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      By Gokce Gokalp and Ahmet Toprak
      * Anatolian news agency reports that the Turkish prime minister Mr. Bulent
      Ecevit met with the French minister of defense Alain Richard and discussed
      rebuilding of Afghanistan and economic developments between Turkey and
      Turkey's minister of defense Mr. Sabahattin Cakmakoglu was also in
      As part of the discussions relating to Afghanistan, modernization of
      Afghan army and formation of a new police force in Afghanistan were also
      taken up.
      Mr. Ecevit and the visiting French minister also talked about the
      expansion of NATO, problems in the Caucasus and relations between
      Azerbaijan and Armenia.
      Speaking at the meeting, Prime Minister Ecevit said that 20 percent of
      foreign investments in Turkey were made by French firms, and expressed
      his satisfaction over French firms' interest in Turkey.
      However, Prime Minister Ecevit brought up the imbalance in mutual trade
      volume between the two countries and asked for efforts from France to
      correct this.

      * First week of the Cyprus talks between the President Rauf Denktash of
      the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the leader of the Greek
      Cypriots Mr.Glafkos Klerides ended. Mr. Denktash proposed to talks some
      weeks ago.
      Both sides do not give information to the press about the talks. Both
      sides say that they will continue the talks where all issues will be
      brought to the agenda without any pre-condition until June.
      Mr. Denktash and Mr. Glafkos Klerides will meet at 5:00 P.M. local time
      on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
      During their meeting on January 16 U.N. Secretary General's Special
      Envoy to Cyprus Alvaro De Soto also participated.
      The Cyprus problem goes back several decades. 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
      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 Cumhuriyet reports that an earthquake expert announced that a
      new CD-ROM called "Five Minutes for Life" on disaster preparedness was
      being sent to governorships and education departments throughout the
      Professor Ahmet Isikara, director of Bogazici University's Kandilli
      Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, told a press conference at
      the observatory that the new multimedia presentation was designed to help
      Turkey's people to be more aware of and ready for natural disasters.
      Dr. Isikara added that they had also prepared a cartoon strip to help
      children learn what places are dangerous during earthquakes so that they
      will know what to do to stay safe.
      Two strong earthquakes killed thousands of people in Turkey in 1999.

      * Turkey continues to make suggestions to Israel and Palestine for ending
      of terrorism and violence in the Middle East, reports the Anatolian News
      Speaking in a news conference on Wednesday, Turkey's Foreign Affairs
      Ministry Spokesman Huseyin Dirioz responded to questions about the
      messages Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat sent to Turkey.
      "It is true that Arafat sent a message to Mr. Prime Minister and Mr.
      President. However, it is not correct for us to give information about the
      content of the message for the moment," said Dirioz.
      When asked if there is a change in Turkey's policy regarding the recent
      developments in the Middle East, Dirioz said that "we are in contact with
      both sides. The international society wants ending of terrorism and
      violence. We continue to make suggestions to both sides to this end and we
      will continue launching efforts."

      * Turkey's Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit paid an official visit to
      neighboring Bulgaria.
      As part of his first day's contacts, Ecevit met with his Bulgarian
      counterpart and the country's former king, Mr. Saxe-Coburgotski.
      During their meeting, bilateral relations, regional developments and
      agreements on cleaning up mines on the country's mutual borders were
      Speaking at a state dinner in his honor, Ecevit pointed to Turkey's
      years-long struggle against terrorism. Stressing that both countries
      wanted to further develop bilateral relations on all fronts, Ecevit added
      that Turkey and Bulgaria would fill an important gap in the European Union
      when they became members.

      * The daily Hurriyet reports that three Belgian parliamentarians traveled
      to northern Iraq on Jan. 6 to meet with rebel Kurdish Worker's Party
      leader Abdullah Ocalan's brother Osman Ocalan.
      Hurriyet writes that Belgium has played the most active role when the
      European Union was preparing a list of terrorist organizations. Turkish
      officials complain that the European Union failed to include in their list
      the Revolutionary People's Liberation Front and the Kurdish Worker's
      Party. The officials say the two underground groups threaten Turkey the
      The two groups are on the terrorist organization list of the U.S. state
      Meanwhile, Hurriyet says, there are allegations that Ms. Fehriye Erdal,
      one of the accused assassins of Turkish businessman Ozdemir Sabanci has
      slipped away from her residence in Belgium. Belgium has refused to
      extradite her to Turkey to stand trial
      In related news, wire reports write that the authorities banned the
      Kurdish Worker's Party in Australia.

