Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama made the headlines on Thursday editions of Turkish daily newspapers. "Erdogan passed the sentence," daily HURRIYET said over the Turkish premier's talks with Obama on the Syrian unrest and the Asad regime's violent crackdown on protestors. The daily said Turkey had closed its airspace to planes carrying weapons to Syria. "We have no more confidence in the current regime in Syria," HURRIYET quoted Erdogan as saying.
Daily MILLIYET cited a senior U.S. official as telling its correspondent that the Erdogan-Obama meeting was "really good." The daily said the two leaders also agreed on imposing economic sanctions on Syria.
Turkish dailies also focused on an agreement Turkey signed with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus or TRNC that marked borders of the continental shelf between the two countries and gave Turkey a go to explore hydrocarbon reserves in Turkish Cypriot waters in the Eastern Mediterranean. The agreement follows a Greek Cypriot move to start offshore drilling for oil and gas off southeast of Cyprus.
"For Greek Cypriots, quick response from Erdogan," SABAH said on the front page. The agreement was penned by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu in New York. The daily said Erdogan gave a terse warning to global energy companies when he said Turkey would bar from Turkish projects energy companies doing or planning to do business with the Greek Cypriot side.
VATAN said citing the Greek Cypriot daily Politis that five Turkish warships and eight F-16 fighters jets patrolled the area where Greek Cypriots began drilling. Two Turkish frigates, two corvettes and a gunboat had sailed southwest of the island.
Turkish dailies also covered a terrorist attack in the southeastern province of Siirt that killed four civilians, all women. "Terror is not stopping," CUMHURIYET said, adding one police cadet was killed and four others were wounded in a separate attack in Bitlis and one soldier and a village guard were killed in a clash with PKK terrorists in the eastern province of Van.
ZAMAN said two thousand Turkish troops had launched a major sweep in the southeastern province Tunceli after receiving an intelligence warning that the PKK was planning sensational attacks at four different spots.
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