Turkish Press Review - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dardanelles War 99th anniversary, PKK leader's imprisonment and Crimea's annexation

Dardanelles War 99th anniversary, PKK leader's imprisonment and Crimea's annexation

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Turkish dailies on Wednesday mainly covered the commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the Dardanelles War, the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the conditions of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) founder Abdullah Ocalan's imprisonment and the annexation of Crimea by Russia.

The Dardanelles was the site in 1915 of the Battle of Canakale, when the Ottoman army defeated a technically superior multinational force supported by the British navy. 

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Canakale for his Justice and Development (AK) Party's electoral campaign, where he attacked opposition parties and U.S-based scholar Fethullah Gulen.

“I have only two jackets and nothing else he says. Two jackets? Billion dollars are spoken,” HABER TURK quoted Erdogan saying.

"Are you a scholar, or an intelligence chief?" was the question from Erdogan to Gulen, used for the headlines in STAR and YENI AKIT.

SABAH, under the headline “ECHR: In Imrali, conditions are suitable,” says that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decided that the conditions of Ocalan's imprisonment have improved since 2009.

HURRIYET used the headline “I do not believe in foreign complots” to report that Turkish President Abdullah Gul, during his Denmark visit, said that "linking the developments in your country to international powers is the rhetoric of the third world states.”

All Turkish dailies gave front-page coverage to Crimea. "Crimea is ours" was VATAN's headline, attributed to Russia's reaction to the G8.

YENI SAFAK reported that despite threats from the West, Russia's President Vladimir Putin signed an agreement which makes Crimea part of a Russian Federation. 

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