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12nd International Grand Turkish Language Assembly Held in Bucharest

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I.D. Bilkent University, Yunus Emre Enstitüsü, Turkey-Azerbaijan Friendship, Cooperation and Solidarity Foundation and Bucharest University collaborated for the 12th International Grand Turkish Language Assembly held in Bucharest between September 25-28. 144 scientists participated in the assembly. The opening speeches at the congress were made by Bilkent University Head of Assembly Organization Committee Dr. Rasim ÖZYÜREK, Yunus Emre Enstitüsü President Dr. Şeref Ateş, Bucharest Yunus Emre Enstitüsü Director Tuna Balkan, President of Turkey-Azerbaijan Friendship, Cooperation and Solidarity Foundation Dr. Enver Hasanoğlu, Vice Rector of Bucharest University Dr. Sorin Costreie, and Turkish Ambassador to Bucharest O. Koray Ertaş.

Bucharest Yunus Emre Enstitüsü Director Tuna Balkan who made the first speech addressed the importance of Turkish, one of the official languages in the European Union, the deep-rooted friendship between Turkey and Romania and the operations of Bucharest Yunus Emre Enstitüsü. He gave the following examples to operations held in Bucharest: teaching Turkish to staff of Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture and Ministry of National Education and the students of the Military School, the organization of European Language Festival with acceptance of Turkish as an official European Union language, and celebration of Turkish Festival with the initiative of Turkish Parliament Member Hüseyin İbram.

President of the Assembly Organization Committee Dr. Rasim Özyürek reminded that the first Grand Turkish Language Assembly convened in Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul on September 26th , 1932 under the presidency of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and that the anniversaries are celebrated as "Language Festival". He spoke of the contributions of the writers and academicians to Turkish, especially the Turkish Language Society. He emphasized that the scientific assembly was highly participated and expressed that 144 of more than 300 declarations were accepted.

Yunus Emre Enstitüsü President Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş reminded that Turkish language is the language of peace, and emphasized that language is a vital issue, the number of studies conducted on Turkish language should be increased so that we can speak of a national identity and the annual assembly held every year with this purpose fits Yunus Emre Enstitüsü's vision and they should pioneer the rapidly changing language policies in the globalizing world.

Bucharest Ambassador O. Koray Ertaş said that important activities are carried out for Turkish, a language spoken by a hundred thousand people in Romania, 5000 students learn Turkish in schools and new books are written for them, Kemal Atatürk National College is located at Mecidiye district which is affiliated to the Romanian Ministry of National Education, and Turkish Ministry of National Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs have supported the college for twenty years and they regard non-governmental organizations' contributions very valuable as well.

144 declarations were presented in five different halls following the opening speeches. Following declaration evaluation meeting, the final declaration was read by Dr. Abide Doğan. The Assembly where developments regarding Turkish language and new findings were discussed, ended with an event organized at the Embassy.