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Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is about to send a harsh reply to the letter of his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Gruevski regarding his attempt to bring up the Macedonian issue in Greece.
Greek newspapers said on Wednesday that Karamanlis' Cabinet members have already drafted the reply letter to Gruevski. The letter is likely to be posted on Thursday.
The same sources said Karamanlis is set to write a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and notify the European Union and NATO about the matter.
The incoming letter to Macedonian prime minister will express Greece's outrage and strong opposition to bringing-up the issue of recognition of Macedonian minority and restitution of assets of Macedonians who had been expelled from Greece during the Greek civil war.
Gruevski wrote the letter to his Greek counterpart earlier this week, seeking recognition of Macedonian minority and restitution of assets of Macedonian refugees from the Greek civil war. The letter makes the headlines in Greek newspapers.
Elephteros Typos daily says Karamanlis is likely to send a reply letter to Skopje despite the demands from opposition PASOK, which insisted that the reply be sent indirectly through the United Nations.
"Now that he enjoys the U.S. backing, Gruevski is asking a lot in order to get a single thing," Elephteros Typos said.
Ethnos daily describes Gruevski's demands as interference in Greece's domestic affairs.
Kathimerini daily says Athens views as provocation the recent naming of two branches of Macedonian private university in Britain - Alexander and Filip the Macedonian. Athens will submit a note of protest to London soon.
The naming of these two universities outraged the nationalist party LAOS, which urged the Greek government to close the border with Macedonia.
A project "Hot Cultural wave", featuring a diverse cultural programme in 27 cities in Macedonia, opens today and it will run till late August.
Ministry of Education and Science said the outmost objective of the project is to make the national institutions' programme accessible to all citizens across the country.
The summer series of community events will include plays, concerts, and performance of cultural-artistic ensembles, exhibitions, concerts of young and famous music bands, Macedonian pop stars and programme for the youngest. All shows will be free of charge.
Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski wrote a letter to his Greek counterpart Costas Karamanlis, urging recognition of Macedonian minority and settlement of the issues related to Macedonian refugees of the civil war in Greece.
Prime Minister-designate calls for extra efforts by Greek authorities to recognize the Macedonian minority in Greece, who should be entitled to the basic human rights in line with the international standards on mother tongue education (Macedonian), cherish cultural traditions and customs though various forms of organization, use of Macedonian language in local institutions.
Gruevski singles out a problem stemming from Greece's civil war, when hundreds of thousands of people (most of them ethnic Macedonians) fled the country. " These people, who were born in Greece and now are citizens of the Republic of Macedonia, are subjected to triple discrimination: they cannot reclaim their assets, they face serious obstacles when entering Greece, and they are not entitled to acquire a dual citizenship - Macedonian and Greek though they had been born and brought-up in Greece," Gruevski said in the letter
MD: Good move! Karamanlis will likely respond to the letter by the end of this week.
Macedonian city of Bitola is the best for doing business in Southeastern Europe, according to a report presented Monday in the victorious city by the World Bank Group member - IFC. The first regional and local Doing Business report refers to twenty-two SEE cities, namely their performances in terms of best reformers and best reform practices.
Bitola is followed by Zrenjanin - Serbia and Skadar - Albania. Macedonia's capital Skopje takes the ninth position on the list. The report compares the business indicators in Banja Luka, Belgrade, Bitola, Krusevac, Mostar, Niksic, Osijek, Podgorica, Pristina, Prizren, Sarajevo, Skadar, Sibenik, Skopje, Tirana, Uzice, Varazdin, Valona, Vranje, Zagreb and Zrenjanin.
I am proud that Bitola is the best for doing business. Today's event is another verification of the results Macedonia has achieved for the last two years in improving the business climate, Vice-Premier Zoran Stavreski said at the report promotion. He announced a new package of about 50 reform measures that refer to all 10 business indicators.
The recognition for Bitola adds to Macedonia's success to be declared the fourth best reformer in 2007 among 174 countries.
The successful tradition is continuing. Today, we are focusing on cities in the region and are happy that Bitola has scored the victory, said Jane Armitage, the World Bank Country Director and Regional Coordinator for Southeast Europe. Patricia Rader, USAID Macedonia Mission Director, said that business reforms were crucial for the regional growth, as investors needed predictability, solid corporate governance and rule of law.
