MIDEAST MIRROR 07.07.15, SECTION C (TURKEY & IRAN)
1-From today’s Turkish press
COALITION CRISIS: Serkan Demirtas believes that President Erdogan has stymied the political process in centre-left Radikal: "By failing to order the formation of a new government, President Erdogan has retained control in his hands. If he had issued a government formation mandate after June 18th or 23rd, he would have granted the parties a chance to compromise while they were still at the phase of digesting the election results in a moderate and self-questioning mood. Erdogan, who postponed this mandate till after the election of a parliament speaker, did not put this post up for bargaining and consequently opened up a deep rift between the parties."
Orhan Bursali argues that Erdogan is seeking the impossible in secular, Kemalist Cumhuriyet: "The president of the republic is not ordering coalition talks to begin. He is making his calculations about early elections and the prospects of establishing a majority in parliament once again. This may lead him to adopt a phoenix-like mood. But as I see it, he wants the impossible-- looking for it and trying to get it. But for now, every path looks like a blind alley."
Mehmet Tezkan suggests that MHP (Nationalist Movement Party) leader Devlet Bahceli is playing a political game in centrist Milliyet: "Bahceli has not only rejected the CHP [Republican People's Party] but the AKP [Justice and Development Party] as well. He has put forward impossible conditions. For example, he has asked the president to vacate the [newly-built] palace in Bestepe. In short, Bahceli has said that he will not come to power. What does he actually want? Let us look for a possible answer. One: he may want to stay in opposition. Two: he may be playing for early elections in November. Three: he is demonstrating that he is not easy game. I believe that he will offer a compromise to the AKP at the very last minute, and join a coalition."
Fadime Ozkan predicts an AKP-led coalition in centre-right, pro-government Star: "The AKP, which the president is going to ask to form a government, has been sending the message that it is aware of its responsibility ever since the June 7th election. And there will be a coalition with the party that the AKP finds most common grounds with."
GREEK REFERENDUM: Oral Calislar reads a symbolic message into the results of the Greek referendum in Radikal: "The fact that more than 60 per cent of the Greek people have rejected the EU-enforced debt payment system points to a particular attitude and stance. This preference already began to manifest itself when voters supported Syriza led by Tsipras a couple of months ago. Can the Greek uprising be understood as the entire poor world asserting itself in this symbolic clash? Perhaps. Our heart is with our Greek neighbors."
Sami Kohen also detects a symbolic stand in Milliyet: "The message from the results of the Greek referendum is clear: the people object to the new austerity measures that Europe is trying to dictate, and they are challenging their creditors. In fact, the referendum was presented to the Greeks as a stick with two dirty ends. Regardless of whether it said ‘no’ or ‘yes’, the country would be unable to easily pull back from the edge of bankruptcy and the miserable situation of the people would continue. Thus, a significant majority acted on the idea of 'let us salvage our honor no matter what happens', and ultimately preferred to vote 'no'."
2-From today’s Iranian press
NUCLEAR TALKS: Reformist E'temad wants to move forward: "As talks move towards the deadline, sanctions are still a point of contention. Their status is expected to be clarified by Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Sanctions are not the issue where Iran can be flexible. But, overcoming doubts and mistrust is not an easy task. In order to cross this stage and reach a brighter future, Iran and the U.S. should drop some of their not crucial demands and open a way forward."
Conservative Resalat contends that the ball is in the U.S. court: "The talks have reached a decisive stage. There are reports that an agreement is going to be reached soon, but the situation still remains unclear and ambiguous. The reason is the change in the positions of the other side. The United States has the largest share in this game and the ball is obviously in the U.S. court. No agreement will be reached unless Obama makes a final decision to resolve the differences."
