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      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Sevtap Schreff

      * On Friday, Turkey marked the 80th anniversary of the country's victory
      over the invading forces of France, Britain, Italy and Greece, which
      attempted to seize parts of the crumbling Ottoman Empire following World
      War I.
      Turkey successfully fought an independence war under the leadership of
      army commander Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, to repel the invading forces.
      Ataturk later established the modern secular Turkish republic over the
      ashes of the Ottoman Empire. As usual, the centerpieces of military
      parades and air shows were the hundreds of posters and banners honoring
      Ataturk, the Turkish hero
      The military's top brass and government leaders also attended the
      Victory Day celebrations.

      * Turkey's private NTV channel reports that according to the outgoing
      chief of General Staff General Husiyen Kivrikoglu, Turkey's armed forces
      were not opposed to the countries bid for full membership of the European
      Speaking at a ceremony to mark his handing over the senior position in
      the Turkish military to his successor General Hilmi Ozkok, Gen. Kivrikoglu
      warned that there was still a need for Turkey to maintain vigilance
      against the threat of radical Islamist fundamentalism and separatism.
      The new Chief of the General Staff, General Ozkok and President Ahmet
      Necdet Sezer also gave speeches at the ceremony.

      * According to the CNN-Turk television, rescue teams were searching Friday
      for 11 missing people after a ferry boat sank in a lake in southeastern
      Turkey, killing at least one.
      The ferryboat, carrying 44 passengers and several vehicles across a
      dammed lake in southern province of Malatya, sank Thursday after its cargo
      shifted and upset its balance.
      Authorities rescued 32 of the passengers aboard the boat and recovered
      one body late Thursday. The captain of the ferryboat and a crew member
      were detained, police said.

      * Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ugur Ziyal was in
      Washington for official talks. Among the topics covered between the U.S.
      and Turkish officials were an impending military operation against Iraq,
      and Iraqi Kurds relations with Turkey.

      Turkish diplomatic sources told the Anatolian News Agency correspondent
      on Friday that during his contacts in the United States, Mr. Ziyal
      explained drawbacks of a possible military operation against Iraq. Mr.
      Ziyal warned the United States that such an operation could give rise to a
      new terrorist attacks.
      Meanwhile, President Bush's administration told the Turkish side that
      it was determined to overthrow President Saddam Hussein of Iraq. They also
      noted that date and method of the operation have not been determined yet.
      A Turkish official said, ''any certain decision has not been taken yet
      about Iraq. At this point, the United States did not have any request from
      Turkish delegation also expressed Turkey's uneasiness about, what they
      termed, recent negative attitude of Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party
      leader Massoud Barzani against Turkey.
      Turkish officials denied the allegation put forward by rival Patriotic
      Union for Iraqi Kurdistan leader Jalal Talabani who said, ''the United
      States assured Iraqi Kurds that Turkey would not intervene in Iraq in a
      possible military operation.'' An official said, ''the United States did
      not say Turkey that it should not enter Iraq. Actually, Turkey did not say
      that it would enter Iraq.''
      Turkish officials also discussed the issues surrounding an organization
      recently formed in Europe by Turkish Kurds. Turkish side stressed that the
      organization named KADEK was a continuation of the organization Kurdish
      Workers Party, which is declared to be a terrorist oeganziation by the
      U.S., and asked the United States to take measures against KADEK.
      The U.S. side said that it was positive about Turkey's request.
      During his two-day visit to the United States, Mr. Ziyal held meetings
      with U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald
      Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Secretary of Defense
      Paul Wolfowitz, National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice and Joint Chiefs
      of Staff Chairman General Richard Myers.

      * The Anatolian Agency reports that the United States extended support to
      Turkey's request from the European Union to set a date for the beginning
      of full membership negotiations. A high-level official from President
      Bush's administration stated this for the first time.
      The official who declined to be identified told the Anatolian Agency
      correspondent, ''Turkey has taken a very important step on the path
      leading to the European Union full membership by approving a reforms
      package. The European Union will decide whether or not Turkey has
      fulfilled the Copenhagen criteria for membership and whether or not it
      will set a date for beginning of full membership negotiations with Turkey.
      We are not a member of the European Union. It means that we do not take
      part in the decision-making mechanism of the European Union. However, we
      support the European Union's setting a date for beginning of full
      membership negotiations with Turkey.''
      The U.S. government also expressed its support to Turkey during Turkey's
      Ministry of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ugur Ziyal's visit to
      Washington D.C.

