Turkish press review

June 13, 2012, Wednesday/ 10:40:00

On Wednesday Turkish dailies mostly covered remarks made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the Kurdish issue, the death of three Turkish security personnel at the hands of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and statements by Turkish Airlines (THY) CEO Temel Kotil on Africa.

Commenting on Prime Minister Erdoğan's remarks in Parliament on Tuesday, most dailies quoted Erdoğan as saying: “We will continue to support the process for a solution of the Kurdish issue. We are pleased to see that the [Republican People's Party] CHP has placed the Kurdish issue on its agenda and is seeking reconciliation.” The prime minister added in his speech that the Kurdish language would be offered as an elective course in Turkish public schools.

Turkish dailies also highlighted that three Turkish security personnel were killed by in a clash with the PKK in southeastern Turkey on Tuesday. Two sergeants and a village guard were killed in the provinces of Şırnak and Hakkari.

The Yeni Şafak daily quoted THY CEO Kotil as saying: “THY is the fourth largest group investing in Africa. We will increase the number of cities THY flies to in Africa to 30 soon.”