Turkish Press Review - 11 February 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Second round of Syria peace talks, protests against CHP mayoral candidates, and plans for third Istanbul airport halted

Second round of Syria peace talks, protests against CHP mayoral candidates, and plans for third Istanbul airport halted

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Turkey`s dailies on Tuesday covered the start of the second round of Syria peace talks at Geneva II, protests about mayoral candidates for the Republican People`s Party (CHP), the suspension of the construction of a third airport in Istanbul, and the starting of a new term in Turkey`s schools.

Geneva II talks, which aim to end the ongoing three-year conflict in Syria, started on February 10. Daily YENISAFAK`s covered the second leg of talks that started among the Syrian parties and delegations from the regime, with the mediation of U.N. mediator for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.

The newspapers also cover demonstrations against the Republican People`s Party`s (CHP) mayoral candidates across the country. Daily SABAH`s headline was "Reaction to candidates at CHP" and said Mustafa Sarigul, CHP`s mayoral candidate for Istanbul in the upcoming local elections in March, had influence in the determination of candidates in CHP strongholds, even though he is not the party`s general chairman.

The candidate crisis erupting in northwestern Edirne and Kirklareli provinces caused Turgut Dibek, an MP from Turkey`s northwestern Kirklareli province, and Edirne Mayor Hamdi Sedefci to announce their resignations on Monday.

The dailies also cover a court`s suspension of the construction of a third airport in Istanbul. Daily TURKIYE: "Now CED report obstacle for the airport" said a court in Istanbul stopped the execution of an affirmative environmental (CED) report concerning the third airport to be constructed in Istanbul.

The first obstacle appeared during an anti-graft operation which was initiated against the constructors on December 25 and a group filed a case against CED Affirmative Report, which enabled the airport project to go to tender. A court in Istanbul halted the execution of the report on grounds of pollution and noise.

Primary, secondary and high schools started the second term across the country. Daily STAR`s "Milk to kids, tablet to adults" focused on new projects to distribute milk in schools and tablets to 675,000 students and teachers. 6.5 million students will be supplied with milk on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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