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      NEWS BRIEFS

      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Sevda Küpoglu Aleckson

      * The political turmoil in Turkey that we have been reporting to you for
      the past few weeks came to a head last week with mass resignations from
      Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's Democratic Left Party, the largest party in
      the coalition government.
      The resignations started after Mr. Bulent Ecevit fired Mr. Husamettin
      Ozkan, his longtime trusted right-hand man from his post in the cabinet.
      After the firing, Mr. Ozkan immediately resigned from his party. Several
      ministers joined him in resigning from their posts and the Democratic Left
      Party.
      Among the notables was Turkey's foreign affairs minister Mr. Ismail Cem.
      Resignations from the senior Democratic Left Party have now reached 46,
      including seven ministers. The number of Democratic Left Party deputies
      in the Turkish parliament fell to 82.

      * According to the daily Turkiye, Mr. Kemal Dervis, the state minister
      responsible for the Turkish economy, resigned from his cabinet position on
      Thursday, as well. He made his decision to resign after a 20-minute
      meeting with Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. However, upon President Ahmet
      Sezer's request, he withdrew his resignation. President Sezer convinced
      him that Turkey needs him at a critical period for the economy. Mr. Kemal
      Dervis is not a member of any political party.
      Earlier on Friday, former Foreign Affairs Minister Ismail Cem, who
      resigned from the cabinet and the Democratic Left Party, announced that
      Mr. Kemal Dervis, former Deputy Prime Minister Husamettin Ozkan and he
      would be establishing a new social democratic party.

      * While his party is disintegrating, and his coalition partners are
      joining the opposition in calling for early elections, Turkey's Prime
      Minister Bulent Ecevit is trying to hold on to power.
      In an exclusive interview on a Turkish channel, Mr. Ecevit said that
      he was trying to convince his coalition partner Mr. Devlet Bahçeli not to
      push for early elections.
      Mr. Ecevit claimed that the program of reforms the government has been
      enacting would be endangered if the country went to the polls.
      "If elections were to be held in November no one would think about
      issues such as reforms. Turkey would lose a lot of time," Mr. Ecevit said.
      Referring to the mass exodus of deputies from the Democratic Left Party,
      Mr. Ecevit said he might consider standing down if the resignations were
      to continue.
      Under normal conditions, Mr. Ecevit said he should have resigned after
      the loss of so many seats but explained that the Nationalist Action Party,
      now the largest bloc in the parliament, wanted him to stay on and he was
      going to remain at his post to prevent a government crisis.

      * Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit filled in the vacant posts in his
      cabinet immediately. Turkey's President Ahmet Necdet Sezer has approved
      the new appointments, reports the daily Turkiye.
      The Democratic Left Party deputy Mr. Necdet Tekin became education
      minister, while Ms. Melda Bayer and Mr. Mehmet Kocabatmaz were made state
      ministers of the cabinet.
      Ms. Melda Bayer became the first female minister in the current
      government.
      Mr. Sükrü Sina Gürel has been appointed to the position of DeputyPrime
      Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister.

      * According to the daily Milliyet, the Nationalist Action Party leader
      Mr. Devlet Bahceli met with Turkey's Supreme Board of Elections chairman
      Mr. Tufan Algan. The Nationalist Action Party is one of the coalition
      partners in the Turkish government.
      At the meeting, Mr. Bahceli said that his party wanted early elections
      to be held in November but Chairman Algan stated that two months would not
      be adequate to prepare for the elections.
      Mr. Bahceli stated that the Supreme Board of Elections needed a budget
      of TL 35 billion before infrastructure services for early elections could
      be provided.

      * The daily Cumhuriyet reports that the political turmoil resulting from
      the recent wave of resignations and defections from the Democratic Left
      Party is affecting Turkey's foreign relations as well. After foreign
      affairs minister Mr. Ismail Cem's resignation, the President of the
      European Commission Romano Prodi announced that he postponed his visit to
      Turkey scheduled for next week.
      Mr. Prodi is worried that the political gap opened by Mr. Ismail Cem's
      resignation could not be filled.
      Mr. Prodi is closely monitoring the latest developments in Turkey.
      Mr. Prodi has conveyed to the Turkish officials that despite the recent
      political uncertainty, the Turkish government was expected to continue its
      reforms without deviating from the country's objectives regarding its
      relations with the European Union.
      U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz is also considering
      delaying his three-day visit to Turkey scheduled to begin next week.

      * According to Sabah, International Monetary Fund Turkey Desk chief Juha
      Kahkonen met with State Minister for the economy Mr. Kemal Dervis and
      Treasury Undersecretary Faik Oztrak.
      Mr. Kahkonen made a statement that the current political uncertainty was
      an internal Turkish problem and that the International Monetary Fund would
      not intervene in internal affairs.
      Mr. Kahkonen added that the International Monetary Fund would not
      deviate from the economic program.

