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Most Turkish dailies on Wednesday cover the demonstrations in many cities around Turkey in support of the presence of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK , in the Syrian town of Kobani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s address to Syrian refugees during a visit to camps in Turkey’s southern Gaziantep province on Tuesday.
“High tension” is the headline in MILLIYET. The paper says 14 people died, and hundreds of people were injured in the protests after the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) called for demonstrations in support of the PKK in Kobani.
The daily reported that provincial governors declared curfews in nine cities including Mardin, Diyarbakir, Van, Siirt, Batman in the south of Turkey.
The HURRIYET headline is “Threat to peace,” and the article describes protestors taking to the streets after a call by pro-Kurdish party HDP for demonstrations culminated in violence across the country, with public buses and many statues of Turkey’s first president Mustafa Kemal Ataturk set on fire and the burning Turkish flags.
The HURRIYET continues: 14 people have been killed and over a hundred people injured in demonstrations throughout Turkey. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants launched an offensive in mid-September, capturing many villages surrounding the northern Syrian city of kobani from Kurdish fighters, who are groups into “People’s Protection Units.”
Turkish officials have said that the country is against supporting armed groups of the Democratic Union Party, a PKK-offshoot, in Kobani with military and financial aid, even though they are fighting against ISIL in Iraq.
The front page of today’s VATAN reads “Strikes not enough to save Kobani.” The newspaper quoted Erdogan as saying: “The Syrian border town of Kobani was on the verge of falling to jihadists, and U.S.-led airstrikes would not provide a solution to the problem.”
SABAH also reports Erdogan’s remarks about potential Turkish armed action in Kobani: “We asked for three things; For a no-fly zone, for a safe corridor in the region to be cleared, and for the moderate opposition in Iraq and Syria to be trained and equipped.”
The Greek Cypriot administration's suspension of reunification talks after Turkey sent a warship to monitor oil and gas exploration off the coast of Cyprus is also covered by the dailies.
Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades abandoned the talks with the Turkish Cypriot leadership Tuesday following reports that a Turkish corvette had been sent to monitor Greek Cypriot exploration, MILLIYET reports.
The daily quoted President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Dervis Eroglu as saying: “The Greek Cypriot side once again showed that, through this attitude, they are not sincere in efforts towards finding solutions via negotiations on the Cyprus issue."Last Mod: 08 Ekim 2014, 12:36