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Turkish dailies on Monday covered latest developments regarding ISIL attacks in Syria's northern Kurdish-populated region near the Turkish border plus Turkey's response to the U.S.-led coalition against the insurgent group.
According to VATAN, Turkey has two conditions with respect to joining the anti-ISIL coalition: the country would not allow foreign troops to be deployed in Turkey; and not let Incirlik Air Base host military operations and airstrikes. However, Turkey could reconsider these conditions under extraordinary situations, the paper reported.
VATAN reports, based on high-level diplomatic and security sources, that Turkey does not want to be a combatant power and is prioritizing border security.
The Turkish government has pushed for a no-fly zone over Syria and a buffer zone inside the Syrian border but the international community remains reluctant. VATAN says Turkey has drawn up plans to undertake these liabilities regarding a safety zone on its own, in case of receiving no support from the United Nations or European Union.
Some Turkish dailies featured comments by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan, who has responsibility for ongoing peace talks with the country's Kurds and the illegal Kurdistan Workers' Party, the PKK.
Akdogan lashed out at one PKK commander for his criticisms of Turkey's alleged support for ISIL and threats to end the group’s ceasefire if buffer zones are enforced inside Syrian territory.
TURKIYE ran the headline ‘Minister's Backlash’ saying that Akdogan was furious at PKK leaders over their attitudes towards Turkey following an ISIL attack against Kobani, a Syrian-Kurdish city on the Turkish border.
The PKK accuses Turkey of inaction against ISIL, labeling it as an assault against Kurds as the Syrian-Kurdish region is under control of PKK-affiliated groups.
Akdogan urged the PKK to "redefine" its position and called on the group’s leaders to go into the fight in Syria against ISIL instead of "talking from there." He also said linking the peace process in Turkey to recent incidents in Syria's Kurdish community was not healthy.
Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled the country's new 'Discover the potential' export slogan and logo.
HURRIYET quotes Erdogan emphasizing the importance of branding and citing Apple as an example.
The branding, to be used on Turkish products, was revealed as he attended a meeting of the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly in Istanbul on Sunday.Last Mod: 29 Eylül 2014, 12:35