Kyrgyz writer Aytmatov dies

Turkey's Prime Minister said on Tuesday that Kyrgyz writer Chingiz Aytmatov, who recently passed away, was a master of the Turkish language and a missionary who acted as a culture envoy between Turkish speaking communities.

Kyrgyz writer Aytmatov dies
Kyrgyz writer Chinghiz Aitmatov died in Germany on Tuesday at the age of 79, the Kyrgyz president's office said.

Born in a tiny Kyrgyz village in 1928, he won a number of literary awards during the Soviet era and also became a senior Soviet and Kyrgyz diplomat.

After the Soviet Union's demise in 1991, Aitmatov served as Kyrgyzstan's envoy to the Benelux, France, NATO and UNESCO.

The Ataturk Culture, Language and History High Agency of Turkey set up a special committee earlier this year to nominate Aitmatov, of Turkic descent, for the Nobel prize in literature.

His native Kyrgyzstan had declared 2008 "The Year of Aitmatov".

Last month the writer was rushed to a German clinic with acute kidney failure.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan released a statement to offer his condolences over the demise of Aytmatov on Tuesday.

In his message, Erdogan expressed his sorrow over the death of Aytmatov whose memorable works were of importance for both Turkish and world literature.

In a separate message, Turkish Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan said the Kyrgyz writer's death was a great loss for the literary world.

Aytmatov, whose works were translated to many languages, was one of the greatest writers of the Turkic world, Toptan said.

Aytmatov, a prominent author, translator, journalist and the best known figure in Kyrgyz literature, passed away in Nuremberg, Germany on June 10th.

Agencies

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