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(Forum 18) – Even though the Seventh Day Adventist Church has gained state registration, Adventists in the capital Ashgabad still cannot meet together for worship, Forum 18 News Service has learnt, and a ceremonial meeting to celebrate the re-launch of the church with legal status was cancelled as officials refused to give permission for the event. The Baptist Church , has still not completed the registration process and has not yet been given an official seal needed to issue legal documents. The only other religious communities to receive registration before the process stopped were the Baha’i and Hare Krishna communities, but other religious communities have got nowhere with their applications. Turkmen officials continue to claim a liberalization of religion policy, but they do not explain why many religious minority communities who have applied for registration cannot get it, or why some of those with registration cannot meet for worship.