Pyongyang, April 14 (KCNA) — A ceremony was held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on April 13 to convey to leader Kim Jong Il the title of honorary academician of the International Art Protection Academy presented by the Russian International Charity Fund “Protectors of Arts for the Century”.
Present there were Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, Kim Jin Song, minister of Culture, Mun Jae Chol, acting chairman of the Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, and officials concerned.
Also on hand were members of the visiting delegation of the fund headed by President Oleg Oleinik and Russian Ambassador to the DPRK Andrei Karlov.
Yuri Kovelenov, chairman of the Experts Council of the fund, in his speech said Kim Jong Il who is successfully carrying forward the revolutionary cause of President Kim Il Sung is well known to the world as a veteran and sagacious state leader.
Kim Jong Il has developed and enriched the Juche idea with extraordinary wisdom, matchless pluck and ardent love for the people and is wisely leading the Korean people’s struggle for the building of a great prosperous powerful nation to victory with his Songun leadership, he noted.
He said he was conveying the title of honorary academician to Kim Jong Il in accordance with a decision of the Standing Committee of the International Art Protection Academy of the fund.
President of the fund Oleg Oleinik, speaking next, said Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, has made an immortal contribution to the development of the traditional relations of friendship and cultural cooperation between the DPRK and Russia.
He stressed that the tile of honorary academician of the academy meant a high appraisal of the great feats of Kim Jong Il.
The certificate of the title of honorary academician, academician’s dress, badge, etc. awarded to Kim Jong Il were handed to Kim Yong Nam.
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