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PEOPLE OF THE TURKMENSAHRA ARE DEPRIVED OF TURKMENIAN TV CHANNELS
BayBak, Azerbaijan | 783 days ago | Thursday, 28th April , 2011 , 12:49 [pm] | Azerbaijan
|.||By signing a memorandum of understanding in a meeting held in Ashkabat with five countries, namely Uzbekistan, Iran and two Arab states, Turkmenistan has shown that it wants to avoid any setbacks with its neighbors and all that it is after is economic gains. Turkmenistan should never forget the social and political status of the Iranian Turkmens and the tyranny of the Islamic Republic against the Turkmens. Just the contrary, it should take advantage of the status quo to solve the|
By signing a memorandum of understanding in a meeting held in Ashkabat with five countries, namely Uzbekistan, Iran and two Arab states, Turkmenistan has shown that it wants to avoid any setbacks with its neighbors and all that it is after is economic gains. Turkmenistan should never forget the social and political status of the Iranian Turkmens and the tyranny of the Islamic Republic against the Turkmens. Just the contrary, it should take advantage of the status quo to solve the problems of the Turkmens. Those Turkmens are the ones that merely 80 years had past since their departure from Turkmenistan.
We would like to draw the attention of the Turkmenistan government to the following three points:
First of all the Islamic Republic does not invest industrially in Turkmensahra but rather donates the Turkmensahra land, which it has illegally acquired, to the nomadic Zaboulis and thus complicates the economic situation of the people even more and tries to change the demographic structure of the region. The Turkmenistan Republic, which has given a thousand tons of wheat to Iran as a gift and has received a little plane made in Iran in return, should be aware of the fact that the Islamic Republic wants to build a barrier between the Turkmens of the Turkmensahra and Turkmenistan. The people of the Turkmensahra are against these policies of the Iranian government and occasionally engage in a conflict with the security forces.
Secondly, the Islamic Republic, which deems that its national interests lie in the dissemination of Shiâ€™ism throughout the world, applies its policy also in Turkmenistan and Turkmensahra. Distribution of Shiite canon law books in Turkmenistan where people belong to the Sunnite sect and the pressure applied to have Shiite books studied in the religious schools in Turkmensahra can be regarded as the indicators of this policy. The clergy in Turkmensahra react to such practices. The Turkmenistan government should be alert and prevent any possible sectarian detachments.
Thirdly, one of the chauvinist policies of the Islamic Republic is to eradicate the language and culture of the Turkmens of the Turkmensahra. A large amount of the budget is allotted for this purpose. At this stage Turkmenistan should at least broadcast from over the Turksat and Hotbird satellites. Turkmenistan should take the Turkish government as an example on the issue just like Azerbaijan has done and should transfer its TV broadcasts to accessible satellites and provide the means for the distribution the Turkish language throughout the Turks of the world. The Turkmens of the Turkmensahra today wish to learn the Turkish spoken in Turkey.
Turkmenistan is currently broadcasting from over inaccessible satellites. It is quite difficult for the Turkmens of the world to watch these broadcasts. They need two-meter-long large satellite antennas to do so. It is very dangerous to use such antennas for security reasons in a country such as the Islamic Republic, which is totally against satellite antennas. Most of the Turkmens using such antennas were arrested by the security forces of the Islamic Republic as these antennas could easily spotted from a distance. If Turkmenistan ever feels worried about its language and culture the best thing it could do is to broadcast from over Hotbird and Turksat satellites as these broadcasts could be watched with plainer and smaller antennas. In fact today, most of the people in Iran and Turkmensahra use these satellites to watch the TV channels of Turkey and the Western countries.
Today the Islamic Republic is trying to incite the Shiites in Bahrain, oppress the revolutionary movement in Syria and to preserve its interests in the Middle East by providing assistance to the Syrian government. Members of the Gulf Cooperation Council also assist one another. Turkmenistan, too, should come its senses and strengthen the idea of cooperation with the Turkmens of the world and the idea of a Turkmen unity, just as it had done during the initial years of its independence. The least Turkmenistan could do is not to deprive the Turkmens of the assistance it could provide to them in the cultural field. Turkmenistan must not forget the fact that if anything ever bad happens to it, those to stand behind it would be these Turkmens.
TURKMENSAHRA LIBERATION ORGANIZATION, Voice of a Nation