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* Tuesday saw a flurry of meetings at the highest level of Turkey's
civilian, military, and foreign policy leaders, both amongst themselves
and with the top US diplomat in Turkey.
The focus of the meetings was reportedly a possible US strike on Iraq.
Turkey's Prime Minister Mr. Bulent Ecevit held two separate meetings with
Chief of Staff, General Huseyin Kivrikoglu, with Deputy Prime Minister and
Foreign Affairs Minister Sukru Sina Gurel also in attendance.
Early in the day, US Ambassador to Turkey Robert Pearson also visited
Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ugur Ziyal.
Mr. Ziyal, then. joined the first Ecevit-Kivrikoglu meeting, which was
already in progress. During this meeting Ecevit reportedly received a
letter from US President George W. Bush briefing him on plans for a
military operation against Iraq.
Near the evening, Mr. Ziyal met for a second time with Pearson. Pearson
reportedly told Mr. Ziyal how the US Congress had approved $300 million
promised to Turkey to support its command of the International Security
and Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
* According to the daily Cumhuriyet, on Tuesday Parliament's
Constitutional Commission approved November 3 as an early elections date
with a vote of 22-3, despite opposition from its Democratic Left Party
On Wednesday the Turkish parliament took up the commission's
recommendations and officially decided to hold the early elections. The
decision easily passed by a vote of 449-62.
Members of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's Democratic Left Party voted
against the early elections resolution.
In the runup to the vote, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit met with his
coalition partners and tried to convince them to give up the early
However, both the Nationalist Action Party leader Devlet Bahceli and the
Motherland Party leader Mesut Yilmaz reportedly rejected Ecevit's request.
Turkish Parliament's decision will take effect immediately after being
published in the Official Gazette.
* Turkey's Social Democratic Peoples Party leader Mr. Murat Karayalcin
visited the leaders of the left-wing parties represented in Parliament on
Tuesday, telling them that they should unite to triumph in early
elections, reports the daily Cumhuriyet.
The left-wing parties should prepare a common program and put forward
one single leader, said Mr. Karayalcin, whose own party is not currently
represented in Parliament.
Mr. Karayalcin also stated that the Social Democratic Peoples Party was
waiting for regulations which would enable it to participate in early
* Turkish Parliament met on Thursday to debate a package of bills designed
to bring Turkish legislation in line with that of the European Union.
All the political parties except the Nationalist Action Party voiced
support for the 14-article package. Speaking at the Parliament, Deputy
Prime Minister and Motherland Party leader Mesut Yilmaz stated that
passing the bills would be to the benefit of all political parties.
During the Justice Commission's debate on the package, which included
abolition of the death penalty, the six Nationalist Action Party members
of the commission voted against every article of the draft. Facing
opposition only from the Nationalist Action Party deputies, the Parliament
decided not to observe a standard 48-hour waiting period and instead
favored opening debate on the package immediately.
By Saturday, the parliamentarians accepted all the articles in the
package. Among the most significant of the articles is the abolishment of
the death penalty.
After the acceptance of the package, BBC reported that the European
Commission has welcomed the Turkish parliament's "courageous" approval of
a package of key democratic reforms.
A statement by the European Commission described the package as "an
important signal of the determination of the majority of Turkey's
political leaders towards further alignment to the values and standards of
the European Union".
But it added that the package still had to be carefully analyzed and
that its practical implementation would be carefully monitored.
* The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President Rauf Denktas and Greek
Cypriot leader Glafcos Clerides were expected to meet Friday in the
Cypriot buffer zone, in the latest meeting in Cyprus's direct talks
The talks are aimed at reuniting the island.
After this meeting, the two leaders will take a three-week break from
the talks, and are set to reconvene on August 23rd or 26th.
The Cyprus problem goes back several decades. The Turkish Cypriots say
that 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.
Many extremists from the Greek community also carried out armed attacks
on Turks from time to time.
When extremist Cypriot Greeks, backed by the Greek junta in power then,
toppled the all-Greek Cypriot government in 1974 with the ultimate goal of
uniting the island with Greece, Turkey intervened militarily.
Turkish intervention gathered the Turks into the Northern part of the
island. The Turkish Cypriots and Turkey maintain that this assured the
Turks on the island the security and safety that they did not have for
See http://www.trncwashdc.org/h9.html for more.
ARTS AND CULTURE
* The 16th International Izmir Festival has ended today with an
A group from Germany by the name of "FAMILIA GLADIATORIA PULLI
CORNICINIS" put together an ancient Roman radiator show in the Ephesus
The attendees of the show were also able to see the 120 gladiator
skeletons and tombstones found in Ephesus.
See http://www.sailturkey.com/panoramas/ephesus/theaterfull.html for a
panoramic view of the theater.
* The second Foca International "May It be Bountiful" Fishing and the Seas
Documentaries Festival will start on 14th of August this year.
The Union of Documentary Filmmakers, Foca Local Agenda 21, the
Association of Underwater Explorers, Foca Municipality, and the Foca
fishermen are organizing the festival.
