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      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Gokce Gokalp

      * The Turkish daily Hurriyet reports that former Senator Bob Kerrey is
      suggesting to the Turkish government to organize a summit in Istanbul to
      discuss significant issues faced in Iraq’s reconstruction.
      Recommending that both Turkey and the US move beyond bilateral tensions
      in the wake of Ankara’s refusal of US troop deployments before the Ira
      war, Mr. Kerrey stressed that the two countries were close allies which
      should mutually strive to solve their problems.
      "Iraq’s future must be discussed in Istanbul with regional countries
      under the joint leadership of the US and Turkey," adds Mr. Kerrey.

      * The daily Hurriyet also reports that the Foreign Affairs Minister of
      Turkey Mr. Abdullah Gul stated Thursday that Turkey had offered
      substantial assistance, including supplies of electricity, water and
      refined gasoline, to the US in the Iraqi postwar reconstruction but had
      yet to receive any reply from Washington.
      "“The situation in Iraq is not good, and unfortunately it is gettin
      worse, and we are worried,"” said Mr. Gul in an interview with British
      daily the Financial Times.
      "“It is not just security that is a problem, and the coalition forces
      should not only deal with the security"” Mr. Gul added.

      * Speaking to reporters before leaving for Great Britain on Wednesday,
      Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul said that the Turkish government had
      yet to put the final touches on a seventh reform package for Turkey's
      European Union bid, adding that it would take its finished form next week,
      reports the daily Turkiye.
      Asked about the situation in postwar Iraq, Mr. Gul said that northern
      Iraq was an indispensable part of the country and that he would discuss
      the situation with his British counterpart Jack Straw.
      Touching on Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok’s current visit to
      Israel, the foreign affairs minister said that Turkey was always ready to
      contribute to peace between Israel and Palestine.
      Asked about Italy’s just-begun European Union term presidency, Mr. Gul
      said that Ankara’s relations with Rome were going very well and that
      Italy’s term presidency would work to Turkey’s benefit, reiterating the
      Turkey's determination to join the Union.

      * In related news, the daily Cumhuriyet reported that one day after his
      country took over the rotating European Union term presidency from Greece,
      Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gave a speech Wednesday to the
      European Parliament in Strasbourg presenting his nation’s agenda at the
      Union helm for the next six months.
      Mr. Berlusconi recalled that the beginning date for Turkey’s membership
      negotiations was due to be determined at the end of next year and
      reiterated his full support for Turkey’s membership bid.
      "We should support the reform period initiated by Ankara to fulfill the
      European Union’s Copenhagen criteria," added the Italian premier.

      * Although the Italian premier is looking favorably to Turkish membership
      and the European Union, there are many other European leaders who are
      opposed to it.
      In a panel discussion on a German TV former Turkish Prime Minister Mesut
      Yilmaz defended Turkey against the opposition, reports the Turkish daily
      News, an English language publication in the Turkish capital Ankara.
      Responding to the branding of Turkey as a "Trojan horse" of the United
      States by a socialist deputy at the panel, Mr. Yilmaz pointed out that
      while some European Union countries most notably Great Britain were on the
      U.S. side in the Iraq war, Turkey was with the rest of the European Union
      countries in opposing the war.
      "The European Union should put an end to double standards first. We want
      the European Union to treat Turkey equally with the other candidates,"
      added Yilmaz.
      Turkish governments have passed many reform packages to meet European
      Union criteria to start membership talks to date and, as we reported
      earlier in the news, the ruling the Justice and Development Party
      government recently embarked on preparing a new reform package to fulfill
      the criteria as a whole.
      Turkey was declared a candidate in a summit of the EU in 1999, but has
      not yet started accession talks with the union. EU leaders will meet in
      December 2004 and review Turkey's progress in meeting EU standards with a
      view to opening talks in the first half of 2005.

      * Turkey's Foreign Affairs Ministry announced Wednesday that the United
      Nations Commission for Human Rights had elected Dr. Yakin Erturk as its
      special rapporteur for violence against women, one of the commission's
      inspection mechanisms, reports the Anatolian News Agency.

      * "It is disappointing that the European Union chooses to ignore the
      existing realities on Cyprus, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus"
      President Rauf Denktas said over the weekend, reported the Turkish daily
      Speaking in Switzerland to the 14th annual meeting of the Crans Montana
      Forum, a group promoting responsible business ethics, President Denktas
      pointed out that present on the island are two separate nations with two
      separate languages.
      "If a resolution on the island is truly desired, then these facts must
      be taken into consideration," he stated.

