Tuesday’s dailies cover Turkish President Erdogan's response to a speech by newly-elected Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci plus Turkish rescue teams' efforts in quake-torn Nepal.


World Bulletin / News Desk 

The majority of Tuesday’s newspapers dedicated their front pages to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s response to his newly elected Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akinci's victory speech.

Papers also focused on Turkish rescue teams’ efforts in quake-torn Nepal plus Swiss tennis player Roger Federer's exhibition match in Istanbul.

MILLIYET headlined: “‘You (Akinci) should listen to yourself,’” quoting Erdogan’s remarks.

President-elect Akinci said on Sunday that his government wanted "brotherly" ties with Turkey, rather than the traditional "foster land-motherland" relationship, as it is commonly referred to by Turkish leaders and media.

Erdogan said on Monday, ahead of his departure for Kuwait from Ankara: "Mr. President (Akinci) should listen to himself," adding that the Turkish government would instead maintain the current relationship dynamics and continue to be protective of the Turkish Cypriot administration.

VATAN’s headline read: “We paid a price in Northern Cyprus,” citing Erdogan’s remarks. “There is a price for being a mother and foster-land. We paid that price,” Erdogan said, recalling that Turkish soldiers had died securing the land, highlighting the historical aspect of ties between Ankara and Lefkosa.

In 1974, an attempted coup by Greek Cypriots to forcibly join the island with Greece was resisted by a Turkish peace mission in accordance with an earlier treaty in 1960. Consequently, Turkish Cypriots set up their own republic in 1983 while maintaining the search for reconciliation.

The European Union recognizes the Greek-Cypriot administration in the island, but Turkey recognizes the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus diplomatically.

On the same subject, HURRIYET's front page read: “Foster land polemic,” while HABERTURK wrote: “Not brother but foster land,” on its front page.

Turkey’s response to quake-hit Nepal was another news item that some newspapers focused on.

VATAN ran the headline: “First miracle from Turkish rescue team,” saying that Turks rescued a 22-year-old man 30 hours after the quake. It also ran a photo of the team saving the man.

The 26-strong team from the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management team, or AFAD, is part of the Turkish relief effort which arrived in Nepal on Sunday, a day after the country was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake which has claimed nearly 4,000 lives, including dozens in neighboring India and Tibet.

YENISAFAK’s headline was: “Race against time.”

Turkish organizations like the Humanitarian Relief Foundation, the GEA volunteer search and rescue team, Doctors Worldwide, the AKUT Search and Rescue Association plus the National Medical Rescue Teams have also sent units to the country. At least 74 experts from Turkish organizations are currently working in Nepal.

In sports news, HURRIYET said: “Majesty is in Istanbul court,” referring to Swiss tennis star Roger Federer, who arrived in the city on Sunday as part of the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open being held between April 27 and May 3.

MILLIYET ran the headline: "His highness’s service (went) to Bosphorus," running a photo of Federer while playing an exhibition game with 14-year-old Turkish national tennis player Baran Cengiz near the Bosphorus. Federer hit his last ball into the sea during a media event.

The famous tennis player also released a photo of himself on his social media page, with a towel wrapped around his head after he entered a Turkish bath. His first match in the city is scheduled to be at Garanti Koza Arena on Wednesday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Nisan 2015, 12:11