Turkish Press Review - 13 February 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Turkish dailies on Thursday cover the ceremony for the opening of a new subway line in Ankara, the capture of the four members of the leftist armed group, DHKP-C in Greece.

Turkish dailies on Thursday cover the ceremony for the opening of a new subway line in Ankara, the capture of the four members of the leftist armed group, DHKP-C in Greece.

ANKARA - Turkish dailies on Thursday cover the speeches by Turkish PM R. Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul at the opening of a new subway line in capital Ankara, the capture of the four members of the leftist armed group, DHKP-C in Greece and discussions on AK Party government-Gulen movement friction.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy celebrated the opening of a new Metro line, which a Spanish company was a partner in construction, in Turkey's capital Ankara on Wednesday.

Daily SABAH quoting PM Erdogan wrote: "We produce projects not words." PM Erdogan said that those who want to stop us will not be able to slow down the government for its services and projects, wrote daily. On the other hand, the daily also quoted President Gul in reference to the recent political turmoil and wrote President Gul said that unnecessary gossip prevents the service of the government. As long as Turkey keeps its stability and all social and political groups avoid gossip, new services and projects will be achieved in addition to those achieved in the last ten years, wrote the daily.

Daily MILLIYET in quoting Gul and Erdogan headlined "Two speeches, same message." The daily wrote that both leaders gave the message to avoid unnecessary frictions and political gossip.

Daily VATAN quoted Erdogan in the headline "We won't slow down". The daily SABAH and MILLIYET referred to the same part of the speeches of Erdogan and Gul.

Another topic largely covered by Turkish dailies was the capture of the four members of the leftist armed group, DHKP-C in Greece. The leader of the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) and the fugitive suspect of the assasination of a Turkish businessman Ozdemir Sabanci were among four Turkish citizens arrested in an anti-terror operation on Monday.

Daily HURRIYET headlined the capture writing "Red handed in a three way joint operation." The daily wrote that the militants were captured in a joint operation by US inteligence service CIA, Turkish MIT and Greek EYP.

Daily VATAN, on the other hand, put the headline "Code Black Mission." The daily said that the process of operation on the DHKP-C members started in August when a bomb loaded boat of DHKP-C members was captured by Greek coast guards in August. The daily also noted that the target of the boat was assassination of Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu.

Daily POSTA also headlined the case and wrote "January 1996-February 2014" in reference to the assassination of the Turkish businessman Ozdemir Sabanci. Captioning two pictures of Ismail Akkol, the murderer, entering the Sabanci Holding HQ in Istanbul to kill Ozdemir Sabanci was captured by the Greek police in Athens.

Daily TURKIYE's headline on the subject is "Back stage of DHKP-C operation: Germans released Greeks captured."

Daily STAR claimed that the stop and search operation on Turkish Intelligence Service's (MIT) trucks en route to Syria was organized by a group of officers in the Turkish Army allegedly linked to Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen.

Daily SABAH also referred to the same officer and headlined the case "As if they were going to a coup" referring to the operation on MIT's trucks.

Daily AKSAM on the other hand put the headline "Paralel police came out of matryoshka doll." The daily claimed that the files of the profiles of the discharged officers were found nested in a file on the computer of an female police officer.

ZAMAN meahwhile says many of high ranked officials at the Education Ministry have been discharged from their posts and the interview for new managers were biased since the interview committe wrote the grades with pencils instead of pens upon a directive from the ministry which aroused the suspicions that the grades may be changed by executives claimed the daily.

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