Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Friday issues Turkey's deployment of troops, armored vehicles and missiles along the Syrian border, Thursday's meeting of the National Security Council and independent deputy Leyla Zana's meeting to be held with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday.
Commenting on the tension between Turkey and Syria following Syria's downing of a Turkish military jet on June 22, almost all dailies mentioned that Turkey was deploying great numbers of troops, armored vehicles and missiles along the Syrian border. Hurriyet daily said that Turkey deployed Stinger missiles along its border with Syria. The Stinger missiles have a range of five kilometers and are used against jets and helicopters.
Dailies highlighted the meeting of the Turkish National Security Council (MGK) on Thursday. MGK members discussed the unarmed Turkish military plane which was downed by Syria in international air space on June 22. Turkey will act with determination against this violent act by reserving all rights under international law, said a statement released after MGK's regular June meeting on Thursday. MGK members also discussed the recent developments in Syria, and expressed necessity that the bloodshed in Syria must be stopped immediately and a democratic path should be opened under people's legitimate demands.
Dailies also drew attention to a meeting to be held between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and an independent deputy from the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir, Leyla Zana, on Saturday. Zana recently said that she believed Erdogan would be able to solve the Kurdish issue. "I have not lost hope or faith on this issue," Zana stated.
Turkish PM Erdogan called the upcoming local elections the most significant in Turkey's history and accused opposition parties and the Gulen movement of encouraging violence on streets.
Top diplomats of the three countries will exchange views on enhancing regional cooperation on the issues of common interest to all three countries.
Elvan, then aged 14, got caught up in street battles in Istanbul between police and protesters on June 16
Turkish dailies on Wednesday mainly cover the death of Gezi protests victim after 269 days in coma, the release of the detained suspects in Ergenekon case and the killings in courthouses.
Plans to reconstruct the military barracks in its former spot in Taksim's Gezi Park caused much controversy last year, when activists occupied the park to prevent building work from being commenced.
More detainees in "Ergenekon" coup trial have been released as the maximum detention period is reduced.
Turkey and Niger signed agreements for cooperation in energy, infrastructure, health
Elvan was the sixth person to die in violence during nationwide protests in late May and June over Erdogan's plans to rebuild an Istanbul park
Israel's Netanyahu said he is hopeful for the restoration of diplomatic ties with Turkey.
Turkish parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek said “The biggest insult and the biggest disrespect that can be done to a society is accusing them of committing genocide, though it is not real.”
Muhammad Salih claims that followers of Fethullah Gulen are pushing to deport him from Turkey in return for a lift of restrictions on their activities in Uzbekistan.
Most Turkish dailies on Tuesday dedicated their front pages to the releases of detainees connected with Ergenekon case – an alleged coup plot – plus a Turkish Super League football match between Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce which was abandonded after fans threw flares and objects on to the pitch before clashing with police.
A court in Istanbul frees two more detainess of Ergenekon alleged coup attempt case, but one will still be detained pending his second case.
Two people, one man and one woman, have been shot in an attack at a courthouse in Istanbul's Caglayan district.
Bulgaria plans a gas pipeline connection to Turkey in order to diversify its natural gas resources.