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MIDEAST MIRROR 11.06.15, SECTION C (TURKEY & IRAN)

 

1-   From today’s Turkish press

 

PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS RESULTS: Cengiz Candar insists that the president should acknowledge his defeat in centre-left Radikal: "After the June 7th election results that said 'no' to one-man and one-party rule, President Erdogan cannot be allowed to remain in the [extravagant] new presidential palace at Bestepe. The criteria of respect for the elections’ results and his respect for 'democracy' and the 'national will' will be to vacate Bestepe and return to the old presidential palace at Cankaya. The Turkish people have blocked Erdogan’s path on June 7th, punished the ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party) and rewarded the three other parties insofar as they have remained distant from the AKP."

Mehmet Tezkan calls on the politicians to bide their time in centrist Milliyet: "Let there be an AKP-CHP [opposition Republican People's Party] or an AKP-MHP [Nationalist Movement Party] or a CHP-MHP coalition, or one that includes the HDP [pro-Kurdish leftist alliance]. Let such a coalition be established, but not just for the sake of doing so. What I am trying to say is that we should not be in a hurry. The politicians should not feel pressured. They should not be intimidated by the threat of early elections. All these years have taught us that the price of slapdash coalitions can be quite heavy."

Gungor Mengi sees a host of new problems ahead in centrist Vatan: "Turkey's problems are waiting to be solved, but it seems that the coalition chaos will continue. Aside from everything else, an additional three thousand Syrians fleeing from ISIS and the pro-Kurdish People's Protection Units have entered the Turkish border and have been taken inside. There are already over 2 million refugees, most of whom will not return to Syria, and even this problem awaits urgent intervention."

Mustafa Balbay believes the AKP is paying for its past confrontational policies in secular, Kemalist Cumhuriyet: "The AKP is facing the consequences of the policies of tension it has been pursuing for years. In one sense, the AKP government represented the 'cold war' era in Turkish politics. This was not only one that it waged against the opposition parties, primarily the CHP, but it is also a war that the AKP waged against the state’s institutions. These elections’ results suggest that common sense points to a coalition without the AKP."

Mumtazer Turkone commends the HDP for being on the right path in moderate, pro-Islamic, pro-Gulen Zaman: "The basic paradigm of the Kurdish problem has been turned upside down. With his confession of 'deposit votes', HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas has demonstrated that he is aware of this profound change. However, by voicing the objection that ‘there is no deposit’ [PKK - Kurdistan Workers' Party leader in Kandil, northern Iraq], Mustafa Karasu has demonstrated that he insists on the old paradigm. This exemplifies the essential tension in Kurdish politics that appeared even on the very first day after the election. Kandil thinks about reaping the store’s profit, but the HDP is concerned about opening all its doors to the market. In terms of Kurdish politics, of course the second path is the right one."

Ahmet Kekec does not rule out an AKP coalition with the main opposition party in centre-right, pro-government Star: "Erdogan might look positively on a possible AKP-CHP coalition. Since he believes that economic stability can continue with a strong coalition, he would not categorically dismiss this possibility, but will not send this message via Deniz Baykal (former head of the CHP and current MP). He would not make this improvident move at least. CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu should definitely take part in a coalition government in order to rescue his leadership and allow his 'failure' to be forgotten."

Ali Bayramoglu argues that the state will no longer be part of the Kurdish peace process in moderate, pro-Islamic, pro-government Yeni Safak: "Every formula that does not take the Kurdish problem into consideration will cause new and serious crises at this juncture. Apart from an AKP-CHP coalition, all formulae in which the HDP is excluded and the MHP joins in will entail certain conditions for addressing the Kurdish problem and the peace process. There is no doubt that these will drive the peace process, and that the state mechanism for resolving the Kurdish problem will end."

 

 

2-From today’s Iranian press

 

NUCLEAR TALKS: Centrist Jomhuri-ye Eslami clarifies: "The differences between the two sides are coming out in the open. The Iranian delegation seeks to conclude the talks by July 1. But, as Foreign Minister Zarif has stressed, Iran wants a good agreement and for this, it is not ready to be under the pressure of time or blackmail in contravention of international norms." 