      * The State Department Spokesman Phil Reeker stated that the US was
      closely following recent political developments in Turkey, reports the
      Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.
      "Turkey is one of the most important allies of the US as well as the
      only Muslim country within NATO ", he said.
      "This is why we place great importance on Turkey's domestic politics."
      He added that the Turkish government was successful in implementing its
      economic program.
      "The US will keep an eye on Turkey since we place high importance on
      our relations with Turkey. " Mr. Reeker concluded.

      * Daily Milliyet reports that the Turkish Industrialists and
      Businessmen's Association chairman Mr. Tuncay Ozilhan met with Prime
      Minister Bulent Ecevit and conveyed his worries on issues such as Turkey's
      European Union accession process and the current economic program.
      He told Mr. Ecevit that elections should be held as soon as feasible to
      end the political uncertainty. Mr.Tuncay Ozilhan said that otherwise, the
      Turkish economy will be hurt.

      * According to the daily Turkiye, an Investment Consultation Council
      Meeting to be held in Istanbul next Thursday has been canceled due to
      recent political developments.
      The meeting is of great importance for foreign investors in Turkey says
      the daily Turkiye.
      The meeting was organized on the initiative of the World Bank President
      James Wolfensohn.
      International Monetary Fund Executive Board Director Horst Kohler and
      the heads of large international companies were invited to attend.

      * The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus president Mr. Rauf Denktas
      declared that if the international community maintained its biased
      attitude towards the Cyprus issue, the problem will remain unresolved,
      reported the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.
      Mr. Denktas was responding to a UN Security Council meeting evaluating
      the direct talks process between Denktas and Greek Cypriot leader Glafcos
      Clerides.
      Mr. Denktas charged that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and UN Envoy
      Cyprus Alvaro de Soto continued to deny that no solution for the island
      could be reached before an honest diagnosis is made of the issue.

      * The daily Star reports that one of Turkey's deputy prime ministers and
      Motherland Party leader Mr. Mesut Yilmaz spoke to the reporters before
      his visit to Brussels to attend a meeting of the Convention for Europe's
      Future and stated that Turkey was going through a time of political
      crisis, but Motherland Party is doing its best to protect Turkey's
      interests.
      Mr. Yilmaz also said that he would meet with the leaders of political
      parties next month in order to request the Turkish parliament for an
      emergency meeting to discuss laws concerning the European Union.

      * Daily Aksam reported that the chairman of the European Apparel and
      Textile Organization announced the group' s support for Turkey's European
      Union membership bid at a press conference in Istanbul.
      The chairman said that the Turkish textile and ready-wear clothes
      industry was important for European Apparel and Textile Organization and
      the European Union members.
      A letter from The European Apparel and Textile Organization this month
      to the European Union Commission asked that Turkey's European Union bid be
      expedited.

      * According to Daily Aksam, a final accord was signed yesterday for the
      Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan Crude Oil Pipeline Project.
      The project is planning to transport crude oil from the Caspian Sea to
      Ceyhan in Turkey through Azerbaijan and Georgia.
      The parties signed the pipeline assurance bidding agreement of the
      project. This will make Turkey a crossroads of international energy
      corridors, Aksam said.
      The agreement will now be sent to oil producer BP Amoco, which is acting
      on behalf of the Main Export Pipeline Company .

      * The private Turkish channel NTV reported that the decision of Mr. Kemal
      Dervis not to resign until an election and his promise to keep the economy
      recovery program in place appears to have calmed market jitters in Turkey:
      Foreign currency rates have not reacted as expected to the current
      volatile political developments.
      The Istanbul Stock Exchange has not experienced any dramatic movement
      this week. However, experts warn that high interest rates are an issue of
      concern.
      The dollar rate is standing at the TL 1,665,000 and the Istanbul Stock
      Exchange has staged a slight recovery over yesterday's closing figure to
      be 26 points up, standing at 8,773 points in the second session of trading
      on Wednesday.

      * President Clinton visited Turkey this week. He was guest of the
      Turkish-American Businessmen's Association.
      President Clinton gave a speech on Turkish-European-US relations
      vis-a-vis the European Union at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace.
      Saying that Turkey should do its utmost to join the European Union,
      President Clinton stated that the Turkish nation should not allow the
      recent political instability to make it pessimistic.
      Underlining that there were a number of important issues before Turkey,
      such as abolishing the death penalty, advancing human rights and granting
      minorities greater freedom, the former president said:
      "The European Union needs Turkey, just as Turkey needs it. Turkey must
      also immediately address its problems. The world of the 21st century also
      needs a modern Turkey as one of the most important protectors of
      secularism and democratic values. "
      Last time Mr. Clinton visited Turkey was right after the massive
      earthquakes in 1999. Welcoming Clinton, deputy prime minister Mr. Mesut
      Yilmaz joked that this time he had arrived in the midst of a political
      earthquake.

