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* Turkey celebrated the 75th anniversary of the foundation of its
republic with major ceremonies at home and abroad. Many countries
sent their heads of states and high-ranking officials to the
ceremony held in Ankara, the capital of Turkey.
Five of these heads of states and officials later signed a
declaration supporting the transportation of the Caspian oil
through a pipeline from Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, to the
Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean.
Although Russian officials were there to participate in the
anniversary celebrations, they did not put the Russian endorsement
on the declaration. Russia has been opposing the Turkish pipeline
idea, and has been promoting a route through its territory to a
Black Sea port, and then shipping the oil through the Turkish
straits. Turkey says that with 4000 a-year tanker traffic, the
straits are congested, with a major accident to happen any time
in one of the most crowded urban areas of the world.
On Wednesday the Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ismail Cem
issued a warning while having talks with Richard Morningstar, the
US President Bill Clinton's Special Adviser on the Caspian Basin
energy diplomacy, and said that Turkey would fulfill its energy
needs from elsewhere if the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline is not built.
US is supporting Turkey in the pipeline issue.
* In a related news, daily Cumhuriyet reports that the bidding
for a fully-automatic computerized marine traffic control system
that will provide safety of passage through the Istanbul and
Canakkale Straits will take place in November. The construction,
due to start in the first months of 1999, will cost $40 million
and the control system is to begin operating by the end of 2000.
The system will balance, direct and control traffic, organize flow
and decrease the risk of accidents in the Turkish Straits.
* Russia and Turkey are also at odds over other issues. Most of
these are stemming from Russia trying to re-assert its influence
over the former Soviet territory, and countries that were friendly
with the Soviets where Turkey and other western states have been
gaining influence. Russia, for example, is to sell missiles to the
Greek Cypriots who are at odds with the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey
over the creation of a separate territory on the north of the island
24 years ago after a military intervention by Turkey. The Turkish
military intervention was to counter a Greek Cypriot coup which
the Turkish Cypriots feared would eventually result in mainland
Greece taking over the island, and further deterioration in
Cypriot Turks' already compromised civil and economic
Recent reports are also claiming that the rebel Turkish Kurds'
leader Abdullah Ocalan took refuge in Russia after Syria's
deportation after a Turkish military threat.
Russia and Turkey are also at the opposing ends in the conflict
between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Armenian forces along with the
separatists from Mountainous Karabakh region of Azerbaijan have had
occupied 1/5th of Azeri territory with what Azeris say maj or Russian
help. In turn Turkey and Azerbaijcan have been blockading
transportation to land-locked Armenia.
* On Wednesday, Turkey's National Security Council members decided
to monitor Syria's compliance with the recent agreement with Turkey.
With the agreement Damascus promised to stop providing support to the
rebel Kurdish organization.
Turkish officials say that Syria has in the past also promised to
stop the support, but then went back on its word.
In a related news, journalist Chris Morris claimed in the British
newspaper The Guardian that rebel Kurdish Worker's party leader
Abdullah Ocalan might go to Armenia and that Turkey and Armenia would
run into an unexpected crisis due to this. In his report, Morris said
that the tension between Turkey and Syria had been eased with the
determined position of Turkey.
* According to the daily Hurriyet, Russian Liberal Democratic Party
Leader Vladimir Jirinovski came to Istanbul to attend Turkish-Russian
Business Council meetings last week. After the meeting Jirinovski
said in a press meeting that "Turkey and Russia are neighbors and
their future relations are very important. Neither Russia nor Turkey
support terrorist activities. We should improve our trade relations
to overcome such problems." Jirinovski went to Antalya, a province on
the Turkish Mediterranean coast, for a vacation following the meeting.
In the past, controversial Jirinovski was banned entry to Turkey,
after his derogatory remarks about Turks, Turkey and moslems.
* According to the Turkish daily Sabah, Turkey, Israel and the United
States of America have agreed to hold tripartite exercises in Eastern
* Turkish daily Sabah says that the Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros
Pangalos, in a report he submitted to the European Union Foreign
Ministers' Council meeting in Brussels, said: "Greece believes that
Turkey has a future in the European family. We do not unconditionally
object to Turkey's membership in the European Union." In the report
Greece claimed that the reason why Turkey was left outside the union was
that Turkey could not meet the criteria set by the European Union on
democracy, economy and
* According to the Paris Tourism Office, the number of French tourists
who visited Turkey in the first nine months of this year increased by 32
% when compared to the corresponding period last year and reached
The total number of tourists visiting Turkey from all countries in the
first nine months of this year reached 7.8 million.
* Fikri Saglar, a deputy from the Republican Peoples Party said that
politicians wanted to cover up a scandal involving Alattin CakIcI, a
notorious mafia boss who was captured in Nice, France, allegedly
interfering with the privatization of state owned enterprises in Turkey.
* Daily Milliyet reports that Bulent Ecevit, the leader of the
Democratic Left Party, who had opened to debate the issue of "early
elections in December 1998" but later agreed to "February 1999", has now
chosen "18 April 1999" which was determined by the Parliament.
"Unfortunately, the opportunity for having early general elections
in December 1998 was missed as an "hesitation period" was
experienced except the Democratic Left Party," he said.
