Several papers run stories based on briefing from a 'senior Western diplomat' speaking on Turkey's ISIL, PKK operations


World Bulletin / News Desk

Almost all Turkish dailies on Friday covered an interview with an unattributed "senior Western diplomat" who made comments regarding Turkey's military operations against ISIL and the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

"PKK has to end terror," VATAN wrote, quoting the diplomat, who the paper said has the authority to speak on behalf of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIL in Syria.

The paper quoted the diplomat saying the PKK had to end its activities to continue the “solution process” -- a Turkish government initiative started in 2013 to end the 30-year conflict between Ankara and Kurdish militants.

The process stalled after the recent murders of a number of police officers and soldiers in the country, for which the Turkish authorities blame the PKK.

According to SABAH, the diplomat said Turkey's fight against the PKK is a legitimate right of self-defense, and that the U.S. has respect to it.

The diplomat added that the Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) is not a strategic partner of the U.S., and that Syrians as well as Arabs, Turkmens, and Kurds would all return to their hometowns after ISIL is removed, STAR claimed.

It is not true that Turkey is not serious in its fight against ISIL or using it as an opportunity to fire at the PKK, the paper quoted the diplomat as saying.

Since a suicide bombing in eastern Suruc district on July 20, Turkey has been carrying out anti-terror operations against ISIL and the PKK, which are listed as terrorist groups by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.

Friday's dailies also reported that the leaders of the country’s two largest parliamentary parties would meet on August 10 as the last part of ongoing exploratory talks on forming a coalition government.

Ahmet Davutoglu of the Justice and Development (AK) Party, and Kemal Kilicdaroglu of the Republican People's Party (CHP) are coming together to decide on the need for further talks, MILLIYET wrote.

The leaders will handle the areas where parties could not previously reach agreement, the paper said.

Since the June 7 general election, after the first-placed AK Party lost its majority in parliament, the four parliamentary parties have been negotiating over a possible coalition government, with the focus being on a deal between the two largest groups: the AK Party and the CHP.

The AK Party and CHP met five times and spent over 30 hours discussing foreign policy, education and the economy, HABERTURK wrote.

After the final talks between the sides Omer Celik, the minister heading the AK Party delegation, made a two-hour presentation to Davutoglu, the paper reported.

"No reconciliation" was YENI SAFAK's headline. The sides could not reach an agreement on the main issues including education, foreign policy, economic policy and the authority of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the paper wrote.

In other news, AKSAM reported that Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has authorized the takeover and renaming of a network of schools run by the so-called Gulen movement, headed by U.S.-based preacher, Fethullah Gulen.

Seven facilities run by the Selale Educational Institution are going to be turned into public schools, and renamed as "schools for gifted children", the paper wrote.

The Turkish government accuses Fethullah Gulen and his so-called Gulen movement of forming a "parallel state", which refers to a purported group of Turkish bureaucrats and senior officials embedded in the country's institutions, including the judiciary and police, who are allegedly trying to undermine the Turkish administration.

HURRIYET covered a new shipping route in Egypt's Suez Canal. The mega-project includes a deepening and widening of the existing canal, which will cut transit times and allow easier passage for larger vessels, the paper said.

Financial paper DUNYA said the new Suez Canal would gain Egypt $13 billion in eight years. Trade volume between China, Southeast Asia and the EU countries is expected to increase with the new route, the paper wrote.

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