      * Greek foreign affairs minister Mr. George Papandreu called his Turkish
      counterpart Mr. Sukru Sina Gurel on Thursday and told him that Athens
      believes Turkey should be given a negotiation date at December's European
      Union Summit in Copenhagen for its bid to join the bloc, the Greek News
      Agency said.
      The agency reported the Greek Foreign affairs Minister as saying Athens
      was not against Turkey's getting a date if it met the set criteria.
      Mr. Papandreu made his call to Gurel while in Sweden where he is
      attending a European Union foreign affairs ministers summit.
      * According to the Turkish Daily News, Turkey warned Iraqi Kurdistan
      Democratic Party leader Mr. Massoud Barzani through his representative Mr.
      Hoshyar Zebari. Zebari met with Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
      Middle East Department Director General Mr. Turkekul Kurttekin.
      During the meeting, Turkish side reiterated that it attributed great
      importance to territorial integrity of Iraq, and warned Mr. Barzani not to
      launch any initiative to form an independent Kurdish state.

      * According to Turkey's NTV channel, Turkey's armed forces were not
      opposed to the country's bid for full membership of the European Union,
      said outgoing Chief of the General Staff Huseyin Kivrikoglu on Wednesday.
      Speaking at a ceremony to mark his handing over the senior position in
      the Turkish military to his successor, General Hilmi Ozkok, Kivrikoglu
      warned that there was still a need for Turkey to maintain vigilance
      against the threat of radical Islamist fundamentalism and separatism.
      The new Chief of the General Staff, General Ozkok and President Ahmet
      Necdet Sezer also gave speeches at the ceremony.

      * According to the Turkish Daily News the International Monetary Fund says
      that Turkey's economic program was going well.
      The International Monetary Fund Foreign Relations Director Tom Dawson
      who held a press meeting at International monetary fund center in
      Washington D.C. said that they did not plan to ask political parties to be
      loyal to the economic program before the upcoming elections, since there
      is already great public support to the economic program in Turkey.
      He said that they were naturally pleased when politicians used positive
      expressions about the program and added that the voters would reveal their
      preferences in the elections.

      * According to the Daily Cumhuriyet the United States has been uneasy
      about activities of Mr. Fethullah Gulen and is not extending his visa to
      stay in the U.S. Mr. Gulen came to the United States some 3.5 years ago,
      purportedly due to his health problems.
      The daily Cumhuriyet further said that the U.S. will send Mr. Gulen to
      Turkey after his visa expires.
      Mr. Gulen heads a powerful religious sect in Turkey. Some say that he
      is avoiding the Turkish courts, since the Turkish government has started
      legal action against him for inciting his followers to take over the
      Turkey's chief prosecutor Mr. Nuh Mete Yuksel says that he would
      present new evidences during the trial of Mr. Gulen on charges of
      ''founding an illegal organization in order to form a state based on
      religious rules by changing the secular order of Republic of Turkey''.

      * The International Transportation and Logistic Service Producers
      Association will host delegates from 81 countries at the International
      Federation of Freight Forwarders Association 2002 World Congress to be
      held in Istanbul on Sept. 8-12, writes the daily Cumhuriyet.
      The International Transportation and Logistic Service Producers
      Association Deputy Chairman Ayse Nur Esin said that her aim was to show
      foreign investors that Turkey can be a gateway to reach a market of 400
      million people.


      * The daily Aksam Reports That the First Black Sea Capitals Festival began
      in Ankara on Monday.
      The Ankara Greater metropolitan area municipality is hosting the
      Some 250 groups from Greece, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan,
      Albania and Romania performed dance and musical performances at the
      opening ceremony held in Altinpark's Lake Theatre. The ceremony was
      attended by Ankara Greater Municipality Mayor Melih Gokcek and governors
      and mayors from the capitals of attending countries.

      * Archeologists looking for an ancient synagogue in the Mediterranean town
      of Side are reporting the findings of a Byzantine hospital.
      The hospital dates back to 6 A.D.
      the building is made up of two stories and the first story is completely
      The ancient city of Side was a major port during the rule of the
      Byzantines. The hospital is in an area occupied by a complex of buildings
      and the archeologists will continue their excavations.
      See more on Side at http://www.sideguide.net/
      For a general look into the Mediterranean region of Turkey see
      Do not forget, if you're heading to Side they are having the
      International Culture and Arts Festival on Sept. 15 to 30.

      * Another excavation, another invaluable find:
      The Anatolian news agency reports that archeologists have found a
      statue of the Hittite storm god in excavations conducted in Kusadasi,
      Turkey. There are only two other statues of the god in the world. One of
      the statues is in the metropolitan museum in New York.

      * Turkish Radio and Television Corp. is organizing a competition among
      young painters and ceramicists.
      Artis interested in participating in the competition are being asked to
      submit the slides of their works to the Turkish Radio and Television's
      regional headquarters in Turkey between January 2nd and 14th of 2003.
      The competition will have three awards and three honorable mentions for
      the competitors. There will be also exhibitions of the works in Ankara,
      Istanbul and Izmir.

