TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON JUNE 16

Tuesday's papers cover an ongoing refugee crisis on Turkey's southern border plus business groups’ views on a coalition

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON JUNE 16

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Turkish dailies on Tuesday mainly covered the Syrian refugee crisis on the southern Turkish border.

“20,000 more in two weeks,” was VATAN’s headline, reporting that the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) had taken the city of Tel Abyad from ISIL.

Featuring a photograph of a desperate woman carrying her children, the newspaper said that most of the people who fled from the fighting were Arabs but that there were also Kurdish and Turkmen families among them.

“They were born in limbo,” was the headline on HABERTURK’s front page, alongside a photograph showing a two-day-old baby in the arms of a man.

The daily said that the mother, who gave birth on the border, had crossed into Turkey with her baby and their health was good. Another picture showed a crying Syrian woman walking with her two children.

The Kurdish Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD)’s military wing, the aforementioned YPG, has been carrying out operations with the help of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Tel Abyad and al-Hasakah to push back ISIL for the past two weeks.

“Alarm at the north line,” was MILLIYET’s headline, claiming that Kurdish groups’ purported attempts to carve a line in northern Syria has created concern in Turkey.

Turkey considers the PYD to be an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which has for decades waged a bloody insurgency in the country.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.

MILLIYET added that the YPG-PKK has mobilized around 25,000 fighters.

“Ankara, on the other hand, wanted to create a ‘no fly-zone’ not a ‘Kurdish corridor’ in the north of Syria,” claimed the newspaper.

The daily added that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had warned about locating people sympathetic to the PYD-PKK, instead of Arabs and Turkmen, in the region.

“ISIL [ISIL] gone, YPG comes,” was HURRIYET’s headline, while CUMHURIYET wrote: “Kurds dismiss ISIL from the border.”

In domestic news, papers also covered Turkey’s two major business associations’ comments on a possible governing coalition formation after the June 7 general election.

STAR reported that President Erdogan had a meeting with Nail Olpak, head of the Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association, or MUSIAD. The daily added that the meeting lasted for around two hours with Olpak saying that the association would also meet other political party leaders on Wednesday.

MILLIYET said that another business group, the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association, or TUSIAD, would also meet political party leaders.

The newspaper claimed that TUSIAD was in favor of a coalition between the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).

In Turkey’s recent election, none of the four parties elected to the Turkish Grand National Assembly gained the necessary majority to form a single-party government.

Financial paper DUNYA reported on a survey in which they asked 121 association heads and opinion leaders on their expectations for a new government.

The daily said that business people’s focus was on economic growth and legal reforms.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Haziran 2015, 12:05
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