During the 12th session of the Assembly of Nations of Kazakhstan this week Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhstan, charged the specialists to consider over 6 months the complete transition of the State language to the Alphabet.
Azerbaijan has had a similar experience in its transition of the State language from Cyrillic to the Alphabet. Latif Gandilov, the Azerbaijani Plenipotentiary & Extraordinary Ambassador to Kazakhstan, informed Trend Special Correspondent in Kazakhstan that the transition from Cyrillic to the Alphabet began in 1992 and took 7 - 8 years. The transition was complete on 1 August 2006.
The Ambassador stressed that this is a difficult process and the transition to Cyrillic was carried out in stages.
He said that the transition to the Alphabet in Azerbaijan had been carried out repeatedly. First the alphabet was introduced after the Resolution. Before commencement of World War II in 1939 Azerbaijan changed to Cyrillic. After 50 years it was decided to revert to the Alphabet.
Despite the transition to the Alphabet, people in Azerbaijan have a good command of Russian, as well as English and Turkish languages, Gandilov emphasized.