June 2006

The June Issue of DIPLOMAT magazine is out. The Magazine aims to appeal to foreign diplomats in Turkey, foreign media representatives and high-level officials of International firms.


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Amid the summer heat, Turkey hosts two major sporting events og global significance this mont.

One is the first İstanbul Formula 1 Grand Prix, wich is expected to be watched by two million people on all continents. Thanks to this event, Turkey now has one of the most modern race-tracks in the world. All preparations for the race had been completed at the time of going to press.

Meanwhile, the Universiade 2005 has been taking place in İzmir. All the athletes taking part in this spectacle are university students. These educated and healty young people are the pride and hope of their countries and of entire planet. In this edition of DİPLOMAT, we are pleased to devote space to the comments of Mr Taha AKSOY, the general coordinator of the event which has brought them together. He recalls how the decision was taken to organise the Universiade in İzmir, explains how preparations were conducted and reflects on the benefits andf achievenments of the organisation process.

Another of our guests this month is Marc VAN RYSSELBERGHE, the Ambassador of Belgium to Ankara. Ambassador VAN RYSSELBERGHE representsan important European country which at the same time accommodates the central hub of the European Union. Although only just completing his first year in his post, the ambassador has a long acquaintance with Turkey. In an interview with Bernard KENNEDY, he dicusses Turkey-EU relations and the situation of people of Turkish origin in Belgium, and provides some interesting information on the internal political organisation of his country.

Our arts pages future Ercan GÜLEN, Turkey's leading exponent of the unusual and difficult technique of linocut printing. For a feel of how the technique operates and a glimpse of the work and character of the artists, this article is well worth reading.

Our International travel recommendation for those wanting to get away to somewhere a little cooler is Amsterdam. But for those who want to stay in Turkey, Fethiye is hard to beat. Once you have toured the amazing archaeological sites of the district, choose between a refreshing swim at Ölüdeniz or an exploration of the natural wonders of Butterfly Valley.

The fine hotels of the region are expecting you.

Kaya Dorsan

Publisher and editor-in-chief

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