The report, developed with financial support of IFC, United States Agency for International Development - USAID, and the Swiss Government via its state secretariat for economic affairs, was elaborated by Pierre Guislain, director of the Foreign Investment Advisory Service - FIAS.
Bitola and Zrenjanin mayors, Vladimir Taleski and Goran Knezevic respectively, mediated the panel discussion together with Suzana Guxholli, adviser to the Albanian Prime Minister.
Macedonian artist Tome Misev is taking part in the Third Beijing Biennial, China 2008 that opened in the Chinese capital on 8th July. The international event was preceded by an open competition on the topic “Colour and Olympism” where Misev’s work “Summer 2007" (oil on canvass) was selected in tough competition.
His work along with works of 70 authors will be exhibited in the city hosting the 2008 Summer Olympic Games by 30th August.
World-famous soprano Jessye Norman opened Saturday evening the 48th edition of the most prestigious festival in Macedonia, Ohrid Summer in the Antique Theatre.
Famous persons from political and public life in Macedonia, members of the diplomatic corps, art lovers attend the opening ceremony.
The actor Gjorgji Jolevski, chairman of the steering board, addressing the audience on behalf of the organizers, cited the statement of the famous director Peter Brook who said, "art will save the world."
- Performance presented in this Antique Theatre where the plays of Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylus were played where the spiritual memory of Macedonia was realised through the time, on European and world map with modern reality of Ohrid Summer and chronology of art performance of Ohrid Summer, we can say fascinated that Macedonia is world artistic scene which reminds as also to Rostropovic, Navarra, Carreras, Lipica, Avramovski, Siskov.., Jolevski said.
Prima-ballerina Aleksandra Mijalkova spoke on behalf of the artists, presenting the message that art has no fatherland it lives in the hearts of all those who sincerely love it.
President Branko Crvenkovski opening the festival said that Ohrid Summer is first-class cultural event in the Balkans and Europe – cultural forum and open scene for world culture and authors and reproductive elite.
- Ohrid was given this endless spiritual and cultural mission of top cultural and spiritual thought to offer the eternal peace of the lake and wonderful nature as an inspiration for great works. Regardless of the period when these works are created, they remain inseparable part of the eternal world cultural heritage, Crvenkovski said.
- Macedonian national renewal rose from the coast of this very beautiful Ohrid Lake, whereat through its greatest representatives laid the cornerstone of Macedonian authencity that includes identity and dignity of the Macedonian people, Crenkovski said.
Ensembles of the Macedonian Opera and Ballet under the baton of Sasa Nikolovski-Gjumar preceded Jessye Norman’s performance with compositions by Bernstein, Gershwin, Williams, Newton, Kerr, and other traditional songs.
Around 50 classical music concerts and theatrical performances and several art exhibitions fill the festival’s programme, with attendance by guests from around Macedonia, the region and the whole world.
Ohrid Summer Festival takes take place between July 12 and August 20.
Macedonian director Milco Mancevski teaches at the European Summer Film School in Belgrade, Serbia, including the best students from schools in Cologne, Rome, Moscow, Toulouse, Tel Aviv, Banja Luka, Lisbon, Belgrade, Saint Petersburg, and Bratislava, all members of the International Organization of Film Academies. Belgrade’s Faculty of Dramatic Arts is the event organizer.
“The school works on the principle of renaissance workshop. We film intensively at locations and studios in Belgrade, I give them concrete cinematic tasks, and by the end they will work on a film”, says Mancevski, who also teaches direction at the New York University.
Moreover, retrospective of his three films (Before the Rain, Dust, Shadows) began Thursday in cinema “Balkan”, organized by renowned Serbian director Darko Bajic.
Macedonian Healthcare Insurance Fund (FZOM) informed today that the Macedonian citizens can receive free healthcare services out of the country.
The free healthcare services will be available to the citizens while on vacation, tourist or business trip, visits, seminaries, or other kind of temporary stay in foreign countries.
The free services are valid for the countries that concluded international agreements for health insurance with FZOM, including Germany, Austria, Turkey, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Luxembourg, Belgium, France and Italy.
The healthcare protection insurees with covered fees and provided health condition certificate issued in the last 12 months, are entitled to use these services.
Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski welcomed Friday a high delegation, led by Prince Ghazanfar Ali Khan and Princess Rani Atiqa of the Hunza people, who are self-proclaimed Macedonians and descendants of Alexander the Great.
Gruevski expressed satisfaction with an establishment of ties between the two peoples, as well as Macedonia's readiness for further boosting of the relations and cooperation in all spheres of mutual interest, the PM's Cabinet said in a press release.
Gruevski also informed the high guests on political, economic and cultural developments in Macedonia, as well as about the country's efforts to join the European and Euro-Atlantic institutions.
I am honored to be in my country Macedonia, the Prince said, pointing out that Hunza people are proud to be the descendants of Alexander the Great.
The princely state of the Hunza is currently part of Pakistan, former Persia, and the place of their residence is, according to historic data, the most eastern point of the kingdom of Alexander of Macedonia.
The high Hunza delegation is also scheduled to meet Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia, HH Stefan, and Skopje Mayor Trifun Kostovski.
Moreover, the delegation will visit sites and towns throughout Macedonia, as well as attend the renowned Galichnik Wedding. The Hunza visit is organized by Macedonian Institute for Strategic Research 16,9.
MD: Welcome to Macedonia! This is wonderful! Why aren't they visiting Greece, but Macedonia instead? ;)
Former Minister of Interior Ljube Boskoski returned Friday afternoon to Macedonia, after more than three years spent in the Scheveningen detention unit within the Hague Tribunal.
Boskoski at the Alexander the Great airport landed with a government plane, accompanied by his family, wife and children, as well as by VMRO-DPMNE MP Vlatko Gjorcev.
Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and other members of the Boskoski family greeted him at the airport.
Later in the day, the former Interior Minister is expected to meet with Macedonian Orthodox Church Pontiff, HH Stefan, following a brief ceremony in the church "St. Clement of Ohrid" in downtown Skopje.
Boskoski Coordination Body and association "Dostoinstvo" have called on citizens to welcome Ljube Boskoski at Skopje airport, followed by a celebration on occasion of his return at Skopje square "Pella".
The Hague Tribunal Trial Chamber acquitted Thursday Ljube Boskoski, whereas Johan Tarculovski was given a 12-year prison sentence, including time spent in detention, regarding "Ljuboten" case.
A sculpture of the shy goddess of Venus Pudentis dating from the Roman period was excavated by researchers from the Skopje Museum at site Skupi near Skopje on Tuesday.
The Shy Venus, who is naked, created from white marble, in natural size, is supposed to date from the 2nd century A.D., set in a place built at the beginning of the 4th century. The sculpture is not damaged at all, with a dolphin by its legs, along with a bust of a boy next to it.
According to archaeologist Marina Oncevska-Todorovska, the sculpture is of great significance for Skupi, a testimony of the great achievements of Roman sculpture in this antique city.
Dafina Grozdanovska and Goran Igor Bundaleski are the luckiest couple to get married at the traditional Galicnik Wedding, which will be held at Petrovden on Saturday.
The 30-year-old mechanical engineer Goran and 25-year-old economist Dafina decided to crown their 10-year relationship with the traditional Galicnik wedding. The wedding takes place in the village church of St. Peter and Paul.
This year’s Galicnik Wedding festivities will start today at 17.00h, and end at about the same time the next day.
The Galicnik Cultural Summer will include a literary colony, as well as an exhibition. Moreover, the work of Georgija Pulevski will be marked, along with the 120th anniversary from the establishment of the first Macedonian literary section.
The Hague Tribunal acquitted today Ljube Boskoski from the indictment of command responsibility, and sentenced Johan Tarculovski to 12 years in prison.
The Tribunal acquitted Ljube Boskoski from the indictment of command responsibility, because the Trial Chamber found him not guilty on the counts of the indictment.
The Hague Tribunal sentenced Johan Tarculovski to 12 years in prison for murders and violation of the customs of war.
The trial of Boskoski and Tarculovski began on 16 April 2007 with presentation of prosecution evidence. The defense began on 30 January and wrapped up on 18 March this year. The closing statements were presented on 6 and 8 May 2008.
The Hague Tribunal launched investigation into five cases stemming from Macedonia's 2001 conflict. The two former officials are the only indictees from Macedonia to appear before the Tribunal. Another four cases were returned to Macedonian courts.