* A Turkish Airlines jet was hijacked on Thursday in an internal
flight. The hijacker was killed by the Turkish security forces when
the plane landed in Ankara and passengers were freed unharmed.
The hijacking was planned to coincide with the celebrations for
the 75th anniversary of the Turkish Republic by the rebel
organization Kurdish Workers Party.
* Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Mayor of Istanbul, resigned on Monday
from the Virtue Party.
Erdogan was convicted for provoking hatred in one of his
speeches and sentenced to 10 months in prison by the State
Security Court in the eastern province of DiyarbakIr.
* Many houses and businesses were flooded in Istanbul by torrential
rains. The rains also affected the European part of Turkey.
* Bulgaria has started clearing the landmines it had place along its
border with Turkey during the Cold War period The operation is
expected to cost some DM 130,000.
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak
* The presidents of Turkmenistan and Turkey signed a framework
agreement under which Turkey will buy gas for 30 years from the
gas-rich Caspian nation through a trans-Caspian pipeline to be built.
* The US Trade and Development Agency provided a $823,000 grant to
the Turkish state petroleum pipeline corporation, BOTAS, to
encourage construction of the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline
* Speaking at a meeting of the Turkish-S. Korean Business Council in
Istanbul, South Korean Minister responsible for foreign trade, Dr.
Ducksoo Han said that the potential was very high but it had to be
evaluated well. Representatives of 20 South Korean companies and
organizations are accompanying the minister on his trip.
* International Monetary Fund Turkey Bureau Chief Martin Hardy
said that deep-rooted reforms, especially in the areas of financing,
agricultural and social security are in urgent need of legislation
by the Turkish Parliament.
Four months after the staff monitoring agreement between Turkey and
International Monetary Fund, the government's 1998 economic program is
in harmony with financial targets, Hardy said.
He said that in spite of foreign factors like the Russian economic
crisis, which affected the balance of payments, Turkey would meet its
1998's economic targets if it keeps government expenditures at the
Referring to the privatization issue, Hardy said: "Privatization
should be continued. Privatization is the way to develop in today's
world". Meanwhile, Taner reminded reporters that the International
Monetary Fund delegation is in Turkey to observe the fruits of the staff
monitoring agreement. A report being prepared by the International
Monetary Fund delegation is expected to be released in a few days.
SPORTS, MONEY, ARTS and CULTURE NEWS
Edited by Aydin Koc
Selling Rate Buying Rate
One Dollar 284,790 283,420
* Results from the 9th week of the Premier Turkish Soccer
League are as follows :
BE$iKTA$ 3 FENERBAHCE 2
TRABZONSPOR 2 ADANASPOR 0
ANKARAGUCU 3 ERZURUMSPOR 0
GALATASARAY 3 SAMSUNSPOR 1
GAZiANTEP 1 KOCAELiSPOR 2
DARDANEL 0 KARABUKSPOR 0
ALTAY 4 BURSASPOR 1
SAKARYASPOR 3 GENCLERBiRLiGi 1
ANTALYASPOR 2 ISTANBULSPOR 3
Top ten rankings after the first 9 weeks are as follows :
1. Besiktas 21 6. Kocaelispor 17
2. Galatasaray 20 7. Istanbulspor 16
3. Trabzonspor 18 8. Gaziantepspor 14
4. Genclerbirligi 18 9. Ankaragucu 13
5. Fenerbahce 17 10. Antalyaspor 12
* In the European Taekwondo Championships held in
Eindhoven, Holland Turkish Men's team captured first place
while the Turkish Women's Team captured third place. The
teams won a total of 2 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.
ANKARA : 50/63 Rainy
iSTANBUL : 57/63 Rainy
iZMiR : 64/70 Rainy
ARTS & CULTURE
* Club Alda in Beldibi County of Antalya, was awarded
with the environment prize of the International Union of
Hotel Keepers and Restaurateurs. Dr. Ibrahim Birkan, the
Director of the Club Alda, received the prize in a ceremony
held in Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
* Three American scientists will be given the
medals of merit on behalf of Turkey. Prof. Justin McCarthy,
Prof. Bernard Lewis and Prof. Stanford Shaw have been
awarded with medals of Merit because of their contribution
to the promotion of Turkey.
* October 29 was an extraordinary day in Ankara. The
number of people who visited the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the
founder of modern and secular Turkey, exceeded one million.
Celik, a famous pop singer gave a concert at the Mausoleum
and everybody was very enthusiastic about it.
* A desk named after the Suleiman the Magnificent was officially
inaugurated at the Chicago University this week. Officials from Turkey's
Chicago consulate and Turks who contributed to the opening of the
department attended the ceremony. At the Suleiman the Magnificent desk
in the Middle Eastern Sciences Department of the University, courses on
modern Turkey, Ottoman history, Turkish and Ottoman languages are given.
* The famous French pianist Richard Clayderman gave on
Sunday a concert within the framework of the "Long Live the
Republic" activities organized by the Istanbul Municipality.
Clayderman performed the pieces from his new album, namely
"Turquie...Mon Amour" (Turkey...My Love) including Classical Turkish
Music, arabesque, folk and pop pieces.
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408-971-1376 Carol Leitner
*** Group Anadolum. For folk, pop and sufi music of Turkey,
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