Vienna, 12 October 2006 Press release

Plassnik: "Award for a writer spearheading European values"


Foreign Minister pays tribute to Orhan Pamuk on his being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature

Vienna, 12 October 2006 - "The award of the prize to Pamuk pays tribute not only to a great writer but also to a champion of European values," said Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik today on the occasion of the award of the 2006 Nobel Prize for literature to Turkish author Orhan Pamuk.

The Foreign Minister recalled that Pamuk had already been honoured in 2005 when he was awarded the Peace Prize of the German book trade for having created an opus "in which Europe and Muslim Turkey come together. "Pamuk was committed to a definition of culture "that is based on knowledge of and respect for the other," the Foreign Minister pointed out.

"Pamuk has always been faithful to these principles, both as a writer and as a public figure," added the Foreign Minister. With his open support for European values and his courageous statements on painful questions of the past he had also taken on a considerable personal risk.

"As a literary bridge-builder between orient and occident Orhan Pamuk, like nobody else, has always been committed to a European future for his home country. His works are part of European literature. I hope that today’s distinguished award will motivate many people in Europe and particularly in Turkey to engage intensively with Pamuk’s work and the principles he supports," concluded Plassnik.

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