Yeni Şafak: “We have been waiting for this for 90 years,” said the major story in its headline, quoting Muhammet Şerif Ulutaş, a Kurdish Islamic clergyman. The Religious Affairs Directorate previously announced its plans to recruit Kurdish Islamic clergymen, called “meles” by Kurds, who have a strong influence in Turkey’s southeastern and eastern regions, to fill imam positions in order to provide better services in these predominantly Kurdish regions. The story said the directorate finally appointed meles in some eastern provinces for the first time in the country’s history.
Sabah: “Either it [the PKK] will lay its arms down, or it will lay its arms down,” read the headline of a front-page story reporting on statements from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who spoke in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. Categorically ruling out the possibility of an end to ongoing military operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) unless the terrorist group gives up its weapons, Erdoğan said: “If the terrorist group lays down its arms, we can reach a solution [to the Kurdish issue] before 2015. If this happens, the Turkish Armed Forces [TSK] will not use weapons [against the PKK].”
Habertürk: The daily’s top article covers that according to a report prepared by a scientific council, a Caesarian operation should not be allowed unless doctors think it is required. The article also reported on Health Minister Recep Akdağ’s recent mandate that doctors no longer ask pregnant women whether they would like to deliver their babies by Caesarean section or natural birth.