Turkey Attaches Great Importance to Establishment of Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-Speaking States: Speaker of Parliament

Turkey, Ankara, November 18/ Trend , corr T. Aliyev/ Speaker of the Great National Assembly of Turkey (parliament) Koksal Toptan says that by establishing Parliamentary Assembly of the Turkic-Speaking states Turkic world will fill a big gap.

"We think the establishment of the Parliamentary Assembly will contribute to the further development of current relations among Turkic-speaking states. Therefore Turkey attaches great importance to the establishment of the Assembly," Koksal Toptan, speaker of the Turkish Parliament, said to Trend on November 18.

The first meeting of the Interparliamentary Council of the Turkic speaking countries took place in Antalya city of Turkey on February 20 to 21. A protocol of intentions was signed to establish the Parliamentary Assembly of the Turkic speaking countries at the meeting. Representatives of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan did not attend the meeting.

A meeting of the parliamentary speakers of the Turkic speaking countries will take place in Istanbul on November 20-21. Establishment of the Parliamentary Assembly will be discussed and agreement will be signed at the meeting. The Azerbaijani delegation under speaker of parliament Asadov's leadership will take part in the meeting.

Toptan said delegations from Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan will attend the meeting on the establishment of the Parliamentary Assembly to be held in Istanbul. "Uzbekistan has not yet joined this initiative. I think our Uzbek brothers will join this initiative later," speaker of the Turkish Parliament said.

He said it not appropriate for Turkic-speaking states not to have PA while there are a number of such organizations both on international and regional level.

"The chairpersons of parliaments have completed preliminary preparations. The meeting in Istanbul will mark the first important step by the chairpersons of parliaments," Toptan added.

Toptan said the possibilities of expansion of the Parliamentary Assembly and inviting other countries as observers to the meeting to be held later will be examined in the Istanbul meeting.

"Because besides Turkic-speaking states, parliaments of different countries include representatives of Turkic-speaking nations. They can be invited to the meeting of PA as observers," he added.

Speaker said decisions of PA will only be recommendation for the member states. The PA will try to take joint action in the issues that member states are interested.

"We will focus on bringing our parliaments closer and further enhancing our ties. We will now and then discuss other spheres that we can cooperate," Toptan noted.

"As many as 10 MPs from each country have been invited to the first meeting. The principles of representation of future PA member states will be decided at the meeting. Financial issues and non-establishment of permanent secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly stand on the agenda. Turkey does not put forward any proposal on none of these issues. We are ready to discuss proposals of speakers of other parliaments. The important for us is to establish Assembly," Toptan said.

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