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    SOUTHEAST EUROPE SUMMIT 2005 FOR DEVELOPMENT OF COOPERATION BEGINS The Southeast Europe Summit for Development of Cooperation began Thursday in Skopje under
    Message 1 of 600 , Mar 10, 2005

      The Southeast Europe Summit for Development of
      Cooperation began Thursday in Skopje under the
      auspices of the Macedonian President Branko
      Crvenkovski and EC Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn.

      Jurgen Gramke, INEA Chairman and former minister in
      German Government, opened the summit.

      President Crvenkovski at the summit's opening said
      that all countries in our Region are headed by leaders
      and structures that promote friendship and cooperation
      and are committed to the same values and goals, adding
      "this is a historic opportunity that we must take
      maximum advantage of."

      "Countries in the region of Southeast Europe share the
      goal of becoming part of the European Union. The fact
      that they are at different level in their
      rapprochement with the EU does not change the shared
      goal. On the contrary, this even more strengthens the
      need for comprehensive cooperation and partnership in
      making this journey. After all, in parallel with
      respecting the specific features of each individual
      country, the EU always views issues and relations
      among countries in the regional context," Crvenkovski

      "The experiences, including that of the EU, teaches us
      that today the first prerequisite for attaining
      economic development is the establishment of a
      functional market economy," he said.

      "Another prerequisite for economic development today
      is regional economic cooperation. This in fact means
      enlarging the domestic markets. A large market is an
      advantage for domestic businesses (i.e. domestic
      investments) and for inflow of foreign direct
      investments," Crvenkovski stressed.

      Sarik Tara, Honorary Member of DEIK, said that the SEE
      region both in geographical and the number of the
      population covers significant part of the European

      "In the 20th century we have witnessed great
      historical events. SEE region was the place where many
      tragedies happened," Tara said. He pointed out the
      importance of tolerance and equality to all because
      there are over 40 ethnic groups and many religions in
      this region.

      The Institute for European Affairs, Institute for the
      Danube Region and Central Europe and Foreign Economy
      Relations Board of Turkey organise the summit.

      About 150 Heads of State and Government, senior
      officials and many European businessmen will share
      opinions on applying appropriate measures for
      supporting the region's peace and stability, democracy
      and economic prosperity.


      Skopje, March 10 (MIA) - Preparations of the Republic
      of Macedonia for European integration and its
      expectations for gaining EU candidate country status
      by the end of the year were topics discussed by the EC
      Enlargement Director General Fabrizio Barbaso and
      Macedonian PM Vlado Buckovski.

      Positive momentum in the process of Macedonia's
      integration into the EU should be used, EC Enlargement
      Director General Fabrizio Barbaso said. EC in 2005
      will focus on two main tasks assessing the given
      answers of the EC Questionnaire and following the
      progress of the Republic of Macedonia. From there the
      period by October 2005 should be used for intensified
      carrying out reform processes, Buckovski and Barbaso

      The government is firmly determined to fulfil its
      obligations mainly in organising fair and democratic
      local elections, successful conduct of the
      decentralisation process, implementation of the
      judiciary reforms and realisation of recommendations
      and obligations from European partnership, Buckovski

      PM Vlado Buckovski informed Barbaso on plans for
      passing two laws from Framework Agreement, which
      should regulate the use of symbols and languages of
      the ethnic communities.

      PM Buckovski once again presented the initiative for
      sending 15-20 Macedonian interns in several key EC
      Directorates and reiterated Macedonia's preparedness
      to host the forthcoming Regional CARDS Conference,
      press release from Prime Minister's Cabinet reads


      Athens, March 10 (MIA) - The US and Greece have same
      positions on numerous issues among which are fight
      against terrorism and building stability in the
      Balkans, the US Ambassador Charles Ries said late
      Wednesday during a meeting organised by the Hellenic
      Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP).

      "You call Macedonia 'the Former Yugoslav Republic of
      Macedonia,' and we call it 'the Republic of Macedonia'
      but both countries believe that the best thing for
      this country is the European perspective," US diplomat

      He welcomed the Greek's declarative support on issue
      of Turkey's integration in the EU, Thursday's edition
      of Greek-based newspaper Naftemporiki reads.


