The Organization of Turkic States must further strengthen its ties, the Turkish Presidential Administration told TurkicWorld, Trend reports on Jan. 11.
"Strengthening ties in the Turkic States Organization primarily serves the interests of the peoples of its member countries. Moreover, in the future, it’s envisaged to intensify cooperation between member countries of the organization in various fields," added the administration.
An extraordinary meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the member and observer countries of the Turkic States Organization is being held at the suggestion of Turkey chairing it.
The participants of the meeting, organized in the format of a videoconference, are discussing the events in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan's government announced late Jan. 4 that it was restoring some price caps on liquefied petroleum gas, after the rare protests reached Almaty following a sharp rise in the price of the fuel at the start of the year.
Many Kazakhs have converted their cars to run on LPG, which is far cheaper than gasoline as a vehicle fuel in Kazakhstan because of price caps. But the government argued that the low price was unsustainable and lifted the caps on Jan. 1.
After the price of the fuel spiked, big demonstrations erupted on Jan. 2 in certain parts of the country. Public protests are illegal in the country unless their organizers file a notice in advance.
Following the development of the situation, the government declared a state of emergency all over the country. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said the government initiated anti-terrorist operations to deal with the ongoing riots.
Also, the divisions of the united peacekeeping contingent of CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) arrived in Kazakhstan to assist in restoring order and help protect strategic objects of the country.
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