Two ethnic Turkmens - whose language is an offshoot of Turkish - are checking out new satellite dishes on the steps of Salih's store.
The Turkmen language used in Turkmenistan borrows many words from Russian.
The Turkmen delegation rose to complain that it, too, had no representative in the independent grouping.
To extract an additional 30-40 billion cubic metres of gas, the Turkmen gas industry will require $4-6 billion in investments.
Both Turkmen and Kurds insist that they were the dominant population in the city in earlier decades.
The Turkmens are perhaps closest to the modern Turks of today.
The demonstration coincided with a general strike by the city's approximately 300,000 Turkmen residents.
That plan is bitterly opposed by Turkmens .
When a 670-lb meteorite landed in Turkmenistan in 1999, Turkmen scientists named it after Turkmenbashi.
I remember a bearded Turkmen woman solemnly giving me the key to the hotel's only ‘luxury suite’.