      Skopje, March 10 (MIA) - Macedonia and Montenegro have
      no open issues and should focus on improvement of
      mutual economic cooperation and to promote regional
      cooperation as one of the main prerequisites for
      sooner entry of the region in the Euro-Atlantic
      integrations, Macedonian and Montenegrin PMs Vlado
      Buckovski and Milo Djukanovic assessed Thursday.

      Buckovski said that today's meeting is a proof of
      permanent good cooperation between the two countries
      and an opportunity for discussion of future steps for
      accomplishing mutual goals.

      "I will pay a visit to Montenegro in June accompanied
      by governmental and business delegation, whereat
      Macedonian possibilities will be presented and details
      in organising business forum which is planned to be
      held by the end of this year in Skopje, will be
      discussed," Buckovski said, announcing intensified
      contacts with Montenegro especially on economic

      PM announced holding of a trilateral meeting of Prime
      Ministers of Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro in May
      2005 in Skopje.

      Montenegrin PM Djukanovic shared the same opinion as
      Buckovski that the economic cooperation between the
      two countries should improve since there were no open
      issues that should be resolved.

      He said that Montenegro should follow the experience
      of Macedonia on the road to Euro-Atlantic integration.

      "Macedonia has advantage in relation to Montenegro on
      this road, having in mind the problems that we had in
      functioning of the state union Serbia and Montenegro.
      We are happy about Macedonia's advantage and closer
      European future to all countries in the region since
      we believe that it will bring Montenegro closer to
      Euro-Atlantic integration," Djukanovic said.

      Montenegrin Prime Minister Djukanovic participates at
      the Southeast Europe Summit for Development of
      Cooperation, which takes place in Skopje March 10-11


      Skopje, March 10 (MIA) - Vice-Premier Radmila
      Sekerinska and EC Enlargement Director General
      Fabrizio Barbaso expressed satisfaction Thursday in
      Skopje with the course of dialogue on Macedonia's
      answers to the European Commission questionnaire.

      The officials agreed that Macedonia should keep up
      with reforms during the preparation of EC avis,
      particularly in regard to power decentralisation
      process, public administration, judicial system and
      combat against corruption.

      Sekerinska and Barbaso also discussed on Macedonia's
      readiness to take over more responsibility in managing
      projects, financed by the European Union, the
      Vice-Premier's Cabinet said in press release


      Skopje, March 10 (MIA) - Macedonian Vice Premier
      Radmila Sekerinska met Thursday with Serbian Deputy
      Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Economic
      Relations, Miroljub Labus.

      The meeting focused on mutual cooperation in the
      Euro-integration process. Vice Premier Sekerinska
      presented Macedonia's path in the process of EU
      approximation, the current decentralization process,
      judicial reforms, as well as the pending
      implementation of the Framework Agreement.

      On the other hand, Labus informed about Serbia's
      preparations for EU approximation, with a focus on the
      economic field. The Serbian minister emphasized the
      importance of knowing the Macedonian experiences, with
      a necessity for greater cooperation.

      Furthermore, Sekerinska stressed that there was always
      a necessity for larger regional cooperation, for the
      purpose of improving Balkan's image in the European


      Skopje, March 10 (MIA) - Branko Crvenkovski and Georgi
      Prvanov, Presidents of Macedonia and Bulgaria,
      Thursday opened Bulgarian Cultural Information Centre
      at the Bulgarian Embassy in Skopje.

      Promotion of the centre is in accordance with the
      agreement on reciprocal opening of cultural centres
      signed April 2003 between Macedonia and Bulgaria.

      The goal of the centres is affirmation of culture and
      traditions of Macedonia and Bulgaria, exchange of
      experiences and more direct acquaintance of the
      citizens of the two countries with cultural
      characteristics of the neighbouring country.

      "Opening of such cultural information centre in two
      countries is a new form of communication not only
      between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of
      Bulgaria but also for entire region, which undoubtedly
      needs intensified friendship, cooperation and mutual
      understanding," President Branko Crvenkovski said at
      the opening ceremony.

      He pointed out the great role of the culture in
      creation new space for dialogue and cooperation.

      "Culture and art with their freedom in expression can
      become a moving force in surpassing prejudices,
      strengthening mutual confidence, understanding,
      respect and acceptance of differences," Crvenkovski

      Bulgarian President Georgi Prvanov assessed that
      opening of the Cultural Information Centre (CIC) is
      one of the most significant event in the relations
      between the two countries in the last 15 years.

