The Twelfth Meeting of the Council of Assembly of TURKPA hosted by the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye was held on 28 April 2023 in Ankara.
Members of the Council – Chairperson of the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan Sahiba Gafarova, Chairman of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerlan Koshanov, Chairman of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic Nurlanbek Shakiev, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye Mustafa Şentop, as well as Secretary General Mehmet Süreyya Er took part at the meeting. A handover ceremony of the TURKPA Chairmanship from Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye was held during the meeting. Heads of Parliament delivered opening speeches. Mustafa Şentop, TURKPA Chairman-in-Office expressed gratitude to his counterpart and hailed the work in the past period during the Chairmanship of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic.
The Council discussed the agenda items and took a number of crucial decisions. The Council decided to change the name of the “Commission on Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs” of TURKPA to the “Commission on Education, Culture, Social and Humanitarian Affairs”. The Assembly of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Non-Aligned Movement Parliamentary Network were granted observer status in TURKPA. It was also decided to apply for obtaining observer status of TURKPA in the Non-Aligned Movement Parliamentary Network.
Council of Assembly approved the candidacies of the Chair and the Vice-Chair of the Commissions of TURKPA and elected the Secretary of Commission on Environment, Natural Resources and Health Protection.