Turkish dailies cover world leaders' speeches on Syria at the UN, as Obama and Putin disagree on Assad's role in the future


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Turkish dailies on Tuesday covered world leaders' speeches at the UN General Assembly over the Syrian crisis.

"Bargain starts," is the front-page headline in HURRIYET, which claims U.S. President Barack Obama, for the first time, gave the green light to cooperate with Russia and Iran on a political solution in Syria.

Obama, however, called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's removal, the paper wrote.

"We must recognize that there cannot be, after so much bloodshed, so much carnage, a return to the prewar status quo," the paper quoted Obama as saying.

"Realism also requires a managed transition away from Assad into a new leader and an inclusive government," he said during an address to the UN General Assembly.

The Syrian conflict has resulted in the deaths of at least 250,000 people, and caused a security gap that paved the way for extremist groups such as ISIL to gain a foothold in the region.

Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have remained at odds about the role of Assad in his country’s future, according to the papers.

"They [Obama and Putin] compete with each other at UN over Syria," CUMHURIYET wrote.

The paper cited Obama saying Assad should go, while quoting Putin as saying Assad was fighting terrorism bravely.

Russia's president criticized Obama's vision for Syria’s future without Assad in power.

"We think it is an enormous mistake to refuse to cooperate with the Syrian government and its armed forces, who are valiantly fighting terrorism face-to-face," the paper quoted Putin telling delegates at the UN's 70th General Assembly.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on the other hand, said five countries – Russia, the U.S., Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia -- "hold the key" to leading international efforts to end the conflict, YENI SAFAK wrote.

"But as long as one side will not compromise with the other, it is futile to expect change on the ground," he added.

"In the new Syria, there should not be any place for … Assad nor ISIL," HABER TURK quoted Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu telling a press conference at the UN.

"What we need to do is to have solidarity with all the countries, including Russia, to make a transition in Syria, a peaceful transition," Davutoglu said.

Tuesday's dailies also covered stories from the first day of the 2015-16 school year as nearly 18 million Turkish pupils and close to one million teachers started the new term on Monday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the opening ceremony of the new educational year at several schools in Istanbul, including Piyalepasa Primary School from where he graduated in 1965, SABAH wrote.

Education Minister Nabi Avci, attending another ceremony in the capital Ankara, stressed the importance of vocational and technical training at schools, MILLIYET reported.

Meanwhile, around 230,000 Syrian pupils started school in Turkey, VATAN reported. Among them, 40,000 are enrolled in state schools, while the rest will be educated in temporary centers both in and out of refugee camps across the country.

In other news, papers also reported that liquid water has been found on Mars, according to NASA scientists on Monday.

Mars has signs of liquid water on its surface during its summer months, AKSAM wrote. The intermittent flows are streams of salty water seen flowing across the planet’s surface as Mars warms seasonally, the paper said.

Financial paper DUNYA reported that criticism against signboards written in Arabic for Syrians has been increasing in Turkey. Craftsmen in the Mezitli district of Turkey’s southern Mersin province are calling for a legal obligation to hang out signs in the Turkish language. Some are complaining that Mezitli looks like a Syrian town.

Turkey is home to more than two million registered Syrian refugees.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Eylül 2015, 11:47