Kyrgyzstan does not plan to switch to Latin alphabet

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Bishkek, Sept. 13, 2017 / Kabar /. The government does not plan to switch the Kyrgyz language from Cyrillic to Latin, Ashyrbek Temirbaev said at a governmental meeting, where the issue of the development of the Kyrgyz language is being discussed.

There is no plan, it requires a lot of money. This issue is not on the agenda, the government official said.

Some members of the Parliament, indicating that the state allocates millions of soms for the development of the language, said that they do not see concrete results.

Earlier, President Almazbek Atambayev said that the Kyrgyz language will not be switched from the Cyrillic alphabet to the Latin alphabet.

He believes that it is impossible to unite the Turkic peoples by switching to the Latin alphabet.

"Gradual transition to the Latin alphabet does not unite, but, on the contrary, alienates our peoples," the president said.

He believes that the Cyrillic alphabet allowed the Turkic peoples in the Soviet Union to be "in one culture with all Eurasia".

Earlier, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev instructed to develop a standard on switching Kazakhstan to the Latin alphabet by the end of 2017. This issue is now being considered in the country's parliament.

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