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MIDEAST MIRROR 10.06.15, SECTION C (TURKEY & IRAN)

 

1-From today’s Turkish press

 

GENERAL ELECTIONS RESULTS: Gonul Tol argues that that the EU and Washington read last weekend’s election results differently in centre-left Radikal: "The European Union is pleased that there has been no election fraud, and that a weakened AKP [ruling Justice and Development Party] has come out of the ballot box after a very tense and antidemocratic electoral campaign. Another pleasing development as far as the EU is concerned is that the HDP has passed the 10% electoral threshold and that it represents the Kurdish political movement in parliament. While the EU is evaluating the results within the context of Turkish democracy, Washington is approaching the issue from the point of view of regional policy, especially the Syrian perspective. That is why the picture that has emerged after the elections is not that bright for the U.S. when compared to Europe."

Sami Kohen predicts a foreign policy shift in centrist Milliyet: "The political picture that has emerged after the election shows that even if it forms the next government, the AKP, which has lost its majority, will be unable to conduct its foreign policy with the same degree of comfort as before. If a coalition is formed, the ideas and red lines of the party that will become partner in government will need to be taken into account. There are many sensitive foreign policy problems on Turkey's agenda. While the new government deals with them, it should take account of the attitude of the coalition partners and fine-tune its foreign policy accordingly."

Ceyda Karan believes that the change in the national mood was reflected elsewhere in secular, Kemalist Cumhuriyet: "On the morning of June 8th the people of Turkey were not the only ones to breathe a sigh of relief. We were fed up with the domestic discourse that polarized and divided the country with the object of driving people to clash with each other. It is possible that those who attach significance - by safeguarding their own interests of course - to economic and political cooperation with a country such as Turkey that links Europe to the Middle East, do not have a different view. They have also been suffering from the rhetoric which has turned foreign policy traditions upside down and linked every issue to baseless conspiracies."

Orhan Miroglu claims that Turkey came under outside pressures in centre-right, pro-government Star: "If Turkey is talking about a coalition today and if the birth of a one-party system [based on the HDP - pro-Kurdish leftist alliance] is emerging in one region of Turkey, this is because of the bill that the international powers have forced Turkey to pay since it has implemented the [Kurdish] peace process as a national project. This is a form of a punishment. What was done with weapons in Syria has been done through the ballot box in Turkey."

Emin Pazarci suggests that a coalition is on the cards at any moment in centre-right, pro-government Aksam: "The ballot box produced uncertainty on June 7th. Turkey is now talking about coalition models. And what is being generally said is that 'this party will not come together with that; and that that party will not sit with this'. However, there is nothing in politics such as 'this cannot happen'! This is politics; everything can change at any moment."

Hasan Cemal calls for constraining the president in independent online T24: "Unless the answer to the question of who is boss in the AKP becomes clear, the door to normalization cannot be opened in Turkey. Stability in this country is a dream unless [President] Erdogan is restrained within the constitutional framework, and is made to accept the validity of a parliamentary system, not a presidential one; that is to say, what are the constitution’s red lines. Dissent within the AKP cannot be prevented unless the Erdogan problem is resolved. The number of those who became aware of the fact that June 7th represented a sharp lesson is growing within the AKP."

 

 

2-From today’s Iranian press

 

SANCTIONS: Conservative Hemayat asserts: "Sanctions have been imposed on Iran because of accusations of terrorism, human rights abuses and the nuclear programme. Thus, it is not only the nuclear issue. It is not clear what pretext the U.S. will use to keep sanctions in place after a nuclear agreement is reached. Neither the government, nor the Iranian nation will accept an agreement that does not involve the complete lifting of sanctions. If the talks fail, Iran will show the world which side was not keen to reach a deal and was after excessive demands and bullying from the very start." 

 

NUCLEAR BILL: Reformist Arman brings in Israel: "Based on the bill requiring a nuclear deal to be approved by parliament and in case it is ratified, inspections of Iranian military sites by the IAEA will be banned. A country with Iran's power would not allow such inspections. If inspections are to take place, then the Zionist regime should also accept inspections of its own military sites. The Majlis bill is a reasonable one and MPs have the right to pass such a bill."

 

PRESIDENT'S REMARKS: Hard-line Keyhan comments: "The remarks of President Rowhani that securing the lifting of sanctions should be a top priority were widely condemned by hard-line critics. They contended that his statement sends 'a message of weakness' to the other side in the heat of complex nuclear talks. How could this be the case when our rivals have already recognized the undeniable fact that Iran is at the top of its power and experienced the role it plays in the region and the world?" 

 

TURKISH ELECTIONS: Reformist E'temad expects some changes: "The Justice and Development Party will not be able to establish its own government and has to form a coalition with other parties. This will have an important impact on relations with Iran, especially on issues related to Iraq, Syria and economic ties. It is expected that economic relations will not suffer, but Turkey's regional policies and their cost will be scrutinized. The elections results will degrade the axis of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which will weaken their role in Syria."

 

SAUDI ARABIA: Conservative Resalat paints a gloomy picture: "Saudi princes are leaving Saudi Arabia to Morocco and the West, particularly to France and the UK fearing possible bloody conflicts among the ruling family. Some members of the royal family are not satisfied with the changes introduced by King Salman. Over the past few months, the country is speedily moving towards decline and failure. In addition, efforts to resolve internal political problems have weakened the royal family."

 

IRAQ/ISIS: Conservative Siyasat-e Ruz affirms that unity is the only way to victory: "On June 10, 2014, ISIS terrorists took control of Mosul. The Iraqi military should have resisted few hundred terrorists, but this did not happen. ISIS managed to take control of Mosul in a short time and started its advance to capture the rest of Iraq. One year has passed since this event and Iraq is still in intensive care, which is fateful for the entire region. The only solution for Iraq is reliance on unity amongst its religious sects and the espousal of Islamic views."  

 

DOMESTIC ISSUES: Centrist Jomhuri-ye Eslami reports: "The Ministry of Roads and Urban Development recently unveiled a comprehensive housing plan. Over the past 35 years, Iranian governments made numerous promises for solving this deep rooted issue. But housing still remains a big problem."

 

 

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