      * Turkey often accuses neigbouring Greece of supporting the rebel Turkish
      Kurds. In an interview on a Greek TV MEGA, the former foreign affairs
      minister of Greece Mr.Theodoros Pangalos admitted to Greek government
      support to the rebels.
      Mr. Pangalos says that his country's support the Kurdish Worker's Party
      started during the administration of the late prime minister Mr. Andraes
      Papandreu and continued during the administration of the current prime
      minister Mr. Simitis.
      Turkish special agents apprehended the leader of the rebel Kurds Mr
      Abdullah Ocalan in Kenya, where he secretly stayed in the Greek Embassy.
      Greece is now trying some of the Greek citizens involved in the affair.

      * Turkey's prime minister Mr. Bulent Ecevit says that positive
      developments had been occurring in the Turkish economy, reports the daily
      Speaking at a group meeting of the Democratic Left Party that he leads,
      Prime Minister Ecevit also evaluated his visit to the United States.
      He said, "our economy has begun to revive. It will be wrongful to talk
      about early elections."
      Turkey's economy has been battered by a severe economic crisis since
      February of 2001.

      * State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli, the leader of
      the Nationalist Movement Party said: "Three political parties forming the
      coalition government have been acting like a single political party. We
      will support the economic program until the end", reported the daily
      "Success of the economic program is of vital importance for the future
      of our country. Meanwhile, general elections should be held in 2004. Early
      elections will not be beneficial." Mr. Bahceli added.

      * Turkey's President Mr. Ahmet Necdet Sezer returned three articles of the
      draft Banking Law to the Turkish parliament for further discussions last
      However the Turkish parliament overrode the presidential veto and
      approved the bill on Thursday.
      The bill is seen as one of the key legislations for securing new loans
      from the International Monetary Fund.
      Turkish constitution bars President Sezer from vetoing the bill a second
      time, although he can refer it to the Constitutional Court.
      The government ignored his calls for modifications to the bill, rushing
      the legislation through parliament in time for an International Monetary
      Fund board meeting scheduled for Feb. 4. In the meeting the
      international lending body is due to approve a new 12 billion dollars
      three-year loan package to back Turkey's economic recovery program. The
      International Monetary fund has already committed $19 billion to Turkey.
      The public dubbed the draft as "operation rescue bank".
      The President who approved the law's part about rescue of bank had
      vetoed articles 6 and 7 and temporary article 1 of the law. These rejected
      articles foresaw the following:
      - Extension of immunity to managers of state-owned banks.
      - Lifting of the Council of State's authority to control Banking
      Regulation and Supervision Agency.
      - Removal of the supervision by the State Supervision Board
      - Forcing the personnel working at Ziraat and Halk banks, two major
      state owned banks, to work under contracts.

      * Opposition Republican Peoples' Party leader Mr. Deniz Baykal announced
      the report which was prepared after the visit of his Chief Consultant Mr.
      Bulent Tanla to Argentina.
      Mr. Baykal said that the aim of International Monetary Fund was not to
      Turkey's growth, but provide debt rollover and prevent the crisis to
      spread internationally.
      Mr. Baykal noted, "this is International Monetary Fund's concern.
      Turkey's concern should be to facilitate economic growth."

      * The 2002 World Economic Forum began in New York City, a shift from its
      usual venue of Davos, Switzerland made to show solidarity in the wake of
      last September's terrorist attacks, says the daily Cumhuriyet.
      A session titled "Turkey's Vision" will be held on Feb. 3 as a part of
      the Forum. Foreign investors will be informed about the recent measures
      taken by the Turkish government to improve domestic economic conditions.
      In addition, Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ismail Cem is expected to
      hold bilateral meetings with the Secretary of State Colin Powell as well
      as his Greek, Afghan and Israeli counterparts.
      He is also expected to meet with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He
      will also convey Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's recent messages to
      Israel's Foreign Affairs minister Mr. Shimon Peres.


      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Cuneyt Capanoglu

      * A Picasso painting, that Interpol identified as stolen, was found in a
      garbage dump in Turkey's southern Kahramanmaras province town of Elbistan.
      The painting, one of the 16 paintings stolen from a museum in Kuwait
      during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1991, has the seals of Kuwaiti
      Museum and a U.S. insurance company. It appears that the painting was
      insured for 1.5 million dollars.
      The gendarmarie informed the officials in Turkey's Ministry of Culture
      and requested an investigation to determine whether the painting was
      original or not.

