Turkish newspapers on Monday focus on the country’s National Security Council meeting regarding the conflict in Syria


World Bulletin / News Desk 

Monday’s newspapers mainly focused on the National Security Council meeting in Turkey, the first since the June 7 parliamentary elections.

“Lebanese model is on the table,” was VATAN’s headline, reporting that a National Security Council meeting, which would mainly focus on a possible “operation into Syria”, would be held on Monday.

The daily claimed that creating a buffer zone in Syria’s northern border district Jarabulus - a sensitive area for Turkey - similar to the Israeli one in Lebanon would be on the meeting’s agenda.

The newspaper also said that Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu would make a statement about a possible operation into Syria after the National Security Council meeting.

“Ready for any contingency,” was HABERTURK’s headline, quoting Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

“If we ever reach to a conclusion that Turkey's borders are under any threat, our country is ready for any contingency,” the daily quoted Davutoglu.

But HURRIYET claimed that the chance for an operation into Syria was remote; instead, the country would interfere with its Firtina (storm in English) cannons, if necessary.

In the past few weeks, Turkey has been witnessing massive inflow of Syrian refugees from Tal Abyad and nearby areas as people have fled clashes between Daesh and YPG fighters.

YPG, or the Syrian-Kurdish People’s Defense Units, is the armed wing of the pro-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Union Party, or PYD, which Turkey has designated as a terror organization.

The Syrian border city was captured on June 15 by the YPG with the help of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in northeastern Syria to push back Daesh forces.

Turkish dailies also covered news about the closure of Greek banks after the announcement that a referendum would take place to accept or reject bailout terms proposed by its European creditors

SABAH reported that all Greek banks would remain closed until July 6, the day after a referendum to accept or reject bailout terms proposed by the creditors.

Greece is expected to default on Tuesday on its $2 billion in obligations to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Should default be declared, Greece will no longer be eligible for aid from the IMF.

“Black Monday in Greece,” was CUMHURIYET’s headline, while YENISAFAK wrote “Greece collapsed”.

VATAN chose to react to a comment made by Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos who was addressing the possibility of defense budget cuts during the referendum talks in parliament.

Kammenos said that such a deduction would leave Greece defenseless against Turkey.

“Don’t exaggerate,” was VATAN’s headline.

Although tension between two historically hostile nations has subsided over the last decade, there are still disputes, namely with regards to the island of Cyprus which is split into Turkish and Greek parts.

In other news, dailies also focused on the Turkish riot police intervention on a gay pride parade with tear gas and water cannons in central Istanbul.

“Rainbow fear,” was CUMHURIYET’s headline, reporting that the governorate did not allow the parade on the grounds that it was the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The newspaper also featured photographs of French consul-general to Istanbul Muriel Domenach, and her British and American counterpart Leigh Turner and Charles Hunter attending the Pride march.

CUMHURIYET also featured a picture from the London pride in which an attendee kissing a smiling police officer.

“Stirring march,” was MILLIYET’s headline with regards to the Istanbul parade while HURRIYET wrote “tear gas and water”.

HURRIYET also reported that the event, which had been organized peacefully in Istanbul for the last 12 years, had been banned this year by the governorate.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Haziran 2015, 12:51