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      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Gokce Gokalp

      * As we reported to you last week, U.S. is asking Turkey to contribute to
      an international force to be deployed in Iraq. Turkish authorities are
      considering the request but there are still no decisions. Here is the
      latest we have on this:
      "Sending troops to Iraq isn't a matter one should decide on hastily,"
      said Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul at a dinner with
      members of Turkish Parliament's Foreign Affairs Commission on Wednesday,
      according to the daily Turkiye. He said the Turkish armed forces General
      Staff was looking into the issue, including all risk factors, and
      following this, the government would take up the question.
      Stressing that Turkey's intelligence services were investigating whether
      Iraqis would welcome Turkish soldiers or not, Mr. Gul said, "We should be
      sure that our troops are welcome, as they were in Bosnia."
      Regarding the parliamentarians' urging that the deployment be made
      within the framework of NATO and the United Nations, Mr. Gul stated,
      "Without the Parliament's authorization, there will be no troop
      He added that the Turkish government would very much prefer to act in
      line with NATO and UN resolutions.

      * In related news, Turkish armed forces Chief of General Staff General
      Hilmi Ozkok met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday at the
      Prime Ministry.
      General Ozkok gave the Turkish prime minister the Turkish Armed Forces
      position on the troop deployment issue and reportedly told him that if a
      decision is made in favor of deployment, Turkish forces would be ready to
      move in to Iraq in 45 days.
      News sources reported that the Turkish Armed Forces was opposed to troop
      deployments upon an invitation from the American-sponsored Iraqi Governing
      Council. The Turkish military says that this council presently lacks any
      international recognition.

      * Following a two-hour meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul
      and Undersecretary Ugur Ziyal on Thursday, a leader of one of the
      opposition groups in Iraq, National Monarchy Action head Sherif Ali Bin
      Hussein, said that he had discussed his country' s future with Turkish
      Stressing that a Turkish deployment in Iraq would be successful because
      Turkish forces are familiar with the country's ethnic groups and religious
      traditions, Mr. Hussein added that these soldiers would not make the same
      mistakes committed by US soldiers there, reported the daily Turkiye.

      * Iraq's 25-member Governing Council settled on a rotating presidency
      system for the body on Monday reported the daily Turkiye, but Iraq's
      native Turkmen were excluded from the members slated to successively take
      the helm.
      The nine select members consist of five Shiites, two Sunnis and two
      Kurds. Iraqi Patriotic Union Party leader Jalal Talabani and Iraqi
      Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Massoud Barzani are the Kurdish
      representatives within the group of nine.

      * In related news, two officials from the Iraqi Patriotic Union of
      Kurdistan and the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party stated Monday that they
      hoped to see Kerkuk as the future capital of Kurdistan according to the
      daily Cumhuriyet.
      It was unclear what they meant by Kurdistan, whether a federal Iraqi
      province or an independent state, something long opposed by Turkey.
      Meanwhile, Sulaimaniyah Mayor and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
      representative Aiso Shak Norey echoed this sentiment, adding that Erbil
      might be an alternate choice.
      Both officials alleged that Turkey regarded the chaotic atmosphere in
      the region as an opportunity to occupy Kerkuk

      * According to the daily Cumhuriyet, the health condition of Haydar
      Aliyev, Azerbaijan' s aged president, is rapidly deteriorating, giving the
      leader only days left to live, claimed a foreign diplomatic source in the
      capital Baku yesterday.
      Similar reports have surfaced in the Turkish press suggesting that Mr.
      Aliyev, who is being cared for at an Ankara military hospital, was
      suffering from terminal illness, but Azerbaijan' s ambassador to Ankara
      has denied this, saying that the president was in normal condition and not
      in intensive care.
      Mr. Aliyev checked into Ankara's Gulhane Military Medical Academy last
      month for what Azeri officials described as a medical checkup, and has not
      been seen in public since.

      * The Turkish Parliament adopted on Wednesday a 37-article seventh reform
      package to meet the European Union criteria for membership.
      The package mainly proposes changes to the structure of the Turkey's
      National Security Council, moving to a more civilian dominated form.
      The new package foresees the Turkish prime minister to propose
      candidates for the secretary-general of the Council and the Turkish
      president to make the final choice.
      In addition, the council will convene every two months, instead of
      President Ahmet Necdet Sezer must approve the package before it becomes
      In related news, a spokeswoman for European Union foreign policy chief
      Javier Solana Wednesday hailed the new package as very positive, adding,
      "This goes exactly in the direction of fulfilling the Copenhagen criteria
      for European Union membership.''
      However, the Turkish armed forces chief of staff General Ozkok
      reportedly conveyed his concerns over the package and its proposed changes
      to the structure of the National Security Council.
      Military and some civilians Turks think that the Islamists may be able
      to change the secular nature of the Turkish political system by using this
      new law.

      * Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the General
      Assembly meeting of Turkey's Economic Development Foundation in Istanbul
      on Wednesday.
      Speaking to the group, Mr. Erdogan charged that the European Union's
      policy towards Turkey showed a double standard, as in his view, most
      candidate countries slated to join the Unions ranks in 2004 have yet to
      fulfill the European Union criteria, reported the Turkish dailies.
      "It is incorrect to link Turkey' s European Union membership bid with
      the Cyprus issue," said Mr. Erdogan. "These are two distinct issues.
      Despite the arguments of certain European Union circles, Turkey never
      completely rejected UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's plan for the island.
      We've always worked for a permanent solution." Mr. Erdogan added.
      Turkey has intervened in Cyprus in 1974 to protect the Turks on the
      island and has still troops stationed there.
      Meanwhile, businessmen at the meeting expressed support for the
      government's recent reform packages. Istanbul Chamber of Industry Chairman
      Tanil Kucuk stated that all the reform packages approved by the government
      made great strides towards democratization. For his part, Turkish Union of
      Chambers and Commodities Exchanges Chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu warned
      that if the European Union delayed the beginning of Turkeys membership
      negotiations, Ankara would have to revise its relations with the Union.


      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Hilal Koc

      * The Second Annual International Gold Lion Film Festival will kick off
      August 18th through the 22nd in Koycegiz, a town in the southeastern
      region of Turkey.
      The festival, which was a hit last year, will feature film screenings as
      well as concerts and various exhibits featuring many nationally acclaimed

      * Meanwhile Koycegiz is also hosting an archeological dig to uncover the
      infamous "hidden city" under the Koycegiz Lake. The "hidden city" is
      believed to date back to the Archaic era and was created to cater to the
      many people who came to reap the benefits of the lake water that was said
      to have healing effects.
      The city falls on an earthquake fault line and over the years it
      progressively sank below sea level with earthquakes and was ultimately
      buried under the lake as the water levels of the lake rose.
      The excavation team hopes to rediscover the "hidden city" and create an
      underwater museum for all to enjoy the mysteries of the lake's surrounding

      * The Golden Orange International Short Film/Video Competition starts
      August 2nd and will last until August 6th in the sunny southern city of
      The competition hopes to encourage creative and independent filmmaking
      in Turkey and in the surrounding region and drew 145 domestic and 35
      international film candidates.
      These180 films will be reduced to only 10 that will compete in the

      * The Aegean costal city of Bodrum will host its International Ballet
      Festival from August 17 through the 31st. The event is expected to draw
      large crowds of dance enthusiasts who will come to see five teams perform
      varying styles, from Argentine tango renditions, Spanish bolero to local
      Turkish favorites.
      Groups from Germany, Bulgaria, Russia, France and Turkey will
      The festival will he held in the renovated Bodrum castle.

      * Just south of Bodrum, the town of Fethiye, kicked off its Arts and
      Culture Festival the 29th of July, which will last through Sunday, August
      Organized by the European Students Forum, the festival will host three
      thousand students from many European nations, and focus on the
      "Turkish-Greek Civil Dialogue Project," a project aimed at improving
      relations and strengthening cultural ties between Turks and Greeks through
      the arts.

      * Turkish director Dervis Zaim's film Camur (Mud) is set to compete in
      this year's Venice Film Festival. Mr. Zaim's is the first Turkish film to
      participate in the festival in 12 years reports the daily Hurriyet.


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



      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 95/64 Clear
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 95/72 Clear
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 88/75 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 97/73 Clear
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 79/68 Partly Cloudy

      Seawater temperatures

      Trabzon (Black Sea) 77
      Tekirdag (Marmara Sea) 77
      Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 73
      Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 84


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      *** 6th Annual California
      Turkish Arts & Culture Festival

      Saturday & Sunday, August 2-3, 2003
      (11am - 6pm)

      Monterey Custom House Plaza
      (next to the Fisherman's Wharf)


      Live music entertainment, Folk dancing, Belly dancing

      Art Exhibits (Crafts,Carpet weaving, Photography)

      Food and drinks (Doner Kebap, borek, baklava, Turkish Coffee,...)

      Many activities for Children
      (puppet making, painting, coloring, story telling, folk dancing,

      Information: (831) 646-1916, www.taaca.org, turkfest@...


      North May Turkish Classical Music Ensemble is looking for players
      traditional Turkish classical instruments such as oud, ney,
      tanbur, kanun or kemence, bendir or kudum; or even western
      instruments that easily adapt to Turkish music, such as cello.

      The ensemble is also looking for people who can sing in Turkish,
      or are interested in learning.

      The group is open to anyone with a sincere interest in Turkish

      For details call Hank Levin at 415 492-0728, or email:

      *** Halil Karaduman and Necati Celik

      TAAC is proud to announce that
      Halil Karaduman and Necati Celik,
      two superb musicians of Turkey, will be here in August.

      They will have a concert in the South Bay at the end of August.
      It is so rare for us to hear authentic Turkish music performed by truly exceptional musicians here.


      When: August 31, 2003 Sunday @ 4 pm
      (Music will start at 4:30 and the concert will be over by 7 pm)

      Admission: $15 per person
      (Please no children who may not be able to sit through a concert)

      All proceeds will go to the musicians!

      To secure a space, please call:
      or e-mail
      and RSVP.

      Space is limited!

      There will be appetizers/drinks served with no additional charge.

      Hope to see you all at the concert.

      Gunsu Temirer

      *** Aegean Friends potluck
      Sunday * 10 August 2003 * 5:00 PM

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      Call for directions: 650/325-0723

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      RSVP Nikos 415/775-6143

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      San Francisco, CA 94114-0022

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