Tuesday's papers cover Turkish president’s remarks on terrorism and Nevruz celebrations in SE Turkey


World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish newspapers on Tuesday covered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks in Istanbul where he called on Turkish people to stand up against terrorism.

AKSAM quoted Erdogan who said Turkey was facing one of the biggest and bloodiest waves of terrorism in its history.

"As a state and nation, we will overcome this terrorism," Erdogan said addressing a Forestry Ministry conference Monday, the daily reported. 

At least 200 people died in Turkey in the past eight months in bomb attacks, which were blamed on the terrorist groups ISIL and the PKK -- also considered as a terrorist organization the U.S. and the EU.

The PKK resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015.

Turkish dailies also covered Nevruz celebrations -- a traditional spring holiday -- in southeast Turkey.

Nevruz celebrations were prohibited in the Turkish capital of Ankara and in Istanbul over security concerns after recent bomb attacks in both cities.

"No incident on Nevruz," was HABER TURK’s headline.

The daily reported that around 15,000 people, according to police, attended Nevruz celebrations in the southeastern Diyarbakir province, despite counter-terrorism operations in the area. Organizers said there were 100,000 people.

"No incident in Diyarbakir celebration," wrote HURRIYET.

"Peace can come in a week," was CUMHURIYET’s headline, quoting Selahattin Demirtas, the co-chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, who spoke during the celebrations in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

Demirtas called for a "new page" in the solution process, which in Turkey designates efforts to end decades-old PKK attacks on security forces and civilians initiated by the Turkish government's before the terrorist group resumed its armed campaign.

Turkish newspapers also covered the arrest of an Iranian-born Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab in the U.S.

“Arrested in Miami,” was HURRIYET’s headline, reporting that Zarrab has been accused in the U.S. of conspiring to evade sanctions against Iran, money laundering and bank fraud.

According to the daily, Zarrab was arrested Monday. He reportedly faces 75 years in jail.

HURRIYET added that the announcement about Zarrab case was made by Manhattan U.S. attorney Preet Bharara -- whom the daily calls a "star" -- as well as by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin and an FBI director.

The daily claimed that along with Zarrab, two other Iranian citizens, Camelia Jamshidy and Hossein Najafzadeh, were allegedly involved in fraud amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Zarrab, 33, was designated by HURRIYET as "one of the main actors in the big Dec. 17 corruption and bribery operation" in 2013.

Zarrab was detained in Turkey for two months on corruption and bribery charges. They were eventually dismissed.

According to the daily, the U.S. indictment also mentioned Zarrab’s seven companies operating in Turkey.

"Handcuffs to Zarrab in the US," was CUMHURIYET’s headline while HABER TURK wrote "Zarrab arrested".

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Mart 2016, 12:50