The Turkic Council’s full members are Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Hungary and now Turkmenistan are observers. According to the Secretary General of the Turkic Council, Baghdad Amreyev, fifteen more nations have applied or indicate they desire to apply for observer status, presumably including the unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (see below), Ukraine and Afghanistan.
During the chairmanship in the Turkic Council, Azerbaijan made big efforts to unite the Turkic world, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said at the 8th summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States….
Presenting the Supreme Order to the President of Azerbaijan, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said:
- Dear President, My dear brother, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, Commander-in-Chief of Muzaffar.
Under your resolute leadership, the occupation of Karabakh, which lasted for almost thirty years, was ended in as short as 44 days. This is of great importance not only for our Azerbaijani brothers, but for the entire Turkic world.
…Azerbaijan has engraved a message of justice in the memory of the international community.
The re-establishment of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity has expanded the unity and equality of the Turkic world. “Kharibulbul”, the symbol of Karabakh’s freedom, was the herald of Victory for the Turkic world.
Turkey hopes to see the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) among the members of Turkic Council, the Turkish president said on Nov. 12.
“I trust in your valuable support in easing the isolation and embargo against Turkish Cypriots, who are an inseparable part of the Turkic World,” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told the leaders of Turkic countries during the council’s eighth summit in Istanbul.
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov represented his country for the first time as an observer.
The Soviet government severed Zangazur from Azerbaijan and handed it over to Armenia, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said at the 8th summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States…