Azerbaijan has an important place within the community of nations as well as among the Turkic-speaking countries. Throughout many centuries it has been at the crossroads of cultures and civilisations, which is vividly reflected in the culture and language of Azerbaijanis. The country’s history saw many events and upheavals of regional and global scale. And it has been a quarter century since the nation restored its independence.
On 7 April 2016 workshop on combating desertification in Turkic-speaking countries was held in Konya with the support the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT) and the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA). The main aim of the workshop was to raise awareness among TURKPA member countries on combating desertification and it was organized in accordance with the Working Plan adopted at the first meeting of the TURKPA Commission on Environment and Natural Resources hosted by the GNAT on 2 April 2015.
In his letter to TURKPA Secretary General Mr Jandos Asanov Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan HE Mr Erlan Idrissov highly appreciates the work of the TurkPA election monitoring mission that observed early elections to the Majilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan held on 20th March, 2016.
“Early parliamentary elections and elections for the local representative bodies in the Republic of Kazakhstan were held in compliance with the national legislation of Kazakhstan and international election standards”, said Mr. Halük Ipek, Head of TURKPA’s international election observing mission, member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey at the concluding press-conference held in Astana on 21st March.
On 18 March 2016 the Grand National Assembly of Turkey hosted the 2nd workshop on harmonization of national legislation of the member countries on the common legislative issues in protection and development of cultural property within the activities of TURKPA.