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Macedonia Appeals To Serbian Government And Church

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2004.07.30 RFE/RL: MACEDONIA APPEALS TO SERBIAN GOVERNMENT AND CHURCH OVER NATIONAL HOLIDAY Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski has written Serbian Prime
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      2004.07.30 RFE/RL:

      MACEDONIA APPEALS TO SERBIAN GOVERNMENT AND CHURCH OVER NATIONAL HOLIDAY

       Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski has written Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica and Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Pavle, asking them to open the southern Serbian Prohor Pcinjski Monastery to a Macedonian state delegation that wants to mark the 60th anniversary of the World War II Antifascist Council for the National Liberation of Macedonia (ASNOM) there on 2 August, "Utrinski vesnik" reported on 30 July. This date is widely accepted as the founding date of the modern Macedonian state because ASNOM hammered out the political and legal framework for the People's (later Socialist) Republic of Macedonia within communist Yugoslavia. In 2003, the Serbian Orthodox Church denied the government delegation access to the monastery against the background of an ongoing dispute between the Serbian and the Macedonian Orthodox Churches (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 25 July and 1 August 2003, and "RFE/RL Balkan Report," 9 August 2002). As a result of the ongoing problems with the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Macedonian government has built a new memorial center in the village of Pelince, not far from the monastery but on Macedonian territory. The new center will be opened on 2 August, "Dnevnik" reported. UB
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