      * The Turkish Daily News reports that the restoration work is continuing
      at the ancient city of Patara.
      Patara is the birth place of St. Nicholas and is known as the "city of
      Apollo" in Greek mythology.
      Dr. Fahri Isik From the Classical Archeology Department of the
      Mediterranean University is heading to excavations. There are also 10
      experts from the Magdeburg University of Germany.
      Among the parts of the ancient city being restored are a tomb shaped
      like a temple which belonged to a rich Roman woman, three underground
      tombs and Patara Corinth, which was named as one of the most important
      buildings by the World Monuments Protection Association.
      For more on Patara see:


      * The Izmir International Fair opened its doors for the 71st time this
      year on August 26.
      This year the Fair has glamorous ceremonies, fascinating activities such
      as an International Magic Festival, Cinema is Here, Stars in Izmir and
      World Cuisine Festival along with numerous public concerts and shows.
      The fair is not only a commercial or artistic activity, it is also an
      annual show of strength for Izmir and it always takes an important role in
      displaying the economic and cultural progress of the city.
      The Fair has been held regularly every year since its inception. The
      only exception was in 1942 when there was a serious economic crisis
      because of World War II.
      In the war years, the fair united all the participating countries under
      the same umbrella in a peaceful atmosphere. Surprisingly, enemy countries
      such as Nazi Germany, England, Italy, Bulgaria, India, Hungary and Romania
      gathered under one umbrella in 1943 despite the fact there was a cruel war
      surrounding the world. Over one million people visited and participated in
      the fair attended by 639 foreign and 373 local firms in 1943. I
      In 1944, 1945 and 1946 only local firms attended and gained national
      identity because the war did not allow transportation.
      This year the fair will continue until September 10.
      For more information on the fair visit
      http://www.izmirfair.com.tr/eng/main.htm on the Internet.


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



      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 79/70 Partially Cloudy
      Trabzon (Black Sea Region)-------: 79/68 Partially Cloudy
      Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 81/70 Showers
      Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 84/72 Showers
      Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 82/61 Showers


      Trabzon (Black Sea) 75
      Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 77
      Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 75
      Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 84

      SPORTS News

      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Novak

      *Turkish Futbol Premier Division

      Week 3 match results:

      Ankaragucu 3-1 Elazigspor
      Denizlispor 1-0 Malatyaspor
      Diyarbakirspor 1-4 G.Birligi
      Galatasaray 2-0 Bursaspor
      G.Antep - Fenerbahce (postponed)
      Göztepe 1-4 Adanaspor
      Istanbulspor 1-2 Besiktas
      Kocaelispor 1-2 Samsunspor
      Trabzonspor 0-0 Altay

      Week 4 matches:

      Besiktas 2-0 Diyarbakirspor
      Adanaspor - Trabzonspor
      Altay - Ankaragucu
      Bursaspor - Kocaelispor
      Elazigspor - G.Antep
      Fenerbahce - Denizlispor
      G.Birligi - Göztepe
      Malatyaspor - Galatasaray
      Samsunspor - Istanbulspor

      Team Pts
      Besiktas 10
      G.Birligi 9
      Galatasaray 9
      Adanaspor 7
      Samsunspor 6
      Altay 5
      Ankaragucu 4
      Fenerbahce 4
      Denizlispor 4
      Elazigspor 3
      G?ztepe 3
      G.Antep 2
      Malatyaspor 2
      Trabzonspor 2
      Bursaspor 1
      --------------- --
      Istanbulspor 1
      Diyarbakirspor 1
      Kocaelispor 0

      * Champion's League

      Fenerbahce 0-1 Feyenoord
      Feyenoord 2-0 Fenerbahce

      Feynenoord advances
      Fenerbachce relegated to UEFA Cup

      * Champion's League Draw

      Group H

      Barcelona (Spain)
      Bruges (Belgium)
      Locomotiv Moscow (Russia)

      * UEFA Cup Draw

      Fenerbahce - AEK Solna (Sweden)
      Besiktas - Sarajevo (Bosnia)
      Kocaelispor - Ferencvaros (Hungary)
      Ankaragucu - Alaves (Spain)

      * Basketball - World Championships

      Turkey’s national men’s basketball team went down in their opening match
      of the World Championships, losing by three points to Puerto Rico 78-75.
      Hidayet Turkoglu scored 20 points.

      Brazil 88 - Turkey 86

      Marcelo Machado hit a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to give Brazil an
      88-86 victory over Turkey.

      To advance, Turkey needs to defeat Lebanon in the next match.


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