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Kyrgyrzstan: Status Of Russian Language Unchanged

Bishkek, 25 June 1997 (RFE/RL)- The People's Assembly of the Kyrgyz Parliament today rejected a motion for a second reading on changing the status of Russian language in the Central Asian country.

Russian language is not a "state" language and is currently considered an "official" language only in those areas where the majority of residents are Russian speakers. Russian speakers want it written in the constitution that Russian is an official language.

Parliamentary speaker Almambet Metubraimov, however, said there would be a second reading, but did not say when. The People's Assembly adjourns for the summer after June 30.