Azerbaijan’s state television company has decided to discontinue its rebroadcasting of Iranian television programs for Azerbaijani viewers. Company officials charged that programs recently submitted by Iran had described the population of some areas of Azerbaijan as Persian in origin and language, promoting "regional and ethnic divisions in society." From 1994 until last week, the first channel of Azerbaijani television had rebroadcast Iranian television programs for one hour each day. (Turan, June 23)
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