Turkish dailies cover Monday EU-Turkey summit in Brussels and funeral service of slain lawyer Elci


World Bulletin / News Desk

Monday’s dailies mostly covered the migration deal between Turkey and the European Union (EU), the funeral of the slain head of Diyarbakir Bar Association, Tahir Elci, and developments regarding the downing of a Russian jet.

"Visa-free Europe," was YENI SAFAK’s headline. The daily wrote that the Syrian crisis and the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey had paved the way for a new era between Brussels and Ankara.

"During the EU and Turkey Summit, [leaders] decided to lift visa requirements for Turkish people starting next October," YENI SAFAK said.

"However the visa liberation requires that Turkey implement readmission agreements," the daily said, adding that the union would provide 3 billion euros ($3.1 billion) funding to meet the needs of more than 2 million Syrian refugees in the country.

"A new page with the EU," was MILLIYET’s headline. MILLIYET said the talks on EU policy area on economy, also known as "chapter" 17, would be opened on Dec. 14, adding that Turkey and the EU would hold summits twice a year.

Out of 35 "chapters", which must be completed in order for the country to join the 28-nation bloc, only 13 have been examined.

Turkish dailies also covered a funeral service for Diyarbakir Bar Association President Elci.

Elci, 49, was killed in the province's Sur district just after he spoke at a news meeting.

CUMHURIYET said tens of thousands of people attended the funeral service.

"Chairmen of bar associations, senior officials of the Peoples’ Democracy Party, or HDP, and deputies of the main opposition Republican People’s Party attended the service," CUMHURIYET reported.

"Farewell to Elci and martyred police officers," was HABERTURK’s headline.

The local provincial security directorate held a funeral ceremony for police officers Ahmet Ciftaslan and Cengiz Erdur, two police officers who died in the gunfight that killed Elci. 

"Murderer at the funeral service," was STAR’s headline, claiming that members of the terrorist organization PKK that killed Elci manifested their presence at the funeral service.

"They covered Elci’s coffin with a PKK flag and sang their anthems," STAR reported.

Similarly, AKSAM claimed PKK deliberately targeted Elci "to trigger an uprising".

"The aim is ‘sensational act’. The target: Elci," AKSAM said.

Some dailies continued to cover developments following Turkey's downing of a Russian jet last Tuesday in Syria after it violated Turkish airspace.

"A military service for Russian pilot," was YENI SAFAK’s headline, saying that the body of the Russian pilot, Sergei Alexandrovich, killed in the incident was handed over to Russian officials.

"Turkish military held a service for the pilot. After that, a religious ceremony was also held," YENI SAFAK said.

YENI SAFAK claimed that the United Nations Climate Conferences in Paris may see a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Turkey's government said Tuesday that its F-16s shot down the Russian SU-24 after issuing 10 warnings in five minutes against its violation of Turkish airspace over the southern province of Hatay.

"Why did the jet’s pilots not hear [warnings]?" asked MILLIYET, adding that this raised questions in Ankara and NATO whether Russian pilots turned off communication channels or exploited the incident as a pretext to install long-distance Russian missiles on Syrian ground.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Kasım 2015, 12:17