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      NEWS BRIEFS

      * The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus officials opened the border gate
      between their republic and the Greek-held Southern Cyprus. The border was
      closed for the past 29 years.
      Thousands of Turkish and Greek Cypriots took the opportunity to travel
      to the opposite zones of the island. The Turkish papers say that the
      all-Greek administration in Southern Cyprus did not in general like the
      move. However, the European Union officials applauded the lifting of the
      travel restrictions as a positive move.
      Since a coup in 1974 by extremist Greek Cypriots aimed at uniting the
      island with Greece and the subsequent Turkish intervention, for better
      security the Turks of the island have been living in their separate zone.
      However, the all-Greek administration is internationally recognized as
      the legitimate government of the island.

      * Turks and their children guests from around the World celebrated the
      23rd of April Sovereignty And Children's Day with joyous events throughout
      Turkey. The day marks the establishment of the Turkish parliament in
      1920.
      For the occasion, the Turkish Radio and Television Corp. held the 25th
      of an international children's folk dancing festival in the Southern
      Mediterranean City of Antalya. The event was televised throughout the
      world.
      The national day was marred, however, by the boycott of the high-level
      officials, military, trade union leaders, civic leaders and business
      people of an official reception held by the speaker of the Turkish
      parliament.
      The speaker of the Turkish parliament was saying that his wife was going
      to be present at the reception donning and Islamic outfit. The officials,
      who included the Turkish president and the chief of the staff of the
      Turkish military, objected to this as violating the Turkish secularism.
      When the time came for the reception, the wife of the speaker did not
      show up at the event.
      The current government and the ruling party in Turkey have many members,
      including its top leaders, with Islamic fundamentalist roots. Although
      since taking power in late November last year, they claim that they are
      for a secular Turkey.
      The Islamic outfits are banned at schools and government offices in
      Turkey.

      * The Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador to
      Ankara on Friday to question him about the remarks of the retired Gen. Jay
      Garner responsible for administering Iraq.
      Mr. Garner characterized the Northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk as a "Kurdish
      city" during the week. Turkish officials say that this is an Iraqi city
      and are worried about Kurds claiming it as their own and as part of a
      potential independent Kurdish state.
      Turkey fears a Kurdish resurgence in northern Iraq could encourage
      Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey to revive a 15-year war for regional
      autonomy.
      The city of Kirkuk also has a sizable Turkish community. In fact, the
      local Turks say that they are the majority in the city.

      * Speaking of Kurdish rebels in Turkey, the Turkish papers claimed this
      week that arms captured from Saddam's army are finding their way to the
      rebels.

      * The Turkish papers are reporting that with the hostilities ending in
      Iraq, U.S. has pulled nearly half of its personnel and fighter jets from
      the southern Turkish base of Incirlik.
      During the years Saddam Hussein was in power, the U.S. and British
      fighters were patrolling the no-fly zone in northern Iraq with flights
      starting at this base.

      * The Turkish daily Turkiey reported that the former CIA director Mr.
      James Woolsey as saying that the U.S. wants a Turkish model of government
      in Iraq.
      According to the Turkish daily Mr. Woolsey was speaking on NBC's Meet
      the Press program.
      Mr. Woolsey says that Turkey is a democracy where people can lose
      elections and not be afraid of a knock on the door in the middle of the
      night.
      On Thursday, the presidential spokesperson Ari Fleischer also said that
      Iraq should emulate Turkey and set a secular Democratic government.

      * The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that President Bush had a
      telephone conversation with the Turkish Prime Minister Talip Erdogan.
      White House spokesman Mr. Ari Fleischer noted the "strong relations"
      between the two countries and the president's thanks that Turkey is
      resupplying U.S. troops in northern Iraq and promising help with Iraq's
      reconstruction.
      Turkish officials say the United States has asked for peacekeeping
      troops and experts to help stabilize and rebuild Iraq, though no formal
      arrangements have been made.

