10th summit of Turkic speaking countries to open in Istanbul
September 15. Itar-Tass. ANKARA
The 10th summit of Turkic speaking countries opens in Istanbul on Wednesday. The Heads of State intend to finalize the process of founding a new international organization, a Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking Countries (CCTC), with headquarters in Istanbul, and to approve the candidacy of a Secretary-General of the Organization.
The summit will be attended by Presidents Abdullah Gul of Turkey, Ilkham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, Roza Otunbayeva of Kyrgyzstan, and Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan.
The idea of establishing such a cooperation council was first suggested at a summit in Antalya in 2006 by Nursultan Nazarbayev. In 2009, at the forum in Nakhichevan, the idea was sealed in an agreement on the founding of the new international organization. The CCTC will become the basis for the establishment of a new regional all-Turkic association called upon to enhance the unity of the peoples that live in a similar linguistic and cultural environment and to strengthen political, trade and economic contacts.