      "For a long time we have debated over the culture and
      history and now the time comes to show that common
      things are more important than things that separate
      us," Prvanov said.

      "Opening of CIC offers new opportunities for
      development of relations and it is the best
      illustration for the European future of the two
      nations," Prvanov said, who participates Thursday at
      the Southeast Europe Summit in Skopje.

      Both presidents announced opening of Macedonian
      Cultural Information Centre in Sofia in one month.


      Paris, March 9 (MIA) - Delegations of Macedonian and
      French Ministries of Transport and Communications had
      a meeting in Paris, organized by the French Embassy in

      The guests were briefed about French experience with
      the reconstruction of the railway, road and air
      traffic in accordance with European directives and

      The hosts expressed readiness to grant assistance to
      Macedonia in its restructuring processes by including
      French experts and training of Macedonian personnel in

      French officials consider that partnership programs,
      which are part of the European Union Stabilization and
      Association Agreement with the Western Balkan
      countries, may be an efficient instrument for swift
      harmonization of the Macedonian with European
      legislation related to transport and communications.

      The delegations also discussed an idea for opening
      regular Paris-Skopje airline.


      Skopje, March 10 (MIA) - Film "Illusion" of Macedonian
      director Svetozar Ristovski will open Friday the 8th
      edition of the Skopje Film Festival, which will last
      until March 20.

      "Illusion" will be followed by the projection of
      US-Colombian co-production film "Maria Full of Grace",
      which won the "Silver Bear" at the Berlin Film
      Festival for best female in a leading role, and had an
      "Oscar" nomination in the same category.

      The ten festival days will include over 80 films. The
      program is divided in the standard programming
      sections: Open Zone, Contemporary World Film, Regional
      Program, Short Film Program, Documentary Film, along
      with a Children's Program, and a Program of Norwegian
      and Italian Films.

      Among the renowned films, the festival will present
      British-French co-production "Vera Drake", which won
      the Venice "Golden Lion" and an "Oscar" nomination;
      co-production film "Whiskey", winner of the FIPRESCI
      award at the Cannes Film Festival; German-Italian
      co-production "Hitler-the Last Days", an Oscar nominee
      for best foreign language film; co-production "2046",
      nominated for the Cannes "Golden Palm"; US film
      "Palindromes", "Golden Lion" nominee; "Oscar" nominees
      "The Motorcycle Diaries" and "The Sea Inside",
      controversial "Fahrenheit 9/11" of Michael Moore etc.

      Film "Life is a Miracle" of Emir Kusturica is to close
      the 8th Skopje Film Festival.


      Hydrometeorological Service:

      Skopje, March 10 - Moderately cloudy with sunny
      periods with occasional rainfalls and low snowfalls
      with northwest wind in the afternoon. The temperatures
      will range from 2 to 7C.

      Moderately cloudy in Skopje with temperatures up to

      The temperatures measured at 07:00 hours ranged from
      -10C in Popova Sapka, -9C in Lazaropole, -7C in
      Mavrovo, -6C in Krusevo, 5C in Kriva Palanka, -4C in
      Ohrid and Prilep, -3C in Berovo, -2C in Bitola and
      Tetovo, -1C in Kumanovo and Vinica, 0C in Skopje,
      Demir Kapija and Stip, 1C in Strumica, 3C in Dojran to
      4C in Gevgelija.

      Atmospheric pressure is 982 hPa and relative humidity
      is 83%

      Local elections 2005

      Skopje - Coalition "Together for Macedonia to hold
      pre-election rallies in Tetovo, Gazi Baba, Radovis,
      Strumica, Konce, Centar Zupa, Mavrovo - Rostuse, Debar
      and Cesinovo-Oblesevo municipality.

      Bitola - VMRO-National Party to hold a rally in


      March 10

      Nova Makedonija

      At the website of the World Association of Newspapers
      (WAN), a list of newspapers with longest tradition in
      the world was issued. Nova Makedonija newspaper is on
      89th place in a competition of hundred thousands of
      newspapers worldwide.


      Catastrophic fire at the Greek meat industry near
      Skopje. "Nikas" factory burnt to ashes.


      The chances Ljube Boskovski to be freed from any
      indictment are larger, unofficial information says
      from Hague Tribunal.

      Macedonia prepares for new floods.