      * About 8,000 Australians and New Zealanders traveled to Turkey for
      observances to honor their dead during the First World War. The number of
      travelers was far less than last year's 20,000 attendees due to fears of
      terrorism related to the Iraqi war.
      Among the attendees of the event this year was the New Zealand
      Governor-General Dame Sylvia Cartwright and Australian Treasurer Peter
      Costello.
      The Australians and New Zealand soldiers were part of the British and
      French army that was trying to take the straights of Dardanelles from the
      defending Turks.
      At dawn on 25 April, 1915, the first waves of Allied troops, men of the
      Australian Imperial Force, landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula at Ari Burnu.
      They were soon followed ashore by thousands of New Zealand soldiers.
      Soon after dawn, at the toe of the peninsula, British troops conducted
      another series of landings.
      Though advancing rapidly against strong Ottoman opposition, the
      Australian landing was thwarted by a 34-year-old Turkish officer, Mustafa
      Kemal Ataturk. Further south, the British troops were also halted by the
      Turkish defense.
      After a series of bloody battles, the allied forces evacuated the
      Peninsula, the Australian and New Zealand troops withdrawing on the night
      of December 19-20, 1915 and the British on January 8-9, 1916.
      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.

      ARTS AND CULTURE


      * The Third International Istanbul Dance Festival is starting on the 28th
      of April with a Gala Night's Stars performance, reports the Anatolian News
      Agency.
      The Ankara State Ballet Company will perform the "Concerto" in the first
      performance of the dance Festival.
      Helsinki City Theatre Dance Company, Prague Chamber Ballet, Ballet De
      Lorraine, Sofia National Music Theater Ballet Group and CRR Dance Theater
      are among the other participants of the festival.
      The festival will continue through May 4.

      * Another Festival is taking place in the greater Istanbul area: First
      International Kadikoy Dance Festival will take place on the 29th of April,
      World Dance Day.
      The Festival is organized with the collaboration of Kadikoy
      Municipality, Ballroom Dance Association and Fenerbahce Sports Club.
      The festival will take place on the streets of Kadikoy and one of the
      organizers say "It will remind people of the Rio Festival. We want make
      everybody dance on that day". In addition to the dance troupes from
      Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, France, Romania, Kazakhstan, Kosovo and Turkey,
      Turkish dance clubs from kinder gardens to the universities will
      participate.


      * The latest film of the renowned Turkish Director Ferzan Ozpetek, made
      9.5 million euros at the box offices in the first 8 weeks in Italy.
      Mr. Ozpetek said his film will be shown in many places across Europe as
      well the U.S.


      * "Far away" a film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, will represent Turkey at Cannes
      Film Festival and contest for Palm a'Dor.
      It is among the 20 films selected by the jury.
      This year is the 56th anniversary of Cannes film Festival, and the
      festival will host several accomplished actors and directors from all
      around the world, such as Meg Ryan, Steven Sodenberg, Nicole Kidman, and
      Penelope Cruz.

      * The 20th International Music Festival in Ankara hosted "Varttina" from
      Finland and "Baldi Olier Quartet" from Israel this year. Finland Folk
      music by "Varttina" and Mediterranean motifs of "Baldi Olier Quartet" were
      considered spectacular and as very good examples of the World music.

      * Two young Turkish poets Mr. Aziz Dogdu and Ms. Mine Bahadir, who
      recently have been praised for their accomplishments in the U.S. and
      Canada, won two more awards recently.
      The International Poetry Library gave Mr. Dogan's poem titled "The
      Curtained Sky" the best creative poetry award.
      The Famous Poets Society, on the other hand, awarded Ms. Mine Bahadir
      this year's "Most Successful New Poet" title.

      EXCHANGE RATE

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

      1,592,000

      WEATHER

      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 55/43 Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 68/54 Partially Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 59/46 Partially Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 68/54 Partially cloudy
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 52/45 Rain


      SPORTS

      * Turkish Soccer Super League:

      In last week's games the following scores were reported:

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


      1. Besiktas 67
      2. Galatasaray 66
      3. G.Birligi 63
      4. Trabzonspor 46
      5. G.Antep 45
      6. Fenerbahce 45
      7. Malatyaspor 39
      8. Ankaragucu 39
      9. Diyarbakirspor 34
      10. Istanbulspor 33
      11. Samsunspor 33
      12. Denizlispor 32
      13. Adanaspor 29
      14. Altay 29
      15. Bursaspor 26
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      16. Elazigspor 25
      17. Göztepe 24
      18. Kocaelispor 19

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