TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on NOV. 17

The majority of Monday's newspapers dedicated their front pages to Sunday's Istanbul marathon and to the meeting concerning the "solution process," between a delegation from the left-wing and pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party and Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on NOV. 17

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The majority of Monday's newspapers dedicated their front pages to Sunday's Istanbul marathon and to the meeting concerning the "solution process," between a delegation from the left-wing and pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party and Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan. 

The solution process was launched  last year by the Turkish government to secure an end to the decades-long conflict with the outlawed group the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people.

HURRIYET headlines, “Today’s agenda is disarmament.” The solution process starts again on Monday at 1:00 pm local time (1100GMT) with a meeting between a delegation from the Peoples' Democratic Party, or HDP, and Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan, the paper reports.

The solution process was halted after Kurdish protests about Ankara's alleged lack of intervention in the Syrian border town of Kobani, where fighting continues between Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants and Kurdish forces,  rocked Turkey in Oct.

"They will discuss remarks of (imprisoned PKK leader) Ocalan, who said, 'I may call for disarmament in March or April if an agreement is reached,'” says HURRIYET.

The statement was communicated by the People's Democracy Party parliamentary group deputy chairwoman, Pervin Buldan.

Abdullah Ocalan, founding member of the Kurdistan Workers' Party - which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and the U.S. - has been imprisoned on Imrali Island in the Marmara Sea, since his capture in Nairobi by Turkish security forces in 1999.

HABERTURK titles: “Critical process for solution starts.” The paper said the HDP delegation and Deputy PM Yalcin Akdogan would discuss demands and expectations regarding the process.

Similarly, SABAH reported that the process would therefore speed up as a result of the meeting.

On Saturday, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan had said that the solution process had to proceed without violence or threats to security.

"We cannot allow the Kurds to suffer oppression or tyranny, as it is our debt of honor to protect and promote the rights of all our citizens,” he said, speaking at the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party  congress in Polatli district , in Ankara.

The 36th Istanbul Marathon also made headlines.

“100 thousands on the bridge,” headlines SABAH, referring to the Bosphorus Bridge which links the European and Asian continents. Some ran to raise awareness on organ donations, others for children with leukemia, it reports.

Tens of thousands of Istanbulites and athletes from around the world participated in the world's only intercontinental marathon on Sunday.

STAR describes the marathon as a colorful “festival,” saying: “Participants took plenty of photos, had breakfast, played backgammon, danced the halay (Turkish folk dance) and some even proposed on the bridge.”

 “Run Istanbul,” headlines HURRIYET. The paper said different costumes brought color this year’s marathon. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son Bilal also attended the run, the daily reported. 

Nearly 25,000 athletes, including Olympic medal-winners, took part in the 36th 42-km Vodafone Istanbul Marathon, as well as in two other 15-km and 10-km races. There was also an 8-km fun run for all, young and old, to participate.

The marathon started at the Asian edge of the Bosphorus Bridge and ended in the historical peninsula of the Sultanahmet district, where the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are located.

In other news, Turkish national goalkeeper Volkan Demirel abandoned the pitch and refused to play against Kazakhstan in Sunday night's football game, because of abuse by fans in an Istanbul stadium. Demirel, also the Fenerbahce goalie, was jeered by fans behind his goal. The game took place in the stadium of archrivals Galatasaray. Both clubs play in Istanbul.

Daily MILLIYET says: "Volkan escapes from abuse," and quoted him as telling his coach, Fatih Terim, that the fans had made derogatory remarks about members of his family.

Turkey won their first game in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, 3-1. They still have a slight chance to qualify for the European football competition, which will take place in France.

 

 

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