* The state Minister responsible for the Turkish economy, Mr. Kemal Dervis
was in the U.S. this week.
Mr. Kemal Dervis met with the officials of the World Bank and the
International Monetary Fund.
According to the Turkish papers, Mr. Dervis had talks about the
postponement of the loan payments Turkey has to make to these
organizations next year.
According to the daily Milliyet, World Bank Chairman James Wolfensohn
said that the conditions of Turkey and Argentina might be re-evaluated
under the new circumstances emerging after the September 11th terrorist
Mr. Dervis also met with the members of the Turkish-American business
council at a breakfast meeting in Washington DC.
* Turkey's State Institute of Statistics announced this week that the
inflations rate for September was 74.4 percent on an annualized basis.
* The Financial Times says that the Turkish markets are good for foreign
The paper says that the markets of the developing countries like Turkey
will not be affected from the slump in the World economy as much as a that
of developed countries.
Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees C (Degrees F), Weather
Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 25/18 (77/64) Scattered Clouds
Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 29/18 (84/64) Scattered Clouds
Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 30/17 (86/63) Scattered Clouds
Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 26/10 (79/50) Scattered Clouds
Trabzon (Black Sea) 73
Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 73
Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 75
Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 79
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak
* Turkish Soccer League - Premier Division
Week 7 matches:
Trabzonspor 2-2 Ankaragucu
Besiktas 4-2 Kocaelispor
Fenerbahce 2-1 Denizlispor
Diyarbakirspor 1-1 Samsunspor
Göztepe 0-0 Yozgatspor
G.Birligi 1-3 Galatasaray
Malatyaspor 2-1 Rizespor
Bursaspor 1-2 Istanbulspor
G.Antep 2-3 Antalyaspor
Week 8 matches:
Diyarbakirspor - G.Antep
Galatasaray - Göztepe
Ankaragucu - Bursaspor
Denizlispor - G.Birligi
Kocaelispor - Trabzonspor
Istanbulspor - Diyarbakirspor
Samsunspor - G.Antep
Antalyaspor - Malatyaspor
Rizespor - Fenerbahce
Yozgatspor - Besiktas
1. Galatasaray 19
2. Istanbulspor 19
3. Göztepe 14
4. Fenerbahce 13
5. Kocaelispor 12
6. Besiktas 10
7. Trabzonspor 10
8. G.Birligi 9
9. Rizespor 8
10. Yozgatspor 8
11. Antalyaspor 8
12. Ankaragucu 7
13. Denizlispor 7
14. Bursaspor 7
15. G.Antep 5
17. Diyarbakirspor 5
18. Samsunspor 5
19. Malatyaspor 3
* Champions' League U-21 team
Turkey 2-2 Moldava
Turkish U-21 team won their group.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Cuneyt Capanoglu
* The 38th Golden Orange Film Festival was successfully concluded in
Antalya. Eleven Turkish films competed and 250 artists from the movie
industry attended the festival.
According to the daily Sabah, an exhibit entitled: "Golden Orange Open
Air Museum" was held in parallel with the film festival.
http://www.turkfilm.net/antalya.html for more.
* The Fifth International Universities Folk Dance Festival, organized by
the Middle East Technical University, is scheduled to begin on October 18.
According to the daily Turkiye, the festival will last three days and a
number of universities scheduled to participate in the it.
* The 11th Akbank Jazz Festival began on October 3rd and will continue
through October 13th.
According to the daily Turkiye, the festival brings many jazz masters
together in Istanbul and Ankara.
* The 2001-2002 concert season opened with the Presidential Symphony
Orchestra performing the World premiere of Fazil Say's "Nazim."
President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and his wife Semra Sezer attended the
concert conducted in the Selim Sirri Tarcan Sport Hall.
According to the daily Cumhuriyet, "Nazim" was composed within the
framework of Culture Ministry's "Project for Encouraging Works of Turkish
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