      * The daily Cumhuriyet reports that a Turkish movie, "Hungry Wolves",
      directed by late Yilmaz Guney, will be screened at the 52nd Berlin Film
      The Festival is scheduled to begin on February 6th.

      * The daily Cumhuriyet reports that Turkish pianist Gokhan Aybulus was
      awarded the Grand Prize for his performance at the Fourth International
      Marina Yudina Piano Contest in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mr. Aybulus is an
      undergraduate student at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory.


      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Soccer: Premier League

      Week 20 results:

      Ankaragucu 3-2 Fenerbahce
      Denizlispor 5-2 G.Antep
      Samsunspor 1-2 Göztepe
      Malatyaspor 2-1 Kocaelispor
      Diyarbakirspor 0-0 Besiktas
      Istanbulspor 0-0 G.Birligi
      Galatasaray 4-1 Rizespor
      Bursaspor 2-2 Trabzonspor
      Yozgatspor 3-2 Antalyaspor

      Week 21 matches:

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

      Team Pts
      1. Galatasaray 46
      2. Besiktas 43
      3. Fenerbahce 40
      4. Ankaragucu 33
      5. G.Antep 31
      6. Istanbulspor 31
      7. Bursaspor 28
      8. Kocaelispor 28
      9. Göztepe 27
      10. Trabzonspor 26
      11. Denizlispor 25
      12. G.Birligi 22
      13. Diyarbakirspor 22
      14. Samsunspor 21
      15. Malatyaspor 21
      16. Rizespor 20
      17. Yozgatspor 20
      18. Antalyaspor 20

      * Radu Niculescu, the Romanian forward due to join Turkish Super League
      leader Galatasaray will not be turning out in the team’s colours after the
      Club’s management pulled out of the deal. Niculescu had arrived in
      Istanbul to link up with Galatasaray on a four month loan from his
      Romanian club National Bucharest.
      However, Galatasaray’s management dropped the deal after they found out
      that the forward had already been subject to a transfer this season, from
      his previous club Steaua Bucharest. This would have made the 27-year-old
      striker’s move to the Istanbul team against FIFA regulations, which limit
      a player to one transfer a season.

      * Fevzi Tuncay, the former first choice keeper for Besiktas, has been
      transferred to Gaziantepspor, after failing to cement a place in the
      Besiktas starting line up. With Besiktas coach Christoph Daum preferring
      to play either Sweden’s Mattias Asper or Norway’s Thomas Myhre between the
      posts, Fevzi had little hope of re-establishing himself.
      However, he will still have to displace Gaziantep’s incumbent keeper,
      Omer Catkic, before returning to Super League action.

      * Galatasaray has suffered a blow to its Championship League aspirations
      with the news that midfield maestro Sergen Yalçin will be out for a month
      or more with a foot injury. Galatasaray have announced that Sergen will
      be flying to German soon for surgery to rectify the problem.

      * Galatasaray’s international forward Hasan Sas is to remain with the
      Istanbul club, at least until the end of the season, after negotiation
      with the French First Division outfit Nantes were terminated over the
      question of payment.
      "Hasan wanted $1.5 million in advance. They said they could only go up
      to $1 million," according to Galatasaray’s official club website.
      Both club coach Mircea Lucescu and director Abdurrahim Albayrak had
      urged Sas to remain with Galatasaray, the site said. The site also quoted
      Sas as saying that he was not considering a move at this time.


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      *** Turkish Ambassador on the "Forum" program for an interview starting at
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      *** Turkey and the 21st Century

      World Affairs Council Program
      Guest: His Excellency Faruk Logoglu
      Ambassador of Turkey to the United States

      Program Background and Description:

      Turkey has long been a crossroads between Europe and the Middle East.
      Current challenges in the Middle East have drawn Turkey and the United
      States even closer together. In his first visit to the Bay Area
      since his appointment, Ambassador Logoglu will discuss the future
      of U.S.-Turkish relations.

      His Excellency Faruk Loðoðlu was appointed Turkish Ambassador to the
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      Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His career in Turkish public service has
      spanned over thirty years.
      He has represented Turkey at the European Union and the
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      Ambassador Loðoðlu has taught political science at Middlebury College
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      Program Details:

      Where: the World Affairs Council
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      When: Monday, February 11, 2002
      Registration: 5:30 PM
      Program: 6 PM

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      - Date: February 13, 2002
      - Time: 6 pm
      - Place: Monterey Institute of International Studies, Irvine Auditorium
      - Address: 498 Pacific Street
      - Address: Monterey, CA 93940
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