      * Ford Motor Co., the world's second-largest car maker, plans to move the
      production of Transit vans to Turkey, after phasing it out at its Belgian
      Genk unit by January 2004, reports the Reuters news agency.
      Ford said on Monday it will cut production capacity for the Mondeo model
      by 11,000 cars at its Belgian unit in the second half of the year.

      * Turkey's State Institute of Statistics released month-on-month inflation
      figures for June on Thursday. Inflation last month was -1.9% on the
      wholesale price index and 0.2% on the consumer price index.
      The figures pushed year-to-year wholesale price inflation to 29.6% and
      consumer price inflation
      to 29.8%.

      * The Turkish Daily News reports that the World's leading emerging markets
      bank Standard Chartered is to open a representative office in Turkey, the
      bank has announced.
      Standard Chartered employs 29,000 people in over 500 offices in more
      than 50 countries in the Asia Pacific Region, South Asia, the Middle East,
      Africa, United Kingdom and the Americas.

      * Turkey's heavily-indebted treasury easily covered a big debt redemption
      to the market due later in the week in two auctions of domestic debt on
      Tuesday amid optimism for an International Monetary Fund program and
      progress on privatization, reports the Reuters news agency.
      Turkey is working to pay down a domestic debt load of some $122 billion,
      swollen by a bailout of crisis-hit banks, and lower the high real interest
      rates it pays.
      Turkish markets traded mixed after the auctions as investors awaited
      government action on International Monetary Fund and European
      Union-inspired reforms.
      Meanwhile the Turkish treasury announced that Turkey's outstanding
      external debt increased by $1.8 billion during the first three months of
      the year to $133.2 billion. The Turkish treasury is attributing the
      increase to the appreciation of the euro with respect to the U.S. dollar.


      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Hilal Koc

      * Turkish ballet dancer Ogulcan Borova won the New York International
      Ballet Competition held in Allice Tully Hall in New York City.
      Mr. Borova won the gold medal among 17-24 year old dancers, from 48
      competing dancers from 24 different countries.
      While no ballerina was given the gold medal honor, Turkish Borova as
      well as Chilean Cesar Morales each earned a gold medal. The competition
      which is held normally held every three years will now be held every two
      See the festival pages at http://www.nyibc.org/

      * Thanks to a large donation by IBM, along with continuing donations from
      industry giants Boeing and Koc Holding, the excavation in the town of
      Catalhoyuk in southwestern Turkey will continue for the seventh year.
      The town has a notoriously rich history and is home to the
      civilization's first settlement, the first mirror, the first cloth, along
      with several other firsts in agricultural goods.
      This year, the international team hopes to locate close to 20 underground
      houses dating from the Neolithic Era.
      Catalhoyuk has been designated as one of the 100 historical sites that
      must be preserved as well as one of the 30 most valuable historical sites
      that need funding to continue excavations by the World Historical Sites
      See for an article written for our radio
      program for an interview we conducted with the excavation director.

      * The northwestern town of Bursa will host the 17th annual International
      Bursa Festival starting July 7th.
      The event will feature "Golden Karagoz Folk Dancing Competition" for the
      first time. The competition will bring folk dancing troops from 20
      nations, including the USA, South Africa, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia as
      well as many other Balkan countries.
      The festival will conclude with the awarding of the "Golden Karagoz" by
      the jury.

      * Two famous performers did their part in an effort to promote peace in
      the volatile island of Cyprus. Turkish singer and Istanbul representative
      for Turkey's Republican Peoples Party, Zulfu Livaneli, and Greek singer
      Maria Faranduri organized a joint concert.
      The July 4th concert took place in Lefkose, on the Greek side of the
      island that is divided between both the Turks and Greeks and was free for
      all Cypriots, Turks and Greeks.

      * Turkey's first folk song festival will be held July 5th and 6th in the
      eastern city of Malatya.
      Malatya is notorious for its love of folk songs (it is said that one in
      every three Malatyans sing folk songs) and musical background.
      The festival will incorporate poetry competitions, photography and
      painting exhibits as well as folk dancing, and will attract many domestic
      music stars.
      See more about Malatya at http://www.malatya.gov.tr/index_en.shtml .

      * In an effort to strengthen the cultural ties between Turkey and Cuba,
      the Jose Marti Cuban Alliance Foundation is organizing "Cuba Week," from
      June 30th until July 6th.
      The event will feature photography exhibits, film screenings and several
      "Cuban" nights full of Cuban music and dance.
      The event kicked off with Cuban Amabassador Miguel Lamazares' arrival in
      Turkey on June 30th.

