Press Roundup

(PHOTO: AA, REŞİT DAĞ)

June 26, 2012, Tuesday/ 16:28:00

A group of teachers in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa’s Viranşehir district are painting their schools’ walls and drawing pictures on them to make their school look better and more fun.

Sabah: A first-page story by the daily reported that the aim of the terrorists who killed eight soldiers at a military outpost in the southeastern province of Hakkari’s Dağlıca district was to take control of the outpost and to hang a flag there with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) emblem on it, according to one of the terrorists who recently surrendered to police. However, the terrorists failed in this goal due to the counterattacks by the soldiers stationed there, the story explained.

Taraf: “We disagree with Leyla Zana,” headlined the paper’s top story, reporting on an interview with pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) leader Selahattin Demirtaş. Speaking to journalist Neşe Düzel, the BDP leader said that his party does not agree with recent statements by independent pro-Kurdish deputy Leyla Zana that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan should be supported for his efforts to resolve the Kurdish issue. “Zana’s approach to the AK Party [the ruling Justice and Development Party] does not overlap with the approach of the BDP and many Kurds,” he said. Zana recently made controversial remarks, saying she believes Erdoğan will solve the Kurdish issue and that she has never lost hope in him.

Vatan: “My son’s death cannot be cause of war,” read the headline of the daily’s lead article, quoting Ali Ertan, father of Gökhan Ertan, one of two pilots of a Turkish jet recently downed by Syria. Ertan said: “Our country is not a country that would go to war for a pilot or a fighter jet. It wouldn’t be appropriate anyway. My son may be dead, but what matters is that he served his country.” The jet was shot down over the Mediterranean by Syria on Friday.