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Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Sevtap Schreff
* According to a report by the Turkish Daily News, the leader of Turkey's
ruling Justice and Development Party, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, returned
not fully satisfied from a European tour that took him most recently to
Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the European Union leaders were
undecided on whether or not to give a date to Turkey for starting Turkey's
membership negotiations at the forthcoming Copenhagen summit.
Mr. Erdogan, however, said the reform process in Turkey will continue,
even if the summit does not set a date but produces a "date for a date"
Meanwhile, the Turkish government is working on a 36-article reform
package at home in an effort to bring Turkish laws into line with European
Mr. Erdogan said the Justice and Development Party government would
continue to do its best until the upcoming European Union summit because
reforms are not only for the sake of meeting the European Union membership
criteria but also for the well-being of the Turkish people.
Mr. Erdogan's pledge of continuing the reform drive came after Gunter
Verheugen, the European Union commissioner responsible for enlargement,
claimed Turkey has not met the political and economic criteria fulfilled
by other candidates.
* For the Turks, Mr. Erdogan's pessimism may have been alleviated somewhat
with the news that came from Germany: German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder
said on Wednesday that Germany would push for the European Union to send
Turkey a strong signal of encouragement on its bid to join the bloc at
next month's European Union summit.
Mr. Schroeder said Germany had a national interest in strengthening
secular and pro-Western forces in Turkey.
The statement was Schroeder's strongest signal that a date for the start
of Turkey's accession talks -- something that Turkey has long sought --
might be set at the European Union's Copenhagen summit in December.
* The Anatolian News Agency reported that Turkey has issued new
regulations regarding vehicles used to transport prisoners and convicts.
According to the new regulations, these vehicles will meet the European
Union standards and human rights accords.
The new vehicles have air conditioning, digital cameras, leather seating
and cloth-covered interior walls.
The transportation vehicles, which are capable of carrying one driver,
13 security officials and 12 prisoners are comfortable and make monitoring
* Israeli prime minister Mr. Ariel Sharon has invited Turkey's new leader
Mr. Abdullah Gul to Israel for talks aimed at boosting the regional
allies' close relations, an Israeli embassy spokeswoman in the Turkish
According to the Turkish Daily News, it was not immediately clear if Mr.
Gul had accepted the invitation.
The embassy spokeswoman said Mr. Sharon telephoned Gul on Tuesday to
congratulate him on the Justice and Development Party's landslide election
victory earlier this month.
"They discussed...developing and enhancing their friendship and common
interests," she said. "Prime Minister Gul said that the governments'
relations should continue to develop," she added.
Turkey, NATO's only Muslim member and a close ally of the United States,
has close military and commercial ties with Israel and is the Jewish
state's closest ally in the region.
Ankara has also traditionally supported Palestinian aspirations of
statehood and has in recent months criticized Israeli military measures
against Palestinians waging a two-year uprising against Israeli
The Justice and Development Party swept to power in a November 3
election, but Turkey's secular establishment -- especially the army --
remain suspicious of the party. The party has roots in two previously
banned Islamist parties.
* According to the Turkish Daily News Turkish police have stepped up
security measures to protect Israeli facilities and citizens in Turkey
after a wave of attacks against Israelis in Kenya and Israel.
Turkey's Interior Affairs Minister Abdulkadir Aksu said that there were
already special security measures to protect Israelis but with the latest
incidents police felt extra measures should also be taken.
Mr. Aksu did not elaborate.
* Some 40 students gathered at the Istanbul University central campus to
protest the United States and their role in leading a possible attack on
The Turkish Daily News reported that the students marched and carried
banners with the slogan "Middle East belongs to Middle East public, no to
The students, who also shouted slogans such as "Iraqi public is not
alone," "We don't want war in Iraq," and "Damn U.S. imperialism,"
delivered a press statement criticizing the U.S. Iraqi policy and
affirming their anti-war stance.
The protest, which was held under tight security measures, ended
* The Associated Press reported that a German court upheld a ban on an
Islamic group led by a jailed Turkish militant, supporting government
efforts to crack down on extremists in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.
The court also backed government charges that the group should be banned
for its aggressive rejection of Germany's democratic state.
