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      * Daily Milliyet says that the Turkish officials are disappointed in not
      seeing two underground organizations on a list of terrorist organizations
      drawn up by the European Union.
      The list, released by the Union this week, does not mention the
      separatist Turkish Kurds' Kurdistan Workers Party, and the extreme left
      People's Liberation Front.
      Milliyet says that Turkey has extensively lobbied the Union to include
      these two organizations.
      Today the Voice of America reported that the Turkish prime minister
      condemned the omission and said that it is incomprehensible.
      The Voice of America says that Turkey has long complained of European
      leniency towards the separatist Kurds, which it blames for plotting and
      carrying out attacks in Turkey.
      In contrast, the European Union list includes groups such as Basque
      separatist group ETA, Real IRA and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

      * Turkish press is publishing news articles that an American attack to
      topple the Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein may be coming soon.
      Worried about the instability that it may create in the region and the
      negative economic impact on Turkey, the Turkish government has been asking
      the US administration not to carry out an attack.
      In the latest development, Turkish prime minister Mr. Bulent Ecevit said
      on Thursday that the U.S. administration has promised to consult with
      Turkey on any action it may take against Iraq.
      Mr. Ecevit added that Turkey opposes any air strikes against Iraq.
      Turkey says that sanctions on Iraq after the Gulf war cost the Turkish
      economy at least $30 billion, and it does not want to see a repeat of
      This week's Newsweek also carried a feature article titled "The Turkish
      Dilemma" on a possible military action against Iraq. The article says,
      "The United States seeks a strategic ally in the next war against Iraq.
      Can Ankara say 'no'? Probably not. But saying 'yes' is no easier."
      In related news, the Washington Post said this week that if the U.S.
      were to attack Iraq, Saddam Hussein may in turn attack Turkey, Kuwait,
      Israel and Saudi Arabia with missiles, some carrying biological and
      chemical warheads.

      * The daily Turkiye reports that the Turkish government sent a letter to
      the U.S. administration and indicated its willingness to take the command
      of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan after Britain completes its term
      of leadership.
      According to earlier press reports Turkey is contributing 600 troops to
      the peacekeeping force. The troops will arrive in Afghanistan in early

      * Turkish parliament extended the mandate of the allied forces based in
      Turkey patrolling the northern part of Iraq.
      The force implements a no-fly zone against Saddam Hussein's airforce to
      protect the Iraqi Kurds.

      * The Associated Press reports on Saturday that the Turkish Cypriot leader
      Mr. Rauf Denktash crossed into the Greek controlled part of the island for
      the first time since 1974.
      Mr. Denktash went to the Greek leaders home to have a dinner.
      Earlier in December, the Greek leader also crossed to the Turkish part
      of the island for the first time and had dinner with Mr. Denktash.
      Since some Greek Cypriots were protesting the visit, Mr. Denktash had to
      travel under police escort.
      Both leaders will be getting together on January 16th to start talks
      aiming at the reunification of the island.
      Soon after the foundation of a bi-communal republic of Cyprus in 1960,
      the Cypriot Greeks reneged on international agreements and pushed the
      Turks into enclaves and blocked them from participating in the economic
      and administrative life on the island.
      When extremist Greeks, backed by the Greek junta in power then, toppled
      the all-Greek Cypriot government in 1974 with the ultimate goal of uniting
      the island with Greece, Turkey intervened militarily.
      The Turkish intervention gathered the Turks into the Northern part of
      the island to assure them the security and safety that they did not have
      for many years.

      * The daily Milliyet reported on Monday that Turkey has won an important
      case against Greece in the European Court of Human Rights.
      The court approved the financial compensation sought by 10 Turkish
      citizens who appealed to the court in 1998.
      The court sentenced the Greek government to pay $170 million to the 10
      individuals to compensate the 1925 seizure of Turkish territory in the
      Khalkidiki Peninsula in Greece.

      * The Associated Press reports that the Turkish police on Friday said that
      they foiled a plan by a militant Islamic group to stage bombing attacks in
      Istanbul on New Year's Eve.

      * Turkey's president Mr. Ahmet Necdet Sezer issued a message to mark Dec.
      25, the day that Western Christians celebrate Christmas.
      "The importance of the secular and democratic philosophy that Turkey
      represents is better understood now than ever before," Sezer said.
      Turkey's Christian minorities, mostly Orthodox, observe Christmas later
      in January.