      Utrinski vesnik

      Due to snow melting and possible rainfalls,
      hydrologists expect rising of 300 million cubic meters
      of water. The biggest danger of floods threatens the
      Polog Valley.


      March 10

      1953 - The first edition of the "Educational Worker,"
      an official newspaper of the educational workers of
      the Macedonia was published. Since November 11, 1992,
      this is the newspaper of the Ministry of Education and
      Physical Culture.

      1965 - The Macedonian writer, Stale Popov died in
      Skopje. In 1953 he published the novel "Patched Life"
      and after that the novels "Tole Pasha," "Kalesh Anga"
      and "Dilber Stana." His other famous history novels
      were "Dangerous Earning" and "Mariovo Fair." He was
      born in the Melnica village, at the Mariovo region,
      May 25, 1902.

      1992 - Instead of the term "Milicia" that was used for
      the members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the
      Republic of Macedonia, the term "Police" came into


      March 10

      Macedonian Orthodox Church Calendar

      St Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople

      His predecessor, Patriarch Paul, secretly left the
      patriarchal throne, retired to a monastery and
      received the Great Habit. This was during the reign of
      Irene and Constantine. By Paul's advice, Tarasius, a
      senator and advisor to the Emperor, was chosen as
      Patriarch in 784. He quickly passed through all the
      stages of ordination and became Patriarch. A man of
      great physical stature and great zeal for Orthodoxy,
      Tarasius accepted this undesired state in order to
      help in the struggle of Orthodoxy against heresy,
      especially that of Iconoclasm. He was responsible for
      the summoning of the 7th Ecumenical Council in Nicaea
      in 787, where the iconoclasts were condemned and the
      veneration of the holy icons was restored and
      con-firmed. Tarasius was very compassionate to the
      poor and indigent, building them shelters and feeding
      them, but he was decisive with those in power in the
      defence of faith and morals. When the Emperor
      Constantine divorced his lawful wife, Maria, and took
      a kinswoman to live with him, seeking the Patriarch's
      blessing to re-marry, Tarasius not only withheld his
      blessing, but first counselled and then reproached
      him, and finally excommunicated him, as death
      approached, those round him saw him answering the
      demons: `I am not guilty of that sin, nor of that
      one', until he was incapable of speech. He then began
      defending himself with his arms, driving them away
      from him. As he breathed his last, his face shone as
      with the light of the sun. This truly great hierarch
      entered into rest in 806. He had governed the Church
      for 22 years and four months.
    • martin
      UNDP recommendations for faster economic development of Macedonia ... Skopje, October 26 (MIA) - Insufficient integration of the Macedonian economy in the
      Message 600 of 600 , Oct 26, 2006
        UNDP recommendations for faster economic development of Macedonia

