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The memorable meeting in Diyarbakir between PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the president of Northern Iraq’s Kurdish administration Masood Barzani, a plane crash near Russian city of Kazan, and the Istanbul Marathon run at the weekend are what national dailies cover on Monday, November 18, 2013 in Turkey.
RADIKAL, TURKIYE and HABER TURK, just like a few more dailies, share the same headline, a quote from Prime Minister Erdogan to report the historic Diyarbakir visit by Masood Barzani at the invitation of Turkish premiere: “This is just the start.”
“If the [peace] process has changed us this much within a year, imagine what may have happened in a few years” is another quote from the Prime Minister by RADIKAL to cover the Diyarbakir meeting, on the front cover.
HABER TURK carries what Barzani said in Diyarbakir to the front page: “We are behind the [peace] process. We love Amed (Diyarbakir) with all our heart. Amed is our home. Hewler (Irbil) is your home. We will be happy, God willing.”
SABAH says that Ankara has started designing the steps to be taken after the arms were laid down, quoting Erdogan as saying in Diyarbakır speech that “We will see a Turkey where people in the mountains will leave mountains and prisons will be emptied”, and that this was a signal for a general pardon by the state for terror crimes.
MILLIYET reports a plane crash in Russian city of Kazan and reports that 52 people – 46 passengers and 6 crew members – were killed on Sunday. It says that the plane crashed just before the landing on pilots’ third try to land in Kazan airport. Tatarstan President Rustem Minnehanov’s son Irek Minnehanov and Alexander Antonov of Russian intelligence services FSB were among the dead, according to the daily.
Istanbul Marathon is subject covered extensively.
MILLIYET says the 35th Vodafone Istanbul Marathon was participated by more than 100 thousand people and colorful scenes were, as usual, on show again. Some people ran with their pets, some proposed to their girlfriends and some ran with their skipping ropes.
YENI SAFAK, as also covered at the weekend by AA, says Morsi was on the bridge too to report that some NGOs also joined the marathon that started at the Bogazici Bridge and carried Rabia signs – a symbol allegedly originated as a four-fingered hand sign by pro-democracy protesters during demonstrations in Egypt’s Rabia al-Adawiya Square and used as an anti-coup sign in the North African country.Last Mod: 18 Kasım 2013, 10:58