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      * The daily Milliyet is reporting that Turkey's state minister responsible
      for the economy is about the join the newly-formed the New Turkey Party.
      The defectors from the Turkish prime minister Mr. Bulent Ecevit have
      established the party recently.
      Turkish politics have gotten into turmoil after the prime minister fell
      ill about three months ago. Calls for early elections, first started by
      the opposition, spread over to the coalition partners.
      The crisis deepened when scores of parliamentarians resigned from the
      prime minister's party, lowering its representation in the parliament to
      one-half of what it was just a month ago, and also causing the coalition
      to loose its majority in the parliament.
      A reluctant Mr. Ecevit says that he will go to the early elections, but
      keeps reminding that Turkey's progress on reforms for being admitted to
      the European Union membership will stall.

      * Speaking of Turkey's candidacy for membership in the European Union,
      Turkey's Supreme Court chief Judge Erarslan Ozkaya expressed his views on
      the matter to the Anatolian news Agency.
      Mr. Ozkaya said that Turkey should do its utmost to become a member of
      the union.
      Stressing his belief that solutions, which would damage neither Turkey's
      territorial integrity nor its democratic regime, could be found to certain
      sensitive issues such as education in Kurdish and ending the death
      penalty, Mr. Ozkaya stated that a new constitution must be prepared which
      would pave the way for more democratic practices in the judiciary.
      Among others, the European Union is asking that its members allow
      minorities to use their languages in education. It is also asking for the
      abolishment of the death penalty. These two conditions have been points of
      contention among the Turkish political parties, even among the coalition

      * In a related development that will help the pro-European Union camp in
      Turkey, Turkey’s newly established social democratic party, the New
      Turkey, has said it will give full support in Turkey's parliament to a
      package of legislation drafted by one of the coalition partners. The draft
      legislation is designed to amend Turkish laws to bring them in line with
      those of the European Union.

      * Turkey's Treasury Undersecretary Faik Oztrak said yesterday that if the
      current high interest rates persisted, this might endanger the achievement
      of targets in Turkey's economic program.

      * The $228 million of financial assistance promised to Turkey for its
      assuming command of the International Security and Assistance Force in
      Afghanistan has been approved by the US Congress, more than a month after
      Turkish troops deployed in Kabul.
      Provision of the assistance was one of the pre-conditions laid down by
      Ankara for its taking over command of the international peacekeeping force
      in Kabul

      * A recent Istanbul Chamber of Industry report show that government owned
      industries in Turkey are the leading employers.
      The high level of employees in state enterprises has been an issue of
      discussion between the International Monetary Fund and Ankara, with the
      International Monetary Fund seeking a reduction in the numbers on the
      state payroll.
      According to the report throughout the Turkish economy employee numbers
      fell by 5.7 percent due to the economic crisis.
      The study said that in the 500 top industries the employment figure had
      fallen by 32,000 to 526,314 as a result of the financial crisis.
      In 2001, the top three employers were the state-owned alcohol, drink and
      tobacco producer Tekel, power producer TEAS, and sugar producer Türkiye
      Seker Fabrikalari.
      The report said that the reduction in employees occurred in both the
      private and public sectors.

      * The European Court of Human Rights dismissed on Monday a complaint filed
      by 13 former Turkish Armed Forces officers alleging religious
      discrimination on the Turkish armed forces' part, reports the Turkish
      private channel NTV.
      The officers and noncommissioned officers were discharged by the Supreme
      Military Council in 1995-97 for supporting fundamentalist activities
      incompatible with their military duties.
      The complainants -- five from the Nakshibendi religious faction, three
      Fethullah supporters, and five supporters of other fundamentalist groups
      -- claimed that Turkey had violated the European Convention of Human
      Rights guarantee of freedom of faith, but the court rejected these
      "Officers and noncommissioned officers in Turkey can carry out their
      religious duties within the framework of their military tasks and
      responsibilities", said the European Court of Human Rights' decision.
      "Just as in every country, the armed forces in Turkey perform their
      activities within a certain discipline. Those who enter the armed forces
      are responsible to stay in compliance with this discipline." continued the


      * The Fourth Munzur Arts and Nature Festival will be on this year from
      August first to fourth.
      The festival is aiming at raising funds to save the Munzur Valley from
      inundation by dams being built upstream. Appropriately, the theme of this
      year's festival is "Do not touch Munzur".
      As part of the festival there will be concerts, plays and many other
      The Turkish government declared Munzur Valley as a national park in 1971.
      The Valley is located in the Eastern Turkish province of Tunceli.

      * The World Health Organization, announced this week that it chose the
      Yalova Municipality near Istanbul to the WHOs Healthy Cities Network,
      reports the daily Star.
      Under the network, the World Hrealth Organization targets over 1,000
      cities and towns worldwide to promote comprehensive local strategies for
      health and sustainable development.
      The World Health Organization had been considering the Turkish
      municipalities of Bartin, Eskisehir, Urgup, Cankaya, Yozgat and Yalova to
      join the network, but only the latter was admitted.
      Yalova is the 46th European city to join the network.

