In 1999, Georgia promised the Council of Europe to accept the Meskhetian Turk population for repatriation within twelve years as a condition of membership into the Council. Accordingly, in July 2007, Parliament approved a law on the repatriation of the Meskhetian Turks until 2011. The Georgian government began to accept applications, insisting on documents proving previous deportation, for repatriation on January 1, 2008. Only about a thousand Meskhetians Turks have been repatriated, however, due to Georgian popular and governmental resistance. Many cannot speak, read, or write the Georgian language.