The member countries of TURKSOY declared 2016 the year of the outstanding philosopher and poet Yusuf Balasagyn in honor of his millennium anniversary , the representative of this organization in the Kyrgyz Republic Kozhogeldi Kuluev said to 24.kg news agency.
According to him, this was done on the initiative of Kyrgyzstan, on behalf of which the head of the Ministry of Culture of Kyrgyzstan Altynbek Maksutov spoke at XXXIII meeting of the TURKSOY Permanent Council of Culture Ministers.
Kozhogeldi Kuluev noted that this decision coincides with decree of the president of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev on the occasion of such a significant date. Government intrusted to mark the anniversary at a high level.
The Permanent Council of Culture Ministers of TURKSOY approved the report of the General Secretariat of the defined objectives, the program of the organization in the coming year. The ancient Azerbaijani town of Sheki was named the cultural capital of the Turkic world in 2016.