Turkish daily newspapers covered in their Wednesday editions Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks over downing of a Turkish military plane by Syria, a NATO meeting in Brussels held after Turkey's request over the downed plane, a natural gas pipeline agreement between Turkey and Azerbaijan, and Turkish government's plans to abolish courts with special authorities.
"Syria now an informal enemy," daily MILLIYET said over Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks on the downing of the Turkish military plane. "The rules of engagement of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) have been revised. Every military element approaching towards Turkish border from Syria that may pose a security risk and danger will be considered a threat and will be responded as a military target," the daily quoted Erdogan as telling his AK Party lawmakers at a meeting at parliament. The daily said Erdogan stressed that Turkey would never tolerate or leave unanswered any security risks made up by the Syrian regime along the Turkish-Syrian border.
"Full support from NATO," daily VATAN headlined over a meeting of NATO members on Tuesday which was called on by Turkey under Article 4 of the founding treaty of the alliance for consultations on the downed Turkish plane. The daily said the meeting condemned Syria "in the strongest terms," adding that NATO said the attack was unacceptable.
Daily ZAMAN said Turkey and Azerbaijan signed a $7-billion agreement to construct the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline which would transport gas from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz-II field via Georgia to Turkey and on to Europe. The daily said when completed in 2020, the pipeline would carry 16 billion cubic meters of gas annually and Turkey will buy 6 million cubic meters of it as the rest would be transported to Europe via Bulgaria and/or Greece. The daily said Azerbaijan's state oil company SOCAR will hold an 80-percent stake, and two Turkish state-owned companies Petroleum Pipeline Corporation, (BOTAS) and Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) will have 10-percent stakes each.
Daily HURRIYET said Turkish government planned to present a draft law to abolish Turkey's courts with special authorities and to replace them with terrorism courts.
Rumors are circulating the Turkish media that ISIL militants have surrounded the Suleiman Shah tomb, a Turkish military base in Syria's Aleppo.
Thursday’s dailies cover the clashes between ISIL and the pro-Kurdish Democratic Union party in Kobani and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks at the opening of the country’s new legislative year.
Turkey will speed up the process of nuclear power plant construction, said Turkish energy minister following talks with Russian energy officials.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu compared the Syrian regime to the ISIL.
"If this massacre attempt achieves its goal it will end the process," said Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
Turkey had warned Kurdish and Syrian fighters to unite against ISIL, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.
The advanceof ISIL insurgents to within sight of the Turkish army on the Syrian border has piled pressure on Ankara to play a greater role in the U.S.-led coalition.
"Immediately subsequent to the 2015 elections, all parties in the parliament should free themselves from prejudice and come together to write a new constitution based on reconciliation," Erdogan said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "We will fight effectively against both ISIL and all other terrorist organizations within the region; this will always be our priority."
Concerns Kiev could stop gas flow to Turkey and construction of nuclear plant on agenda for Taner Yildiz.
Turkish government's motion for military action against ISIL is extensively covered by Turkish dailies on Wednesday.
The Syrian Kurdish People’s Defence Units (PYD), a strong affiliate of the Kurdish separatist PKK terrorist organization, asked for weapons from Turley to fight the ISIL.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker called on Turkey to 'lift barriers' for American investment in the country.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said a special 'solution process council' will guide government's efforts to solve the Kurdish issue.
The newly-submitted motion, seeking parliamentary mandate for military action, cites the rising threats on southern borders as a motive.
A Turkish warship was harrassed in international waters, while a Turkish training aircraft was tracked in international air space.