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30-12-04, 13:26
European of the Year' Erdogan also Awarded by Kyrgyzstan

http://www.zaman.com/?bl=politics&alt=&trh=20041230&hn=15151

Already chosen 'European of the year' by the Belgian European Voice weekly, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has received another international award, this time from Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan's International Spirituality Association, which includes intellectuals from different countries among its members chose Erdogan, Turkish Prime Minister and the leader of Justice and Development Party (AKP), as its "Man of the Year". The Association's President, Akun Toktosartov, announced yesterday that the award for individuals with international qualities was granted to Erdogan this year.

Toktosartov said they had chosen Erdogan for his contribution to cooperation, mutual tolerance and improved relations among nations and his multi-dimensional help for economic, cultural and friendship relations between Turkey and Kyrgyzstan. Previous winners of the International Spirituality Association's award include: Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, former US President Bill Clinton, former Director General of the United Nations Education and Scientific Cooperation (UNESCO) Federico Mayor, the businessman George Soros, President of the International Olympic Games Committee Juan Antonio Samaranch, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Internationally recognized Kyrgyz writer Cengiz Aytmatov and various Kyrgyz intellectuals are among the members of the executive board of the Association, which includes names from Germany, China, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Russia and Turkey.