Turkish dailies cover German Chancellor's visit in Istanbul; Merkel asks Turkey to reduce flow of refugees going into Europe while Turkey demands to revive EU accession process


World Bulletin / News Desk

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's one-day visit in Istanbul dominated Monday’s papers. 

Merkel first met with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Sunday and later with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

"Chancellor promise" was HURRIYET’s headline. The daily wrote that Merkel promised to support four of Turkey's demands at the European Union.

Demands included the revival of Turkey's stalling EU accession process, a visa liberalization process for Turkish citizens seeking to visit the 28-nation bloc’s Schengen borderless zone, as well as economic aid and humanitarian assistance for refugees hosted in Turkey, the paper wrote. Ankara also requested to be invited to EU summits, according to HURRIYET. 

VATAN said Merkel promised to support these demands. 

In terms of reviving Turkey's stalling EU accession process, Merkel said chapter 17 -- on Economy and Monetary Policy -- and chapters 23 and 24 -- on rights and freedoms, as well as judicial matters – would be discussed as soon as possible, the paper reported.

Merkel also "promised to accelerate" the visa liberalization process for Turkish citizens, CUMHURIYET wrote. She, in return, asked Turkey to reduce the flow of refugees going into Europe. 

The German chancellor, pointing to the refugee influx in Europe, said the world was facing a "crisis beyond control", and added that cooperation between German and Turkish government should grow to adequately tackle the issue, MILLIYET reported.

She also said the EU should share Turkey's burden to help the refugees, the paper covered.

There are nearly 2.2 million refugees in Turkey, and the country says it has so far spent $8 billion on refugees while support from other countries has amounted to only $417 million.

All of Monday's papers also reported on the death of four Turkish soldiers in a clash with PKK terrorists in the southeastern Hakkari province in Turkey.

During a military operation against the PKK in the village of Daglica in the district of Yuksekova, four soldiers were martyred, AKSAM wrote. In the operation, 21 PKK terrorists were killed, STAR said.

In another terror attack by the PKK on an armored police vehicle in the eastern province of Tunceli on Sunday, two soldiers were martyred and two others were wounded, HABER TURK reported. 

The PKK is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.  Since July, more than 150 members of Turkish security forces have been martyred while, according to the government, more than 2,000 PKK terrorists have been killed.

The papers also covered an early morning police raid Sunday in Istanbul against suspected members of ISIL and the DHKP-C, the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front. 

Police took into custody 50 people in Pendik district for allegedly being linked to ISIL and DHKP-C, YENI SAFAK wrote. Anti-terror teams raided 17 different locations simultaneously and seized several organizational documents. 

Most of the detainees were from Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and were about to go to Syria and Iraq, HABER TURK said. It has been reported by Uzbek intelligence officials that over 5,000 Uzbek militants are fighting for ISIL in Syria, the paper added.

Last Mod: 19 Ekim 2015, 12:34
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