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* Turkey, the only Moslem NATO member, has sent its special forces to
Afghanistan to join the US-led war against terrorism.
The Turkish government spokesman said the special unit would carry out
duties such as combating terrorists on the ground, training the
anti-Taleban forces and securing humanitarian aid.
The Turkish special forces have long experience in fighting against a
terrorist organization in the southeast of Turkey, a mountainous region
similar to Afghanistan.
Turkey has already opened its airspace to the U.S. aircraft and
airplanes have been flying out of the Incirlik air base located near the
southeast of Turkey near its border with Syria. Since Turkey is the sole
Moslem NATO member, it's active participation in the US operation is
helping the United States to present its case against the allegations that
Operation Enduring Freedom is engaging in a war against Islam.
The Turkish prime minister Mr. Bulent Ecevit said that, the deployment
decision was carefully evaluated both by the military and the Turkish
government and was concluded that the operation was in no way against
Islam and was a commitment to the strong cooperation between the two
governments. According to a report by the daily Cumhuriyet, Mr. Bulent
Ecevit added that "People who allege that the operation is against Islam
are in fact contradicting Islamic values, since Islam is a peaceful
religion which stands against violence."
Bolstering Mr. Ecevit's views, foreign affairs minister Mr. Ismail Cem
asserted on CNN "terrorism has no religion and no geography".
Regarding Turkey's decision to deploy special troops, President George
W. Bush stated that the idea to form an international coalition against
terrorism was inspired by the Turkish Republic's founder the great leader
Mr. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Bush's message quoted one of Ataturk's
statements: "The fastest and the most efficient way to win a war is to
form an international coalition."
Mr. Bush also remarked that Turkish-American co-operation had been
initiated during the Korean War and continued with the Gulf War and Kosovo
conflict. "Today, Turkey and the U.S. are growing closer than ever before
as part of our efforts to establish a world order based on peace," added
Bush according to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.
* To allow the passage of a huge vessel, Turkey has temporarily closed the
Bosporus Straits. Bosporus is one of the World's busiest waterways. It
links the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.
Tugboats hauled the giant aircraft carrier Varyag through the narrow and
treacherous straits, as crowds of sightseers lined the shores.
The Bosporus dissects Turkey's largest city Istanbul, home to more than
10 million people. On one side of the straits is the smaller European
portion of the metropolis, and on the other side the larger Asiatic part.
Turkey governs the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits under the 1936
Montreux treaty. The treaty guarantees all commercial ships the right of
The Turkish authorities had refused to let the 55,000 tonne vessel
through on safety grounds. They said that since it does not have a rudder
and an engine it is not a ship.
Turkey argued that a gigantic aircraft carrier shell like Varyag would
pose great danger to bridges, palaces and homes along the shores of the
Finally after lengthy negotiations, Varyag received the go-ahead in
August after China and Turkey eventually made a deal.
China said it would minimize the potential security risks and compensate
Turkey for any possible damage.
The deal also included a tourism agreement and trade concessions by
But the decision has angered Turkish environmentalists.
They say that the Varyag's passage will set a precedent for other
vessels that are oversized or carrying dangerous cargoes.
China paid Ukraine $20m for the half-built aircraft carrier.
China says it wants to convert the ship, Varyag into a pleasure palace
of casinos, restaurants and hotels.
However, some experts have expressed doubts about China's intentions.
They say China wants the technology to build its own aircraft carrier to
strengthen its navy in the Pacific.
However, military experts say the rusty Varyag would offer relatively
little to China for any projects of its own.
* Recent events have cast a shadow on Turkey's efforts in its fight to
eradicate corruption within its own government.
Last week, an appeals court judge dismissed the case of a senior police
officer and a member of the Turkish Government Intelligence Agency
together with 12 others for being members of a gang.
Allegedly, the gang controlled the trafficking of heroin and arms as
well as laundering the proceeds in casinos in northern Cyprus. The two
senior men had each been sentenced in February to six years in prison, and
the case had been seen as a test of Turkish resolve to punish members of
the security forces and other senior officials and politicians. But the
appeal court judge said the investigation had not been thorough enough,
and demanded a re-trial.
Some Turks, keen to root out corruption in high places, say this would
be welcome, if it led the accused to reveal the names of higher-ranking
officials involved. Others fear that the case will die out if not
re-opened on a timely basis.
A car crash five years ago in Susurluk, a town south of Istanbul, led to
the initial investigation and the unraveling of ties between politicians,
officials and organized crime.
The driver and two other fatally injured passengers in the car were the
police chief, a hit man notorious for trafficking weapons and his girl
friend. The car was later found to be loaded with weapons.
* According to the daily Milliyet, the chairman of the leading Italian
investor bank Meliorbanca Mr. Pier Domenico Gallo says Turkey has good
"Good opportunities for investment are emerging in Turkey. There is no
longer the fear of Turkey's big financial crises of old. The situation in
Turkey is very different from the situation in Argentina or Brazil." Mr.
Gallo thinks writes Milliyet.
Mr. Gallo said that Meliorbanca was not interested in ailing Turkish
banks up for sale, but rather in the medium-size companies.
* The daily Sabah gives us some good news about the battered Turkish
According to the Turkish Exporters' Center, exports increased by 15%
over the last ten months. The total exports in the January-October period
amounted to $26 billion.
The rate of increase reached 21% in October when compared to the
* According to the daily Milliyet, the Turkish government is taking new
steps to revive the countries flagging tourism sector.
