TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on NOV. 19

Turkish dailies Wednesday cover Erdogan defying critics of his claim that Muslims discovered America before Columbus, Davutoglu's remarks on peace process, indictment over wiretapping of Erdogan's office in 2011.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on NOV. 19

Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Turkish dailies on Wednesday featured President Recep Tayyip Erdogan standing behind his claim that Muslims, not Christopher Columbus, discovered America. 

Erdogan, who said Muslims were in America three centuries before Columbus, said his critics lacked confidence since they do not "believe that a Muslim could do that," according to SABAH.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's remarks upon his return from the Philippines also found a place on the front pages.

Davutoglu said there was no need for any other country or organization to watch the peace process with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, meant to end the decades-long conflict that has claimed 40,000 lives.

A PKK commander had suggested that a third party, such as the U.S., should track the process. But the suggestion met with disapproval from the Turkish government. 

"A foreign, third eye is out of the question," said Davutoglu, as quoted in HABERTURK. He said the process should be worked out within Turkey.

The public prosecutor of Ankara has completed an indictment regarding wiretapping then-Prime Minister Erdogan's office in Istanbul for almost a month in late 2011.

VATAN says the prosecutor is requesting up to 44 years of jail time for 13 people who have alleged links with Gulen movement, and who are accused of organized espionage for political purposes.

MILLIYET features a study released by the Institute for Economics and Peace on Global Terrorism. According to the report, terrorist attacks increased by 44 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year, claiming 18,000 lives. 

 

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