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* On Tuesday evening, the government had sent for debate in Parliament
proposals to allow US troops to be stationed in Turkey as well as sending
Turkish troops into Iraq. The proposals would authorize 62,000 US
soldiers, 255 jets and 65 helicopters to be stationed in Turkey for a
period of six months.
As the proposals moved forward, signs could be seen of apparent rifts in
the ruling Justice and Development Party.
Speaking at his party's parliament group meeting, the Justice and
Development Party leader Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the government
was trying to make the best decision to protect Turkey's national
Stressing that the Justice and Development Party's deputies would be
fully briefed on the proposals, Erdogan stated that there would be no
group decision on the issue obliging the deputies to vote a particular
way. Despite the absence of a group decision, Erdogan called on the
deputies not to act personally, but rather to consider national interests
and act in line with party discipline.
The party officials decided Friday to delay the vote on a proposal to
A senior member of the party said discussions that were ongoing within
the party since Wednesday didn't seem likely to end before Saturday.
The Justice and Development Party leader Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated
Friday that the proposal would be voted in Parliament without waiting for
United Nations second resolution on the issue. He said, "It is not clear
when the UN will decide on the matter."
Meanwhile, the opposition Republican Peoples Party announced Thursday
that it would vote against the proposal and the party decided not to
support it. "This is the first time in the Republic of Turkey's history
that foreign troops will land in Turkey," CHP leader Deniz Baykal stated
at a party meeting.
The latest news we received Saturday morning indicates that the voting
took place, and the Turkish Parliament did not adopt the proposal since it
fell three votes short of an absolute majority of the attending
parliamentarians. 264 Turkish parliamentarians voted for the proposal, 19
abstained, 250 voted against it. It would have taken 267 votes to accept
While the debate and voting was taking place, 50,000 Turks held anti-war
rallies outside the Turkish parliament.
* According to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, Turkish prime minister Mr.
Abdullah Gul and German Foreign Affairs Minister Joschka Fischer made a
phone conversation and conferred on recent developments concerning the
prospect of US-led war in Iraq, said a press release Thursday.
The release stated that Mr. Gul told Mr. Fischer that Turkey was ready
to contribute to the UN Security Council's efforts to find a peaceful
solution to settle the Iraq crisis without resorting to a war.
* Nationalist Action Party leader Mr. Devlet Bahceli stated Thursday that
Turkish people had been disappointed by the Justice and Development Party
ruling and that the government had abused Turkish nation's political will,
reported the Turkish daily Turkiye.
Criticizing the government's foreign policy, Bahceli said, "It is
carrying out an unclear and inconsistent policy. The government seems to
be in favor of a peaceful resolution. On the other hand, preparations for
a war are continuing."
Remarking that an intervention in Iraq was not yet authorized by the
international community, Mr. Bahceli said that Turkey's stance shadowed
its reputation and effectiveness.
* Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan stated Wednesday that Iraq
could attack both Turkey and Kuwait in case of a US-led war supported by
these two countries, according to the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.
Stating that Iraq would not hesitate to retaliate against those who
collaborate with the US, Mr. Ramadan said that if it faced attack, Iraq
would of course defend its people and territories. "Countries which help
the Bush administration will be regarded as accomplices of the US," added
the Iraqi official.
Meanwhile, Iraqi ambassador to Ankara Mr. Talip Abid Salih echoed Mr.
Ramadan's remarks. He said that if the Turkish parliament authorizes
stationing of US troops on Turkish soi, it would mean that Turkey had
joined a war alongside the US and would have to bear the consequences.
Earlier this year, Mr. Abid had pledged that Iraq would not attack
* The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan was busy last week
visiting Cyprus, Greece and Turkey to facilitate a solution to the
stalemate on Cyprus.
However, the president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Mr.
Rauf Denktas did not like the latest settlement plan Mr. Annan brought.
Mr. Denktas told Mr. Annan of the hardships Turkish Cypriots would be
subject to under the plan, adding that he found the plan unsatisfactory.
"I asked Annan how we could ever accept a plan which would force half of
our citizens to give up their homes," added Denktas.
The plan is calling for 40,000 Turkish Cypriots to vacate their homes to
accommodate Greeks coming from the Greek sector of the island.
