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      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Gokce Gokalp

      * The Turkish-US Economic Partnership Commission met last week in Turkey's
      capital Ankara.
      A joint press release stated on Wednesday that the meeting marked the
      first step to elevate the economic relations between the two countries to
      the same level as the strategic partnership the two sides share on
      political and security matters.
      Assistant Secretary of State Alan Larson at the opening meeting said
      that US wanted to establish a strong relationship with Turkey and that
      they would work in coordination with Turkish authorities to lay the
      groundwork for the Turkish economy to move from recovery to growth and
      In this first meeting of the commission, the delegations carried out an
      extensive review of their economic relations, tariff and non-tariff
      barriers to trade, cooperation on food safety systems and investment ties.
      The overall aim was to identify measures, compatible with their
      international obligations, to expand the volume and broaden the
      composition of bilateral trade between Turkey and the US to a wider
      spectrum of goods and services, and increase incentives for investment.
      Although the Economic Partnership Commission is designed to be a forum
      for enhancing economic relations over the long-term, the first meeting
      yielded concrete results immediately, says that they US Embassy in Ankara.
      Among the results are:
      - Progress in laying the basis for the establishment of Qualifying
      Industrial Zones in Turkey in from which Turkey could be able to export a
      significant range of products duty-free to the US and increase her exports
      to third countries.
      - Enhanced cooperation between the two governments in ensuring that
      Turkey is able to fully utilize the trade opportunities under the
      Generalized System of Preferences. Accordingly the U.S. side agreed to
      provide expertise as soon as possible to inform the Turkish business
      community of its opportunities.
      - A major focus of discussion was Turkey's growing textile exports to
      the US. The commission resolved to take steps to facilitate Turkey's
      access to the US market by extending GSP benefits to certain hand-knitted
      and hand-woven carpets for Turkey.
      - The commission also agreed to enter into a certified handicraft
      textile arrangement, which will provide Generalized System of Preferences
      benefits for 6 tariff categories of textiles.
      - The delegates also signed two Trade Development Agency grants for a
      feasibility study on developing an independent thermal power generation
      plant, and for technical assistance to be provided to the Turkish
      Petroleum and Pipeline Corporation to conduct a gas transportation fee
      study and develop a tariff modeling system.
      - The two sides announced that the US Trade Development Agency will
      sponsor a regional tourism infrastructure conference in Istanbul in May
      - The two sides also noted the bilateral Mutual Customs Assistance
      Agreement. They agreed to explore ways to promote the utilization of new
      technologies for easier passage of goods.
      - The two sides agreed to cooperate in the fields of standardization,
      certification and accreditation.
      - The two sides took note of a bilateral agreement on technological
      cooperation, such as clean coal technology as well as exchange of experts
      in the field of energy, to be signed in the near future.
      - The two sides noted favorably the intention of the Turkish Union of
      Chambers and Bourses and the US Chamber of Commerce to initiate contacts
      on the subject of cooperation between US and Turkish small and medium size
      enterprises and decided to encourage this initiative.
      - The two sides also agreed to re-launch a business council to bring
      together executives from the U.S. and Turkey, focusing initially on the
      sectors Turkey has identified as best prospects for investment, such as
      information technology and software development, defense and aerospace,
      environmental technologies, and building products.
      - The US will open an American Presence Post in Izmir to promote trade
      and investment in that important commercial center and a business
      information office in Gaziantep to promote commercial relations. Turkey
      will establish similar information centers in the US.
      - Turkey and the US reaffirmed their strong support for the construction
      of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and the Shah Deniz gas pipeline.
      - The two sides took note of their strong commitment to the
      reconstruction of Afghanistan and the close cooperation between Turkish
      International Cooperation Agency and USAID. Following the bilateral talks,
      a panel discussion was held on the business opportunities for joint action
      and collaboration in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

      * According to the daily Cumhuriyet, a bill was recently presented to the
      US House of Representatives proposing measures to improve US economic
      relations with Turkey.
      The bill was prepared by the members of a US delegation which visited
      Turkey earlier this month. The delegation included Democratic Party
      Representative Robert Wexler and Republican Party Representatives Kay
      Granger and Edward Whitfeld.
      The bill reiterated that the US should take such measures as a token of
      its appreciation for Turkey's support in the war against terrorism.
      It underlined that the Turkish economy could achieve recovery only by
      attracting more foreign investments to the country, adding that the US
      should improve its commercial relations with Turkey in this respect.

      * President Rauf Denktas of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus said
      on Wednesday that European Union was putting pressure for a solution to
      the Cyprus problem by June, noting that he would bring this onto the
      agenda on the second round of direct talks with his Greek counterpart.
      Mr. Denktash has pointed out that an agreement could be achieved with
      the acceptance of the principles that one side would not oppress the other
      and with the equality of the two sides.
      Mr. Denktas said, "in no place on Earth, there is partnership,
      federation, confederation, or united states between the legal government
      and the minorities. If the sides agree on the essential principles, the
      problem can be solved within a few months."
      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.
      In 1974, when extremist Greeks, backed by the Greek junta in power then,
      toppled the all-Greek Cypriot government 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 Aksam reported that six Turkish businessmen were placed on
      Forbes magazine's annual ranking of the World's richest billionaires
      released in its current issue.
      The prominent business weekly announced that Mehmet Emin Karamehmet,
      Sakip Sabanci, Ferit Sahenk, Rahmi Koc, Kemal Uzan, Turgay Ciner had made
      its closely watched list.
      For the eight straight year, Microsoft founder Bill Gates placed number

      * The daily Hurriyet reported that according to recent data released by
      the World Tourism Organization, the number of foreign tourists visiting
      Turkey increased by 12.4 % in 2001.
      The increase has been seen as a remarkable success for Turkey as the
      number of tourists visiting other countries has dramatically declined in
      the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.


