World Bulletin / News Desk
The possibility of producing a joint alphabet to be shared between all Turkic states is due to be discussed at the Turkish Language Speaking Nations Cooperation Council at a summit held in Turkey's coastal city of Bodrum on Wednesday.
Turkic states currently using the Russian Cryllic alphabet are now said to be considering making the change to the Latin alphabet used in Turkey, General Secretary Halil Akinci told Al Jazeera Turk, but this change won't come before 2025.
When asked about Kazakhstan's signing up to the Russian-led Eurasian Union, as well as Kyrgyzstan's planned accession into the bloc in 2015, Akinci said that this would not have a negative affect on their relationship with Turkey.
'Neither the former Soviet states nor Turkey can lower the level of economic relations with Russia. In fact, they are working on strengthening it,' he said.
The presidents of Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan will all be attending the 4th Turkish Council summit.
Due to an agreement signed with the United Nations in 1996 to remain constantly neutral, Turkmenistan is unable to seek membership with the Turkish Council, but remains a key supporter of it.
The Turkmenistan president was also in Turkey to meet with Turkish president Abdullah Gul regarding a planned pipeline that could in the future allow Turkmenistani gas to be pumped acorss Turkey into Europe.
General Secretary Akinci also noted that the summit also hopes to boost tourism along the ancient Silk Road trade route that connects Turkey with the far-east via central Asia.Last Mod: 04 Haziran 2014, 13:53