The president of Kazakhstan has announced that his country won’t “advance the transformation of the Kazakh alphabet from the Cyrillic to Latin one.”
That he did so in a meeting with the president of Turkey is puzzling, as this is not something likely to please the Turks.
On the other hand, not advancing is not necessarily the same thing as cancelling.
Here’s the full release from Kazakhstan’s news agency:
Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev offered not to advance the transformation of the Kazakh alphabet from the Cyrillic to Latin one. The Head of the State announced about it upon the results of his talks with President of Turkey Abdullah Gul.
“For 70 years the Kazakhstanis read and wrote in Cyrillic. More than 100 nationalities live in our state. Thus we need stability and peace. We should be in no hurry in the issue of alphabet transformation”, Mr. Nazarbayev noted.
source: Kazakhstan should be in no hurry in Kazakh alphabet transformation to Latin: Nazarbayev, Kazinform, December 13, 2007
See earlier: Kazakhstan plans switch to Latin alphabet, Pinyin News, November 18, 2007