Tuesday’s newspapers mainly cover the anniversary of Ataturk’s demise and PM Davutoglu’s remarks over ISIL


World Bulletin / News Desk

Newspapers on Tuesday dedicated their front pages to the 77th death anniversary of Ataturk, the founding father of Republic of Turkey, and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s remarks over Syria.

MILLIYET ran the headline “We are missing [him]” along with a photo of Ataturk and his mausoleum in Ankara.

“We longingly commemorate Great Leader Ataturk on the 77th anniversary of his demise,” the daily said.

On its front page, the newspaper quoted Ataturk as saying: “I will surely die one day. Let my people bury me wherever they want,” noting that he did not ask for a specific place to be buried while he was alive.

Ataturk was born in 1881 in Thessaloniki what was then an Ottoman Empire territory. He made his mark in the military in 1915 when he led his forces to repel the allied invasion in Gelibolu, known in the West as the Gallipoli.

HURRIYET’s headline read: “This longing will never end,” while VATAN wrote: “You [Ataturk] will be with us till the end”.

On its front page headline, CUMHURIYET described Ataturk as a “Turk, who changed the direction of history,” running remarks of several well-known authors about him. The daily ran a black and white picture of Ataturk, which covered half of the page.

Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War, Ataturk led the Turkish War of Independence, which defeated European powers. When he became president, Ataturk transformed the former empire into a modern and secular country.

He passed away on November 10, 1938, at the age of 57.

Many dailies also covered Davutoglu’s remarks on Syria.

“Green light to a ground operation [against ISIL]” was YENISAFAK’s headline.

The daily reported that Davutoglu gave a green light to a joint ground operation against ISIL ahead of Turkey G20 summit that will be held in Antalya this weekend.

Davutoglu spoke with Christiane Amanpour of CNN International on Monday, which was the first international television interview he gave since his Justice and Development (AK) Party won an outright majority in the Nov. 1 parliamentary elections.

Asked whether Turkey would agree to a ground force to fight ISIL, Davutoglu said there was a need for "an integrated strategy, including air campaign and ground troops".

"But Turkey alone cannot take all this burden. If there is a coalition and a very well-designed, integrated strategy, Turkey is ready to take part in all sense," he said.

"Otherwise, just to make a ground attack against ISIL, but continue to have a power vacuum on the ground, [then] instead of ISIL another terrorist group may emerge," he said, adding: "We have to solve the Syrian crisis in a comprehensive manner".

Over the same subject, VATAN ran the headline: “Is a ground operation against ISIL on the cards?” while MILLIYET used the headline: “We should all talk about the ground forces,” referring to Davutoglu’s remarks.

In economy news, DUNYA wrote: “Commerce has livened up, markets are booming”.

“Increase in sales, shipping data and electricity consumption show that markets have boomed after the election,” the newspaper said. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Kasım 2015, 11:52