JAN. 19 2021 (The Bulletin) — The Turkey-led Turkic Council wants Shushi, a town in Nagorno-Karabakh captured by Azerbaijan in a six-week war with Armenia last year, to become its culture capital next year, in a move that will antagonise Armenia-Azerbaijan relations. The Turkic Council includes Turkey, which uses it to promote its agenda, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan. It chooses a culture capital each year to promote. Azerbaijan, a key ally of Turkey, has promoted its capture of Shushi as an important liberation.
— This story was first published in issue 469 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin
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