[lg policy] Senate speaker: Kazakhstan will not change constitution's language principles

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 16 13:49:34 UTC 2011

Senate speaker: Kazakhstan will not change constitution's language principles

Yesterday at 10:54 | Interfax-Ukraine

Astana, September 15 (Interfax) - The Kazakh authorities do not plan
to amend articles of the constitution regulating the country's
language policy, Senate Speaker Kairat Mami told journalists in Astana
on Thursday.

"Parliament has not proposed introducing appropriate amendments to the
constitution either this year or next year. This option is ruled out,"
he said.

"The language issue is a question of society's consolidation. I think
that any artificial steps to trigger a debate on this topic negatively
impact the state of stability in society," Mami said.

"The Kazakh language has always been the main language in our state.
But we also need to remember that one of the central achievements of
our independence is inter-ethnic accord, which is based on many Kazakh
citizens' possibility and right to speak Russian," he said.

In an open letter, Kazakh public and political figures, writers and
people of culture asked the president and the speakers of parliament's
chambers to cancel a constitutional principle permitting the use of
the Russian language on a par with the state Kazakh language.

The constitution defines the Kazakh language as Kazakhstan's state
language, but state controlled organizations and local administrations
officially use the Russian language on a par with the Kazakh language.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/russia/detail/112852/#ixzz1Y7hOk4pd

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