Press Roundup

Press Roundup

March 06, 2010, Saturday/ 15:53:00
Students at a primary school in the Habibler neighborhood in Kepez, Antalya, were filled with joy upon receiving toys donated by charitable individuals to a nongovernmental organization. Habibler is one of the poorest neighborhoods in the region.Taraf: “Turkish operation on PKK in Europe,” was the headline of a front-page article in the daily yesterday, which reported that police carried out an operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Belgium to cut the organization’s financial support. Around 20 individuals, including two former Kurdish deputies who fled Turkey 1994, were detained. Broadcasting by the pro-PKK television station Roj TV was halted for some time. An employee at the station said some of the police officers were speaking in Turkish. The suspects were charged with involvement in terrorist activities, the daily reported.

Akşam: “American disappointment,” the daily said in the headline of a front-page story yesterday, reporting that 23 hands at the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee were raised in favor of chaos in Turkish-US relations on Thursday, referring to the approval of a non-binding resolution that recognizes the Armenian killings in 1915 as “genocide.” The daily said that although US President Barack Obama and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged to committee not to approve the resolution, warning that such a move was likely to damage Turkish-US relations, the resolution was approved by the committee, getting 23 votes in favor and 22 against. Turkey recalled its ambassador, Namık Tan, to Ankara for consultations.

Bugün: Chief of General Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ was met by Gen. Saldıray Berk upon his arrival in Kars on Thursday where winter military exercises were being held. Gen. Berk is accused of membership in a terrorist organization named Ergenekon. After his arrival, Gen. Başbuğ asked Berk get into his official car, and they went to the barracks together. Berk will appear in court on May 4. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan did not attend the drill. Meanwhile, the General Staff has indicated that the military drill in the Sarıkamış district of Kars was to be closed to the media and that only the chief of General Staff, force commanders and the gendarmerie commander were expected to be in attendance.