On Monday, Turkish dailies covered details on the Turkish pilots' release, traffic accidents during the 9-day holiday as part of Eid al-Adha (feast of sacrifice), Turkey's EU negotiation process, and Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman's remarks on Turkey's Middle East policy.
Daily STAR headlined "Operation Storm" and daily SABAH headlined "MIT paved the way for swap," publishing a similar story on how the Turkish pilots were released last Saturday. According to STAR, an intelligence unit entered into Azaz, a northern Syrian city, during an ongoing armed clash between the Northern Storm Brigade and a group linked to Al Qaeda and saved 9 Lebanese nationals held as hostages. "Saved hostages were brought into Istanbul secretly. Once the Turkish pilots' lives were guaranteed, the Lebanese hostages were sent back to their country," said STAR daily. The daily said the decision on the operation was taken when Turkish National Intelligence Agency (MIT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan and Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah met in Istanbul.
HURRIYET daily published a story on the Turkish pilots' days as hostages. "Four rules saved" titled the daily, publishing Murat Akpinar's remark that, "We had four rules: We will stay alive, be healthy, protect our mental health, and we will not cross those rules."
ZAMAN daily headlined "Lost steering control during bayram," publishing a story on the traffic accidents during the 9-day holiday as part of Eid al-Adha (feast of sacrifice). The daily noted that over 100 accidents happened during the Eid al-Adha holiday, 68 of them caused by losing steering control. Chairman of the Avoidance of Traffic Accidents Hitay Guner commented that drivers lost control due to speed and fatigue. According to the daily, 134 people lost their lives in road accidents and 839 more were wounded. HABERTURK daily also covered a similar story and published that 125 people died due to accidents.
Turkey's European Union Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis told YENI SAFAK daily that Europe was biased against Turkey. Commenting on the EU’s 2013 progress report on Turkey, Bagis said the biggest obstacle before Ankara is the "prejudice wall." He also commented that, along with the 22nd chapter on regional policy and coordination, the 23rd and 24th should also be opened in membership talks. Daily AKSAM titled “EU support from Merkel,” saying that German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided not to raise an objection against opening the 22nd chapter to negotiations with Turkey.
Turkey will win eventually: Nobel laureate
Yemeni Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman told TURKIYE daily that Turkey will finally win in the Middle East. She said that Turkey’s stance on an army intervention in Egypt encouraged the Arab Spring. “The regional states are going through a new process. Turkey is strong in every way during that process. I believe Turkey and humanity will win eventually. It has enough power,” said Karman.