Turkish Press Review - Friday, April 5, 2013

Turkish dailies covered Turkish prime minister's meeting with the wise-men committee, main opposition parties' refusal to take part in the solution commission, and Turkish soccer team Fenerbahce's 2-0 victory over Lazio in UE

Turkish dailies covered Turkish prime minister's meeting with the wise-men committee, main opposition parties' refusal to take part in the solution commission, and Turkish soccer team Fenerbahce's 2-0 victory over Lazio in UE

The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

All of the Turkish dailies covered Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's meeting with the wise-men committee. Most dailies quoted Erdogan as saying, "Now it is time to embrace one another, not seeking revenge" in his speech he delivered at the first meeting with the wise-men committee in Istanbul. He said the 63 people in the committee was the summary of 76 million people living in Turkey. Daily MILLIYET headlined "Finish this in two months" quoted Erdogan as saying. He said the committee would be free on its works and government would not intervene in neither time-line nor road map of it. He said the "brotherhood at the establishment of our republic would be enough" as the spirit and gave two months to the committee to finish their studies. Established by the government to contribute to solution of the Kurdish issue, the committee composed of authors, journalists, artists, academicians and representatives of NGOs. The structure of the committee where 9 people from each seven geographical regions of Turkey were selected and one president and one secretary are present in the representation group of each region.

-Opposition parties will be out of the parliamentary commission on solution process for Kurdish issue-

Most of the dailies covered that the opposition parties of Turkey, Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) announced that they would not take part in a commission that would be established to assess the solution process for Kurdish issue within the parliament. Both CHP and MHP said they would not send members to that commission. Daily YENI SAFAK said CHP which offered the establishment of such a commission at the beginning, gave up when AK Party brought the offer to the parliament by claiming such a committee would not be constitutional.

Ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) will support the commission.

-Fenerbahce dominated UEFA Europa League quarterfinal first leg-

Dailies also covered Turkish soccer team Fenerbahce's 2-0 victory over Italy's Lazio in UEFA Europa League quarterfinal first leg in Istanbul. Daily TURKIYE said "Fener through to final" adding that Fenerbahce now had big advantage for the next round.

Copyright © 2013 Anadolu Agency