Online presentation meeting on TURKSOY's book on its Activities in the Balkans

TÜRKSOY
Wednesday, 24 June 2020

The book published by the International Organization of Turkic Culture TURKSOY on its activities in the Balkans was presented in an online meeting.

The meeting organized by the Secretariat General of TURKSOY  was moderated by the Deputy Secretary General of TURKSOY, Assoc. Prof. Dr.  Bilal Çakıcı and took place with the contributions of the Chief Advisor to the President of the Republic of Turkey Yalçın Topçu, the Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey  Dr. Serdar Çam, the Director General of the Director General of Foreign Promotion and Cultural Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Ambassador Deniz Çakar, The Deputy Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo  Fikrim Damka, the State Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia in charge of Foreign Investments  Elvin Hasan, the President of the Yunus Emre Institute  Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş, the Ambassador of the Republic of Albania to Ankara  H. E. Kastriot Robo, the Ambassador of Montenegro to Ankara H. E. Perisa Kastratovic, the Ambassador of Hungary to  Ankara H. E. Viktor Matis and the Deputy Chief of the Diplomatic Mission of the Embassy of Romania in Ankara Marian Postelnicu.

In the opening speech he delivered at the meeting, TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov stressed that besides its member countries, TURKSOY is further carrying out its activities in Europe and worldwide. Ambassador Kasseinov who stressed that TURKSOY is bringing together kindred Turkic peoples from the Balkans to Anatolia and from Anatolia to Central Asia  and contributing to their mutual rapprochement while introducing their culture and art to large audiences further added within this framework, TURKSOY has carried out many tours, festivals, exhibitions, concerts and conferences amongs other cultural events in Balkan countries.

Ambassador Kasseinov who further touched upon cooperation protocols signed with various universities in the Balkans to foster  "Cultural Interaction, Academic Research and Education”  in order to commemorate illustrious personalities of the Turkic World in various conferences, symposia and panels added: “While carrying out all these activities in the Balkans, we do of course also attach particular importance to introducing peoples living in this region to the Turkic World. Hence artists from Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Hungary, Romania and Serbia have had the opportunity to  represent their country and participate in our photographers', painters' and poets' gatherings which are traditional gatherings we carry out every year. Our organization considers it paramount to promote this rich tangible and intangible cultural heritage of countries of Europe and Balkans in TURKSOY member countries.”

The book published by the International Organization of Turkic Culture TURKSOY on its activities in the Balkans was presented in an online meeting.

The meeting organized by the Secretariat General of TURKSOY  was moderated by the Deputy Secretary General of TURKSOY, Assoc. Prof. Dr.  Bilal Çakıcı and took place with the contributions of the Chief Advisor to the President of the Republic of Turkey Yalçın Topçu, the Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey  Dr. Serdar Çam, the Director General of the Director General of Foreign Promotion and Cultural Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Ambassador Deniz Çakar, the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo  Fikrim Damka, the State Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia in charge of Foreign Investments  Elvin Hasan, the President of the Yunus Emre Institute  Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş, the Ambassador of the Republic of Albania to Ankara  H. E. Kastriot Robo, the Ambassador of Montenegro to Ankara H. E. Perisa Kastratovic, the Ambassador of Hungary to  Ankara H. E. Viktor Matis and the Deputy Chief of the Diplomatic Mission of the Embassy of Romania in Ankara Marian Postelnicu.

In the opening speech he delivered at the meeting, TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov stressed that besides its member countries, TURKSOY is further carrying out its activities in Europe and worldwide. Ambassador Kasseinov who stressed that TURKSOY is bringing together kindred Turkic peoples from the Balkans to Anatolia and from Anatolia to Central Asia  and contributing to their mutual rapprochement while introducing their culture and art to large audiences further added within this framework, TURKSOY has carried out many tours, festivals, exhibitions, concerts and conferences amongs other cultural events in Balkan countries.

