Turkish PM's remarks over anti-terror operations against ISIL and PKK dominate Monday's headlines


World Bulletin / News Desk

Monday’s newspapers dedicated their front pages to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s remarks over anti-terror operations against ISIL and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), plus Turkey’s meeting call to NATO.

HURRIYET’s front page read: “We do not want ISIL on the border,” referring to Davutoglu’s remarks.

Speaking to the chief editors of Turkish dailies in Istanbul on Sunday, Davutoglu said: “We do not want to see ISIL on our border. [...] We want instead moderate [Syrian] opposition to settle [there].”

His remarks came after Turkish jets bombed PKK camps in northern Iraq and launched attacks against ISIL in Syria last week.

Turkey’s operation targeting the PKK follows a string of attacks against Turkish security forces in the country’s southeastern region, believed to have been carried out by the outlawed organization.

HABERTURK’s headline read: “Three dimensions, three targets,” citing Davutoglu’s interview with senior newsmen.

In response to a question the reasons behind the anti-terror operations, Davutoglu said: “There are three dimensions [of operations].

“First, they are against ISIL in Syria; to make them pay the price for killing of our 32 people [in southeastern Suruc town] and murdering our soldier [in Kilis province]. Second, they are against the PKK in northern Iraq as they have been the perpetrators of our martyred police and soldiers.

“Third, they are against people who are preparing for incidents like October 6-7 and possible attacks that will come from ISIL.”

In October last year, protests erupted throughout Turkey under the pretext that it had not done enough to halt ISIL attacks in Kobani, on Turkey's southern border with Syria. By the end, at least 38 people and two police officers had died.

VATAN also covered the subject with Davutoglu’s remarks that he rejected claims that the operations against ISIL and PKK were a move for snap elections.

The prime minister stated that they did not determine the timing [of the operations], reminding that the strikes came after the deadly Suruc bombing and the killing of a Turkish army officer in Kilis.

“If we remained silent over Suruc [bombing], we would be accused of cooperating with ISIL and leaving the country to the PKK,” he said.

Turkey’s emergency meeting call for NATO was also covered by many dailies.

HABERTURK covered the story with a headline saying: “NATO is gathering tomorrow [Tuesday]” while YENI SAFAK wrote: “Urgent call for NATO.”

Ambassadors of all 28 NATO member states are set to meet in Brussels on Tuesday following Ankara’s request, amid Turkey’s police operations against terrorist organizations, the Alliance's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced Sunday.

Under Article 4 of the NATO treaty, any member country can request consultations whenever it feels its security is under threat.

In sports news, the 27th Samsung Bosporus Cross-Continental Swimming Race in Istanbul was another news item which newspapers covered.

HABERTURK’s front-page headline read: "1,870 people swam in Istanbul’s inter-continental race," while MILLIYET described it as "breathtaking".

Swimmers from 49 countries started from Kanlica ferry dock on the city's Asian side to the Kurucesme area on the city’s European coast. The route stretched 6.5 kilometers. Turkish swimmers Bertug Coskun in the men’s category and Nilay Erkan in the women’s category, won the race.

In economic news, DUNYA’s headline read: "Pearson will also sell 50 percent stake of The Economist after the Financial Times."

The daily reported that British publishing company Pearson is in negotiations to sell a 50 percent stake of The Economist after it recently sold the Financial Times to Japan's Nikkei for $1.3 billion.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Temmuz 2015, 11:59