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* Turkish Parliament's Interparty Reconciliation Commission agreed on a
Constitutional amendment limiting the authority of Turkey's presidents,
reported the Turkish papers.
Meeting under the chairmanship of Deputy Parliament Speaker and
Motherland Party deputy Mr. Yuksel Yalova, the commission reached an
agreement on six articles of the constitutional amendments and prepared
two alternative bills for Article 101.
The commission plans to discuss a package including the articles to be
debated next week before Parliament goes on summer recess.
The agreement proposes to amend Article 105, which exempts presidential
decisions from oversight and review. The commission also decided to
abolish the power of presidents to make judicial appointments, a move that
current President Ahmet Necdet Sezer had requested.
In addition, the new bill calls for the presidents to be elected for a
five-year term and be limited to a maximum of two terms in office.
* Turkish Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk is predicting that the amnesty
bill that the Turkish president vetoed will pass through the Turkish
parliament as it is a second time. Mr. Turk is also saying that the bill
is not calling for an amnesty but rather for "conditional releases" of the
As we reported last week, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer vetoed the bill
that would have released such notorious convicts as Mr. Mehmet Ali Agca
who attempted to kill the Pope.
President Sezer will not be able to veto the bill a second time around.
* Turkish parliament adopted a controversial bill attempting to regulate
Internet sites on Thursday. The bill is calling for web page authors to
submit a copy of their pages two designated authorities for review.
Experts are saying that the bill is infringing on free speech and are
pointing that, with many Turkish web sites being hosted outside of Turkey,
it is unenforceable.
While debating the bill one of the opposition leaders said that the bill
also does not meet the European Union criteria. As part of its efforts to
join the European Union, Turkish authorities are trying to revise Turkey's
laws to bring them in line with that of the Union's.
* In a move that pleased the Turkish authorities, the European Union added
to their list two organizations from Turkey as supporting terror.
One of the organizations is the underground rebel Kurdish Workers Party,
and the other one is the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party Front.
Both organizations are active also in immigrant communities in Europe.
However, the European Union officials left out a newly-founded Kurdish
organization which claims to the the successor to the Kurdish Workers
Party. Turkish authorities are arguing that the new organization is
nothing but the continuation of the Kurdish Workers Party.
* The daily Hurriyet reports that the Interior Ministers of Turkey,
Georgia and Azerbaijan signed an agreement in the Turkish Black Sea city
of Trabzon this week for joint action against terrorism, organized crime
and as well as cooperation on ensuring the security of energy pipelines.
President Ahmet Necdet Sezer of Turkey, who met with his Azerbaijani and
Georgian counterparts this week, said that the aim of the pact was to
provide peace and stability in the region.
"With this meeting we wanted to underline the importance of
international cooperation against terrorism, organized crime and drug
smuggling," Mr. Sezer added.
Mr. Sezer also stated that the three nations would take advantage of
this opportunity to make strenuous efforts for peace and security in the
* According to the daily Hurriyet, Turkey's foreign affairs minister Mr.
Ismail Cem is saying that he would like to host the Mideast peace
conference between Israelis and Palestinians.
Mr. Cem conveyed his ideas to the U.S. ambassador in the Turkish
Mr. Cem also said that the US had a special responsibility towards the
Middle East, and called on Washington to play a leading and active role in
the search for a peaceful settlement.
* According to the Turkish press reports, May Day was celebrated
throughout Turkey with great enthusiasm.
Despite heavy rain, some 5,000 participants in the capital Ankara
gathered in Tandogan Square.
For the first time, the pro-Islamic Felicity Party leader Recai Kutan
was present during the May Day celebrations.
Meanwhile, security forces banned celebrations in certain cities,
particularly in southeastern Anatolia to prevent public disturbances
* Last week the third meeting of the Turkish-US Industrial Investment
Framework took place in Washington DC.
