Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend I.Alizade / The Azerbaijan Parliament supports the decision of the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting, on limitation of the programs shown in the Turkish language. "The National language of Azerbaijan is Azerbaijani, and the broadcasting should be in the Azerbaijan language," Ogtay Asadov, the Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament stated. He was commenting on the proposals made by MP Aynur Jamalgizi.
Jamalgizi considers that there is no logical ground to prohibit broadcasting in the Turkish language. "There is no considerable difference between Azerbaijani and Turkish languages, and the translation of the programs from Turkish to Azerbaijani will mean mere waste of money," the MP said. According to Jamalgizi, the Turkish language does not influence negatively on the Azerbaijan. "Milli Majlis (Parliament) should stop this. If we want to protect the Azerbaijani language, we must protect it from the other languages".
Asadov said that the decision of the Council is related to the broadcasting of the television channels in Azerbaijani language, but not on the prohibition of the Turkish. "It was recommended that all radio and television companies should broadcast in Azerbaijani language, whereas the channels show the programs recorded from the Turkish TV without dubbing. We have our own language and the programs must be in Azerbaijani language," Asadov said.
Bahar Muradova, the Deputy Chairman of the Parliament, said that Turkish language negatively influences the Azerbaijani's. "The Turkish language has its own dialects; however no Turkic speaking nation equates their own language with Turkish. Everyone ought to speak its native language.
According to Muradova, Azerbaijani people must respect their native language. "We must preserve our language and I support this decision". MP Baba Tagiyev also backed this decision by the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting