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* Daily Cumhuriyet reports that President Ahmet Necdet Sezer received
Turkish-European Foundation administrators on the first anniversary of the
foundation's establishment on Tuesday.
The Foundation's Chairman Mr. Ziya Muezzinoglu said if the European
Union found itself unable to embrace Turkey at its southern and eastern
edge, then European integration would remain unfulfilled.
Mr. Muezzinoglu briefed President Sezer on the aims of the foundation.
"Since its establishment," he said,
"Turkey has implemented a series of radical reforms to move in line with
the democratic values espoused by the European countries and under the
guidance of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
"Turkey and the European Union need each other. Integration with the
Union should be carried out on the basis of full membership relations and
with conditions equal to those of the other Union member countries.
Starting membership negotiations with the Union is of the utmost
importance in terms of Turkey's future. "
Turkey is a candidate for membership to the European Union, but the
negotiations to become a full member is full of conditions that Turks
often object and find unacceptable.
The Europeans on the other hand say that the conditions apply to all
* The leader of the right-wing Nationalist Action Party Mr. Devlet Bahceli
says he is opposed to the amendment of Turkey's penal code to allow the
teaching of minority languages.
Mr. Devlet Bahceli is a deputy prime minister in Turkey's three-party
The major beneficiary from such an amendment would be Turkey's Kurds.
Wire reports are saying that in recent weeks the Turkish government
clamped down on students who have circulated petitions to start courses in
the Kurdish language.
One of the conditions that The European Union is asking Turkey to
fulfill is to allow education in the mother tongues of ethnic groups.
* Daily Cumhuriyet reports that The European Council's Parliamentarians
Assembly passed a resolution on Tuesday, urging both the Greek Cypriot
administration and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to act to
improve the situation on the island.
Addressing the Greeks, the Assembly told it to avoid political messages
that might provoke Turks concerning the issue of European Union
* Commenting on Turkey's prime minister Mr. Bulent Ecevit's' visit to the
US last week, American ambassador to Turkey Mr. Robert Pearson told that
it was a successful one, reported the Turkish daily Turkiye.
"Our political leaders have established a very important agenda for both
countries, and now our duty is to work hard to reach those targets." Said
Underlining that the US administration will remove all textile quotas on
Turkish exports removed by 2005, Ambassador Pearson said, "Up to now, the
50% of them were already lifted."
* General Rashid Dostum, the deputy defense minister in Afghanistan's
interim government, met this week with Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister
Ismail Cem while on a visit to Turkey.
General Dostum briefed Mr. Cem on the situation in his country and
cautioned Turkey about Iran.
General Dostum said that Iran is taking advantage of the devastation in
Afghanistan and fomenting sectarianism in the region to become more
General Dostum also said that Afghanistan needs Turkey's help to train a
national army and a police force as Turkey had helped train Afghan
officers in the past.
General Dostum is from the Uzbek Turks of the Afghanistan that make up
about 6 percent of the population.
When Taliban army defeated his forces some years ago, he sought refuge
in Turkey and lived there for several years in exile.
* Speaking to Turkish channel TRT-1 on Sunday, Turkish Prime Minister
Bulent Ecevit cautioned Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein that he should take
seriously warnings from US President George Bush, reports the daily
"In any operation against Iraq, we would be successful" Mr. Ecevit
Mr. Ecevit also said that the US would consult Turkey about any possible
military strike against Iraq as part of the war against terrorism.
* Italian officials in Trieste are claiming that a human smuggling gang is
headed by Kurds affiliated with the Turkish rebel Kurdistan Worker's
Party, reports the daily Hurriyet.
According to the Italian officials the gang smuggled around 9,000
Kurdish illegals from Turkey to Europe via land and sea last year. The
gang than channeled the money gained from the operation to the Kurdistan
The Italian officials say that they captured three members of the gang
who all confessed to the crimes.
* Daily Hurriyet reports that the State Minister for the Economy Mr. Kemal
Dervis released a statement saying that fiscal discipline to improve
balance sheets of the state-owned enterprises was one of the most
important factors to bolster the credit worthiness of the Turkish economy.
Mr. Dervis pointed out that the current period was a critical turning
point for the success of Turkey's economic program to gain steam.
Mr. Dervis also stated that international financial institutions intend
to increase and continue their support for Turkey's economic program.
Turkey has been going through a severe economic crisis for the past 11
month. The Turkish government brought in Mr. Dervis, a formal World Bank
executive, to fix the economy.
* The daily Aksam reports that The International Maritime Organization has
selected a Turkish scientist to chair one of its main committees. Mr.
Osman Kamil Sag will be the new chair of the International Maritime
Organization 's committee overseeing standards of training and
certification for watchkeeping and seafarers. The International Maritime
Organization is a specialized United Nations agency responsible for
improving maritime safety and preventing pollution from sea vessels.
Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees C (Degrees F), Weather
Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 10/5 (50/41) Partially Cloudy
Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 15/7 (59/45) Partially Cloudy
Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 17/8 (63/46) Showers
Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 3/-3 (37/27) Foggy
Snow heights at skiing locations:
Uludag (Bursa, Western Turkey) 99 inches
Kartalkaya (Bolu, Western Turkey) 118 inches
Palandoken (Erzurum, Eastern Turkey) 26 inches
Ilgaz (Kastamonu, North Central Turkey) 98 inches
Erciyes (Kayseri, Central Turkey) 83 inches
Sarikami$ (Kars, Eastern Turkey) 39 inches
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Cuneyt Capanoglu
* An exhibition entitled: "Hittites: a Nation with One Thousand Gods"
opened in Bonn, Germany.
