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Turkish Press Roundup

[Thanks to Via Meadia’s Man in Istanbul for this roundup of the top stories in Turkey over the last few days.]

Throughout much of this and last week, the Turkish press has remained transfixed by allegations published by the Wall Street Journal that the intelligence for recent strikes in Uludere—in which 34 civilians were killed—was collected by America predators, contradicting previous statements made by the Turkish General Staff. No clear response has emerged from leaders in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), (Cumhuriyet) with members of the General Staff consistently asserting that the story is a fabrication. (Sabah, Milliyet)

An unnamed senior Turkish official claimed that Turkey plans to invoke Article V of the NATO Charter if it is attacked by Syria (Radikal). Last Wednesday, Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister of the Northern Iraqi Regional Administration, arrived in Ankara for his first foreign visit of his second term in office. He was received by Turkish President Abdullah Gül, Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan, and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, all of whom described their agenda as pertaining largely to combatting regional terrorism threats. An AKP parliamentary deputy, Abdurrahim Akdag, mentioned early last week that the government was contemplating a general amnesty for PKK members (CNNTurk); his claim was later vigorously denied by Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ (Anadolu Agency). The UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, estimated that Turkey has so far spent U.S. $150 million to support Syrian refugees, granting them international recognition as asylum-seekers. (Türkiye Radyo Televizyon) Amid chants of “Go away Turks,” red banners with the white star and crescent were burned in Basra, developments for which the Turkish Press have blamed Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Maliki for inciting. (Vatan)

After the Turkish-Polish Business Forum in Warsaw, Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan confirmed last week that Turkish Airlines (THY) had been planning to buy 50 percent of Polish Airlines (LOT). (Doğan News Agency) Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan reported to the press this week that Turkish exports to the U.S. increased by 20 percent in 2011, and that Turkey’s imports from the U.S. rose by 30 percent in the same period.

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  • Kris

    How could you not mention this Pulitzer-worthy piece from the Hurriyet Daily News?

  • billy

    lol ban the waledem gagausha!

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