The other four cases include maltreatment of workers of Mavrovo construction enterprise, closure of Lipkovo dam, abduction of 12 civilians, and NLA leadership.
The first Digital Archives of Macedonian Language was promoted Wednesday in the Macedonian Academy of Science and Arts (MANU).
The project is supported by the Government, within manifestation "Year of Macedonian Language".
"It it very important that we care about the Macedonian language, its purity, regular use, and true meaning. I hope that the Digital Archives will gradually enrich, enlarging its comprehensiveness, and improving its technical quality", said at the promotion MANU vice-president, academician Bojan Soptrajanov.
President of the "Year of Macedonian Language" Board, Liljana Popovska stressed the project's significance due to its electronic presentation of the most important texts in Macedonian language.
"Anyone can search, quote parts of Macedonian language texts. Authentic speakers of 80 years ago from the Salonica region in Northern Greece of today will be presented at the Internet. I think we cannot find a better argument on the depth of the Macedonian roots, authenticity of the Macedonian identity", stated Popovska.
According to her, the project would be an introduction in future research by followers and friends of the Macedonian language, who can learn more about us and our identity through the materials.
Project coordinator, professor Marjan Markovic said it would contribute to the availability of these digital books worldwide.
"These are the strongest arguments not only on the existence and authenticity of the Macedonian language, but also its history, since it encompasses texts by foreign scholars who showed interest in Macedonian dialects from Aegean Macedonia (Salonica region), and Albania (Korca region) 70-80 years ago", said Markovic.
The talks on name differences between Macedonia and Greece are set to continue at the UU headquarters in New York later this week.
UN mediator Matthew Nimetz will meet with Macedonian negotiator on Friday. Nimetz is scheduled to meet with the Greek negotiator on Monday, Greek Kathimerini daily said on Wednesday.
Macedonian top officials gathered on Tuesday to thrash out the issue and to build a common stance in the talks on name differences with Greece.
After the meeting, that took place in President Crvenkovski's Cabinet, the officials made no statements to reporters.
The aim of the meeting was to review the ideas put forward by Nimetz during his recent visit to Macedonia and to set a common position over the roadmap for the talks on the name issue.
During the visit to Skopje and Athens two weeks ago, Nimetz put forward a proposal that envisions Macedonia's name be changed into Northern Republic of Macedonia or Republic of Northern Macedonia. The new name is designed for international use and also in passports, media said, adding that Macedonia was urged to give up its Ancient past.
GRAND PRIX FOR "I AM FROM TITOV VELES" IN SLOVAKIA
Film “I Am from Titov Veles” of Teona Mitevska has won the Grand Prix award “The Blue Angel” at the 16th International Art Film Festival in Slovakia. The award was presented in the competition of 12 films within selection Eastern Panorama.
Guests at this year’s festival included stars like Liv Ulman, Omar Sharif, director Jirzy Menzel etc.
“I Am from Titov Veles” also received a special recognition from the jury of film festival Cinema Jove in Valencia, Spain.
With these two awards, the film has already received seven international recognitions, and the festival tour resumes with about 20 prestigious events in Jerusalem, Melbourne, Calgary, Alexandria, Warsaw etc.
Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski is among the world's youngest leaders, according to Foreign Policy magazine.
Gruevski, date of birth August 31, 1970, is placed fourth in The List: The World's 10 youngest leaders.
First on the list is Jigme Khesar Namguel, King of Bhutan (date of birth February 21, 1980), Second on the list is Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica (date of birth June 8, 1972), followed by Joseph Kabila, President of Democratic Republic of Congo (June 4, 1971).
Older than Macedonian Prime Minister Gruevski are Marcus Stephen, President of Nauru (October 1, 1969), Mswati III, King of Swaziland (April 19, 1968), Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia (December 21, 1967), Fauere Gnassingbe, President of Togo (June 6, 1966).
The last two on the list are Sergei Stanishev, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, (May 5, 1966) and Dmitry Medvedev, President of Russia (September 14, 1965).
Macedonian authorities made an appeal to the citizens to comply with the recommendations to reduce health risk, as national weather service issued an excessive heat watch for Tuesday.
The National Health Care Institute called on the citizens to avoid hard physical work outdoors, stay in air-conditioned room, shut the windows during daytime highs, stay out of the sun in peak hours, take cold-water showers, wear light clothes, hat and sun glasses.