Conservative Resalat does not betray any flexibility: "Demands by the West to inspect Iranian military sites have become a major problem for reaching the final agreement. Iran will never accept illegal inspections of its military and nuclear facilities and has repeatedly stressed this during the negotiations. If the other side does not review its approach to unhindered inspections, illegal access to military sites, immediate lifting of sanctions, the Fordow power plant and so for; there will be no agreement. Iran's red lines are unmovable." 

Moderate Iran exudes confidence: "Ahead of the final round of talks in the next two weeks, it seems that the two sides are nearing an agreement. Yet, opponents of a deal are raising their voices. Perhaps they are worried about the post-agreement period and want to divert peoples' minds from the basic issues of the parliamentary elections. People's support and the elites' trust in the government indicate that the effort to swerve public opinion will not work even when they distort Rowhani's speeches." 

Reformist E'temad considers Obama’s timeline: "On the threshold of the last days of his presidency, wrapping up the nuclear negotiations with Iran has become a vital issue for Obama. If the two sides fail to reach an agreement by June 30, there is the possibility that issues on the margins of talks would disturb the negotiations. Perhaps the June date may not be the last deadline, but for Barack Obama, who is looking to his legacy, a later date would be too distant."

 

IRAN/EUROPE: Reformist Arman is hopeful on many fronts: "Europe has realized that Iran is a trustworthy partner in the global fight against extremism and terrorism. Iran should establish a common discourse with Europe to be able to protect Syria and Iraq from regional and global harms and paralyze those who commit murder under the banner of Islam. The EU is looking forward to the lifting of sanctions on Iran. Of course, this does not mean that Europe will deviate from its principles because of this, but it wishes to have close ties with an Iran that does not possess nuclear weapons and considers a nuclear agreement and the lifting of sanctions as the first step to achieve this goal." 

 

CRITICISM OF ROWHANI’S ADMINISTRATION: Conservative Khorasan reproaches: "The Islamic revolution’s wise Leader’s emphasis on maintaining national dignity and refraining from showing weakness and passivity to the enemy and his constant reminder of the enemy's breach of promise, its greed and animosity should be important factors in the diplomatic confrontation with the American front. However, his recommendations are less expressed in the words and deeds of some high-ranking government officials, especially the respectable president Hassan Rowhani. The messages received by the enemy from this faction confirm the success of the enemy's hostile actions. Unfortunately, some officials have linked resolving the country's bottlenecks to the lifting of sanctions. They do not know that the greedy enemy does not recognize any limits and the advantages we may receive from such talk will not be a key to open big locks with." 

Hard-line Keyhan focuses on lack of scientific progress: "When the current government came to power, Iran ranked 15th in the world of science. Since then, the unmatched pace of Iran's scientific development not only stopped, but collapsed. There are specific reasons for such impedance. Running the Ministry of Science through a caretaker is one. Clearly, the continuation of such a politicized situation led to a further decline in scientific progress, which will increase pessimism of the academic community over the government of hope and prudence." 

 

ISRAEL/UN: Conservative Siyasat-e Ruz is outraged, but not surprised: "The UN measure to remove Israel from the list of violators of children's rights is another confirmation of the incapacity of the UN to implement its commitments, including fighting invaders and criminals." 

 

SYRIA: Conservative Quds looks at the media campaign: "In a coordinated move, Arab media have magnified the advances of ISIS and Al-Nusra Front in Idlib, Qalamun and Deir al-Zur and considered it as the beginning of the collapse of the Syrian regime. Saudi Arabia and Qatar have made an all-out effort to strengthen terrorist groups in Syria because of the failure of their regional policies." 

 

ECONOMY: Conservative Hemayat comments: "The issue of sanctions, which goes back to the years after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, has always created challenges for our vulnerable economy. Our enemy, without firing a single bullet, is trying to cripple the revolution's dreams through concentrating its attack on the economy. It is very difficult to use our potential, but there is hope that our officials would rethink their economic policies and block the enemy's greedy path forever."

 

 

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