      * According to the daily Aksam, at a ceremony at the Pentagon, Turkey has
      officially entered the Joint Strike Fighter project.
      The Joint Strike Fighter program is planning to develop the warplane of
      the future.
      Speaking at the ceremony, the US deputy defense secretary Peter Aldridge
      said, "this is a great day in terms of both Turkish-US relations and the
      Joint Strike Fighter program."
      Turkey joins Great Britain, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway,
      and Italy in this program.

      EXCHANGE RATE

      Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:
      1,665,000

      WEATHER

      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 90/73 Clear
      Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 99/77 Clear
      Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 95/75 Clear
      Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 86/63 Clear

      SEA WATER TEMPERATURES

      Trabzon (Black Sea) 70
      Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 72
      Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 73
      Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 82

      ARTS AND CULTURE

      * The daily Cumhuriyet reports that young Turkish artists are
      participating in "Manifesta 4", The European Biennial for Modern Arts, in
      Frankfurt, Germany.
      Among the Turkish artists are Halil Altindere with his movie "I Don't
      Like Long Goodbyes," Esra Ersen with her film "This Is Disney World" and
      Erden Kosova with his presentation "Istanbul, Not Constantinople".
      The arts event runs through Aug. 25.

      * Turkish authorities are accelerating their efforts to save the ancients
      relics in the ruins of the antique city of Allianoi.
      A nearby dam construction will inundate the ruins soon.
      The ancient city was a major health center from about 6 B.C. to 11 A.D.
      the accelerated excavations work is being done by 17 students of
      archeology and 68 workers. The director of the nearby Pergamon Museum is
      saying that soon there will be 120 workers.
      The excavations already uncovered many priceless statues. See
      http://www.turkishdailynews.com/old_editions/08_05_00/feature.htm for
      more.

      SPORTS

      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak

      * Galatasaray defeated Scotland's Dundee 3-1 at their Austrian training
      camp.

      * The Italian soccer team Inter Milan is prepared to offer cash plus
      midfielder Okan Buruk for Hasan and Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad is willing
      to pay $28 million for him.

      * UEFA is overhauling the Champions league. The European soccer union is
      scrapping the second group phase of the Champions League from the 2003-04
      season in a bid to ease fixture congestion, UEFA president Lennart
      Johansson said after a two-day meeting of its executive committee.
      The second phase involving 16 teams will become a straight two-legged
      knockout competition with home and away matches.

      * Darussafaka, third in the Turkish League last season, has finalized its
      entry in the new Union of European Basketball League's Cup.

      * Turkey's Mehmet Okur was the top scorer for the Detroit Pistons as they
      beat the Milwaukee Bucks 69-67 in the second match of their summer league
      campaign. Mehmet finished with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks.
      See
      http://www.nba.com/draft2001/playerfiles/mehmet_okur.html?nav=ArticleList
      for more on Mehmet.

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      *** The Monterey Bay Chapter of TAAC,Turkish American Association of
      California, presents:

      5th Annual California Turkish Arts and Culture Festival

      August 3-4, 2002, Sat & Sun, 11 am – 6 pm

      Monterey Custom House Plaza next to the Fisherman's Wharf
      (http://www.monterey.com http://www.monterey.com/mc6/mc6.html)

      FREE ADMISSION

      Featuring many fun activities for the whole family, the two-day festival
      will include Turkish music, movies, and folk dances, Turkish arts and
      crafts exhibits and vendor booths, food and drinks and many special
      activities for children.

      This year, a very fun and competitive event for the kids will take place
      in our children tent. The organization committee will pick the best three
      drawings of the kids and give small presents to the winners. Additionally,
      the first-place winning drawing will be used as the flyer pattern for the
      next year’s festival.

      As always, we rely on your support to be able to organize a successful
      festival. Please be a volunteer and/or a sponsor of the festival to make
      this festival happen.

      For more information, please contact Ilge Ozersen, the executive director
      of the festival, at (831) 648-9350.

      We are looking forward to seeing you with your families and friends at the
      festival.

      *** Turkish American Association of California has partially
      underwritten today's program. TAAC is a non-profit
      charitable organization established to promote better
      understanding between Americans and Turks.

      If you have any questions about Turks and Turkey,
      give them a call:

      1-415-646-0946

      or e-mail them at
      taac@...
      http://www.taaca.org


      *** Azeri Picnic in Saratoga, 14 July
      Azeri Society of Northern California
      Cordially invites you to a picnic
      Date: July 14 2002
      Time: 11 AM to sundown
      Place: Saratoga Springs Park
      Menu: Doner kebab, Azeri tea, Azeri desert "Letife"
      Lots of activities!

      *** AEGEAN FRIENDS
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      is a social-cultural group of Greeks,
      Turks, Cypriots, and other peoples of good will,
      coming together to
      celebrate their rich heritage, explore common roots,
      and promote peace in the Aegean region.
      Share music, food, and conversation.
      Dance. Create art.
      Discover the generosity of the heart.
      For more information contact
      AEGEAN FRIENDS
      Box 14022
      San Francisco, CA 94114-0022

      or e-mail: aegfriends@...

      Our website is at: http://members.aol.com/aegfriends


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