Deputy Secretary General of TURKPA participated at the opening ceremony of "2012 Astana The Capital of the Turkic World"
March 20, 2012

The opening Ceremony of “2012 Astana The Capital of the Turkic World” was held on 24 February 2012 in Astana.

Mr. Halil Akinci, Secretary General of Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking Countries and on behalf of TURKPA Mr. Kurshat Melih Sariarslan, Deputy Secretary General attended the ceremony where Mr. Dusen Kaseynov, Secretary General of TURKSOY and Ministers of Culture of Turkic Speaking States participated.

Within the framework of the visit participants met with Mr. Darhan Minbay, Minister of Culture of Kazakhstan and issues related the structure of TURKSOY and “2012 Astana The Capital of the Turkic World Program” were discussed at the meeting.

Mr. Kurshat Melih Sariarslan, Deputy Secretary General congratulated the newly appointed Minister of Culture on behalf of TURKPA on the occasion of his appointment and emphasized that suggestions made by Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on foundation of an inter-parliamentary union played a significant role in establishment of TURKPA. Additionally, it was noted that Garifulla Yesim, member of parliament of Kazakhstan presides over Commission on Culture, Education and Social Affairs, which was one of the four permanent commissions of TURKPA founded last year. Mr. Sariarslan mentioned special value that Kazakhstan attaches to cultural sphere, as well. At the same time, he noted that work aiming to get support related the legal structure of TURKSOY by the parliaments of TURKPA member countries are among the objectives of TURKPA.

Mr. Kadir Kocdemir, governor of Eskisehir who will take over the address of “The Capital of the Turkic World” in 2013 and Yılmaz Buyukersen, mayor of Eskisehir as well as number of senators and members of parliament of Kazakhstan participated at the program which was held under the coordination of TURKSOY.