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* The Turkish-US Economic Partnership Commission met last week in Turkey's
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
* 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
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
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
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A documentary film about a changing landscape
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Directed by Paxton Winters.
Concept by Zeynep Gürsel and Melek Taylan, 2001.
Total running time 32 min.
Turkish with English subtitles.
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In June 2000 the world media gave extensive coverage to the flooding
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new social patterns in a landscape far from the pistachio gardens of
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