To convince the mainland Turkey that the latest United Nations plan is
not good, Mr. Denktash's ambassador in Ankara, Mr. Ahmet Zeki Bulunc, said
that the United Nation's plan would end the Turkish presence on the island
and jeopardize Turkey's national interests, reports the Turkish daily
While in Turkey, Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with Prime Minister
Abdullah Gul. Mr. Gul stressed to Mr. Annan that any settlement for the
island must proceed on the basis of the two equal states already present
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
The Turkish Cypriots and Turkey maintain that Turkish intervention and
the subsequent Turkish military presence have been assuring the Turks on
the island the security and safety that they did not have for many years.
See http://www.trncwashdc.org/h9.html for more.
* According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, a historic accord making
natural gas sales from Turkey to Greece and the rest of Europe a reality
was signed Tuesday, according to Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources
A ministry statement said that recent negotiations between Turkish,
Greek and European Union officials over a natural gas pipeline connecting
the neighboring countries had borne fruit. Turkey's Minister of Energy
and Natural Resources Mr. Hilmi Guler and Mr. Akis Tsohatzopoulos,
Greece's Minister of Development signed the accord. European Union
Commission Vice Chairman Loyola De Palacio was also involved in talks
paving the way for the agreement.
Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 43/24 Clear
Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 60/45 Rainy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 48/38 Foggy
Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 57/41 Partially cloudy
Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 44/34 Foggy
Snow heights at skiing locations:
Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 134 inches
Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 79 inches
Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey 39 inches
Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 24 inches
Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 96 inches
Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 59 inches
Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 38 inches
Davraz, in Isparta South Central Turkey 73 inches
ARTS AND CULTURE
* The Turkish Daily star reports that the technology competition organized
jointly by the Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council and the
Turkish Businessmen and Industrialists Association will announce its
winners on July 26.
The deadline for submitting technological innovations to the competition
is March 28.
* Turkish film director Ferzan Ozpetek is getting praises from Italian
movie critiques, says the Anatolian News Agency.
Mr. Ozpetek has been living in Rome for many years and directing
award-winning films. The Italian critiques like his latest film titled
"The Window Across from Me" (La Finestra di fronte). 300 movie theaters
in Italy have started showing the movie on February 28.
The Italian paper with the largest circulation, Corriere della Sera, in
an article has asked the rhetorical question "To watch a good Italian
movie, does a Turk have to come and shoot it?"
The article also praises Mr. Ozpetek's skills in choosing actors.
The Anatolian News Agency also reported about the gala opening night of
the movie in Rome. The gala was attended by Rome's mayor, the leaders of
the Italian political parties, many Italian artists and the Turkish
ambassador and his wife.
The Italian press interviewed the Turkish actress Serra Yilmaz
intensively during the gala. Ms. Yilmaz is starring as a woman named Emine
with two black children in the film.
* The private Turkish channel NTV reports that a new exhibition that
brings together six artists from different countries has just started in
Rosa Martinez from Spain who is the curator of the exhibition has the
- Vasco Araujo of Portugal,
- Daniel Guzman of Mexico,
- Tuomo Manninen of Finland,
- Priscilla Monge of Costa Rica,
- Aydan Murtezaoglu of Turkey, and
- Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba of Japan.
The curator of the exhibition thinks that whether its migrations of
people, flow of money, new technologies, or information flow, the new
forms of the global circulation has resulted in a new virtual community.
Having no attachment to one place only, or having attachments to
multiple places is the common phenomenon for many people, Ms. Rosa
Martinez thinks. As a result, many people live in multiple cultures, and
do not speak just one new language. These "universal foreigners", as
Slavoj Zizek puts it, make up "examples of living contradictions".
With their works, the artists participating in this exhibition are
drawing attention to the new currents in the visual arts in the world.
The exhibition is on through April 12 in Istanbul's Borusan Arts
* The remembrances of Turks who took part in the defense of the
Dardanelles during the First World War against an armada of British,
French, Australian and New Zealand forces are being translated into
The book of the Turkish journalist Cahit Onder comprises interviews he
conducted 22 years ago with Turks who participated in the war with the
legendary Turkish commander and leader Mr. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The
author is pointing out that none of these people are alive today.
Writing the book took Mr. Onder to 587 villages of the Canakkale
province of Turkey. The Dardanelles Straits is in this province.
One of the veterans of the war says in the book that the trenches of the
opposing sides were so close that during momentary truces soldiers would
be exchanging cigarettes and food by throwing them to the other side.
The Allied Navy could not defeat the Turks and pass through the
Dardanelles. This cost Winston Churchill, who conceived the idea of
sending the fleet as the First Lord of the Admiralty in the British War
Cabinet, his job.