        Skopje, October 26 (MIA) - Insufficient integration of the Macedonian economy in the world economy, unfavourable business climate and poor functioning of domestic institutions as well as too big political influence on economy are the weaknesses noted by the expert group engaged on Macedonian government's request by the UNDP.
        The Blue Ribbon Report launched Thursday in Skopje includes several recommendations and measures that should be carried out in Macedonia aimed at achieving economic development.  Experts recommended measures that will lead to maintaining good and safe macroeconomic policies, business expense reduction, re-examination of state's role, building confidence in the institutions, reforms directed toward providing future economic prosperity as well as country's preparation for EU accession.
        The report also reads that Macedonia should achieve medium term balanced budget, to expand its market and increase home export capacity and to decrease the foreign trade barriers. It promotes urges for quick country's capital account liberalisation, decreased government's presence in the economic sector, tax system reforms and further privatisation of those activities, which are not of essential government's importance.
        Working group leader Joseph Brada said that the measures included in the report were mutually connected and they need to be fulfilled by a certain order aimed at achieving the goal. They are given for a period of 10 years because the economic development is a long-term nature of the process.
        Members of the working group expected that Macedonia after 10 years with carrying out the recommendations in this report will achieve continuous economic growth and will create new jobs and reduced unemployment by at least one half, the economy will be fully integrated in the global economy, significantly stronger institutions and corruption and excessive regulation will be significantly decreased.
        UNDP resident representative to Macedonia Maria Luisa Silva Mejias said that the report's goal is not only its launching but also is to enhance and maintain growth.
        She recommended the government to start a new wave of reforms for better integration of Macedonia in the global economy, to support the dynamic of the private sector and to improve the effectiveness of the state sector.
        Macedonian Deputy PM Zoran Stavreski said that the report included series of expert policies, which will be of significant assistance to the Macedonian Government aimed at fulfilling the most important economic wished to Macedonian citizens.
        He said that Macedonia will continue to carry out certain quality economic policies and at the same time will give new impulse and dynamic to certain measures which will bring more dynamic economic development and will compensate what was overlooked.
        PM Gruevski visits Germany on Friday
        Skopje, October 26 (MIA) - Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski will pay one-day visit to Federal Republic of Germany on Friday.
        PM Gruevski is scheduled to meet Germany's President Horst Köhler and Bavarian Prime Minister Edmund Stoiber during the visit, reads the press release.
        He will participate at the International Conference organised by Association of South Eastern Europe and Konrad Adenauer Foundation entitled "West Balkans, Political Order, Economic Stability and International Efforts", where he will deliver an opening speech.
        Minister Milososki activities before the Riga NATO Summit
        Skopje, October 26 (MIA) - Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Milososki met Thursday with NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Minuto Rizzo, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Operations Ambassador James Perdue, as well as US and UK Ambassadors Victoria Nuland and Stewart Eldon respectively at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels.
        This visit, realised on the onset of NATO Summit in Riga, aimed towards Macedonia's candidacy reinforcement for prompt integration, reads Ministry's press release.
        Minister Milososki introduced the interlocutors to Government's program, underlying Macedonia's ongoing efforts for complete NATO integration, as well as Macedonia's further participation in the peacekeeping NATO missions. He also reiterated his expectation that the Riga Summit would appropriately evaluate Macedonia's progress and would provide clear signal regarding NATO's invitation for membership in 2008.
        The interlocutors expressed their gratitude for Macedonia's participation in NATO-led missions. They stressed the fact that Macedonia is an old and stable partner, thus its efforts would be highly evaluated.
        The meetings were also focused on the situations in the region, especially the future Kosovo status.
        Minister Milososki delivered a speech before the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in the course of his visit to Brussels
        International tender for new mobile telephony operator to be announced
        Skopje /26/10/ 07:44
        An international tender for third mobile operator in the Republic of Macedonia will be announced in the media and published in the Official Gazette.

        This was agreed today by the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, Agency for Electronic Communication and the expert from the European Reconstruction Agency, Ton de Liefde.

        The Ministry of Transportation and Communication recommended to the Agency for Electronic Communication to announce an international public bidding, aimed at more efficient utilization of the bandwidth and promotion of competition in the area of mobile telephony, an announcement says.

        The Ministry of Transportation said that main goals of the move are to attract foreign investments and lowering the prices of the operators' services.
        Sanader says Croatia will join EU in 2009
        Brussels /26/10// 11:49
        Croatia will join the European Union in 2009 and it will become the 28th member of the bloc, Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader said in an interview with Corriere della Sera.

        Sanader said he didn't believe that EU's institutional reform could slow down Croatia's accession although the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso recently hinted at the possibility for enlargement pause.

        "I met with Barroso in Helsinki few days ago and he told me that enlargement pause did not refer to Croatia. He told me we would become the 28th member. The reform of EU institutions is a process that could go on along with accession talks. The two things could be wrapped up by 2008," Sanader told Corriere della Sera.

        He added that even if the EU institutional reform stalled, there is another perspective - amendments to the Treaty of Nice.

