MIDEAST MIRROR 09.07.15, SECTION C (TURKEY & IRAN)
1-From today’s Turkish press
COALITION SCENARIOS: Murat Yetkin suggests that the MHP [Nationalist Movement Party] has lost its potential coalition partners in centre-left Radikal: "PM Davutoglu made a significant statement regarding the coalition talks in Van on Tuesday’s evening. He said that the Kurdish peace process could continue on condition that the HDP [pro-Kurdish leftist alliance] calls on the PKK [Kurdistan Workers’ Party] to send its militants out of Turkey, as it has promised. In fact it was clear that Davutoglu would prefer to pursue the Kurdish peace process if he had to make a choice between that and a possible coalition with the MHP. However, it was obvious that the doors to the MHP would be closed when the statement about the Kurdish process was made. The scenarios involving the MHP have ended, not only for the AKP [Justice and Development Party] but for the CHP [Republican People's Party] as well.
Okay Gonensin explains what the MHP’s concerns in centrist Vatan: "Before President Erdogan instructed Davutoglu to form a government, MHP leader Devlet Bahceli closed and even locked the door to a coalition. When Bahceli says why a coalition with the AKP will not come to pass, he is also reflecting his concerns about working with a stronger partner."
Gulay Ozturk warns against high expectations from early elections in centre-right, pro-government Aksam: "Polls show that the probability of one-party rule after early elections is very low, as can be expected. As nothing has happened to seriously change voting preferences since the last elections on June 7th, almost the same results will come out of the ballot box again. There might be a one or two point rise in AKP votes but this will not be enough to form a government singlehandedly. On the contrary, one should take into consideration that heading to the ballot box once again and facing the prospects of coalition upsets will cause boredom, pessimism and disbelief among voters."
Metin Munir calls for ending the AKP’s rule in independent online T24: "To stop the damage being inflicted on Turkey by Erdogan, the AKP should be removed from power. Voters are not blind. Their eyes are open. They have told Erdogan 'enough' by giving 60 per cent of the vote to opposition parties and denying the AKP a parliamentary majority. The AKP is not blind either. It is aware of what happened to it and it has to hold tightly onto power."
SYRIA CRISIS: Gultekin Avci predicts the consequences of intervention in Syria in centrist, pro-Gulen Bugun: "Despite its hopes, it transpires that the AKP will lose votes if it intervenes in Syria. 30 per cent of AKP voters say 'we will not vote for the AKP if a military operation is mounted in Syria'. In fact, if there is such an intervention, it will be the AKP that will be defeated. This means that the AKP will have to say farewell to Kurdish voters forever. In such an adventure, the AKP will lose out, while both Turkish and Kurdish nationalism will rise, and it will be the MHP and the HDP that will grow and get stronger."
2-From today’s Iranian press
NUCLEAR TALKS: Reformist Arman is unclear: "Due to the mistrust between Iran and the U.S., the sides want everything to be put, clearly and neatly, on paper. The extension of talks aims to prevent disputes created by different interpretations. The other side expects Iran not to seek nuclear weapons in the framework of a deal. Mechanisms to monitor and prevent the production of nuclear weapons will then be unwarranted. Iran, like other countries, should not face a ban on the production of long-range missiles."
Moderate Iran is inscrutable: "What will a deal look like and who will be responsible for this long-term agreement? There is no doubt that such an important issue cannot be resolved simply. A comprehensive process is the only way to reach a conclusion. The consequences of this agreement cannot be based on partisan claims."
QUDS DAY: Conservative Khorasan celebrates Quds day in its own way: "The crimes of ISIS are the latest tool of the Zionist regime: ISIS is battling the Zionist regime's main enemies in the region. Instead of fighting the enemy of Muslims; ISIS helps Israel to achieve significant goals. It distracts from the cause of Palestine and shifts the priorities of the Muslim world from Palestine to ISIS. The nuclear talks do not have any effect on the will of the Islamic regime and the Iranian nation to support resistance in Palestine. The resolution of the Palestine issue and the freeing of holy Quds are key to resolving other problems in the region, from Iraq and Syria to Bahrain and Yemen. Muslims should focus on the fight against the main enemy, the Zionist regime, and avoid conflicts and domestic wars."
Reformist E'temad slaps the enemy: "Global arrogance has spared no effort to isolate Palestine from the attention of the Muslim world. The latest measure is supporting Takfiris, terrorists and tribal groups created by the monarchies in the region and the U.S. and UK intelligence in a bid to preserve their rule. The turnout at Quds Day rallies is a slap in the face of global arrogance. Recognizing an independent Palestinian state and not purchasing Israeli goods are a new phenomenon. They show the world that public opinion has changed towards the oppressed Palestinians and the crimes committed by Israel."
GREECE: Hard-line Keyhan appreciates the gravity: "Perhaps due to the nuclear negotiations, the Greek referendum did not draw the attention it should have. However, it is safe to say that the historic 'no' by the Greek people to the policies imposed by the Europe Union is equivalent to the nuclear issue in terms of importance and consequences. Greece's economic condition after a euro exit is a nightmare that is keeping Western leaders up at night. If, for any reason, Greece gains even a little economic prosperity after its exit; it will become a model for many European countries that are not happy with the euro. Greece's closeness to countries like China and Russia, as well as Latin America can turn the ‘nightmare’ of improvement in Greece's economic condition into a reality."
AFGHANISTAN: Hard-line Javan writes of a window for peace: "After 14 years of war and bloodshed, the Afghan government and Taleban have agreed to hold face to face talks and discuss how to make peace. Can such meetings bring peace for the Afghan nation? It seems that the current members of the Taleban delegation do not represent the entire group, which can create serious doubt that all the Taleban will agree to the results of the negotiations. However, holding talks at this level after 14 years of bloodshed is an accomplishment. At least a window has opened for Afghanistan to find peace."
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