One of the steps involves giving tax breaks and special exchange rates
to the businesses in the tourism sector. Currently these types of
incentives are only extended to Turkish exporters.
Turkey's minister of tourism Mr. Mustafa Tasar announced the steps on
Some of the other steps are as follows:
- Government will remove the restrictions on owning real estate by
- The $50 exit fee charged from the foreign motorists will be waived.
- Red tape will be reduced at the harbors.
- Road construction in the regions of Turkey visited by tourists most
will get priority.
- A commission made up of members of the three ministries will handle
investments in these regions.
- Turkish Airlines will receive incentives bolstering its operations.
Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees C (Degrees F), Weather
Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 13/10 (55/50) Rainy
Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 18/14 (64/57) Showers
Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 20/17 (68/63) Showers
Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 15/7 (59/45) Rainy
Trabzon (Black Sea) 64
Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 61
Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 72
Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 75
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Cuneyt Capanoglu
* Turkish Daily News reports that five large grain storage facilities
dating back to the Hittite period were uncovered in Kirsehir's Cagirkan
district during recent excavations.
Dr. Sachihiro Omura of Tokyo University, who is leading the excavation
in Kalehoyuk, said the region contains many artifacts from several
different tribes that lived in these areas since 2000 B.C.
He added that Kalehoyuk is on the ancient Silk Road trade route. During
several previous excavations conducted, the excavation team uncovered
15,000 artifacts and gave then to the Kirsehir Museum for exhibition.
Dr. Omura said: "Anatolia has a rich cultural background and during
excavations we uncovered five huge grain storage facilities dating back to
around 1800 B.C. from the Hittite period. We believe that these grain
storage facilities are the largest ones ever found."
* A documentary film entitled "Lost Hours," presenting Turkiye's role in
assisting the Jewish people escape the Nazis during the Second World War,
was shown in Rome, Italy. The film, directed by Victoria Barrett of the
United States, relies on American, Italian and Turkish sources and
illustrates the role of the Muslim Turks and the Catholic Church in saving
many people of Jewish faith from becoming Holocaust victims.
Turkey's State Minister Kemal Dervis, the Turkish Ambassador to Italy
Necati Utkan, the Turkish Ambassador to Vatican Altan Guven, and the
Israeli Ambassador to Vatican Yosef Lamdan were among those who attended
the film presentation.
Ambassador Lamdan said that they would never forget Turkiye's role in
helping the Jewish people. He also noted that while Turkiye's role was
not widely known, historians have shown that Turkiye granted asylum to
Jewish people fleeing the Nazi atrocities and many of those asylum seekers
took Turkish citizenship during that period.
* A young Turkish musician has charmed the world of arts. It was reported
that Efe Baltacigil, who is twenty-two years old and started playing
violoncello at the age of seven, gave a concert at New York's Carnegie
Hall with the most famous and important masters of the classical music on
October 30, 2001.
* Academicians and representatives of non?governmental organizations who
attended an international symposium entitled: "Past, Present and Future
of Turkish Culture in the Balkans" defended that role of the government of
the Republic of Turkiye in continuing to support the Turks living in the
Balkans and asked an increase for this support.
The final statement of the two?day symposium held in Bursa, Turkiye
addressed the issues and problems confronting the Turks living in Western
Thrace, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Gagauz Land, Kosovo, Macedonia and
The issued statement highlighted the need to protect Turkish cultural
assets in the Balkans for future generations. Emphasis was also placed on
reopening of educational institutions still closed in Bulgaria with a
special consideration for primary and secondary schools. The statement
concluded with a goal of strengthening the existing ties between the
Balkan Turks and the Turkish commercial entities to strengthen the Balkan
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak
* Turkish Premier Soccer League
Week 10 match results:
Kocaelispor 3-1 Diyarbakirspor
Rizespor 0-0 Göztepe
Yozgatspor 3-4 Bursaspor
Galatasaray 3-1 Trabzonspor
Ankaragucu 2-0 Samsunspor
Istanbulspor 0-1 G.Antep
Malatyaspor 1-3 Fenerbahce
Antalyaspor 2-2 G.Birligi
Denizlispor 3-3 Besiktas
Week 11 matches:
Samsunspor - Kocaelispor
Diyarbakirspor - Yozgatspor
G.Antep - Fenerbahce
Besiktas - Rizespor
Göztepe - Antalyaspor
G.Birligi - Malatyaspor
Istanbulspor - Ankaragucu
Bursaspor - Galatasaray
Trabzonspor - Denizlispor
1. Galatasaray 26
2. Fenerbahce 22
3. Istanbulspor 22
4. Kocaelispor 18
5. G.Antep 17
6. Göztepe 16
7. Bursaspor 16
8. Besiktas 15
9. Trabzonspor 13
10. Denizlispor 12
11. Antalyaspor 12
12. G.Birligi 11
13. Samsunspor 11
14. Ankaragucu 10
15. Rizespor 10
16. Diyarbakirspor 8
17. Yozgatspor 8
18. Malatyaspor 3
* European Champions League
1. Nantes 11
2. Galatasaray 10
3. PSV 7
4. Lazio 6
Galatasaray - PSV 2 - 0
Nantes - Lazio 1 - 0
Galatasary and Nantes qualified for second phase.
* Phase Two Draw
* Tulay Ozbek of Turkey was ranked third in the World Women's
Body-Building Championship in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and won the bronze
Body-Building and Fitness Federation Chairman Eryetis Kurtaral said that
Ozbek was ranked third in women's 57 kg category.
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