Press Roundup

(PHOTO: CİHAN, ATIF ALA)

August 08, 2012, Wednesday/ 15:57:00

Students and teachers at a Turkish college in Chad’s capital of N’Djamena, together with Turkish charity Kimse Yok Mu officials, distributed free iftar (fast-breaking) dinner packages to physically disabled locals in the city.

Akşam: “We chose to live together,” read the headline of a front-page story covering an interview with pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Co-Chairwoman Gültan Kışanak. Saying that Kurds in Turkey have already made their choice and that they chose to live together with Turks, Kışanak added that regardless of any developments about the Syrian Kurds, who have been taking advantage of the political chaos in their country and taking control of some areas near the Turkish border, Turkey has its own Kurdish issue. “Kurds in other countries preferred to go different ways based on developments in their countries. But here, in Turkey, Kurds have preferred to live together [with Turks].”

Radikal: “Sad truth in autopsy,” headlined the paper’s lead story reporting on the autopsy results of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members who were killed during recent operations by the military against the PKK. According to the results, three of the bodies belonged to young women aged 16 or 17. The story said that the three women were specifically chosen to mingle in among the locals in Hakkari’s Şemdinli district, where the attacks took place.

Taraf: “The state should not be happy because it killed people,” said the headline of a front-page article, quoting from Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Diyarbakır deputy Galip Ensarioğlu. “The [Kurdistan Workers’ Party] PKK wanted to create an appearance of a civil war, but they could not achieve that,” he said referring to recent intense clashes between security forces and the PKK. Regarding the prime minister announcing the number of PKK members killed during the operations, the deputy said: “A state cannot be happy saying it killed more people [than the PKK], because the more you kill terrorists, the more people will join the PKK.”