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Second annual meeting of the Working Group of Turkic Minorities takes place in Baku

The second annual meeting of the Working Group of the Turkic Minorities in FUEN is taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan this week. From 9 until 12 November 2015 representatives of the Turkic minorities from several countries of Europe will meet for the second time, after the Working Group was established in Ankara in 2014. The local host is FUEN member organisation “VATAN”, which represents the Meshketian Turks in Azerbaijan.

The other participants in the event in Baku are the representatives of the Western Thrace Turks in Greece, the organisations ABTTF, DEB and BTAYTD, and the representatives of the Turks of Rhodes and Kos, also from Greece. Other there will be representatives of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People and the Crimean Karaites from Ukraine, and also the Karachay-Balkars, Meshketian Turks and for the first time the Kumyks from Russia.

During the meeting the participants will exchange their views on the developments in their minorities and discuss about the activities of the Working Group in the future. The minorities will also speak with representatives of the government in Azerbaijan, and there will be a social and cultural fringe programme where they can get to know the historical sights of the capital of Azerbaijan.