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Summit of Turkic States ends in Uzbekistan

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The Turkic States leaders held a one-day summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, with the theme of "New Era for Turkic Civilization: Towards Common Development and Prosperity".

The summit was presided over by Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and attended by Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Sadyr Zhaparov, President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan, President of the Republic of Turkey, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of Turkmenistan, and Viktor Orba'n, Prime Minister of Hungary, which has observer status at the Organization of Turkic States.

The OTS leaders signed a joint statement that proclaimed Samarkand as the "Capital of the Turkic Civilization" taking into account its important role for the development of the Turkic civilization throughout the history.

The summit admitted Turkish Cyprus as Observer Status with the Organization of Turkic States (OTS).

The summit discussed the border dispute between Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan and called a peaceful solution to the dispute.

On Afghanistan the OTS summit underline their support for an inclusive and representative political system, which upholds fundamental human rights in Afghanistan. They expressed deep concern regarding the dire economic and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

The OTS leader called for opening Zangazur Corridor that will provide Azerbaijan access to its Nakhchivan exclave through the Syunik region of Armenia. Also called for increasing the capacity of the "Baku-Tbilisi-Kars" railway line, and the construction of "Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan-China" and "Termez-Mazar-i-Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar" railway lines, to enhance better connectivity and diversification of transport links between Europe and Asia;

The OTS leaders emphasized the importance of the Trans-Caspian fiber-optic infrastructure project within the Digital Silk Way, to enhance the cooperation among the Member States.

40 million Azerbaijanis cannot access education in native language

Around 40 million Azerbaijanis living outside the country do not have access to education in their mother tongue, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev told the OTS summit.

President Aliyev said: "The Turkic world does not consist only of independent Turkic states. Its geographical boundaries are wider. I believe that the time has come to constantly keep in mind within the organization issues such as protecting the rights, security, national identity, as well as the assimilation of our compatriots living outside the countries, members of the Organization of Turkic States."

He urged that the young generation in the Turkic world "should have the opportunity to study in their mother tongue in schools in the countries where they live."

He said that although the 30-year-long Armenian occupation in Karabakh has ended, its consequences were continuing. "Azerbaijan's nine cities and hundreds of villages were wiped off. Once a great city, Aghdam, was destroyed in such a way that it is called the 'Hiroshima of Caucasia,'" Aliyev said.

He added that 65 out of 67 mosques were destroyed during the Armenian occupation while the two remaining were heavily damaged and used as pig stalls.

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