The meeting brought together delegations from Turkey's Foreign Trade and
Investment officials to discuss technical and legal aspects of the
proposed Qualified Industrial Zones, reports the daily Hurriyet.
After the meeting, a Turkish official said that the prevailing
atmosphere had been positive and that the US was due to begin procedures
to establish a Qualified Industrial Zone in Turkey.
The US side also urged Turkey to begin contacts with Israel to move the
matter forward. Technically the Qualified Industrial Zones are an
US-Israeli arrangement, but the US decided to bring close ally Turkey into
the fold this year
* Turkey's state minister responsible for economy Mr. Kemal Dervis
received his "Economy Minister of the Year" award from British finance
magazine The Banker, writes the daily Turkiye.
Mr. Dervis was announced as the recipient of the honor earlier this
* Construction firms have hawked their wares and showed off the latest
technological advances at the 25th annual International Construction Fair
in Istanbul starting last Wednesday.
The three-day fair, dubbed Construction 2002-Istanbul Fair, attracted
participation from nearly 500 Turkish and foreign construction companies,
reported the daily Milliyet.
Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees C (Degrees F), Weather
Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 21/11 (70/52) Partially cloudy
Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 26/13 (79/55) Clear
Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 26/16 (79/61) Clear
Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 21/7 (70/45) Clear
Trabzon (Black Sea) 52
Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 54
Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 64
Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 66
ARTS AND CULTURE
* The International Ankara Cartoon Festival sponsored by Cartoon
Foundation begins on Friday at the Art and Sculpture Museum and will run
through May 7, reports the Turkish daily Sabah.
The festival will feature works by Turkish and foreign cartoonists from
a half dozen six countries, as well as symposiums, movie and computer
workshops, video shows and panel discussions.
Mr. Suat Yildiz will also receive an award for Cartoonist of the Year.
The theme for this years festival is Cartoons and Information
See http://www.nd-karikaturvakfi.org.tr/2000/2002etk.htm for more.
* According to the daily Aksam, Turkish capital Ankara is to host a
festival of the Mediterranean countries.
The decision to hold the festival was made at the Mediterranean Capitals
Summit held in Baku, Azerbaijan recently.
Ankara Greater Municipality Mayor Melih Gokcek stated that the festival,
which is being planned for the last of week of August, would bring
together cultural and artistic groups from numerous Mediterranean
* The Second International Dance Festival is taking place in Istanbul this
Groups from France, the US, and Turkey are participating in the
festival. Tomorrow evening Melissa Thodos and Dancers will perform in
Istanbul's Cemal Resit Rey concert Hall.
* Experts are saying that a painting confiscated in Aksaray, Turkey is an
authentic Salvador Dali painting.
Turkish officials have been confiscating numerous smuggled paintings,
most claimed to be belonging to Pablo Picasso in the past several years.
Experts however, have been doubting their authenticity.
Authorities are speculating that the paintings are looted by Iraqis from
private collections in Kuwait during the Gulf War.
* On 75th anniversary of the great Turkish painter Avni Lifij death, the
Eczacibasi Holding's "Virtual
Museum is displaying 75 paintings of the artist on Internet.
