Presidential Secretary İsen to attend Aitmatov's funeral

Turkey's Presidential Secretary-General Mustafa Isen will represent Turkish President Abdullah Gul at Kyrgyz author Chingiz Aitmatov's funeral.

Presidential Secretary İsen to attend Aitmatov's funeral

Turkey's Presidential Secretary-General Mustafa Isen will represent Turkish President Abdullah Gul at Kyrgyz author Chingiz Aitmatov's funeral to be held on Saturday in Kyrgyzstan, President's Press Office said on Friday.

Chingiz Aitmatov died of pneumonia at a clinic in Nuremberg, Germany on June 10th at the age of 79.

Aitmatov, one of the few Kyrgyz known outside this nation of 5 million people, was a well-known author in Turkey.

Turkish director Atif Yilmaz's film "Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalim (the Girl with the Red Scarf)" one of the milestones in Turkish cinema, was based on one of Aitmatov's works.

Aitmatov was also a leading political figure. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Aitmatov entered the diplomatic sphere and served as the Russian ambassador to Belgium from 1990 to 1993. In 1995, he became Kyrgyzstan's ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands and also represented his home country in the European Union, NATO and UNESCO.

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Last Mod: 14 Haziran 2008, 16:45
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