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      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Sevda Aleckson

      * Due to the uncertainty on the ground in Afghanistan, the Turkish
      authorities have postponed plans to send elite Turkish troops.
      A Turkish military liaison team recommended that it is best to wait
      until the situation on the ground in Afghanistan became more stable
      before a final decision to deploy the Turkish troops.

      * Secretary of State Colin Powell will be paying a visit to the
      Turkish capital Ankara next week.
      It is expected that Turkey will voice to Mr. Powell its concerns
      over the possibility of US-led operations against neighboring Iraq as
      part of the war against terrorism.
      While the Turkish government is prepared to take a more active role
      in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit is maintaining his firm
      stand against any operations targeting Iraq.
      On the other hand, Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Thursday
      that the United States' actions in the region, including those in
      Iraq, were being made in full coordination with Turkey.
      He said, "We're keeping a close eye on Saddam Hussein. He is
      developing weapons of mass destruction. However, nobody has declared
      war against Iraq. Speculation at this point would be unproductive."
      During Mr. Powell's visit, Prime Minister Ecevit and Foreign
      Affairs Minister Ismail Cem will also raise Turkey's concerns over
      the European Union's new defense force and the Cyprus question
      According to Associated Press, Mr. Powell will try to accelerate
      efforts to reach a political settlement in Cyprus during his visit.
      The island of Cyprus is host to Greek and Turkish communities
      locked in a dispute over how to re-unite the island. From time to
      time, the dispute between the two communities had been dragging
      Greece and Turkey also into conflict.

      * According to an Anatolian news agency report, Foreign Affairs
      Minister Ismail Cem spoke at a panel discussion in Istanbul on
      relations between Turkey and the European Union.
      Mr. Ismail Cem stated that he thought the European Union had been
      made as unpopular as possible in Turkey.
      Mr. Cem further stated that the biggest obstacles to Turkey's
      membership to the union were not just inequality, unemployment, and
      the lack of productivity, but also Turkey's own fears.
      Mr. Cem indicated that full European Union membership negotiations
      would start in the year 2002.

      * The daily Cumhuriyet reported on Friday that the Social Democrat
      Party was officially established with the submission of 33 members.
      Such a name had also been announced for a party to be led by Mr.
      Erdal Inonu, before Inonu declined to take its helm.

      * International Monetary Fund Director Mr. Koehler says that he was
      hopeful the International Monetary Fund would back additional loans
      for Turkey.
      Mr. Koehler was speaking after a board meeting in Washington on
      The International Monetary Fund has already granted $16 billion in
      support to Turkey to lift it from one of the worst economic crisis.
      With additional funding from the World Bank the total support to
      Turkey now totals $19 billion.
      Mr. Kohler said that based on recent assessments, the
      implementation of the reform policies by the Turkish government has
      been very strong.
      He pointed out that Turkish authorities are committed to
      furthering efforts on fiscal policy, banking, structural reforms, and
      giving support to the private sector.

      * Mr. Rifat Hisarciklioglu, the President of the Union of Turkish
      Chambers and Commodities Exchanges, announced a much-awaited package
      of measures to help Turkey's manufacturing sector to fight the worst
      economic recession since World War II.
      The new measures include establishing an assets management company
      that will buy up debt owed by the companies to the banks.
      Also, in return for loans taken out in foreign currency, Turkish
      banks will be able to give mortgages in foreign currency.
      Turkey's State Institute of Statistics announced on Wednesday that
      the Turkish economy continued to shrink by 8.3 percent in the first
      three quarters of the year compared to the same period of 2000.


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



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

      Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 9/6 (48/43) Rainy
      Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 12/7 (54/45) Showers
      Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 14/9 (57/48) Showers
      Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 9/4 (48/39) Rainy


      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Cuneyt Capanoglu

      * The 2nd International Izmir Short﷓Feature Film Festival has starte=
      on November 27th and will continue through December 8, 2001.
      A total of 154 short﷓feature films from Australia, Azerbaijan,
      Britain, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Sweden and
      Turkiye will be shown in the festival.
      The Dokuz Eylul University and Izmir's Konak Municipality
      Directorate of Cultural and Social Affairs organized the festival.

      * The 13th Ankara International Film Festival opened with the
      National Short Film contest on Friday, November 30th.
      The daily Cumhuriyet reports that directors, actors, movie critics
      and representatives from film associations attended the official
      opening ceremony.
      In addition to the National Short Film category, films will be
      shown in two other categories during the festival ending on December

      - International Feature Films
      - National Feature Films

      * A Jewish museum dubbed the 500th Year Foundation Museum opened its
      doors to public last week in Turkey. Many prominent Turkish
      politicians and officials attended inauguration of the museum.
      The daily Hurriyet reports that among those attending the ceremony
      Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz,
      First Army Commander Gen. Cetin Dogan,
      United States Ambassador Robert Pearson,
      Israeli Ambassador David Sultan,
      British Ambassador David Logan,
      French Ambassador Bernard Garcia and the representatives from the
      Jewish community.
      This is the first Jewish museum to be opened in a predominantly
      Muslim country to commemorate Jewish history.