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



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

      Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 17/10 (63/50) Partially cloudy
      Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 21/13 (70/55) Clear
      Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 20/9 (68/48) Clear
      Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 20/5 (68/41) Clear

      Snow heights at skiing resorts:

      Uludag (Bursa, Western Turkey) 71 inches
      Kartalkaya (Bolu, Western Turkey) 63 inches
      Palandoken (Erzurum, Eastern Turkey) 21 inches
      Ilgaz (Kastamonu, North Central Turkey) 75 inches
      Erciyes (Kayseri, Central Turkey) 47 inches
      Sarikami$ (Kars, Eastern Turkey) 37 inches

      ARTS and CULTURE

      Edited for the Turkish radio hour by Cuneyt Capanoglu

      * More than 4000 artists will participate in a major festival in Turkey.
      The festival, dubbed the "Turkey--The Cradle of Civilizations," is
      sponsored by Turkey's Ministry of Culture and scheduled to begin on April
      The goals of the festival are to revitalize arts and culture in Turkey
      and to enrich the lives of Turkish citizens through exhibits and
      performances to be held at 300 centers throughout Turkey.
      According to an announcement from the Turkey's Ministry of Culture,
      State Symphony Orchestra, State Classic Turkish Music Chorus, State Folk
      Dance Groups and many other groups will take part in the festival and
      perform throughout Turkey.
      It is expected that by the time The Cradle of Civilizations festival is
      concluded in mid-October, several million Turks would have benefited from
      this festival.

      * The daily Hurriyet reported that 15 mountaineers from the Middle East
      Technical University Search and Rescue, Mountaineering and Nature Sports
      Association recently completed climbing Mt. Agri to commemorate famous
      Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet.
      The team started its climb in the village of Gomuk on Feb. 15 and
      reached the summit five days later.
      The young mountaineers left on the peak a portrait of the poet and a
      plaque bearing one of his poems.
      Mt. Agri, also known as Mt. Ararat, is in eastern Turkey and stands over
      15,000 feet.
      See http://dksk.metu.edu.tr/faydali/agri/ for more on Mt. Ararat.


      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak

      Week 24 match results:

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

      Week 25 matches:

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


      1. Galatasaray 53
      2. Besiktas 50
      3. Fenerbahce 49
      4. Ankaragucu 45
      5. G.Antep 35
      6. Istanbulspor 35
      7. Bursaspor 34
      8. Trabzonspor 32
      9. Göztepe 32
      10. Denizlispor 29
      11. Diyarbakirspor 29
      12. Rizespor 28
      13. G.Birligi 28
      14. Kocaelispor 28
      15. Malatyaspor 26
      16. Samsunspor 23
      17. Antalyaspor 23
      18. Yozgatspor 21

      * 2001-2002 UEFA Champions League

      2nd Group Stage

      Galatasaray 1-1 Liverpool

      Though having a squad much thinned by injuries and suspensions,
      Galatasaray looked the better side against the powerful Liverpool outfit
      in match.
      However, looks were not enough as Emile Heskey cancelled out debutante
      Romanian striker Radu Niculescu?s 70th minute goal eight minutes later,
      leaving the scores deadlocked.
      Galatasaray's Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu praised both his own players
      and the their opponents for what was a hard fought but intense match.
      Lucescu said the reason that Galatasaray had failed to take advantage of
      the leads it had created in its matches Liverpool, Barcelona and Roma were
      down to the club's long injury list.

      Roma AS 3-0 FC Barcelona

      P W D L F A Pts GD
      AS Roma 4 1 3 0 5 2 6 3
      Barcelona 4 1 2 1 6 7 5 -1
      Galatasaray 4 0 4 0 4 4 4 0
      Liverpool 4 0 3 1 2 4 3 -2

      * Men's European Basketball League-2

      Efes Pilsen 76-73 Bologna


      (Bu duyurulari saat 17:30 da ve 18:30'da iki kez yayinlayin.)
      (Duyurularda giri$ ucreti soz ediliyorsa, radyoda bunlari atlayin.)

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      A documentary film about a changing landscape
      and things out of context

      Directed by Paxton Winters.
      Concept by Zeynep Gürsel and Melek Taylan, 2001.

      Total running time 32 min.
      Turkish with English subtitles.

      2060 Valley Life Sciences Building

      UC Berkeley

      March 6, 2002 6:30pm

      The Valley Life Sciences Building is on the West side of
      UC Berkeley Campus in Berkeley, CA.

      In June 2000 the world media gave extensive coverage to the flooding
      of the Euphrates due to the Birecik Dam in Southeast Turkey and the
      watery burial of Zeugma, an important Roman city that had served as a
      link between Anatolia and Mesopotamia.

      By June 2001 Zeugma, meaning "bridge, link", had become a name
      without a referent, a word that no longer designated a historic
      hillside but rather described 700m2 of high quality mosaics. This
      documentary tells the story of these mosaics as well as that of the
      people who were displaced from their villages. While the pieces of
      the mosaics are restored by an international team in the Gaziantep
      museum, the scattered people of Belkis and Halfeti try to construct
      new social patterns in a landscape far from the pistachio gardens of
      their past.


      We are looking for players of traditional Turkish classical
      instruments such as oud, ney, tanbur, kanun or kemence,
      bendir or kudum; or even western instruments that easily
      adapt to Turkish music, such as cello. We are also looking
      for people who can sing in Turkish. The group is open to
      anyone with a sincere interest in Turkish music.

      For details call Hank Levin at 415 492-0728, or email:

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