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* As we reported to you last week, some political parties and politicians
are trying to defer the general elections in Turkey.
The NTV News reported that Turkey's president Mr. Ahmet Necdet Sezer
believes that having decided to call elections 18 month early, the
country's politicians should not now try and defer them.
"The decision to hold elections was taken by a large majority in the
parliament," presidential spokesman said. "The President still believes
that elections should be held on November 3rd."
He said that Sezer did not expect that the threat by more than 100
parliamentary deputies to try and have the poll postponed through a vote
of parliament would take place. If it did this could diminish the respect
in which the Grand National Assembly, the spokesman said.
* According to the NTV news, speaking to reporters on Thursday, Turkey's
Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court Mr. Mustafa Bumin said that the
bans imposed on some leading Turkish political figures from running in the
polls would not be welcomed in Europe.
"I think that it will affect negatively the relations between Turkey and
the European Union. Political bans are not welcome in Europe," he said.
As we reported to you last week, Turkey's Supreme Board of Elections had
announced that Necmettin Erbakan, an Islamist politician who was a former
Prime Minister, another Islamist politician Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is
the leader of the Justice and Development Party, pro-Kurdish campaigner
Murat Bozlak and human rights activist Akin Birdal are not allowed to be
candidates in the upcoming elections due to their previous criminal
Though refusing to be drawn on his personal views on the bans imposed by
the Supreme Board of Elections, Judge Bumin said that he was in favor of
a liberalization of the laws under which the four men were convicted.
"I have always said that the obstacles to freedom of thought and
expression in Turkey have to be lifted," Judge Bumin said. "As Turkey has
accepted the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights, Turkey
must adjust its laws according to that. We must act more tolerantly."
* According to the Turkish Daily News, the Istanbul Police staff delivered
the photos of Necati Onder, a member of outlawed Revolutionary People's
Liberation Party, to all security units upon a tip-off regarding a suicide
According to the Turkish officials' investigation, Onder received
treatment at the Numune Hospital after his death fast in a prison in
Ankara in the year 2001. It was also pointed out that necessary measures
were taken against a possible protest.
* The Anatolian News Agency reports that, as the siege of Israeli troops
around the compound of the President of Palestine Authority goes on, the
top officials of Turkey continued to express their deep concerns on the
Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit sent a letter to the Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon to lift the siege around Palestinian cities and the
compound of Arafat, while Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer expressed
his sadness and concerns on the issue Friday.
* NTV News reports that Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tarik Aziz has arrived
in Ankara on Saturday, according to a statement issued by the Iraqi
Embassy in Ankara.
It is expected that during his four-day stay there he will be holding
talks with high level Turkish officials.
Reportedly, Mr. Aziz is to deliver a verbal message from the Iraqi
President Mr. Hussein to the Turkish President, saying that Iraq was
prepared to comply with the current United Nations' resolutions and stress
Iraq's acceptance of the unconditional return of international weapons
The issue of the possible establishment of an independent Kurdish state
in Northern Iraq, a step opposed by both Baghdad and Ankara, is also
expected to be the subject of discussion.
* The Turkish paramilitary police have seized more than 33 pounds of
weapons-grade uranium and detained two men accused of smuggling the
material, the state-run Anatolian news agency said on Saturday.
Officers in the southern province of Sanliurfa, which borders Syria and
is about 155 miles from the Iraqi border, were acting on a tip-off when
they stopped a taxi cab and discovered the uranium in a lead container
hidden beneath the vehicle's seat, the agency said.
Authorities believe the uranium came from an eastern European country
and has a value of about $5 million, Anatolian News Agency said.
Police in Turkey seized more than two pounds of weapons-grade uranium
last November that had been smuggled into Turkey from an eastern European
* The Turkish Daily News reports that Turkey will bring the Turkish
Republics of Central Asia and some adjacent countries together through
informatics and carry out a project with them similar to the e-Europe of
the European Union.
According to information from Turkey Informatics Association Executing
Committee member Mr. Ahmet Ayvali, the Turkish Republics Information
Technologies Study Group within Turkey's Foreign Trade Undersecretary,
will hold the second meeting this year in Istanbul between Oct. 14-17 with
the participation of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan,
Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Tajikistan as well as representatives of the
informatics sector of Georgia.
At the meeting hosted by the Turkey Informatics Association, several
sessions will be held on education, telecommunication, software and
internet and the problems within the sector will be discussed.
Turkey will also express its goals under the name of e-Turkey and
mention its studies and share its experiences.
The project is foreseeing the integration of these countries through
informatics network. Turkey will provide services over satellites to these
countries selling net connections via Russia. The project aims to make
informatics widespread among the countries.
* Turkey's Toprakbank, which was transferred to the country's Savings
Deposit Insurance Fund, will merge with Bayindirbank A.S., and its
permission to carry out and offer banking services and transactions and
accept deposits will be suspended as of September 30, 2002, reports the
Anatolian News Agency.
The decision of Turkey's Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency to
merge Toprakbank with Bayindirbank A.S. was issued in the Turkish Official
Gazette on Friday.
Many Turkish banks failed during the severe economic crisis Turkey is
experiencing since February 2001.
* The Greek foreign affairs minister Mr. Yorgo Papandreou, speaking at
Fifth Eurasia Economy Summit, said that Greece would use its term as
president of the European Union to boost ties with neighboring Turkey,
reports the Turkish channel NTV.
Mr. Papendreou said that Greece had made an important decision
the year Turkey was accepted as an official membership candidate to back
Turkey's European Union bid.
"Now, we continue to defend the same idea. We want to assist Turkey in
taking its place in the European Union. We will support Turkey in its
European Union full membership process. It is a philosophy to be a
European. Because, the European Union is a community of values." Mr.
Though there were still stumbling blocks such as the Cyprus issue in the
way of closer ties between the two countries, Papendreou said that there
had been a constant improvement in recent years.
"These relations should be further improved." Papandreou went on to say,
"We want to see Turkey in the European UnionPapandreouill co-operate with
Turkey in its European Union full membership process, We are aware of
Turkey"s strategic importance in the region."
* As we reported to you last week, the presidents of Azerbaijan, Georgia
and Turkey gathered in Baku for a groundbreaking ceremony for a pipeline.
The Turkish daily News reports on further developments: According to the
paper, Turkey has launched the construction of the Turkish portion of the
Caspian oil pipeline on Thursday with an official ceremony.
The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Mesut Yilmaz welded two pipes
together at the ceremony and said Turkey would be a major player in the
world oil markets with the project becoming operational.
"This project will lift the iron curtains separating Turkey from its
neighbors Azerbaijan and Georgia," Mr. Yilmaz said at the ceremony in
Ceyhan, Turkey's Mediterranean port that will be the outlet of the
The pipeline will carry oil to Ceyhan from Azerbaijan via Georgia.
Construction of the pipeline is to be completed by early 2004, and the
first oil is expected to flow through it a year later.
Mr. Yilmaz said, once completed, the pipeline will bring $200-million
annual revenue for Turkey in transportation fees.
* Russian natural gas will start to pour via Blue Stream pipeline under
the Black Sea in December, said Russian oil company Gazprom in an issued
statement on Friday, reports the Turkish Daily News.
Gazprom, developing the $3.5 billion project with Italy's energy group
ENI since 1999, first planned to put the pipeline on line by October 2001,
but postponed the date of completion several times due to financial and
Blue Stream, the World's deepest pipeline, will provide Turkey with
another 16 billion cubic meters of gas by the end of this decade.
Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 73/61 Showers
Trabzon (Black Sea Region)-------: 75/63 Showers
Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 82/68 Showers
Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 86/66 Partially Cloudy
Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 77/55 Partially Cloudy
SEA WATER TEMPERATURES
Trabzon (Black Sea) 73
Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 68
Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 73
Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 79
ARTS AND CULTURE
* Institutional Investor magazine announced the results of its 22nd annual
"The Best Hotels of the World" survey , reports the Turkish Daily News.
Turkey's Ciragan Kempinski has jumped from 22nd place to 12th place this
Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski Istanbul has gained a tremendous boost to
its prestige by
being rated the 4th best hotel in Europe and 12th best hotel in the world
by the magazine's survey, says the Turkish Daily News.
The Institutional Investor ranks the world's most prestigious hotels by
surveying over 100 senior financial executives from 31 countries, who
averaged 61 nights at hotels last year.
The Turkish Daily News says that Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski Istanbul
continues to be the pride of Turkey offering the perfect blend of Turkey's
great tradition of hospitality with luxurious modern living.
* German Travel Market's biggest tour group TUI and Thomas Cook decreased
winter tour prices to Spain and Greece whereas they increased them for
Turkey, the Anatolia News Agency reported.
Tour organizers mentioned that the rise in prices in Turkey is due to
huge demand for the country.
* Renowned guitar players from all around the World are converging on the
Turkish capital Ankara for the Fourth International Antonio Lauro
Classical Biennial, reports the Anatolian News Agency.