        Sanader stressed that opinion polls conducted recently in EU member-states show that EU nations back Croatia's entry bid.
        Minister Konjanovski visits Bavaria
        Skopje, October 25 (MIA) - Macedonian  Minister of Local Self-Government Zoran Konjanovski will visit Bavaria on October 25-27 for meetings with the State Secretary with the Ministry of Interior in charge of local government Georg Schmidt, and representative of the Bavarian State Office and co-chairman of the Macedonian-Bavarian Committee - Mihail Hinterdobler.
        The visit is aimed at boosting the institutional cooperation for realization of projects on supporting local units, in particular expert and technical assistance in utility and fire0fighting services, the Ministry of Laocal-Self Government said Wednesday in a press relase. gv/lk/15:43
        Institute on Macedonian Literature observes 25th anniversary
        Skopje, October 25 (MIA) - An international scientific symposium and presentations of about fifty participants will mark Wednesday and Thursday the 25th anniversary of the Institute on Macedonian Literature.
        The institution is comprised of six departments for research of Macedonian literature, 20 employees and a library with over 5,000 titles. It cooperates in projects, scientific gatherings and seminars with similar institutions in Slavic countries, while future priority is networking with western European countries.
        Director Loreta Georgievska-Jakovleva stressed that the institute especially nurtures international cooperation, with an ongoing preparation of a database and an Internet website.
        The formal session also included addresses by Skopje University Rector Gjorgji Martinovski, Deputy-Education Minister Jovan Lazarov and Faculty of Philology Dean Maksim Karanfilovski.
        Croatia cannot influence Kosovo status - Mesic
        Bitola, October 25 (MIA) - Asked whether Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku asked him for Croatia's lobbying for the province's independence, Croatian President Stjepan Mesic stated Wednesday in Bitola that his country cannot influence that process in a positive or negative manner.
        That process develops without our participation, and we cannot have any influence. Ceku acquainted me with the negotiating process, but he was mostly interested in the mitigation of travel of Kosovo citizens to Croatia and vice versa. He proposed the opening of a special airline Zagreb-Pristina, which would benefit both Kosovo and Croatia, stressed President Mesic.
        The Croatian President, who pays a two-day official visit to Macedonia, opened Wednesday the country's honorary consulate in Bitola.
        October 26
        Demolition of City Stadium started - Builders laundered 5 million Euro?
        Makedonija denes
        SME Forum promoted. The government established link with the private sector.
        Utrinski vesnik
        Tetovo citizens scared from bloody political disagreements. The officials in the city appointed by the central authority have been replaced.
        Minister Jankulovska answers the speculations - I am not pregnant and I am not resigning.
        Everyone can eavesdrop for 100.000 Euro.
        Armed robbery in the village of Saraj - Teteks bank robbed.
        Germany discovered the investors of the hotel near City Stadium  - the credit for the building in Skopje bankrupted the bank in Hamburg.
        Minister Janakievski started first. The war with the urban mafia.
        Abductions trigger problems-Mobsters endanger the Albanian business. Law and order bodies severely criticised for the incapability for handling the abductions, while the Interior Ministry has no strategy of eliminating businessmen abductions.
        Resumption of the Law on Police session. -Fadil Sulejmani divorces DUI.
        Tetovo 2006 fair opened. -Approximately 50 publishers are presenting the Albanian literature.
        Demolition of the building loft in City Park started. -Urban mafia deals with the Albanian Ramadani by mistake. "This is classical discrimination", comments the German investor with Albanian origin Fali Ramadani who proves the building legality with 16 documents.
        Weather forecast
        Skopje, October 26  - Sunny with moderate cloudiness and foggy in the ravines in the morning. The temperatures will range from 19 to 26C.
        Similar weather in Skopje with temperatures up to 22C.
        Road condition report
        Skopje, October 26  - The flow of the traffic on the road network is normal without any prohibition or restriction for all types of motor vehicles.
        Skopje - Veles highway is closed due to bridge repair works. The traffic will be redirected to the opposite section of Veles - Skopje highway in two lanes. New regime will increase the time needed for travelling and decrease the safety due to which the drivers are reminded to drive very carefully. The maximum allowed speed is 80 km per hour. The construction works are expected to be finished in one year.
        Drivers are reminded to adjust their speed and driving actions to the conditions especially on higher places and lanes where landslide is possible.
        The intensity of traffic is moderate outside the urban areas, and the same condition is taking place on the border crossings where there aren't any longer delays needed for accomplishing all the customs formalities.
        October 26
        St. Zlata of Meglen, New-Martyr
        St. Zlata was born in the village Slatino, in Meglen area of Aegean Macedonia. Her parents were poor. Once she came out for water and some shameless Turks intercepted and took her in their house. One of them asked her to become Muslim and marry him, but St. Zlata responded: I believe in Christ and He is my groom; I'll never give him up. Than her parents and sister came trying to persuade her to give up Christ and marry the Turk, but she refused. Than the Turks put her in jail and whipped her every day in the next three months. Finally they hanged her and cut her body to pieces. St. Zlata Meglenska gave her life for Christ in 1796.
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