Kazakhstan’s President urges to avoid discrimination on linguistic grounds
Kazakhstan, Astana, Oct. 17 /Trend, D. Mukhtarov /
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev instructed officials of the 'A' Corps, an elite group of officials, to prevent cases of infringement of citizens' rights on linguistic grounds.
"It is possible to switch to the Kazakh language during a conversation, in areas where the Kazakh population predominates. In the following areas, all people speak Kazakh: in Atyrau, Mangystau, Kyzylorda and South Kazakhstan, Zhambyl, Almaty and West Kazakhstan and Aktobe oblasts. Russian speaking population predominates in some central and northern regions. Let them speak Russian, but in this case it is necessary that there are a simultaneous translations during public conversation," the President said.
He went on to say that, no one's rights should be infringed upon, it is simple, and it can be complied with.
According to the Kazakh President, this approach is inherent to the Kazakh people.
Aside from this, Nazarbayev underlined that it is sufficient to organize a proper teaching of the state language.
"This is inherent to us: respect for neighbors, respect for other people, for his opinion and aspirations. You have to explain it all to the people," Nazarbayev said.
He went on to add that, for this it will be sufficient if the officials organize the teaching of the simple Kazakh language among people in areas of their responsibly.
Aside from this, he said that those who study Kazakh in school will fluently speak in the language in the future, and accordingly at that time these skills and knowledge will be required by new managers.
Nazarbayev also said that by 2020-2025, when these children grow up, they will be admitted to the university, studying in this language, and start working in public service in this language, and at that time it will be possible to demand knowledge of the state language.
"It is necessary to correctly understand the aspirations and hopes of the Kazakh people, which were on the verge of losing their language, and now they want to restore it," the Kazakh President said.