Ambassador Kasseinov who further touched upon cooperation protocols signed with various universities in the Balkans to foster  "Cultural Interaction, Academic Research and Education”  in order to commemorate illustrious personalities of the Turkic World in various conferences, symposia and panels added: “While carrying out all these activities in the Balkans, we do of course also attach particular importance to introducing peoples living in this region to the Turkic World. Hence artists from Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Hungary, Romania and Serbia have had the opportunity to  represent their country and participate in our photographers', painters' and poets' gatherings which are traditional gatherings we carry out every year. Our organization considers it paramount to promote this rich tangible and intangible cultural heritage of countries of Europe and Balkans in TURKSOY member countries.”

Ambassador Deniz Cakar who stressed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey is closely following up activities carried out by TURKSOY and that the Ministry is contributing to these activities with its representations abroad  further said that TURKSOY has been and is strongly contributing to the further enrichment of these activities with its participation therein.

Ambassador Cakar who said that “With activities it carries out, TURKSOY both introduces the ancient cultural heritage of our peoples to the world  while contributing to fostering our civilization” further added that:  “It is a pleasure to see that thanks to TURKSOY colours of the Turkic World mingle with colours of the Balkans. The presentation of TURKSOY’s book on its activities in the Balkans which we are participating in today is the result of this meaningful endeavour.”

The Deputy Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo  Fikrim Damka who said the common history of Turkic peoples which has always been a great source of pride for the Turkic World  is also the strongest link which brings our kindred peoples worldwide  closer together  further added that thanks to TURKSOY and activities it carries out, these ties are growing stronger. Mr.  Damka, extended his gratitude to TURKSOY for having brought together kindred peoples from Altai mountains to the Balkans including Turkic peoples living therein under its auspices since its establishment in 1993.

The State Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia in charge of Foreign Investments  Elvin Hasan said TURKSOY is carrying out significant activities aiming at the preservation of the common history of Turkic peoples dating back to thousands of years and its worldwide promotion.

Minister Elvin Hasan further added: “TURKSOY brings us together with its various cultural events in the Turkic World  and is therefore assuming the mission of umbrella organization  of the Turkic World. With events it carried out in the Balkans , TURKSOY has introduced us to other peoples living in this region  and acted as an ambassador of Turkic peoples of the Balkans in other countries.”

The Chief Advisor to the President of the Republic of Turkey  who started his speech extending his gratitude to Dusen Kasseinov and staff members of TURKSOY for its fruitful activities devoted to the Turkic World, wished a quick recovery to the wiseman of the Turkic World and Founding President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev who tested positive for Covid 19.

Mr. Topcu who further stressed that cultural activities are a magical key bringing cultures and countries closer together and enabling them to get acquainted with eachother, added that TURKSOY is strongly contributing to the enrichment and fostering of world civilization and universal values of humanity. Mr. Topcu who also said that he personally attended events carried out by TURKSOY in the Balkans further added that  “Peoples from all ethnic origins, languages and religious beliefs living in this region have stronglz appreciated activities carried out by TURKSOY. I have personally witnessed how a King gave standing ovations to artists of TURKSOY for their performance. This is of course extremely satisfying in terms of the unity of humanity.”

The Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey  Dr. Serdar Çam who stressed that this presentation  meeting on TURKSOY's book on the Balkans is rather introducing activities it carried out  in this region  further said that these activities of TURKSOY are admirable. Deputy Minister further added “One should consider TURKSOY as the cement holding together an ever growing family  gathering many cultures under its auspices regardless of religious belief, ethnic origin or language. This march of civilizations reaching out from Central Asia and Orkhun manuscripts  to many places worldwide has many features. Hence, I do believe that this organization which acts as a unifying power will gradually evolve towards a wider horizons  day by day.”

The opening speeches were followed by a ceremony in which TURKSOY Secretary General untied the ribbon binding together several copies of TURKSOY's book on its activities in the Balkans.

The ceremony was followed by keynote speeches of  the President of the Yunus Emre Institute  Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş, the Ambassador of the Republic of Albania to Ankara  H. E. Kastriot Robo, the Ambassador of Montenegro to Ankara H. E. Perisa Kastratovic, the Ambassador of Hungary to  Ankara H. E. Viktor Matis and the Deputy Chief of the Diplomatic Mission of the Embassy of Romania in Ankara Marian Postelnicu who gave their statements on activities carried out by TURKSOY, its relations with Balkan countries and its publication on its activities in the Balkans.