Turkish Press Review of Sabah, Zaman, Radikal, Milliyet, Hurriyet, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Turkiye, Yeni safak
“33rd violation,” read the daily’s headline concerning US F-16 planes that crossed Turkish airspace illegally, citing a statement published by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) on its Web site. The TSK, which had thus far announced only Greek air space violations, announced on Sunday that two US F-16 planes crossed into Turkish airspace from the Iraqi border for a four-minute period on May 24. It has been said that it is impossible for the US planes, which are equipped with the latest technology, to cross over on to the Turkish side by mistake. Numerous rumors persist that the US may have been making an attempt to intimidate Turkey as it has concerns about a possible Turkish intervention in northern Iraq. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül said he was not informed about the issue, the daily reported.
“Not this party or that party but stability is the verdict that should come out from the ballot boxes on July 22,” read the daily’s headline, quoting the remarks of Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) President Rıfat Hisarcıklıoğlu during the union’s 62nd General Assembly. The slogan of the meeting was “Turkey wants its future,” which was widely interpreted as a message to the politicians after recent political fights. “We want only one thing to affect our business, which is stability and confidence in our markets.” Hisarcıklıoğlu said, stating that the real problems of Turkey were unemployment and the judiciary. “The judiciary should act objectively from now on,” said Hisarcıklıoğlu.
Radikal also ran a story about the TOBB meeting, attended by many politicians, highlighting the President Hisarcıklıoğlu’s message to “put aside political conflicts and prepare a new Constitution.” It said that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal and Democrat Party (DP) leader Mehmet Ağar failed to heed Hisarcıklıoğlu’s message and instead went ahead with their battle of words as they each made speeches during the meeting.
“Democracy quarrel,” read the daily’s headline in reference to the speeches that Prime Minister Erdoğan, CHP leader Baykal and DP leader Ağar made during the TOBB meeting. Erdoğan said, “We will ask an account from those who look for sovereignty in other places rather than the public,” while Baykal said democracy is not one’s own property. DP leader Ağar joined in the battle of words and criticized Erdoğan for not looking for a compromise during the presidential election process.
While the Turkish Armed Forces' military operation against the terrorist organization PKK has been under way in the southeastern Turkey, the General Staff said that two U.S. F-16 jets violated Turkey's airspace over the border with Iraq for four minutes on May 24th. In a statement posted on its web-site, the General Staff said that the jets roamed into the Turkish airspace over the region of Uzumlu, in the eastern city of Hakkari which borders northern Iraq. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs was informed on the violation. DYP BECOMES DP The True Path Party (DYP) decided to change its name as the Democrat Party (DP) during its second extraordinary congress. Speaking at the congress, DP leader Mehmet Agar pledged to eradicate terrorism within three months after coming to the political power.
On Thursday, May 24th, two U.S. F-16 fighter jets flew over eastern province of Hakkari's Uzumlu village and violated Turkish air space for four minutes, said Turkish General Staff in its internet site. The Turkish General Staff informed Turkish Foreign Ministry about the incident.
"Yasamin Kiyisinda" (The Edge of Heaven), a film by Turkish director Fatih Akin, received the best screenplay award in the 60th Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. The Edge of Heaven, directed by Fatih Akin, is starred by Tuncel Kurtiz (Ali Aksu), Nursel Kose (Yeter Ozturk), Patrycia Ziolkowska (Lotte Staub), Hanna Schygulla (Suzanne Staub), Nurgul Yesilcay (Ayten Ozturk) and Baki Davrak (Nejat Aksu). It tells the story of six people who are connected to each other by fate and come together following a death.
Safeen Dizayee who is known as Massoud Barzani's left hand claimed that Turkey could not enter the north of Iraq and said, "Turkey knows this too. The world will not allow this. The United States does not want such a problem." Dizayee, who said they did not anticipate a cross-border operation from Turkey, regarded Justice and Development Party as a sensible political party.
Turkish General staff announced two F-16s belonging to the U.S. Air Force violated the Turkish airspace on May 24th over the southeast border for 4 minutes. A MFA official said the same procedure that was applied to all countries would be applied to the United States and said an explanation will be demanded, and the grounds of the violation will be asked with a note.
Addressing tens of thousands of people at Sivas' Republic Square, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan complained about the Chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal and said that "CHP deputies ran away from their duties by not voting at the presidential election." Erdogan stressed that "the CHP deputies had a duty to be present at the parliament. Yet they ran away from their responsibility and hurt people's sovereignty."
Founded by Suleyman Demirel 25 years ago, the True Path Party (DYP) revoked itself on Sunday and adopted the name "Democrat Party (DP)". The Chairman of the DP is Mehmet Agar. DP's logo is a map of Turkey with a white horse looking towards west.
Haluk Ozdalga, former member of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Assembly, claimed that CHP leader Deniz Baykal encouraged a military intervention by sending Onur Oymen to the commanders of the land, air, naval and gendarmerie forces secretly. "The future of democracy in Turkey cannot be entrusted to Baykal's individual ambitions," he said.
Turkish film director Fatih Akin's film "The Edge of Heaven" won the Best Screenplay Award at the 60th Cannes Film Festival. Romanian director Cristian Mungiu's film "4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days" was presented with the "Palme d'Or Award" while Konstantin Lavronenko won the Best Actor Award and Jeon Do-yeon won the Best Actress Award.
Source: AA and Today’s Zaman
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