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      NEWS BRIEFS

      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Sevda Kupoglu Aleckson

      * Turkish newspapers reported that the European Union's Summit in
      Copenhagen began on December 12th with attendance from 15 member
      countries.
      During the two-day summit, the Union is expected to take a historic step
      forward in its expansion process by allowing the accession of 10 candidate
      countries.
      As of May 2004, the Union is expected to have a total of 25 members.

      * According to Turkish newspapers, the European Union Term President Mr.
      Anders Fogh Rasmussen stated that if the European Commission would decide
      in December 2004 that Turkey has fulfilled the membership criteria,
      membership negotiations would begin as soon as possible.
      Mr. Rasmussen further commented that the European Union appreciates
      Turkey's new government's efforts in fulfilling basic reforms. He
      stressed that Turkey had taken important steps by passing reform packages
      in its Parliament.
      However, he said that it was technically impossible to start the
      negotiations next year.

      * The private Turkish channel NTV reports that the ruling Justice and
      Development Party government has said it will continue bargaining with
      leaders of the European Union to have the schedule brought forward.
      Turkey's Prime Minister Abdullah Gul and the Justice and Development
      party chairman Recep Tayyip Erdogan have responded to the 2004 December
      conditional date and said that it was a decision that was far from
      understanding the political will and determination of Turkey.

      * The Turkish president Mr. Ahmet Necdet Sezer made a statement that the
      European Union is not being sincere in its treatment of Turkey's
      membership bid, the Daily Milliyet reported.
      To protest the Union's unwillingness to extend a date to Turkey for its
      membership negotiations, President Sezer declined to attend the Summit.

      * The private Turkish channel NTV reports that, according to sources in
      the State Department, the U.S. government was pleased with the European
      Union's proposal to establish December 2004 as a date to review Turkey's
      candidacy status.
      However, the U.S. government believes that, if, at a minimum, an
      agreement on the Cyprus question was reached in Copenhagen, this would
      introduce a very positive situation for Turkey.
      While their U.S. allies may be pleased with the decision, the Turkish
      government is disappointed with the European Union's proposed conditional
      review date of December 2004. Despite this, the Justice and Development
      Party government has not completely lost hope of the Union changing the
      timetable, saying there was still an opportunity to "rectify this
      mistake."

      * The United Nation's Secretary-General Kofi Annan telephoned the European
      Union's Term President, Denmark's Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen to
      ask for additional time to continue seeking a peace deal on the Cyprus
      issue before the end of the Copenhagen summit, reports the Turkish Daily
      Hurriyet.
      However, no settlement was reached between the Greek and Turkish
      communities on the island before the close of the European Union's Summit.
      The Summit leader Mr. Rasmussen had reportedly prepared two separate
      draft texts to address either contingency based on the Cyprus issue, an
      agreement or a lack thereof, to be presented within the summits closing
      declaration.

      * The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reports that, speaking to the press on
      December 12th, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder remarked that Turkey
      was still lacking certain basic principles pertaining to democracy and
      human and minority rights.
      Mr. Schroeder added by saying that the nation has to undergo an
      extensive societal change before joining the European Union.

      * The Daily Aksam reports that a recently released World Bank report
      indicated that Turkey's economic performance is expected to play a key
      role in global economic growth over the next year.
      The report stated that the global economy was expected to grow less
      slowly than the anticipated 2.5 percent over the next year, though far
      short of 3.9 percent observed in the year 2000. In contrast, the annual
      economic growth in 28 European and Middle Eastern countries is expected to
      reach as high as 3.6 percent.
      The report emphasized that Turkey's economic recovery would be decisive
      in this upward trend throughout its broader region.

      * According to the private Turkish channel NTV, at the Second Energy Forum
      held in Istanbul, Turkey's Industry and Trade Minister Mr. Ali Coskun said
      that the energy sector had an important role to play in the development of
      the economy.
      Mr. Coskun further commented that the new Justice and Development Party
      government would remove the obstacles to international investments and has
      called on foreign investors to put past difficulties behind them and
      invest in the Turkey's energy sector.

      * And some good news about the Turkish economy that has been battered in
      the past three years by a severe recession:
      The private Turkish channel NTV reports that Turkey's State Statistics
      Institute released new figures for Turkey's Gross Domestic Product.
      According to the Institute, the Gross domestic product climbed by 7.9
      percent in the third quarter and 6.5 percent in the nine months ending
      September.
      The country's GNP grew by 6.2 percent for the first nine months in 2002,
      which is well above the full year target of 3 percent set by the
      International Monetary Fund or the government's objective of 4 percent.

      EXCHANGE RATE

      Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1,544,000

      * Turkey's private channel NTV reports that Turkish artist Ms. Sema Turkel
      won two first prizes at the Serano Art Festival here in the U.S.
      Ms. Turkel took part in the Festival with her mixed media painting.
      Her painting was on the disease MS and the fight against it.

