TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON AUGUST 30

Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Tuesday issues the Feast of Ramadan and the 89th anniversary of the Victory Day celebrated all across Turkey on the same day, as well as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's participation in a graduation ceremony at the GATA Military Academy after four years and Turkish General Staff's new web-site.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON AUGUST 30

Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Tuesday issues the Feast of Ramadan and the 89th anniversary of the Victory Day celebrated all across Turkey on the same day, as well as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's participation in a graduation ceremony at the GATA Military Academy after four years and Turkish General Staff's new web-site.

Commenting on the Feast of Ramadan and August 30 Victory Day, Turkish dailies wrote that Turkey joyfully celebrated two feasts on the same day this year.

Regarding the graduation ceremony at the Gulhane Military Medical Academy (GATA); Hurriyet, Milliyet, Sabah, Vatan and Turkiye dailies wrote that Prime Minister Erdogan, who had not attended the ceremonies held at GATA since 2007, participated in this year's graduation ceremony after four years.

Today, newspapers also highlighted Turkish General Staff's decision to remove the "April 27 Declaration" from the army's web-site. Hurriyet and Turkiye dailies said "April 27 declaration has become history", as Yeni Safak wrote the "e-declaration was now in the trash bin", and Zaman daily described the removal of the statement from General Staff's web-site as an important step for democracy.

Dailies wrote that, in addition to the e-declaration of 2007, General Staff had also removed all the other statements on the web-site and just kept the statements of the past one week.

Sabah daily said the decision to update the internet page came one day before the Victory Day celebrations and upon General Staff Chief Necdet Ozel's initiative. Cumhuriyet daily wrote that the General Staff had also removed several other sections from its web-site such as "defense policy" and "fundamentalist acts". Yeni Safak and Zaman dailies said General Staff had also omitted statements regarding "fight against terrorism", adding that such statements would be delivered by the Turkish Interior Ministry from now on.

Covering the same issue, Vatan daily said Erdogan's boycott against the ceremonies at GATA had ended with the removal of the statement on General Staff's web-site.

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