      * According to the daily Cumhuriyet, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister and
      the leader of the Motherland Party Mr. Mesut Yilmaz says that the role of
      the state in economic markets should be limited.
      "The state must completely withdraw from the economic sphere and must
      act instead as a monitoring agency." Mr. Yilmaz recommends.
      Mr. Yilmaz also underlined the necessity for downsizing the "bloated
      state structure". He calls such a structure an "impediment and burden for
      the laissez-faire economy."

      * Turkish minimum wage earners are getting a raise in the new year. The
      minimum wage commission is recommending 163 million Turkish liras as the
      after-tax wage for a month's work. The amount translates to about $113 a

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



      Bad weather continues to affect many parts of Turkey.
      Istanbul, which has been experiencing its coldest winter in recent
      years, saw a torrent of heavy rain supplant its snowfall.
      Heavy rain caused flooding in the city, and municipality and fire
      brigade teams continued rescue operations throughout the week.
      Additionally, many provinces including Icel, Antalya and Izmir in the
      Mediterranean and Aegean regions were affected by heavy rainfall, while
      snowfall wreaked havoc on the region of Thrace.

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

      Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 13/7 (55/45) Cloudy
      Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 17/9 (63/48) Partially Cloudy
      Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 15/6 (59/43) Partially Cloudy
      Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 6/-2 (43/28) Partially Cloudy

      Snow heights at skiing locations:

      Uludag (Bursa, Western Turkey) 86 inches
      Kartalkaya (Bolu, Western Turkey) 83 inches
      Palandoken (Erzurum, Eastern Turkey) 20 inches
      Ilgaz (Kastamonu, North Central Turkey) 47 inches
      Erciyes (Kayseri, Central Turkey) 63 inches
      Sarikami$ (Kars, Eastern Turkey) 0 inches


      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Cuneyt Capanoglu

      Economic and political issues dominated the news media throughout this
      week. The only article on arts and culture appeared on the Daily

      * Turkish movie director Ferzan Ozpetek received the "Best Director" award
      at the Capri? Hollywood?W Film Festival. The film festival was organized
      by the Capri Institute and many foreign and domestic films were screened
      during the festival.

      The Daily Cumhuriyet reports that Director Ozpetek received the "Best
      Director" award for his highly acclaimed Italian movie "La Fate

      NOTE: Cumhuriyet defined the title of the film in parenthesis as
      (Ignorant Fairies). This definition may not be correct. Since both Greek
      and Roman mythologies identify FATES as the three goddesses (Clotho,
      Lachesis and Atropos) who control human destiny, the Italian title my be
      more correctly translated by either "The Destiny of the Ignorant" or "The
      Fate of the Ignorant."

      Any comments from our Italian speaking audience on the subject?


      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Premier Division:

      Week 18 matches:

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

      Week 17 match results:

      Besiktas 3-1 G.Antep
      Samsunspor 3-1 Malatyaspor
      Trabzonspor 3-0 Göztepe
      Kocaelispor 2-1 Denizlispor
      Ankaragucu 1-1 Rizespor
      Istanbulspor 4-1 Antalyaspor
      Diyarbakirspor 2-1 Fenerbahce
      Bursaspor 0-1 G.Birligi
      Yozgatspor 3-3 Galatasaray

      Team Pts
      1. Besiktas 36
      2. Galatasaray 36
      3. Fenerbahce 34
      4. Istanbulspor 30
      5. G.Antep 28
      6. Ankaragucu 27
      7. Bursaspor 26
      8. Trabzonspor 25
      9. Kocaelispor 25
      10. Diyarbakirspor 21
      11. Göztepe 20
      12. Rizespor 19
      13. Denizlispor 18
      14. Samsunspor 18
      15. Antalyaspor 17
      16. Yozgatspor 16
      17. G.Birligi 15
      18. Malatyaspor 12

      * Besiktas German coach, Daum, riding high on a run of on field success,
      has declared himself committed to seeing out the season with the club,
      having earlier hinted that he might resign for personal reasons.

      * Istanbul team Galatasaray will have to play its next two European
      Champions League games without one of its key defenders after UEFA banned
      Brazilian Alberto Capone for two matches. Capone was hit with the ban
      after being sent off in Galatasaray's recent two-all away draw with
      Barcelona. The defender was given his marching orders for a late challenge
      on the Spanish team's star player Rivaldo in the 62nd minute of the match.


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