The authorities called on the residents to drink plenty of water and fluids, to avoid alcoholic beverages and juices containing sugar. Children and pets must not be left in parked cars. The residents were also urged to check up on elder or sick persons.
The residents can dial 0800 1 55 55 for free and get an advice and other necessary information related to high temperatures.
The forecasters said the temperature will hit 41C in the country's south. The ultraviolet radiation level will hit 9, just one point below the maximum.
Greece called the issue of the Macedonian minority "non-existent and ungrounded", reaffirming the long-standing of its denial and non-recognition.
This is the first reaction of the official Athens, after Macedonian side demanded to include in the name talks the issue of the rights and restitution of properties of the expelled Macedonians from Greece after the civil war.
"An unfortunate attempt to create a non-existent and ungrounded issue," the spokesman of the Greek Foreign Ministry Yorgos Koumoutsakos said, commenting the statements of the government in Skopje about the Macedonian minority in northern Greece.
Koumoutsakos described the statements of the Macedonian Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki as "ungrounded, unqualified and ungrounded attempt to make an impression" from the Macedonian side.
Koumoutsakos sees the issue of minority as part of the series of unacceptable statements coming from the Macedonian side.
For the Greeks, the only goal in the name talks is to reach "a mutually acceptable solution on the name issue."
The 47th edition of the Balkan Festival of Folk Songs and Dances opened in Ohrid on Sunday, organized by center of culture "Grigor Prlicev", supported by the Ministry of Culture.
Thirteen folklore ensembles and cultural-artistic clubs from Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Albania, Turkey, Montenegro, Costa Rica, as well as several ensembles of Macedonian clubs from the diaspora will perform in the course of the six festival evenings.
Skopje ensemble of folk songs and dances "Tanec" opened the festival on Sunday evening, preceded by a folklore parade through Ohrid streets. Moreover, an exhibition of wood carvings of association "Kopanicari" from Bitola is displayed in the gallery of center "Grigor Prlicev".
Criminal charges have been filed against two inspectors from Karpos police station for taking bribe, Interior Ministry reported Monday.
Interior Control Sector within Interior Ministry has filed criminal charges against police inspectors I.S. (39) and B.J. (42) both from Skopje, for being suspect of committing the criminal act "taking bribe."
In the period July 3-5 they took the bribe amounting to Denar 30.000 from a person from Skopje for returning the temporarily dispossessed motorcycle.
The marked money was found in the "Viva" café following the investigative judge's order for conducting the search.
On occasion of the release of Macedonian film “Before the Rain”, directed by Milco Mancevski by U.S. publishing house “Criterion Collection”, intended for the U.S. market, a DVD promotion of the film was held Thursday in Skopje national and university library “St. Kliment Ohridski”.
“The U.S. publishing house released the cult film on June 24. This is the first commercial edition of our most successful film, whereas ‘The New York Times’ has already included it among the 1,000 best films of all times”, said film critic Marina Kostova at the promotion.
She stressed such events confirm the value of cultural diplomacy. “No money can buy this publicity. No money can buy a work’s presentation at global media. ‘Before the Rain’ opens a very important dimension of our originality, because our existence can not be denied by no one, Macedonia and the Macedonian identity are an irrefutable fact”, she added.
Film director Mancevski said after the promotion that very few foreign films are released in America.
“When I worked on the film, my greatest joy was to finish it. To me, ‘Before the Rain’ is a nice thing, but not essential. The essential thing is the dialogue between the author and the work. It is nice that the film is present at the central market, but at the same time sad that such a DVD cannot be purchased in Macedonia”, stressed Mancevski.
Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, Finance Minister Trajko Slaveski, Ministry of Culture State Secretary Elizabeta Kanceska-Milevska, a number of actors, and renowned individuals attended the promotion.
Congress of coordinators of international poetry network “Lyrikline” will be held in Berlin during the weekend.
Upon the initiative of Nikola Madzirov, five Macedonian poets were presented at the network’s website www.lyrikline.org in the course of the year. Ten poems each by Mateja Matevski, Vlada Urosevic, Bogomil Gjuzel, Katica Kjulavkova, and Eftim Kletnikov were presented in Macedonian and German languages. Poetry by other Macedonian authors will soon be presented.
