TURKSOY Deputy Secretary General Çakıcı attended UNESCO's online meeting on the Tonyukuk Memorial

Thursday, 10 September 2020

On the occasion of the 1300th Anniversary of the Tonyukuk Memorial, an online conference was organized by UNESCO and the National Commission of Turkey to UNESCO with the contribution of  TURKSOY, TURKPA, the International Turkic Academy and the Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation.

The conference featured contributions by the Chairman of the National Commission of Turkey to  UNESCO Prof. Dr. Öcal Oğuz, the Deputy Secretary General of TURKSOY Assoc. Prof. Dr.  Bilal Çakıcı, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey Yavuz Selim Kıran, the Deputy Minister of National Education of Turkey  Mustafa Safran, the Chairman of the International Turkic Academy Darhan Kydyrali, the President of the Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation Günay Efendiyeva, the Deputy Secretary General of TURKPA Ali Yıldız, the President of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey (TIKA)  Serkan Kayalar, the Chairman of the Eurasian Authors' Union Assoc. Prof. Dr.  Yakup Ömeroğlu and representatives of UNESCO National Commissions of  Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Turkey along with many scholars.

In the speech he delivered at the conference featuring issues such as the current situation of the Tonyukuk Memorial its influence and importance  in terms of Turkic history, TURKSOY Deputy Secretary General Çakıcı said that if these inscriptions did not exist, our knowledge about  the history of our language and its evolution would be lacunary and that with the linguistic material and cultural data left behind by our authors this precious heritage  increases our ability to figure out the past history of Turkic language before and after these inscriptions.

Mr. Çakıcı further said: “Everything began with stone inscriptions… These words which immortalized Turkic peoples and their language are the first written works of a nation which will mark world history… These inscriptions are the first works of Turkic literature ever discovered and   Tonyukuk is the first author of Turkic literature… Thanks to these stone inscriptions, the Turkic language which evolved throughout centuries of experience, is further evolving on the path towards being one of the greatest languages of the world with illustrious personalities such as  Yusuf Khass Hajip, Kashgarly Mahmut, Akhmet Yassawi, Yunus Emre and Âşık Paşa  who gave life to it.”

Mr. Çakıcı who also expressed his hope as to the fact that this meeting will keep alive our interest in and commitment to these inscriptions which still shed light on our present time despite 1300 years and will help develop new perspectives, also extended his gratitude to all those who contributed to the organization of the meeting.

The meeting went on with scholars' presentations on the Tonyukuyk Memorial.

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