MP: All Turkic-speaking countries begin transition to Latin alphabet
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec.14 /Trend M. Aliyev/
All Turkic-speaking countries began the transition to a unified Latin alphabet, Azerbaijani Parliamentary Culture Committee Chairman Nizami Jafarov told Trend.
The statement made by the President of Kazakhstan on the country's transition to the Latin alphabet will contribute to this process, he said.
"Kazakhstan has long been carrying out preparatory work for the transition to the Latin alphabet. Earlier a delegation arrived in Azerbaijan on behalf of the President of Kazakhstan, they were interested in our experience. Kazakhstan has some difficulties in carrying out this work, because there are many Russian-speaking people," he said.
Kazakhstan's transition to the Latin alphabet will play a crucial role in the use of the Latin alphabet in Central Asia, Jafarov said.
"Kyrgyz and Kazakh are similar. In addition, Kyrgyz, Tatars and Bashkirs are under the cultural influence of Kazakhstan, and this will speed up the transition to the Latin alphabet in the region," he stressed.
Uzbekistan was the quickest to move to Latin alphabet among the countries of Central Asia, and there's almost half of newspapers published using the Latin alphabet, the chairman of the committee said.
Kazakhstan intends to move from Cyrillic alphabet to Latin one by 2025, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said at a meeting dedicated to the 21st anniversary of independence on Friday.