The biennial is going to take place between October 17 and 22 and is
being dedicated to the Spanish guitarist Jose Thomas who died last year.
During the biennial, there will be international concerts, workshops,
exhibitions, seminars and a competition. The deadline to participate in
the competition is October 11.
Some of the events of the biennial will take place outside the Turkish
capital in provinces such as Amasya, Samsun, Van, Eskisehir, Kirikkale and
So far guitarist from Venezuela, Spain, Japan, Denmark, Cuba, Germany,
and France are participating in the events.
* If you are traveling to Istanbul in the next few weeks, be sure to visit
an unusual exhibition of artists on the streets of Istanbul.
Kolektif Produksiyon and the municipality of Sisli, with the
contributions of the Istanbul Metropolitan area municipality, are
organizing an "Istanbul Pedestrian Exhibition" using the streets, facades
of the buildings, billboards, pedestrian walkways, cafe and storefronts.
The exhibition will start this Sunday with a street party and will
continue until October 28.
* Turkish photographer Mr. Sitki Firat exhibited his "Views from Turkey"
exhibition in Guizhou, China. Mr. Liu Lei, the president of China
Photograph Association, invited him for the international Duyun
Photography Fair. He was among the 60 photographers from around the
During the fair Mr. Firat had a chance to work with other phographers
from the US, France, England, Italy, and other countries.
This was Mr. Firat's fourth visit to China as an official guest.
for some of Mr. Firat's works.
* The Fourth New York Turkish Films Festival will take place this year
between October 18 and 27.
This year the Festival will feature 13 films. The movie enthusiasts
will be able to view the films at the movie theater of the Anthology Film
* The Eighth European Film Festival will start in the Turkish capital
Ankara on October 11.
After October 17 the Festival will travel to the Western province of
Bursa, and then to the Aegean City of Izmir on October 25.
The Festival will feature award winning films made in 2001 - 2002 in the
"Europe Europe" part. There are also other parts of the Festival dubbed
the "European Bests", "European Love Films", "Short Is Good" and a
section dedicated to Turkish films.
For the first time this year, with the sponsorship of Kodak, the
festival will also feature films from the Turkish film archives of the
Mimar Sinan University.
* The the private Turkish Channel NTV reports that excavations at the
ancient city of Heirapolis near the famed travertines of Pamukkale in
south west Turkey have determined the location of the Temple of Apollo
that had previously been referred to in inscriptions unearthed at the
Led by a team of Italian academics excavations at the site have been
continuing for almost half a century.
In the excavations this year, archeologists unearthed priceless
inscriptions detailing the prophecies of the oracles and the services they
During the month long excavation this year, the team also unearthed a
statue of the God Attis and completed the restoration of a statue of the
famous philosopher Socrates.
The city of Heirapolis in times pre-dating the Christian faith in
Anatolia was renown as the "gate to hell".
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak
Week 6 results:
Adanaspor 0-2 G.Antep
Altay 3-1 Denizlispor
Besiktas 0-0 Trabzonspor
Bursaspor 4-1 Diyarbakirspor
Elazigspor 2-1 Malatyaspor
Fenerbahce - Galatasaray (Postponed)
G.Birligi 0-1 Ankaragucu
Kocaelispor 0-1 Istanbulspor
Samsunspor 0-0 Göztepe
Week 7 matches:
Galatasaray 2-0 Istanbulspor
Ankaragucu - Besiktas
Denizlispor - Adanaspor
Diyarbakirspor - Kocaelispor
Fenerbahce - Elazigspor
G.Antep - G.Birligi
Göztepe - Bursaspor
Malatyaspor - Altay
Trabzonspor - Samsunspor
*UEFA Champions' League
Stage 1 - Matchday 2
Galatasaray 0-2 FC Barcelona
Group H Pts W T L F A
1 FC Barcelona 6 2 0 0 5 2
2 Galatasaray 3 1 0 1 2 2
3 Club Brugge KV 1 0 1 1 2 3
4 Lokomotiv Moskva 1 0 1 1 0 2
(Bu duyurulari saat 17:30 da ve 18:30'da iki kez yayinlayin.)
(Duyurularda giri$ ucreti soz ediliyorsa, radyoda bunlari atlayin.)
*** Turkish American Association of California invite you to the Republic
Day dinner dance
it is the 79th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey
and it is time to celebrate.
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2002
Time: 6:00pm - 12:00am
Live Music by Cihan Altan from New York
Folk dance by Yore and Arkadas Folk Dance Groups
contact the Turkish American association at 415-646-0946 or e-mail them
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