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The Joint Administration of Turkic Arts and Culture (Turkish: Türk Kültür ve Sanatları Ortak Yönetimi – TÜRKSOY) is an international cultural organization of countries with Turkic populations, speaking languages belonging to the Turkic language family.
TÜRKSOY has its headquarters in Ankara, Turkey and its current general director is Duisen Kaseinov, former Minister of Culture of Kazakhstan.
History of TÜRKSOY
The organization has its roots in meetings during 1992 in Baku and Istanbul, where the ministers of culture from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan declared their commitment to cooperate in a joint cultural framework. TÜRKSOY was subsequently established by an agreement signed on July 12, 1993 in Almaty.
In 1996, an official cooperation between TÜRKSOY and UNESCO was established, involving mutual consultations and reciprocal representation.
It is announced that TÜRKSOY will be integrated into the newly founded Turkic Council, a geopolitical organization of Turkic countries established on November 3, 2009.
As of 2009, currently TÜRKSOY has 14 members, including sovereign countries and federal subjects or autonomous regions of third countries.
Altai Republic (A federal subject of Russia)
Bashkortostan (A federal subject of Russia)
Gagauzia (An autonomous region of Moldova)
Khakassia (A federal subject of Russia)
Sakha Republic (A federal subject of Russia)
Tatarstan (A federal subject of Russia)
Tuva (A federal subject of Russia)