Press Roundup

Press Roundup

(PHOTO: CİHAN, Abdüsselam Elçi)

May 23, 2012, Wednesday/ 17:00:00

To make connections with local children, police officers in the southeastern province of Van distributed kites to 1,050 children and flew the kites with them on the coast of Van’s Erciş district.

Yeni Şafak: One of the first-page stories of the daily covered President Gül’s answers to journalists’ questions on various subjects. About Turkey’s relationship with Israel, Gül has said that this issue has come up during his talks with US President Barack Obama. Yet Gül said that if anyone, even Obama, requests that Turkey mend its ties with Israel, he will interrupt and tell that person to make the request to Israel.

Habertürk: “Last journey with martyr father,” read the headline of a front-page story accompanying a photo of an 8-year-old boy sitting in a helicopter and looking at a coffin in which his father lies, while carrying his father’s cap in his hands. Special ops team officer Akın Bayram was killed in a clash with terrorists on Monday and his body was transferred from Diyarbakır to Samsun by helicopter and brought to Ordu’s Ulubey district on Tuesday. He was buried after a funeral was held for him in his hometown. Bayram had two children, one of whom was Tayfun Bayram, the one sitting in the helicopter. The daily said that Tayfun’s helicopter journey was his first, and probably the saddest one he’ll have.

Sabah: “This time Gül said ‘one minute’,” said the headline of a first-page article covering President Abdullah Gül’s statements delivered at a NATO summit in Chicago. Saying that he warned other world leaders about the state of Syria, Gül said: “I said ‘one minute’ [to them]. This is not an issue between Turkey and Syria: This is an international issue. You have to stand strong.” The headline makes reference to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s angry request for one minute from a moderator to finish his speech at a heated Davos meeting in 2009.