Mr. Istemihan Talay, Turkish Culture Minister, attended the inauguration
and stated that the exhibited works of art were cultural treasures that
belong to and serve humanity.
He also thanked those who contributed to the exhibit and expressed his
hope that such activities would help promote friendly relations between
Turkiye and Germany.
The Hittite exhibit, containing a total of 161 works of art, was
collected from 16 different museums in Turkiye and the exhibit will remain
open through June 9, 2002.
Mr. Wenzel Jacob, the curator of Bonn Culture Hall, said that the
exhibited Hittite treasures were priceless and shed light to our past.
Prof. Dr. Tahsin Ozguc, one of the archaeologists responsible for Hittite
excavations, was also present.
Meanwhile, another exhibit entitled "Troy: the Dream and the Fact", also
in Germany, is being extended beyond its original scheduled closure on
January 17, 2002. It will remain open through April.
The remains of the ancient city of Troy are also located in Turkey.
* CNN is airing a new documentary film that portrays the Turks and Turkiye
to be praiseworthy.
This documentary film, entitled "Desperate Hours," presents the details
on how Turkiye provided refuge to the European Jewry escaping Nazis and in
supporting the Jewish organizations arranging their transport to
CNN aired three segments from this documentary and also interviewed its
producer and a Holocaust scholar, Michael Berenbaum.
The five?part film will be shown on January 22nd in Atlanta through the
joint efforts of the Atlanta Jewish Committee and the Turkish Cultural
Stating that Turkiye had welcomed Europe's Jews during World War II and
was a safe haven for them, Berenbaum said: "Very few people know the
opportunities provided by Turkiye to the European Jews during the
Holocaust years. This film aims to demonstrate the important role Turkiye
played during that terrible period."
Interviews with survivors show that they met unprejudiced, warmhearted
Turks and enjoyed their stay in Turkiye. Close to 20,000 Jews came to
Turkiye and some joined the academic community by either studying or
teaching at Turkish universities.
The Daily Hurriyet also reports that some Turkish diplomats issued visas
to help the Nazi victims escape to Turkiye at a great risk to themselves.
Footnote: According to our radio program's archives, a Turkish diplomat
in Nazi occupied Rhodes helped many local Jews escape to Turkiye by
issuing them Turkish passports.
This decent man paid dearly for his work when the Nazis threw a bomb
into his apartment and killed his wife and his daughter. Recently,
Government of Israel finally recognized his efforts and honored this
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak
* Turkish Soccer: Premier League
Week 19 results:
Fenerbahce 2-0 Istanbulspor
Malatyaspor 4-1 Ankaragucu
Göztepe 3-1 Diyarbakirspor
Rizespor 1-1 Yozgatspor
Antalyaspor 2-0 Kocaelispor
Samsunspor 0-2 G.Birligi
G.Antep 5-2 Trabzonspor
Denizlispor 1-1 Galatasaray
Besiktas 2-1 Bursaspor
Week 20 Matches:
Denizlispor - G.Antep
Samsunspor - Göztepe
Kocaelispor - Malatyaspor
Diyarbakirspor - Besiktas
Istanbulspor - G.Birligi
Ankaragucu - Fenerbahce
Galatasaray - Rizespor
Bursaspor - Trabzonspor
Yozgatspor - Antalyaspor
1. Galatasaray 43
2. Besiktas 42
3. Fenerbahce 37
4. G.Antep 31
5. Ankaragucu 30
6. Istanbulspor 30
7. Kocaelispor 28
8. Bursaspor 27
9. Trabzonspor 25
10. Göztepe 24
11. Denizlispor 22
12. Diyarbakirspor 21
13. G.Birligi 21
14. Samsunspor 21
15. Rizespor 20
16. Antalyaspor 20
17. Malatyaspor 18
18. Yozgatspor 17
* In an effort to provide more strike power up front, Turkish Super League
leaders Galatasaray have signed Romanian forward Radu Niculescu on a loan
agreement with his present team, National Bucharest.
The 27-year-old Niculescu, will be with the Istanbul club on a four
month loan, with the possibility that he may be signed to a longer term
contract at the end of the season.
* Call it the luck of the draw but Turkey is going to have to fight if it
wants to repeat its performances in the last two European Championship
qualifying rounds and make it through to the finals, this time to be held
in Portugal in 2004. While the top seed in Group Seven, Turkey has been
joined by England, which is showing more than a bit of form of late, as
well as the Slovakians, no pushovers themselves. Rounding out the group
are European minnows Macedonia and postage stamp size Liechtenstein.
Qualifying games for Euro 2004 begin on September 7. Only the winners of
each of the ten groups, along with host Portugal are assured of a place in
the finals. The ten runners up from the group stage will be left to fight
it out in play off matches to determine the final five places.
Group Seven - Turkey, England, Slovakia, Macedonia, Liechtenstein
* The Turkish national basketball team defeated the Dutch team in the
Netherlands with a score of 89-73.
Following this accomplishment, in the fourth group qualifications match
of the 33rd European Men's Basketball Championship, the Turkish team has
become group leader.
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