TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON FEB 26

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON FEB 26

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON FEB 26

All Turkish dailies covered the German Chancellor Angela Merkel's two-day visit in Turkey as the guest of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "Merkel was hopeless" headlined daily CUMHURIYET and covered the meeting between Merkel and Erdogan and quoted Merkel as saying, "Despite having doubts about Turkey's full EU membership, we wish for the process to continue."

Moreover, Daily SABAH headlined, "Great white hope of 'We will do our utmost'", and quoted Merkel's words of "we will do our utmost to fight against PKK" and referring to Turkey's EU process, Merkel was quoted as, "I have doubts but a new chapter needs to be opened." After visiting German soldiers deployed to operate Patriot missile defense systems in Turkey's southern province of Kahramanmaras, Merkel visited several places in Cappadoccia and then headed to Ankara to meet with Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul. Syria crisis, EU accession talks, counter-terrorism and commercial ties were covered during her visit.

Most of the Turkish dailies covered the message of head of PKK terrorist organization Abdullah Ocalan about the process of peace talks. "Let's start the process," daily RADIKAL headlined and published the message of Ocalan:

"Armed struggle is over. Discuss the road map which I presented to you. Let's start the process."

RADIKAL stated Qandil actually knows what Ocalan meant and Ocalan knows what Qandil thinks. Qandil is the name of the mountain deep inside Iraq where the HQ of armed militants of the organisation is based. More, the paper said, Qandil wants to discuss the situation of Ocalan. But Ocalan does not find it right to talk about release and house detention. Furthermore, daily YENI SAFAK covered the statements of Prime Minister Erdogan over the peace talks and that "the process would kick off once PKK terrorists in Turkey was leaving Turkey and heading to another country."

Lastly, Turkish dailies covered the highlights of the 85th Academy Awards ceremony. Daily VATAN stressed, award winner films "Argo" and "Skyfall" both were partially shot in Turkey.

The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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