      * The daily Star reports that the UNESCO representative Christopher Tound
      visited the southeastern Turkish city of Mardin to determine whether it
      meets the criteria to be added to the World Cultural Heritage List.
      Mr. Tound was accompanied by the Fusun Ersoy of the space barTurkey's
      Ministry of Culture and Nevin Soyukaya from the Foundation to Protect and
      Promote Environmental and Cultural Values.

      * Bucking a worldwide slump in tourism, Turkey saw both the number of
      tourists visiting its shores and the money they spent rise during the
      first quarter of this year, reports the Turkish daily Sabah.
      Turkey's State Institute of Statistics announced that 1.4 million
      tourists had traveled to Turkey this January-March, up from 1.3 million in
      the same period last year.
      In addition, the amount of revenue earned per tourist also increased by
      some 11.9%, to reach a countrywide total of $886 million.

      * The private Turkish channel NTV reports that youth from the southeastern
      Turkish province of Urfa will be participating in the third Balkan
      The festival will be taking place between August 15 and 18 in
      Thessaloniki Greece.
      The youth will represent Turkey with their music. In addition to music,
      the festival will feature from the youth of other countries filmed and
      fine arts activities.
      in addition to Turkey and the host country Greece, youths from Bulgaria,
      Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Romania and Yugoslavia will be
      attending the festival.

      * Restoration works owned top of the Mount Nemrut is continuing, reports
      the channel NTV.
      Directed by experts from the Amsterdam University, the restoration work
      this year concentrated on re-erecting the fallen statues.
      The statues are 2000 years old and have been erected by the Commagene
      Kings and an altitude of 7000 feet. UNESCO has declared area a World
      Heritage Site.

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



      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 84/75 Showers
      Trabzon (Black Sea Region)-------: 91/75 Partially Cloudy
      Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 84/73 Showers
      Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 93/75 Partially Cloudy
      Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 88/72 Showers

      * The death toll from the severe flooding that has struck northern and
      central Turkey has risen to 38, with further reports of casualties and
      damage coming in from outlying communities.
      Authorities warn against a possible outbreak of disease resulting from
      damage to the water supply infrastructure in Rize province, where 27
      people have died in the recent flooding.


      Trabzon (Black Sea) 73
      Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 75
      Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 73
      Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 84


      Edited for the Turkish Radio by Mark Nowak

      * Basketball

      * Turkey played the first warm-up match of its build-up to the World
      Championship which starts in Indianapolis at the end of August and
      a comfortable 85-54 victory over Sweden.

      * Efes Pilsen power forward Mehmet Okur yesterday signed a contract with
      Detroit Pistons.

      * Soccer

      * Galatasaray 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen (Germany first division)

      * Fenerbahce 3-1 Real Mallorca (Spain first division)
      * Fenerbahce 2-2 Hertha Berlin (Germany first division)

      * Ankaragucu 2-2 Mechelen (Belgian first division)

      * Besiktas 2 - 1 Neuchatel Xamax (Swiss First Division)
      * Besiktas 1-3 Thun (Swiss First Division)

      * Kocaelispor 0-1 Borussia Dortmund.

      * Gaziantepspor 1-1 Astra (Romanian first division)

      * Istanbulspor 2-1 Samsunspor
      * Istanbulspor 1-3 Eskisehirspor

      * Altay 2-1 Aydinspor

      * Goztepe 3-1 Bucaspor

      * Adanaspor 0-1 Canakkale Dardanelspor.

      * Galatasaray is pursuing its interest in Parma's Cameroon striker Patrick

      * Goztepe signed 23-year-old Congolese N'Dayi Kalenga on a one-year

      * Inter Milan is trying to exchange Turkey's young World Cup midfield star
      Emre Belozoglu with Lazio for either Alessandro Nesta or Dutch defender
      Jaap Stam. However, neither deal looks likely to go ahead.

      * Galatasaray chairman Ozhan Canaydin traveled to the club's training camp
      in Switzerland and reached immediate agreement with its two unsettled
      World Cup players Ergun Penbe and Hasan Sas. Ergun is to receive $1.25
      million a year while Hasan has accepted a three-year extension to his
      present contract, which expires next May, in exchange for an annual
      payment of $2.5 million. If this report is correct, this makes Hasan the
      highest-paid Turkish player in the Super League.

      * The first soccer match, indeed the first sporting contest of any kind,
      at Istanbul's new Ataturk Olympic Stadium will be a friendly between
      Galatasaray and Greek First Division team Olympiakos on July 31.

      * Turkey's top-scoring forward Hakan Sukur confirmed that he is willing to
      leave Parma and that his next destination could be Besiktas.


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

      *** Turkish Arts and Culture Festival

      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)


      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.

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

      The Turkish festival is 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.

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