Most of Wednesday’s dailies cover Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks on the 'solution process'


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The majority of Wednesday’s newspapers dedicated their front pages to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks on the Turkish-Kurdish ‘solution process’ and celebrations by Istanbul football side Galatasaray, recently crowned 2014-2015 Turkish Super League champions.

"Terror loses, Turkey wins" was SABAH's headline, reporting that Erdogan said the government had taken a big risk for the solution process.

Erdogan was speaking on Tuesday during an inauguration ceremony for the Selahaddin Eyyubi Airport, also known as the Hakkari Yuksekova Airport, in the majority-Kurdish southeastern province of Hakkari.

MILLIYET ran with the headline: "Despite all this" – a reference to repeated attacks blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which blighted the construction process which began in July 2010.

Almost 100 attacks on the building site delayed completion of the project by two years. "Machines were burned down and constructors were threatened. [...] But we were determined and resumed the project," Erdogan said.

Hakkari is located in a mountainous region where Turkey borders Iraq and Iran.

Its mountains have long been a base for PKK militants, with the province and the region at large witnessing decades of clashes between Turkish troops and Kurdish fighters.

The PKK is classified as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

"The name of brotherhood," said HABAERTURK, referring to the name of the airport. The daily said that it was named after Saladin, the Kurdish-origin Muslim conqueror of Jerusalem in 1187.

"We will call this airport Selahaddin Eyyubi to give a message of unity and brotherhood, saying al-Quds [Jerusalem] belongs forever to Kurds, Turks, Arabs and Muslims," Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday at the opening ceremony.

The Selahaddin Eyyubi Airport is expected to see a million passengers per year.

In sports news, Turkish dailies widely covered the celebrations by Galatasaray fans, delirious that their team won its 20th Turkish top division title.

"Victory of Cimbom" said VATAN, reporting that Galatasaray players celebrated their victory at Istanbul's well-known Reina Club in the Besiktas district of the city.

According to the paper, the team will take the field against Bursaspor on June 3 in the Ziraat Turkish Cup final match wearing its new four-star uniform.

Winning the domestic league title 20 times has seen Galatasaray become the first Turkish football club to acquire a fourth star above its crest.

In Turkish football, a club receives one star for five league titles. Archrivals Fenerbahce have three and Besiktas have two stars above their crest.

Similarly, HURRIYET said Galatasaray left their mark on Tuesday night, adding that the club also agreed to retain Hamza Hamzaoglu for three more years. 

According to financial newspaper DUNYA, premium payments in the domestic insurance sector have neared eight billion Turkish liras ($3 billion) in the first quarter of 2015. The papers says this is an increase of 12.8 percent compared to the same period of last year, based on figures supplied by the Turkish Insurance Union.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Mayıs 2015, 11:49