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Turkish Press Roundup

Rarely does one story monopolize coverage in nearly all news media in Turkey—the downing of a Turkish jet by Syrian forces did just that this week (Anadolu Ajansı). Less than 24 hours after the incident, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President Abdullah Gül, and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu expressed outrage at the attack, claiming that the aircraft was shot down in international airspace. Milliyet was the first to report that Turkey had invoked Article IV of NATO’s Charter in order to convene consultations with alliance members, while also noting Davutoğlu’s unwillingness to cite Article V, which states that an attack on one NATO-member is an attack on all. Hours after the Hürriyet Daily News reported that the attack would not be used by Ankara as a pretext for war with Syria, the newspaper broke the news on its website that Syria had fired on a Turkish search and rescue plane.

Writing in Milliyet, columnist Sami Kohen highlighted warming French-Turkish relations, articulating the popular Turkish impression that French President François Hollande “is a different type. He is more understanding, logical, and kind.” Speaking to the Turkish Arab Economic Forum in Istanbul, Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek argued that his government has acted to significantly strengthen its ties with the Middle East and North Africa over the next decade. (Anadolu Ajansı)

Directly after her meeting with Erdoğan on Saturday, Kurdish MP Leyla Zana made a statement to the press demanding “sustainable dialogue” and “contributions by each party” to find a solution to the Kurdish question. (NTV) Turkey’s “Foundations Assembly,” which governs the protected trusts of NGOs, decided this week that four properties belonging to minority foundations affiliated with the Greek Orthodox and Armenian Churches be returned to the organizations. (Radikal) The Turkish Ministry of Health announced a new policy this week that fathers or husbands of women testing positive for pregnancies will be informed of the test results with a congratulatory SMS text message—the Ministry’s declared aim is to monitor maternal health. (Habertürk)

Turkey’s General Staff posted information on its website this week regarding airstrikes it conducted against nine PKK camps in northern Iraq. (CNNTürk) Turkish papers decried the permission granted by the Assad regime to the PKK to hoist its flag in the Syrian town of Ayn-al Arab, where the banner is visible from Turkey. (Güneş)

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  • cubanbob

    If the Kurds, nation with its own language, culture and history and with with historical lands are not deemed worthy of having a state, what business do the Turks and Arabs have in demanding a Palestinian State?

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