      * The southeastern Turkish city of Urfa has started a project to collect
      old photographs to preserve an image archive of the traditional homes of
      the city.
      The city officials are saying that in the past 45 years there have been
      many changes within the city boundaries resulting in the destruction of
      historical homes.
      The history of Urfa goes back at least 10,000 years.
      For more information on Urfa look at the following links:
      http://www.kultur.gov.tr/portal/default_en.asp?belgeno=2252
      http://sailturkey.com/urfa_museum/
      http://www.bunte-heile-welt.de/Urfa.jpg

      * Odysee, a French film institution, is organizing Turkish film days in
      three cities in France, reports the Anatolian News Agency.
      During the film days starting on December 17, movie enthusiasts in
      Strasburg, Colma and Moulhouse will view 11 Turkish films.
      During the festival, Turkish film directors and renowned artists will
      participate in panel discussions examining the status of filmmaking in
      Turkey and problems associated with it.

      * Shadow players and puppeteers have met in Bursa, Turkey this week for a
      festival.
      According to Turkish folklore, the city of Bursa is the place that the
      renowned Turkish shadow play Karagoz-Hacivat originated several centuries
      ago.
      Participants to the Festival came from Bashkiria, Uzbekistan, Greece,
      Brazil, and Romania.
      The Bursa Arts Culture and Tourism Endowment, and UNIMA, the
      international puppet theater association, sponsored the festival.
      See the following link for more on traditional Turkish shadow theater:
      http://www.karagoztravel.com/bursakrgtyteng.htm

      WEATHER

      Ankara 26...31 F Light snow
      Antalya 47...53 F Light rain showers
      Istanbul 41...45 F Mostly cloudy
      Izmir 44...54 F Hazy
      Trabzon 35...43 F Partly cloudy

      SPORTS

      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Novak

      * Turkish Soccer Premier Division

      Week 16 results

      Diyarbakirspor - Fenerbahce 3 - 0
      Istanbulspor - Elazigspor 2 - 1
      Kocaelispor - Altay 3 - 0
      Trabzonspor - Denizlispor 1 - 0
      Ankaragucu - G.Antep 5 - 3
      Bursaspor - Adanaspor 3 - 0
      Galatasaray - Besiktas 0 - 1
      Göztepe - Malatyaspor 0 - 3
      Samsunspor - G.Birligi 2 - 7

      Week 17 matches

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

      Team Pts
      1. Besiktas 35
      2. Galatasaray 33
      3. G.Birligi 31
      4. Fenerbahce 31
      5. G.Antep 30
      6. Trabzonspor 29
      7. Malatyaspor 24
      8. Ankaragucu 23
      9. Denizlispor 18
      10. Bursaspor 16
      11. Adanaspor 16
      12. Diyarbakirspor 16
      13. Istanbulspor 16
      14. Samsunspor 16
      15. Elazigspor 15
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      16. Göztepe 14
      17. Altay 14
      18. Kocaelispor 13

      * UEFA Champion's Cup

      Besiktas 0 - 0 Dynamo (Besiktas advances 3-1 on aggregate)

      Denizlispor 1 - 0 Lyons (Denizlispor advances 1-0 on aggregate)

      * Turkish Men's Basketball

      Team GP W L PF PA
      1 Ülker 7 7 - 631 487 14
      2 Efes Pilsen 7 6 1 610 482 13
      3 Galatasaray 7 6 1 629 546 13
      4 Türk Telekom 7 5 2 602 547 12
      5 Oyak Renault 7 4 3 522 544 11
      6 Karsiyaka 6 4 2 496 466 10
      7 Darüssafaka 7 3 4 565 573 10
      8 Büyük Kolej 7 2 5 501 529 9
      9 Besiktas 7 2 5 544 581 9
      10 Fenerbahçe 6 3 3 461 498 9
      11 Tekelspor 7 2 5 533 603 9
      12 TED Kolej 7 2 5 504 592 9
      13 ITÜ 7 1 6 571 657 8
      14 Göztepe 7 1 6 477 571 8

      * Turkish Women's Basketball

      Team GP W L PF PA
      1 Erdemirspor 7 7 - 589 449
      2 Botas 7 6 1 609 444
      3 Fenerbahçe 7 6 1 536 444
      4 Migrosspor 7 4 3 548 523
      5 Çankaya Ari Kolj 7 4 3 579 481
      6 I.U.S.B.K. 7 4 3 527 504
      7 Besiktas 7 4 3 537 501
      8 Galatasaray 7 2 5 433 520
      9 Güre Bld. 7 1 5 570 654
      10 Et balik 7 2 5 469 520
      11 Kocaelispor 7 1 6 427 587
      12 Yildirim Bosna 7 - 7 423 620

      *NBA

      Sacramento 98 - 77 Denver Turkoglu DID NOT PLAY (Injured wrist)
      Sacramento 104 - 80 San Antonio Turkoglu DID NOT PLAY (Injured wrist)
      Sacramento 96 - 103 Houston Turkoglu DID NOT PLAY (Injured wrist)

      Detroit 92 - 94 Atlanta Mehmet Okur Did not play
      Detroit 91 - 80 Atlanta Mehmet Okur 3 min 0 FG 0 Rbs 0 Ast 0 pts
      Detroit 86 - 76 Chicago Mehmet Okur Did not play


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