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Most newspapers devoted their front pages to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's remarks on his policy since taking office last month, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's speeches on terror as he travelled to Qatar plus a traffic accident in southern Turkey which killed 13 people.
HURRIYET ran with the headline: "Softening messages" – a reference to the political tone adopted by Davutoglu since he took the office. The paper quotes him as saying: "Have you heard a polarizing statement from me?"
During a meeting with a group of newspaper editors in Istanbul on Saturday, Davutoglu stated that he was trying to use a softer tone in order to ease polarization adding: “A new era has started; we have had a new president and a new government."
MILLIYET also reported Davutoglu's remarks towards the opposition: "From now on, our president and the presidential post should not be subject to debate. Our president is now in a position beyond politics," the paper quotes Davutoglu as saying.
"Our perspective is not for eight months; our aims and plans are devoted to 2023," HABERTURK quoted Davutoglu as saying, a reference to the 100-year anniversary of the Turkish republic.
Newspapers also focused on Erdogan's remarks about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group on his way to Qatar.
His remarks came at a press conference at Istanbul Ataturk Airport on Sunday, two days after meeting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the U.S.' strategy to "destroy" the extremist militant group.
HABERTURK’s front page read: "No compromise on terror". The daily quoted Erdogan saying: "Turkey's stance towards all terror groups, including those in its territory as well as foreign-based ones, has always been clear and such sensitivity will always continue."
"Turkey has clear stance on terror groups", VATAN said. The paper says Erdogan shared Turkey's concern on all types of terrorism with John Kerry.
YENI SAFAK writes that Erdogan reacted to claims that Turkey supports ISIL by saying: "Some articles on visual and print media are completely baseless."
On Thursday, Turkey refrained from signing a treaty in Saudi Arabia foreseeing a coordinated campaign, including military measures, against ISIL. The militants have captured large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria, on which it has declared what it calls a cross-border Islamic "caliphate".
A major traffic accident in southern Turkey also made headlines on Monday. Thirteen people were killed when a coach carrying a group of holidaying barbers crashed in the southern province of Burdur. The early Sunday accident on the Antalya-Isparta highway left a further 31 people injured, six severely. The driver was among the dead.
SABAH ran the headline: "The driver slept: 13 people killed". The daily reports eyewitnesses saying some passengers repeatedly warned the driver about falling asleep.
"When passengers warn the driver, the driver comes off the road", says VATAN, quoting Burdur governor Hasan Kurklu saying: "He might have panicked when some passengers warned him."
HURRIYET also reports the reason for the accident as being sleep deprivation, using the headline: "Driver's death sleeping."
According to the World Health Organization Turkey has a road traffic fatality rate of 13 deaths per 100,000 population.Last Mod: 15 Eylül 2014, 12:19