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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
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
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Cuneyt Capanoglu
* The 2nd International Izmir ShortFeature Film Festival has starte=
on November 27th and will continue through December 8, 2001.
A total of 154 shortfeature 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
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
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
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
* 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.
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
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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