      * A statement released by the Foundation emphasizes acceptance of
      Jews escaping Spanish inquisitions by the Ottomans in 1492 and
      peaceful co-existence of peoples with different religions, languages
      and cultures within Ottoman jurisdiction.
      The statement indicates that the museum is intended to promote
      Turkish People's tolerance and empathy towards Jews and other non-
      Turks to the whole world.
      Zulfaris Synagogue in Istanbul will serve as the 500th Year
      Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews and will compile, protect and
      display important items associated with the cultural heritage of
      Turkish Jews.
      The synagogue, constructed in 1671 and restored in 1904 and in
      1968, has been turned into a museum through contributions of
      businessman Jak Kamhi.

      * Turkiye's Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, attending
      inauguration of the 500th Year Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews,
      said the museum was a monument that underscored Turkish people's
      values, namely, justice, liberalism and tolerance.
      Yilmaz addressing the audience said, "We are the common owners of a
      state tradition which fully accepts existence of peoples of different
      religions, languages and cultures and the rights of these peoples to
      live together in peace, tolerance and brotherhood. This tradition is
      our gift to humanity." Mr. Yilmaz continued on and said: "We also
      acknowledge the efforts by the Turkish Jews for their efforts in
      never leaving European Union's criticisms of Turkiye unanswered
      throughout the period when Turkiye is trying to meet European Union's
      contemporary criteria.

      * The famous Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet is being commemorated in
      Strasbourg, France during the Mediterranean Festival. Turkish and
      French amateur theater artists will stage a theater play promoting
      the works of the famous Turkish poet.
      Musician Mr. Fuat Saka, accompanied by guitar and saz--a
      traditional Turkish stringed instrument--, will read the poems of Mr.
      Nazim Hikmet.
      In addition to various concerts during the festival, Prof. Server
      Tanilli will lead an open forum entitled: "influence of Hikmet's
      poems on Turkish literature". Prof. Cevat Capan and poet Ataol
      Behramoglu will participate as panelists.
      All of the activities in recognition of Mr. Nazim Hikmet during the
      Mediterranean Festival have come to fruition largely through the
      initiatives of Association of Turkish Refugee Workers in France. The
      activities will go through December 8th.


      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak

      * During the first match in the 33rd European Basketball Championship
      group qualifications in Istanbul, the Turkish team defeated
      Bulgaria's by a score of 84-79.
      Meanwhile, the Turkish Women Basketball team defeated the Ukrainian
      team with a score of 72-71 during the 29th European Women's
      Basketball Championship E Group semifinal.

      * The Men's national basketball team which had beaten Bulgaria and
      Switzerland in its first two matches also defeated Ukraine 80-67 and
      won its third victory.

      * A Turkish soccer team put two players on its transfer list for a
      fee of 225 sacks of cement.
      Sarigol Municipality, who plays in the first division of the Manisa
      Amateur League, had their offer taken up by local rivals Canakcispor.
      Sarigol were so delighted with the deal they threw two more players
      in as a goodwill gesture.
      Turkish sports news website Ajansspor reports Sarigol chairman
      Adnan Aygun said: "They got four good players and we repaired the

      * Turkish Premier Soccer League

      Week 14 matches:

      G.Birligi - Göztepe
      Fenerbahce - Besiktas
      Yozgatspor - Ankaragucu
      Galatasaray - Istanbulspor
      Kocaelispor - G.Antep
      Malatyaspor - Trabzonspor
      Antalyaspor - Bursaspor
      Rizespor - Diyarbakirspor
      Denizlispor - Samsunspor

      Week 13 matche results:

      Besiktas 3-1 Malatyaspor
      Diyarbakirspor 3-0 Denizlispor
      Bursaspor 1-0 Rizespor
      Göztepe 0-5 Fenerbahce
      Ankaragucu 2-0 Kocaelispor
      Istanbulspor 2-0 Yozgatspor
      Samsunspor 0-2 Galatasaray
      Trabzonspor 2-0 Antalyaspor
      G.Antep 5-0 G.Birligi

      Team Pts
      1. Galatasaray 32
      2. Fenerbahce 31
      3. Istanbulspor 25
      4. Besiktas 24
      5. Bursaspor 23
      6. Kocaelispor 21
      7. G.Antep 21
      8. Trabzonspor 18
      9. Ankaragucu 17
      10. Göztepe 17
      11. Denizlispor 14
      12. Samsunspor 14
      13. Antalyaspor 13
      14. Diyarbakirspor 12
      15. Yozgatspor 12
      16. Rizespor 11
      17. G.Birligi 11
      18. Malatyaspor 9


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