British casualties, including imperial forces, amounted to approximately
205,000. French losses were estimated at around 47,000. Turkish forces
incurred around 250,000 casualties.
* The funds the European Union has earmarked to help the Turkish film
industry that we reported to you in our previous programs has arrived in
The Turkish Ministry of Culture says that the EU 261,000 portion of the
funds will be given to the Turkish director Ali Ozgenturk for the
production of a Turkish-Bulgarian joint film. EU 231,000 will be given to
7 movie theaters in Istanbul, two in Ankara and 11 in other provinces.
Three Turkish film distribution companies will also receive EU 22,000.
The Eurimage is providing the funds. Turkey's membership to the
organization in 2002 required the payment of 58 million French francs and
EU 914,000. However Turkey has received a total of 73 million French
francs and EU 2.9 million from the organization in the same year.
* The Anatolian News Agency reports that the ancient city of Ephesus is
getting a new museum. A building that date back to late 1800s is being
converted to house the Aegean Agriculture, Ecology and Weaving Museum.
The archeologist at the Ephesus Museum says that the building has been
restored meticulously and turned over to Turkey's Ministry of Culture.
Experts and scholars from the Aegean University have formed a commission
to determine the contents of the exhibits.
* Controversy about a Turkish song that will participate in this year's
Eurovision song contest is brewing says the Anatolian News Agency.
The Turkish Language Institute is objecting to the English lyrics of the
song. The Institute thinks that a song that represents Turkey and Turkish
people should be in Turkish. The scholars of the Institute think that the
decision to choose this particular song is "wrong, disappointing and
The Institute is advising the jury to rescind its decision, and send a
song in Turkish to the contest, as it has been done in the previous years.
Renowned Turkish pop music singer Sertap Erener has composed and wrote
the lyrics to the song with Demir Demirkan, reports the Anatolian News
Agency. The title of the song is "Every Way that I can".
* A new contest has been just started to choose a poster for the Golden
Orange Film Festival that will take place in the Turkish Mediterranean
City of Antalya, reports the Anatolian News Agency.
Artists who would like to participate in the contest have to submit
their posters by May 30th. The jury will announce the results on June 10.
The festival will observe its 40th anniversary this year.
See http://www.altinportakal.org.tr/ for more.
* The renowned Turkish pianist Fazil Say was in Israel last week. The
Anatolian News Agency says that Israelis loved the young pianist.
In an article in the daily Yediot Ahronot music critique Hanoh Ron said
that Mr. Say mesmerized the public, and called him a "painter of sounds".
Mr. Say performed here in San Jose Symphony Orchestra in the year 2000,
and received good reviews.
See http://www.byegm.gov.tr/yayinlarimiz/NEWSPOT/2000/Jan/N8.htm for
more about Mr. Say.
Edited for the Turkish radio Hour by Mark Nowak
* Turkish Soccer Super League:
Week 21 match results:
Trabzonspor 3-1 Adanaspor
Ankaragucu 3-0 Altay
Diyarbakirspor - Besiktas
Kocaelispor - Bursaspor
G.Antep - Elazigspor
Denizlispor - Fenerbahce
Göztepe 0-0 G.Birligi
Galatasaray 2-1 Malatyaspor
Istanbulspor 0-1 Samsunspor
Week 22 matches:
Fenerbache 2-0 Malatyaspor
Adanaspor - Ankaragucu
Elazigspor - Denizlispor
Samsunspor - Diyarbakirspor
Kocaelispor - Galatasaray
Altay - G.Antep
Besiktas - Göztepe
Bursaspor - Istanbulspor
G.Birligi - Trabzonspor
1. Besiktas 50
2. Galatasaray 45
3. G.Birligi 44
4. Fenerbahce 42
5. Trabzonspor 37
6. G.Antep 33
7. Malatyaspor 31
8. Ankaragucu 27
9. Denizlispor 24
10. Diyarbakirspor 23
11. Samsunspor 22
12. Altay 21
13. Elazigspor 20
14. Göztepe 20
15. Istanbulspor 19
16. Bursaspor 19
17. Adanaspor 19
18. Kocaelispor 13
* UEFA Cup
Besiktas 4 - 2 Slavia Prague
Besiktas 0 - 1 Slavia Prague
Besiktas advances to quarterfinals on goal aggregate 4-3
Denizlispor 2-2 FC Porto
Denizlispor 1-6 FC Porto
FC Porto advances to quarterfinals on goal aggregate 8-3
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