MACEDONIAN TREASURES RETURNED
The Slovenian customs caught two smugglers from Strumica in march 2005 who were trying to get about 190 Macedonian treasures packed in bags for "grav", into Slovenia.
This week Slovenia finally sent the treasures back to Macedonia where they belong.
It was announced that there were 190 valuable artifacts dating from the ancient Macedonian period and were found in the Gevgelija-Valandovo region.
"We are very happy and gratefull to Slovenia for returning our treasures and that it didn't go somewhere else in the world, which happened us alot in the past", said Historian Pasko Kuzman.
"Everyday there are smugglers digging the cultural sites in the Gevgelija region, and everybody knows that it happens. Nobody does anything against it because the Gevgelija museum is not in charge for the archeological sites. Since 1993 the National Museum of Macedonia is", said Archeologist Boban Husenikov from the museum of Gevgelija.
MD: What a shame! Who knows how many of our treasures are stolen and smuggled into Europe which are now standing on the fireplace of some rich western european art collector! It's time our government takes care of these things.