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Thursday's newspapers dedicated their front pages to stories about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's speech at the U.N., the human tragedy of Syrian refugees hit by a sandstorm during their wait at the Turkish-Syrian border and a storm in the Turkish Black Sea province of Giresun.
SABAH ran the headline: “You [the U.N.] are a party publicly to crimes against humanity” referring to Erdogan’s speech at the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.
The paper reported Erdogan’s speech as “historic”. The Turkish head-of-state told U.N. delegates: “Nobody is innocent in a world where children are killed.”
During his speech, the president criticized the current structure of the U.N. Security Council, where veto-wielding powers are given to only five countries.
“Five countries lock the United Nations” says MILLIYET on its front page, quoting Erdogan as saying: “The world is bigger than five. It is unacceptable that only five countries render the U.N. ineffective regarding developments in the world."
He referred to the failure of the UNSC to place sanctions on the Syrian regime and for not finding a solution in Palestine where more than 2,000 people were killed in 51 days during Israel’s ‘Operation Protective Edge’ earlier this year.
Russia, the staunchest ally of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, and China, have several times used their veto power on draft proposals which sought military sanctions against the Damascus regime.
HABERTURK ran with the headline: “Erdogan lashes out at the U.N.” The daily says he asked: “Why does the U.N. exist?”
Newspapers also cover the human tragedy of Syrian refugees hit by a sandstorm during their wait at Turkish-Syrian border.
Thousands of refugees have crossed into Turkish territory since Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Monday.
YENI SAFAK used the headline: “Dust at the border”. The daily ran a photo showing a Turkish aid worker protecting a child from the sandstorm.
HABERTURK says the sandstorm has added to existing problems at the Turkish border, reporting that thousands of Syrians have been caught in the extreme conditions.
In other news, a storm in the Black Sea province of Giresun was focused on by the Turkish press.
“Tsunami of the Black Sea” was MILLIYET’s front page. The daily reported that the storm paralyzed life in the province where waves reaching 20 feet (6 meters) halted traffic on the coast for three hours.
HABERTURK said: “Black Sea rises.” The paper stated that cars were swamped by flood water and roads were closed because of the storm.
Similarly, SABAH used the title: “Black Sea surrenders to huge waves,” running with a photo on its front page showing a car being dragged away by flood waters.Last Mod: 25 Eylül 2014, 13:03