“Lyrikline” is one of the best-organized global poetry networks, receiving European and world awards for its continual activities.
Athens rebuffed calls by Macedonian authorities for Macedonians who were expelled from Greece during the civil war to be allowed to reclaim lost properties and apply for Greek citizenship.
Greek conservative Kathimerini daily says Greek diplomats dismissed the comments from Skopje as a departure from the focus of talks which are aimed at finding a mutually acceptable solution to the name issue.
Greek diplomats said it was Macedonia, not Greece, which has been trying to divert ongoing UN-mediated talks from the name issue. Greece has said solving the name dispute is a priority.
MD: Well, that's no surprise, they will not even recognize their minorities, let's not even talk about giving them back their rights for their properties and citizenship.
1.552 cases from the Republic of Macedonia have been filed so far in the European Court of Human Rights, whereas 38 verdicts have been reached, affirming violations of some of the provisions stemming from the Convection for Protection of Human Rights, notes Mirjana Lazarova - Trajkovska, the only Macedonian judge in the Human Rights Tribunal in Strasbourg.
- The number of cases from Macedonia has increased and there's a tendency the number to rise. In early 2007 the total number of cases was at 700, whereas by the end of 2007 the number of registered cases reached 1.352. This year, 200 cases have been submitted before the Court, says Lazarova - Trajkovska.
Thus far, 38 verdicts have been reached, determining violations of some of the provisions of the Convection for Protection of Human Rights.
Out of the total number of cases, she adds, most of them end as cases that are unauthorised. Out of those which ended with reached verdicts, however, are mainly related with the right of fair trial, but there are some verdicts referring to the article 3 of the Convection i.e. torture prohibition. Several verdicts are referring to property protection. One case was closed with friendly settlement and the same procedure is under way for additional 20 cases.
Even though the bulk of the cases apply to the right of fair trial, at this moment before the Court there are cases in relation to the right of freedom and security, the right of respecting private and family life, freedom of expression, freedom of association, stressed Lazarova - Trajkovska.
Regarding the decision reached by the Court on registering the party of Macedonians in Bulgaria, OMO Ilinden Pirin, and whether there are instruments for Sofia to abide by the decision, the judge says the execution of verdicts is not within the Court's jurisdiction, but within the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
- All verdicts reached by this Court are binding and there's no possibility for them to be avoided or not to be observed. There have been numerous attempts to ignore the Court's decisions and verdicts. This is an old international organisation that protects its dignity and every country is being monitored for every verdict. The instruments and mechanisms are in authorisation of the Committee of Ministers with a possibility of implementing them in every country for every verdict equally, says the Macedonian judge in the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, Mirjana Lazarova - Trajkovska in an interview with MIA
France pledges strong support to Macedonia's NATO and EU membership and calls on the country to redouble its efforts to reach a solution to name dispute with Greece.
This is the keynote of the letter sent by French President Nicholas Sarkozy to Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski, in which Sarkozy reaffirms a full support to Macedonia's NATO membership. He stressed that Macedonia is fully qualified to join NATO, but it should resolve the name dispute with Greece beforehand.
Sarkozy called for timely settlement of the name dispute to remove the obstacle to legitimate aspirations of Macedonian citizens to join the European Union and NATO. He fully supports the UN mediator Matthew Nimetz's efforts to facilitate a mutually acceptable solution.
"I call on the authorities in Skopje, same as I called on the authorities in Athens during my visit to Athens on June 6, to redouble the efforts to ensure that the negotiations are wrapped up," Sarkozy said in the letter.
Despite the election violence, French president believes that the country has the democratic capacity and the needed legitimacy to continue the reforms towards Europe.
France, both at national level and as holder of EU presidency, will continue to support the country on its road to successful integration into the European Union, the letter says.
In the framework of “Skopje Summer”, festival “Blues & Soul” will be held in summer club “Hard Rock” on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 21,00h. Venko Serafimov and his band “Bluesfakers” will open the festival with a special project dedicated to blues, created by Serafimov himself.
“I assembled the band for this occasion. These are members of my former bands, and we will perform diverse blues-standards”, says Serafimov. U.S. guitarist Lance Lopez will follow, promoting his latest album.
A record number of premieres from the Macedonian theatre production will be held at this year’s “Ohrid Summer” festival. Selector Gjorgji Jolevski said five premieres created upon classical texts will be held.
