TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON SEPT 19

Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Monday issues the attack on a Turkish plane over Libya, President Abdullah Gul's talks in Germany, Massoud Barzani's decision to cancel a conference in Irbil, and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's remarks about gas and oil drilling activities in the Mediterranean.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON SEPT 19

Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Monday issues the attack on a Turkish plane over Libya, President Abdullah Gul's talks in Germany, Massoud Barzani's decision to cancel a conference in Irbil, and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's remarks about gas and oil drilling activities in the Mediterranean.

The Hurriyet daily wrote that unidentified assailants in Libya opened fire on a Turkish C-130 cargo plane carrying humanitarian aid to a region known as Gadhafi's triangle of evil. Pilots changed their route to escape the bullets, and returned safely to Benghazi.

Milliyet said that Barzani, head of the regional administration in northern Iraq, cancelled a scheduled conference in Irbil after the PKK began shedding blood. Barzani said that no one could talk about peace under such circumstances.

Sabah daily said that Armenians in the USA established an organization called "Armenian Legion" to revive Armenian terrorist organization Asala. Members of the organization received shooting training in California. Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned U.S. authorities about activities of the organization.

Vatan daily gave place to remarks of President Gul who is currently in Germany on a state visit. President Gul reacted to transfer of journalist Dogan Yurdakul, who is under arrest as part of an investigation into the Oda TV, to the funeral of his wife by a prison vehicle. "I regret it. Different measures could have been taken," he said. Meanwhile, President Gul received two German journalists who were arrested in Iran and released as a result of President Gul's initiatives.

Zaman wrote that a busy period began in Turkey's foreign policy. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will leave for the USA after completing his tour of Arab Spring countries. He is set to meet U.S. President Barack Obama and address the UN General Assembly. Syria, NATO missile system, the Middle East, Libya and Turkey-Israel relations will be high on agenda of Erdogan's talks during his visit to the USA. Meanwhile, Greek Cypriot administration's offshore gas and oil drilling activities in the Mediterranean escalated tension in the region.

Yeni Safak daily quoted Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as saying about the Greek Cypriot administration's gas and oil drilling activities in the Mediterranean, "we will not allow anyone to use the Mediterranean as their own backyard. If they continue their drilling activities, we are going to sign a continental shelf agreement with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

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