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Newspapers cover President Erdogan's remarks on German parliament's motion regarding 1915 events in Ottoman Empire plus working mothers in Turkey

ISTANBUL (AA) - Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Monday's newspapers devoted their front pages to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks about the German parliament’s resolution on the events of 1915 in eastern Anatolia during the Ottoman Empire.

STAR covered the story with the headline: "Germany, you will give an account of it," quoting Erdogan.

The Turkish leader criticized Germany during an address to a large gathering at the Istanbul-based Sabahattin Zaim University on Sunday.

"Germany! I am telling again: first, you give an account of the Holocaust. How you decimated, killed over 100,000 Namibians in Namibia, you should give an account of that," the daily reported Erdogan as saying.

The Namibia killings are considered one of the first genocides of the last century and was carried out against the Herero and Nama peoples in southwestern Africa by the then German empire.

Erdogan said that it was possible to see the tragedy of Africans underneath Western capitals.

"Under the elegant pavements of Berlin, Paris, Brussels are the life, blood, efforts and elbow grease of Africans," STAR cited Erdogan as saying.

According to the newspaper report, Erdogan said that Turkey's history was all about mercy, not the history of massacres.

On Thursday, the lower house of the German parliament approved a non-binding resolution recognizing Armenian claims of ‘genocide’ during the 1915 events.

The resolution accused the then-Ottoman government of allegedly carrying out “systematic genocide” against Armenians, as well as other Christian minorities.

Turkey denies the alleged genocide but acknowledges that there were casualties on both sides during the World War I events.

According to Turkey's viewpoint, the deaths of Armenians in eastern Anatolia in 1915 occurred after some sided with invading Russians and revolted against Ottoman forces. A subsequent relocation of Armenians resulted in numerous casualties.

Turkey describes the 1915 events as a tragedy for both sides.

Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia plus international experts to tackle the issue.

SABAH's headline read: "We have a clean history."

According to the daily Erdogan also criticized claims that accused Turkey of burning and seizing Armenian churches.

"On the contrary, we are handing over churches to Armenian foundations. If they have assets, we deliver it to them," the paper reported Erdogan as saying.

Turkish dailies also covered Erdogan's remarks over working women.

MILLIYET ran the headline: "A women who abstains from motherhood is half."

The newspaper reported that Erdogan criticized working women who refused to become mothers because of her job. He was speaking at an opening ceremony of a building to be used by the Women and Democracy Association in Istanbul.

"A woman who abstains from motherhood saying 'I am working' means she is in fact rejecting her motherhood," the daily quoted Erdogan as saying.

Erdogan said the Turkish government launched many opportunities for working women and obliged workplaces to have childcare, the daily added.

In other news, newspapers also covered an accident where an intercity bus plunged into a canal in Turkey's southern Osmaniye province.

HURRIYET wrote: "Tear out our hearts"

The bus -- which was carrying students, parents and teachers -- fell into deep water in the vicinity of Cevdetiye village.

In the incident, 14 people died and 26 others were wounded, the daily added.

VATAN ran the headline: "Bitter trip: 14 dead."

The daily reported that six students and eight adults were among the dead.

In economic news, DUNYA wrote that the Turkish Armed Forces are to monitor the country’s borders with mini zeppelins.

The daily said that the zeppelins were developed by Turkey’s defense system producer, ASELSAN.

The system enables to small units and posts to monitor local security and give early warnings, the newspaper wrote.

source: News Feed
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