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New Turkish TV Channel Broadcasts To Balkans, Central Asia, Caucasus

Turkish President Abdullah Gul

Turkish President Abdullah Gul

ISTANBUL -- A new international television channel in Turkey has begun broadcasting in the languages of the Balkans, Central Asia, and the Caucasus, RFE/RL's correspondent reports from Istanbul.

The new channel Avaz (Voice) will be broadcasting in Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkish, Turkmen, and Uzbek.

At a ceremony marking its debut, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said the new channel's operations would serve to strengthen ties between the Turkic states of the world.

Avaz is part of the Turkish state Television and Radio Corporation, which owns nine channels and broadcasts in 30 languages.

The corporation says it plans to launch radio and television broadcasting in Armenian in the near future.