The renowned Turkish music group Yeniturku will have a concert for the
opening of the festival.
During the festival documentaries from Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy,
Israel, Scotland, France, Cyprus, Portugal and Turkey will be screened.
For more on this festival see http://www.bsb-adf.org/rastgele.htm
* If you are heading to the Mediterranean town of Kas, Turkey, do not miss
an interesting exhibit:
Four Turkish ceramic artists are exhibiting their works 15 to 30 feet
under the water.
The exhibit will be on until September 1st.
For more on the artists seehttp://www.ceramiclub.com/sergi/sergikas.htm
* The Temple of Leto is being restored, reports the NTV.
The temple is located in Kumlukova, Fethiye, Turkey. In the antique
period, the temple was dedicated to Artemis and Apollo's mother Leto.
UNESCO declared the temple in 1988 as a World Heritage Site that needs
to be protected. French archeology professor Dr. Didier Laroche is
directing the restoration of the temple.
In addition to the temple of Leto, the site contains temples for Apollo
and Artemis, and a monastery.
The site was the religious center of the ancient Lycians, and was
started up around 4the century B.C.
for pictures of the site.
* We reported to you in one of our previous programs on the archeological
excavations at an ancient Hittite site, known during the Roman times as
The director of the excavation Dr. Guido Rosado of Italy's Padova
University is reporting finding the remains of a Roman bath at the site.
Dr. Padova says that there are a lot of similarities between the Roman
bath and the Turkish baths. Dr. Guido is thinking that Turkish baths may
be based on Roman baths with improvements introduced in later centuries.
See an European artist's rendition of a Turkish bath during Ottoman times:
See an Ottoman artist's depiction of women bathing in a miniature
See foreign visitors bathing in a Turkish bath:
* According to the daily Aksam, this weekend some 40 students from 20
countries are gathering in the Turkish capital Ankara to participate in a
series of seminars on "The Value of Peace and Peace Education".
International educators such as Ozgehan Senyuva of Turkey, Diana Popa
from Moldova, Svetlena Papsoui from Belarus and Nihad Mecid from
Bosnia-Herzegovina will be leading the seminars.
In addition, former Turkish president Suleyman Demirel is scheduled to
meet and talk with the students.
The Anatolian Scouts Association, the Turkish Association of Youth
Union, the Association of European Approach from Greece, the Pangea
Student Association of Italy and the Youth Culture Association of Jordan
are sponsoring the six-day event.
The European Commission, the Peace Sailors Group and Peace Path Project
are supporting the project.
Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 90/75 Showers
Trabzon (Black Sea Region)-------: 81/75 Showers
Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 93/73 Clear
Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 90/72 Clear
Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 84/66 Partially Cloudy
SEA WATER TEMPERATURES
Trabzon (Black Sea) 73
Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 79
Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 73
Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 86
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak
* Turkish Basketball
Efes Pilsen Istanbul World Cup
Turkey 67-58 Angola
Turkey 78-65 China
Draw for FIBA European competitions
Men's Champion Cup
Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel)
Rabotnicki (FYR Macedonia)
Tel Aviv (Israel)
Levski Sofia (Bulgaria)
Sloboda Dita (Bosnia)
Women's Europ Cup
LN Burgas (Bulgaria)
Maccabi Ramat (Israel)
Bnei Yehuda (Israel)
Croatia Zagreb (Croatia)
AL Basketball (Greece)
* Turkish Soccer
*Galatasaray 4-1 Auxerre (France)
* Besiktas 1-2 Monaco
* Ankaragucu 1-1 Lommelse (Belgium)
* Gaziantepspor 2-1 Hapoel Tel Aviv (Israel)
* In a night of firsts, reigning Turkish champion Galatasaray recorded a
2-0 victory over Greek premiers Olympiakos. Galatasarays win came
courtesy of goals from Berkant in the 27th minute and Arif in the 90th.
* South Korean left winger Lee Eul-yong committed himself to Trabzonspor
for the coming season.
* French striker Pascal Nouma signed a two-year deal with Besiktas.
* Besiktas has approached the German midfielder Stefan Effenberg. The
33-year-old parted company with Bayern Munich at the end of last season
and is a free agent.
* Bursaspor has signed Diyarbakirspor goalkeeper Cenk Tekelioglu on a
* Turkish Premier Soccer League
The games for a new season are starting:
Week 1 matches
Ankaragucu - Malatyaspor
Bursaspor - Besiktas
Diyarbakirspor - Altay
Galatasaray - Samsunspor
G.Antep - Denizlispor
Göztepe - Elazigspor
Istanbulspor - Adanaspor
Kocaelispor - G.Birligi
Trabzonspor - Fenerbahce
(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
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
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 years 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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give them a call:
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tanbur, kanun or kemence, bendir or kudum; or even western
instruments that easily adapt to Turkish music, such as cello.
The ensemble is also looking for people who can sing in Turkish,
or are interested in learning.
The group is open to anyone with a sincere interest in Turkish
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