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TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON JUNE 20
TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON JUNE 20

Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Wednesday's edition the terrorist attack that killed eight Turkish soldiers, the meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Barack Obama, and Turkey's assistance to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Wednesday's edition the terrorist attack that killed eight Turkish soldiers, the meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Barack Obama, and Turkey's assistance to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

All the papers published stories on the terrorist attack that killed eight Turkish soldiers in the southeastern province of Hakkari. Sabah daily newspaper's perspective on the topic was a bit different as it established a connection between the terrorist attacks that killed Turkish soldiers and Erdogan-Obama meetings. The paper said that terrorist attacks were staged every time Erdogan and Obama were scheduled to meet, showed Resadiye attack that killed seven ahead of a summit in the United States in December 2009, another attack in Gediktepe that killed 11 ahead of another summit in the United States in June 2010, a third attack that killed nine in Pervari ahead of another summit in the United States in December 2009, and yesterday's attack that killed eight in Daglica ahead of Erdogan-Obama summit in Mexico.

Sabah daily newspaper wrote that Erdogan had a 40-minute meeting with Obama, and during the meeting Obama offered his condolences to Erdogan and said that the United States was standing by Turkey in its fight against the terrorist organization PKK. The paper also referred to Erdogan's reaction to the attack and quoted the prime minister as saying, "there can be no bargaining on terrorism, terrorists should lay down arms as soon as possible."

On the same topic, Zaman wrote that terrorists attacked on three separate military outposts with heavy weapons, rockets and mortar bombs and killed eight soldiers. The paper said 20 PKK terrorists were killed in the operation that followed the attack. Zaman also referred to Erdogan-Obama meeting and said they mainly discussed Syria crisis.

Turkiye newspaper defined Erdogan-Obama meeting as a summit that focused on terrorism and Syria, and quoted Erdogan as saying that Turkey would continue countering terrorism till the very end, and would manage to eradicate terrorism sooner or later. Yeni Safak referred to President Abdullah Gul's remarks, and quoted Gul as saying that the terrorist organization aimed to sabotage solution efforts. Yeni Safak also published a story on Peace and Democracy Party's (BDP) call to PKK to lay down arms.

The third main topic in papers was Turkey's assistance to IMF. Turkiye wrote that leaders discussed global economic crisis during G-20 summit in Mexico and announced how much contribution they would make to a fund to be set up by IMF to save countries from the economic crisis. The paper quoted Erdogan as saying that Turkey would donate 5 billion USD to the fund. Zaman also said that Turkey would grant 5 billion USD to IMF fund, but it could be taken back in case the Central Bank needed it.

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