Reformist Sharq puts an agreement in its appropriate place: "The nuclear agreement is not like Moses's wand that can produce miracles for Iran's economy by reducing the inflation rate, creating jobs for 6m jobless, overcoming chronic corruption, etc... The agreement cannot instantly improve our relations with some neighbouring countries or create a Middle East free of nuclear weapons. However, the agreement is a historic turning point not only for Iran, but also for the whole world. Many Western commentators already describe it as one of the greatest, most complicated, and most successful negotiations since World War II. If we can reach an agreement on difficult and complicated nuclear issues with the U.S., is it not possible to reach an agreement in other fields as well?"
Conservative Hemayat does not believe that the West wants to conclude "The West wants the talks not to end. They want a situation, where Iran remains under cruel pressure and not reach results. The current situation is very desirable for them, so they speak about the extension of talks and intend to continue bluffing. They say that if an agreement is reached, they will not sign it because this will not be a treaty or pact. They will not be happy if this file is concluded and stabilized."
Conservative Quds is not pleased: "It is not clear whether the agreement is going to be a statement or signed by the parties. According to what Iranian senior negotiator Abbas Araqchi told the media, it seems that the parties have decided not to sign. This model of a final deal is not free of problems and is open to criticism."
Reformist Arman points to some difficulties: "It is necessary to remember that the final text is being prepared under circumstances where the sides do not fully trust each other. They have demands that are often irreconcilable. Moreover, in Congress and among the countries of the region, there are opponents that act as pressure levers. There are also groups inside Iran that want maximum firmness; a paradigm that is not compatible with the complicated reality of the case. In order to be resolved, the nuclear case needs more flexibility. Another significant issue is how disputes will be resolved. The best option is an impartial committee that is trusted by the sides and is based on non-political legal data."
Conservative Siyasat-e Ruz writes of an intermediate agreement: "The ups and downs in the talks indicate the political will of the parties to conclude and achieve a reasonable and acceptable agreement. This spirit has not been created due to desire, willingness, or acceptance, but rather out of the desperation of being forced to accept Iran's right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Steadfastness in the face of their excesses and breach of promises led to their retreat from incorrect positions and a revision of their demands. From a realistic perspective, an intermediate agreement, neither good nor bad, is expected to be reached at the end of the talks."
Conservative Khorasan considers differences in the opposite camp: "Europeans do not want to be part of the domestic conflicts between the Obama administration and Congress. They are in a hurry to lift sanctions. They have no patience to wait for Congress to express its opinions on a possible deal. Moscow and Beijing also disagree with the U.S. on the issue of arms sanctions. The Americans want to maintain the ban on the sale of conventional weapons to Iran for a long time, but Russia and China will start significant security-strategic cooperation with Iran after the presumed deal. Little by little the veil of infinite optimism and unreasonable pessimism about the talks is dropping."
QUDS DAY: Hard-line Javan has high expectations: "The presence of millions of people at this year's Quds Day rallies on Friday July 10 has a different meaning than in the past. It is a day that will switch attention from minor fronts to the Zionist regime and world arrogance which are the Muslims' main front. It will manifest unity and national cohesion against arrogance at the nuclear talks. This great participation invalidates the enemies' illusion that sanctions can defeat the will of the Iranian nation. It will also support our diplomats on the frontline to stand against the excessive demands of the arrogant to be able to reach a good deal that will pave the way for strengthening the central front of the Muslim world."
SAUDI ARABIA/YEMEN: Centrist Jomhuri-ye Eslami blames Israel: "The Saudis have been bombing Yemen for 103 days now, preventing humanitarian aid from reaching people affected by the war. Yemeni children are suffering before the eyes of the world, but the United Nations is doing nothing to stop this unjust war. Everyone knows that the Zionist regime and international Zionism are behind the Saudi ruling family and UN resolutions. With its clout in the U.S. and at the UN, the Zionist lobby started the war in Yemen to suppress the Yemeni people's revolution. It was to be done by the Al Saud family, who has had an insatiable appetite to devour the land of Yemen for many years. The Zionists want the world to forget the important issue of Palestine by engaging the minds of Muslims in the Yemeni war and the atrocities of Takfiris in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, and Afghanistan; to give the Zionist regime a new opportunity to triumph."
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