The group, which has over 1,000 members in Germany, openly calls for the
overthrow of Turkey's secular government and its replacement with an
A German official has described the organization as a "breeding ground"
for terrorists, though has also said that it has no links to al-Qaida or
other international terrorist groups.
* Greece and the United States said they saw a historic opportunity to
reunite the Mediterranean island of Cyprus and hoped for a solution in
time for the European Union summit in Copenhagen on Dec. 12, Reuters
"I hope that both sides realize, and I think both sides do realize, that
this is a historic opportunity to solve a long-standing problem,"
Secretary of State Colin Powell told reporters after talks at the State
Department with Greek Foreign Affairs Minister George Papandreou. "Europe
is making a historic decision on the 12th of December, letting in 10 new
countries to the European Union, and hopefully, we'll be able to ... get a
solution on Cyprus," added Mr. Papandreou.
The U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan this month gave the Greek-Cypriot
and Turkish-Cypriot sides new proposals for reuniting the island, divided
into ethnic Greek and ethnic Turkish zones.
The Greek-Cypriot side has accepted the proposals as the basis for
talks, and on Wednesday the United Nations said president of the Turkish
Republic of Northern Cyprus Mr. Rauf Denktas had sent a letter to Mr.
Annan signaling his willingness to enter talks on the plan.
The idea is to get a solution in time for the European Union Denmark
summit so that the European Union can start talks on European Union
membership for a united island.
Greece is also pressing for the European Union to set a date for talks
with Turkey on membership and Mr. Papandreou said this move would
encourage positive trends in Turkey, where a new government took office
this month with a reformist agenda.
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 assures the
Turks on the island the security and safety that they did not have for
* The Turkish Daily News reports that the Turkey's Central Bank's gross
foreign currency reserves rose by $116 million to $26 billion in the week
ending November 22, the bank announced on Thursday
The Central Bank also said it has transferred $16 billion for debt
repayments since the beginning of the year.
* According to the Turkish Daily News Justice and Development Party Tokat
deputy Mehmet Ergun Dagcioglu is leading an investigation proposal aimed
to inspect Turkey's Banking Supervision and Regulation Agency's studies
and operations over the last year.
The Banking Supervision and Regulation Agency has been the government
organization chartered to seize financially troubled banks and to dispose
of their assets.
The managers of some of the banks seized, however, have complained that
their banks were on sound financial footing.
Mr. Dagcioglu stated that there has been lack of confidence and
stability in the banking sector for the last three years and requested an
investigation into this sector.
Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:
Ankara (in Central Turkey) 25...51 F Cloudy
Antalya (on the Mediterranean coast) 45...72 F Fair
Istanbul (in northwestern Turkey) 46...58 F Hazy
Izmir (on the Aegean coast) 42...65 F Fair
Trabzon (on the Black Sea coast) 46...60 F Fair
ARTS AND CULTURE
* The Anatolian news agency reports that the Turkish pianist Burcin Buke
is invited to perform in New York's Carnegie Hall. Carnegie Hall is one of
the most important music halls in the World, considered as a unique arena
for the musicians to demonstrate their skills and interpretation.
Mr. Buke is a well-known solo player of Turkey's State Symphony
Orchestra in Izmir and will be performing for US politicians and artists
on December 2.
The Turkish community in New York and vicinities are truly excited about
the recital of a Turkish performer in Carnegie Hall, where many other
renowned performers has been taking stage.
The repertoire of this performance includes masterpieces of Ravel,
Busoni, Prokofieff and Mussorsky as well as favorite pieces from Buke's
latest album named 'Dreams'.
* One of Turkey's renowned poets and writers, Mr. Melih Cevdet Anday,
passed away last week.
See the following links for more about Mr. Anday and some of his poetry
translated into English:
* The Central Anatolian city of Amasya is constructing an unusual museum.
The museum will be dedicated to the musical instruments of the Turks from
all around the world.
So far, the city has 750 contemporary and old instruments available for
display. Among the geographic areas covered are Turkey, Central Asia,
Siberia, Caucasus, Eastern Europe and western China.
Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak
* Turkish soccer, Premier Division
Week 14 match results:
Besiktas 3-0 Adanaspor
Bursaspor 1-1 Elazigspor
Diyarbakirspor 0-0 Denizlispor
G.Birligi 1-0 Galatasaray
Göztepe 2-1 G.Antep
Istanbulspor 0-0 Malatyaspor
Kocaelispor 1-2 Fenerbahce
Samsunspor 2-4 Altay
Trabzonspor 3-0 Ankaragucu
Week 15 matches:
Adanaspor - Samsunspor
Altay - Bursaspor
Ankaragucu - Galatasaray
Besiktas - G.Birligi
Denizlispor - Göztepe
Elazigspor - Kocaelispor
Fenerbahce - Istanbulspor
G.Antep - Trabzonspor
Malatyaspor - Diyarbakirspor
1. Besiktas 31
2. Galatasaray 30
3. G.Antep 29
4. Fenerbahce 28
5. G.Birligi 27
6. Trabzonspor 25
7. Malatyaspor 21
8. Ankaragucu 20
9. Denizlispor 17
10. Adanaspor 15
11. Elazigspor 15
12. Samsunspor 15
13. Göztepe 13
14. Istanbulspor 13
15. Bursaspor 13
16. Altay 11
17. Diyarbakirspor 10
18. Kocaelispor 7
* UEFA's Discipline Committee suspended Besiktas and Turkey striker Ilhan
Mansiz for three matches after his clash with opponent Oscar Tellez during
the UEFA Cup second round second leg match against Alaves.
* Turkish Men's Basketball
Team W L PF PA
1 Ülker 6 6 - 522 409 12
2 Efes Pilsen 6 5 1 535 397 11
3 Galatasaray 6 5 1 527 461 11
4 Türk Telekom 6 4 2 515 472 10
5 Karsiyaka 6 4 2 496 466 10
6 Oyak Renault 6 4 2 467 469 10
7 Darüssafaka 6 3 3 490 486 9
8 Fenerbahçe 6 3 3 461 498 9
9 Besiktas 6 2 4 466 472 8
10 Büyük Kolej 6 2 4 422 444 8
11 TED Kolej 6 2 4 431 504 8
12 ITÜ 6 1 5 486 555 7
13 Tekelspor 6 1 5 448 524 7
14 Göztepe 6 - 6 389 498 6
* Turkish Women's Basketball
Team W L PF Pa
1 Erdemirspor 5 5 - 416 316 10
2 Botas 5 4 1 436 335 9
3 Fenerbahçe 5 4 1 335 314 9
4 Çankaya Ari Kolj 5 3 2 426 330 8
5 Besiktas 5 3 2 381 349 8
6 Migrosspor 5 3 2 378 362 8
7 Galatasaray 5 2 3 306 351 7
8 I.U.S.B.K. 4 2 2 274 288 6
9 Et balik 5 1 4 326 363 6
10 Kocaelispor 5 1 4 295 411 6
11 Güre Bld. 4 1 3 339 359 5
12 Yildirim Bosna 5 - 5 309 442 5
* Men's Basketball European Championship
Group A W L PF PA
Litvanya 7 6 1 680 504 13
Türkiye 7 6 1 531 490 13
Ukrayna 7 5 2 576 532 12
Bulgaristan 7 3 4 604 637 10
Isviçre 7 2 5 435 541 8
Hollanda 7 - 7 494 616 7
Min FG Reb Ast Pts
Sacremento 91 - 85 Cleveland, Hidayet Turkoglu 24 1-5 7 2 5
Sacremento 95 - 94 Portland, Hidayet Turkoglu 35 4-11 2 2 15
Hedo Turkoglu made a pair of free throws with 14.4 seconds remaining to
lift the Sacramento Kings to a 95-94 win over the Portland
Trail Blazers on Saturday night.
Sacremento 118 - 101 Phoenix, Hidayet Turkoglu 23 6-9 2 1 13
Detroit 106 - 91 Indiana, Mehmet Okur 8 1-1 0 0 2
Detroit 75 - 72 Miami, Mehmet Okur Did not play
Detroit 79 - 68 Miami, Mehmet Okur 2 0-0 0 0 0
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RAMAZAN BAYRAM RECEPTION (BAYRAMLASMA)
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Soft drinks, coffee, tea and fruit.
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