Skopje-based Drama Theatre will play Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, directed by Kole Angelovski on July 15, Skopje’s MNT prepares “Dundo Maroe” by Marin Drzic, directed by Dragana Milosevska-Popova for July 20, “Romeo and Juliet” by Shakespeare, directed by Dejan Projkovski, produced by the Turkish Theatre is scheduled on July 25. Moreover, the Albanian Theatre will perform opera “American Myth” upon the libretto of Harli Erdman, composed by Paula Kinter, directed by Natasa Poplavska, under the baton of Saso Tatarcev on July 29, whereas Bitola Theatre will promote “Alchemeon of Corinth” by Euripides, directed by Colin Tiven from England on August 19.
Festival director Toni Simonovski says this year’s festival budget amounts to Denar 30 million (Euro 500,000), of which more than half are allocated by the Ministry of Culture
A forum on the theme "Balkans Security: NATO after Bucharest Summit" will be held in Skopje on Wednesday, bringing together government officials and foreign ambassadors accredited to Macedonia.
The primary goal of the forum is to exchange views and experience on the NATO summit in Bucharest. The forum also includes a presentation of the latest edition of political magazine "Political Thought".
The forum, organized by Conrad Adenauer Foundation, will be attended by Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki, Defense Minister Lazar Elenovski and Ambassadors of Turkey, Albania, Romania and Slovenia, as well as a representative of the European Commission's Delegation in Macedonia.
Among those expected to attend will be political analysts, lecturers and scientists from Macedonia and the region.
Exhibition of artworks by Zoran Malinovski in art gallery “Bezisten” will open manifestation “Stip Cultural Summer” on Tuesday evening at 20,00h. Stip audience will have the opportunity to see 25 concerts, theatre performances, exhibitions and book promotions.
Besides domestic, the Stip summer will also include foreign artists, among whom US band “Stacy Fox”, which nurtures Indian folklore, cultural-artistic club “Prigorje” from Zagreb (Croatia), and National Theatre from Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria).
Horns from a prehistoric antelope have been excavated in a mass grave of prehistoric animals in Delcevo village Stamer these days.
Scientists from the Macedonian Museum of Natural Sciences say the fossil remains of the prehistoric antelope are about 10 million years old.
The excavation activities are funded by the Ministry of Culture, following the accidental revelation of the mass grave in February last year, when fossil remains of a giraffe, rhino and deer were found.
According to the only paleontologist in Macedonia, professor Risto Garevski, the fossils date from 10,000 years of the Upper Miocene.
“Some Stamer fossils date from the 4-8 million years ago. The scientific world believes the first genetic line of the primitive man dates from 4-6 million years ago, and the oldest remains have been found in Africa, dating from 3,300 years ago. That is why we believe we can reveal the first genetic line of the primitive man here”, says Museum program director Svetozar Petkovski.
MD: Wow, this is very interesting!! Our Macedonian soil is so rich, who known what lies beneath, everyday something else is been found.
Photographs by Jasna Bogdanovska from Macedonia are part of international exhibition “Circulation” in gallery “Kunstler” in Rochester, New York. Bogdanovska’s works were selected by a jury comprised of renowned art critics. The exhibition, due to last until the beginning of August, presents artworks by artists from USA and abroad.
Bogdanovska has lived and worked in USA for 12 years, creating a bridge between life in America and Macedonia through her work. She teaches photography and design and regularly displays her photographs in USA and Europe. Her solo show “Identity” was displayed within 2002 “Skopje Summer” festival in the Skopje Museum.
The demarcation of the Macedonian-Kosovar border kicked off today by laying of a tri-border marking between Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania.
The first border point has been placed at the locality of Sherupa on Sara Mountain, 2,100 meters above the sea level. Representatives of the Macedonian and Kosovo's authorities as well as of the Albanian Embassy in Skopje and of the international community, were present at the event.
The marking of the border is carried out in line with the Agreement on Description and Stretching of the State Border, signed between Macedonia and the former SR Yugoslavia and is compliant with the UN mediator in the Kosovo status talks, Martti Ahtisaari.
The length of the Macedonia-Kosovo border totals 150 kilometers.
According to the announcements, due to the specific configuration of the terrain, the demarcation will be carried out with faster pace during the summer period.