TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON SEPT 29

Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Thursday's issue the statements of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding PKK terrorist organization's attacks, visa relations between Turkey and the EU, and Turkey's success in European Women's Volleyball Championship.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON SEPT 29

Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Thursday's issue the statements of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding PKK terrorist organization's attacks, visa relations between Turkey and the EU, and Turkey's success in European Women's Volleyball Championship.

All newspapers wrote Premier Erdogan's statements regarding PKK terrorist organization, which has recently been targeting civilians, as well as its political extensions. Erdogan made his remarks after a one-day newborn baby died at hospital. The baby's mother was killed by PKK terrorists while she was eight-months pregnant to her baby. The baby was delivered with c-section after his mother and four-year-old sister were killed in terrorist attack in the eastern province of Batman. Erdogan accused Peace & Democracy Party (BDP), besides PKK terrorist organization, of being a murderer organization. Recalling that PKK fired 200 bullets on four young girls and then apologized in a saucy way, Erdogan said, "what are the goals of people who planned these murders and shed blood? And then they release statements of apology..."

Related with these statements, Vatan, Milliyet, Sabah, Cumhuriyet and Turkiye newspapers also wrote that PKK terrorists kidnapped 12 teachers. The terrorist organization, which wanted to sabotage Turkish education, started to take teachers as targets after police and soldiers. Terrorists, who killed the husband of a teacher with seven bullets in the southeastern province of Hakkari, also kidnapped 12 teachers in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir and the eastern province of Elazig. PKK earlier stated that it would set up its own education system in villages and regions which had weak security.

Almost all newspapers wrote that the EU would ease visa procedures for Turks. The EU, which is getting prepared for a road map to lift visa for Turkish citizens, stated that it would apply easy visa procedure within a few months. EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom said that they could take steps which would bring easiness in visa procedures to Turkish citizens. Turkey's Minister for EU Affairs Egemen Bagis said, "for the first time I can see the light in the end of the tunnel in visa issue."

Another topic all newspapers wrote is Turkey's success in the European Women's Volleyball Championship. Turkey beat Russia 3-0 at the Championship yesterday and advanced to the semi-final. Russia had two world championships and 17 European championships. Turkey will play against the winners of Serbia-Poland game at the semi-final.

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