Sheki, November 3, AZERTAC
“I am confident that the city of Shaki will be incorporated in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This won’t be difficult,” said Deputy Secretary General of the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY) Firat Purtas.
“Certain activities are carried out in Shaki. The city totally deserves to be on the list owing to its rich historic and cultural legacy,” he told journalists as he visited the city.
“We arrived in Shaki to participate an international research conference dedicated to the great poet of the Turkic world, scientist and philosopher Yusuf Khass Hajib (Yūsuf Balasaguni)”. I was here for the first time in 2011. That year Shaki was selected the capital of Azerbaijani artists. Five years later Shaki was announced the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World in 2016. During these years Shaki has indeed developed and changed a lot. Great attention is paid here to the preservation of national and moral values, as well as history and cultural heritage,” said Purtas.
He said TURKSOY has contributed to the organization of a number of events and meetings in Shaki, bringing together scientists and artists from Turkic countries. “These events are crucial from the point of view of strengthening friendly and brotherly relations between Turkic nations, developing common Turkic culture and promoting Shaki on a broader scale,” he added.