The web site of the Virtual Museum is http://www.sanalmuze.org/
See also http://www.yfu.com/lifij/index.html for more on Mr. Lifij
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak
*Turkish Soccer Premier Division
Week 33 results:
Istanbulspor - Rizespor 3 - 1
Yozgatspor - G.Antep 1 - 2
Besiktas - Göztepe 1 - 2
Trabzonspor - G.Birligi 0 - 0
Diyarbakirspor - Malatyaspor 0 - 0
Samsunspor - Antalyaspor 2 - 0
Ankaragucu - Denizlispor 1 - 1
Bursaspor - Fenerbahce 0 - 1
Kocaelispor - Galatasaray 0 - 2
Week 34 matches (Final week)
Göztepe - Trabzonspor 4 - 2
G.Antep - Besiktas
Malatyaspor - Samsunspor
Denizlispor - Kocaelispor
Rizespor - Ankaragucu
Antalyaspor - Istanbulspor
Fenerbahce - Diyarbakirspor
G.Birligi - Bursaspor
Galatasaray - Yozgatspor
1. Galatasaray 75
2. Fenerbahce 72
3. Besiktas 62
4. Ankaragucu 53
5. Denizlispor 45
6. G.Antep 45
7. GÃ¶ztepe 4
8. Istanbulspor 44
9. Bursaspor 44
10. Kocaelispor 43
11. G.Birligi 42
12. Diyarbakirspor 40
13. Trabzonspor 40
14. Malatyaspor 39
15. Samsunspor 37
16. Rizespor 34
17. Antalyaspor 34
The Champion: Galatasaray
Relegated teams: Yozgatspor, Antalyaspor, one more team
UEFA Champions League: Galatasaray-Group Stage, Fenerbahçe-3rd Qualifying
UEFA Cup: Kocaelispor, Besiktas, MKE Ankaragücü, one more team
UEFA Intertoto Cup No team from Turkey this year
* This is likely to be the end of Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu at the Cim
Bom helm. Lucescu is reported to have given an interview to Italian
television on condition that it will not be immediately broadcast.
However, the content has been leaked. According to Hurriyet, Lucescu told
RAI, "We won the League championship but probably I will leave. In my
place, Fatih Terim, who made Galatasaray a major European team, will take
over. That's the way it looks. I will willingly withdraw in favor of
who has had a difficult season, because he is a very successful coach."
* Sabri Selden has been granted Greek Cypriot citizenship, paving the way
for him to become the first Turkish Cypriot to play in a Greek Cypriot
for at least 30 years. Selden, a midfielder with Turkish Cypriot First
Division club Binatli Morphou, left the Turkish Republic of Northern
in late April to try his luck out with Greek Cypriots in the rival
south. A signing with First Division AEK Larnaca with the intention of
farming him out to Anorthosis Famagusta hit the rocks after disclosures
Selden's mother was a mainland Turk. Touted as one of the most talented
Turkish Cypriot players, Selden's defection highlighted difficulties of
developing professional sport in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Greek Cypriot teams compete in international competitions, such as the
Cup, unlike Turkish Cypriot sides which are not internationally
*Turkish Men's Basketball
Fenerbahçe - Galatasaray (3-2)
Game 3: 100-87 (2-1)
Game 4: 92-97 (2-2)
Game 5: 88-85 (3-2)
Besiktas, - ITÜ (3-2)
Game 3: 84-83 (2-1)
Game 4: 92-96 (2-2)
Game 5: 75-69 (3-2)
T.Telekom - Oyka Renault (1-1)
Game 2: 75-89
Efes Pilsen - Fenerbahçe (2-0)
Darüssafaka - Karsyaka (2-0)
Game 2:88-78 (2-0)
Ülker - Besiktas, (2-0)
Sacramento Kings-Utah Jazz: Kings win series 3-1
Game 1: Sacremento Kings - Utah Jazz: 89-86
In 14 minutes, Hidayet Turkoglu had 7 points, 1 rebound and 0
Game 2: Sacremento Kings - Utah Jazz: 86-93
In 15 minutes, Hidayet Turkoglu had 2 points, 4 rebounds and 0
Game 3: Sacremento Kings - Utah Jazz: 90-87
In 13 minutes, Hidayet Turkoglu had 3 points, 3 rebounds and 0
Game 4: Sacremento Kings - Utah Jazz: 91-86
In 10 minutes, Hidayet Turkoglu had 1 points, 1 rebounds and 1
Next series: Sacremento vs Dallas
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- Date: May 19, 2002
- Time: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
- Place: Lafayette Reservoir Park
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- Parking: Parking is $5.00 for all day.
- Menu: Kofte, pilav, piyaz, desert.
- Games: There is plenty of space to play soccer, volleyball and
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