      * The Turkish private channel NTV reports that Turkish-born film maker
      Ferzan Özpetek won the best director prize at Italy’s prestigious Globo
      D'Oro awards Wednesday night for his latest movie, La Finestra di Fronte
      (The Window Opposite).
      Not only did La Finestra di Fronte garner Özpetek the top director's
      honours, it almost scooped the pool at the 44th annual Globo D’Oro awards,
      with the film picking up best screenplay, actress and actor prizes.
      The film is a love story, telling the tale of a man who works in a bank
      and a working class woman who live in apartment buildings facing each
      other across a street.
      Earlier this year, Mr. Özpetek picked up Italy’s top film award for La
      Finestra di Fronte, winning the David di Donatello award.
      See the following links for more:

      * The first glassblowing school in Turkey "Glass Furnace" hosted a show by
      the Mexican glassblower Jamex de la Torre last week.
      The Mexican artist worked with his Turkish colleagues in creating a
      glass rooster.
      The Glass Furnace offers studio time to Turkish glassblowers and at the
      same time has two-week classes by international artists.
      See more about the school at http://www.glassfurnace.org/

      * The 1st International Military Band Festival, organized by Turkey's Land
      Forces Command on the occasion of the 2212th anniversary of the
      establishment of Land Forces Commandership which presented ten local and
      foreign military bands, ended with a glorious night at the Military War
      School on last Saturday.
      The concerts, with the participation of local and foreign bands,
      performed between June 26 and 28, 2003, in the Turkish capital Ankara.
      Military bands from four countries participated in the festival that was
      held for the first time in Turkey. Bulgarian National Guard Band, German
      3rd Air Force Band, Band of Romanian Armed Forces and Orchestra of
      Ukrainian Naval Forces were the guest bands of this years festival.
      Turkish Armed Forces Harmony Band, Naval Forces Band, Air Forces Band,
      Gendarmerie Band, Musician School Band and Mehteran Band (Janissary Band)
      represented Turkey in this first festival.
      The closing concert was performed jointly by 10 orchestras, nearly 600
      musicians, with the guiding hand of Haluk Erten. Culture and Tourism
      Ministry's Folk Dance Society and Choir joined the bands in their
      See http://www.kkk.tsk.mil.tr/Bando/english.html for more.

      * For the last nine years, the International Istanbul Jazz Festival has
      welcomed the masters of jazz, world music, rock and jazz in Istanbul and
      turned July into a month full of musical activities, says the Turkish
      daily News.
      This year, the 10th International Istanbul Jazz Festival will take place
      between July 4- 20, 2003.
      The Festival is organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and
      Arts and will be hosting over 300 foreign and local musicians and 40
      For more on the festival see
      http://www.istfest.org/caz/default.asp?lang=en on the Web.


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



      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 91/68 Showers
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 99/72 Clear
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 82/72 Showers
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 91/75 Clear
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 82/70 Partly Cloudy

      Seawater temperatures

      Trabzon (Black Sea) 73
      Tekirdag (Marmara Sea) 75
      Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 73
      Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 81


      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak

      * Turkey’s football team toppled Colombia on Saturday in France with a 2-1
      win, thus giving it third place in the FIFA Confederation Cup. In
      addition, host France retained the cup by beating Cameroon 1-0 in Sunday’s
      final match.

      * Turkey's Football Association has been fined 50,000 Swiss francs
      ($36,950) after trouble during last month's Euro 2004 qualifier against
      Macedonia, European soccer's governing body said. UEFA said the fine was
      imposed for "lack of order and security in the stadium" at the June 11
      match in Istanbul.

      * Ilhan Mansiz was not with the Besiktas team. Indeed, he is not even with
      the squad and his precise whereabouts are uncertain, although he is
      reported to be in Germany.

      * International football’s controlling body FIFA has ordered Argentinean
      Ariel Ortega pay a record $11 million to Istanbul club Fenerbahçe after
      the player was found guilty of breaching his contract.

      * One time Romanian and Galatasaray star Gheorghe Hagi is to return to
      Turkey to take over as coach of struggling Super League side Bursaspor.

      * Transfers Goalkeeper Rustu Recber inked a four-year deal with Barcelona.
      Istanbulspor midfielder Selcuk Sahin signed a 3-year contract with
      Turkish international Ümit Davala has agreed to turn out for German
      first division team Werder Bremen next season, according to his manager.

      * Tuncay Sanli finished second to Thierry Henry in borh FIFA's Confed Cup
      player awards, the Golden Ball and the Golden Shoe.


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