Macedonian delegation arrived in St. Prohor Pchinski monastery
- Macedonia's Delegation To Visit "Prohor Pcinski" Monastery
Web posted August 01, 2004
High state delegation, led by President Branko Crvenkovski will lay
flowers at the "Prohor Pcinski" Monastery on August 2, marking the
60th anniversary of the Antifascist Assembly of the National
Liberation of Macedonia (ASNOM) First Session.
Crvenkovski's recent activities brought favorable result, President's
spokesperson said. The Serbian Orthodox Church Head, Patriarch Pavle
granted approval for Macedonian delegation to mark the ASNOM jubilee
at the "Prohor Pcinski" Monastery, he added.
Afterwards, the state delegation will visit Pelince, where
Crvenkovski is to open the Memorial Center "ASNOM".
Source: A1, MIA, Kanal 5, Telma
Jovan Vranishkovski Greets Branko Crvenkovski in Prohor Pchinski
Web posted August 02, 2004
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[St. Prohor Pchinski monastery, August 2, 2004. Photo by MIA. ]
According to A1 TV, the Macedonian delegation arrived in St. Prohor
Pchinski monastery without incidents, accompanied by some police,
army, a few ordinary people from Macedonia and Serbia. Crvenkovski
was greeted by the Serbian PM Koshtunica, Serbian Orthodox Church
(SOC) bishops Irinej and Pahomie, but also [the former Macedonian,
now Serbian bishop] Jovan ["the Schismatic"] Vranishkovski.
The president didn't pass Jovan by, but shook hands with him too. The
hosts accompanied Crvenkovski to the monastery fountain, where the
Macedonian delegation laid wreath for the first time in 14 years to
the memorial plaque of ASNOM, which supporters of the [Serbian
radical nationalist leader Vojislav] Sheshelj threw from the
monastery in the 1990s. [Historically part of Macedonia, the
monastery was ceded to Serbia by the Macedonian communist regime in
The hosts showed Crvenkovski around the monastery and he entered the
place [of the ASNOM assembly hall] where the foundations of
Macedonian statehood were laid [and during Yugoslav times served as a
museum], which is now converted into a dining room.
The statements were mostly on the formal side. Crvenkovski repeated
that this was done without any forced conditions by the SOC,
Koshtunicasaid that this act is a step forward to Europe ["as we see
it"], and Irinej said that he's happy because of the joint
celebration of Ilinden (the St. Eliah Day).
"I am happy that our hosts accepted this visits without ultimatums or
conditioning, in the spirit of friendship and good neighboring
relations, and I believe that this is something that both the
citizens of Macedonia and Serbia and Montenegro will remember," said
"This is a small contribution by Macedonia and Serbia and Montenegro
to the European integrations. This is the way we practice the
European integrations, woven with our century-old friendship and
brotherhood," said Koshtunica.
"We are glad and would like to not have any _ or misunderstandings
which would lead to us not being together on this day, on this holy
ground and in other occasions," said bishop Irinej.
A joint photo was made also, but both the presidents, and the
churchmen refused to answer journalists' questions about wether
Koshtunica and Crvenkovski talked about the conditions laid by the
Serbian patriarch Pavle, whether ASNOM celebration next year will
take place in the monastery [instead of the newly-build replacement
memorial complex in the Macedonian border village of Pelince], and
why was Jovan included in the reception committee.
Instead of explanation, Crvenkovski countered the media questions
with a question of his own: "If we would like to interpret the events
perversely, then how would you react if the Serbian PM Koshtunica
would say hallo to the [Macedonian] archbishop Stefan and the bishop
Kiril, who are defrocked by the SOC?"
Kanal 5 TV station informed that this act lead to frosty meeting of
Macedonian Orthodox Church archbishop Stefan at the official
celebration of ASNOM's 60th anniversary in Pelince, later during the
day. He and Crvenkovski "barelly laid eyes on each other."
Telma TV reported that Crvenkovski's speech in Pelince included the
following line: "It is not, and it should not be, as our main goal,
Macedonia to remain Macedonian in 10-years time. Our strategic
priority is Macedonia in 10 years to become European Macedonia. When
it will become European, it will be mostMacedonian. That's why we
have to look further than Struga and Veleshta, than Kichevo and
Oslomej, than Kumanovo and Pelince."
Here's the short information about the event provided by MIA
(Macedonian Information Agency):
Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski Monday laid flowers in "St.
Prohor Pcinjski" Monastery regarding the 60th anniversary of ASNOM
Crvenkovski afterwards met with the delegation of Serbian and
Montenegro led by Prime Minister Voislav Kostunica.
Macedonian delegation also comprises Parliament Speaker Ljupco
Jordanovski, Defence Minister Vlado Buckovski and Macedonian
Ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro Viktor Dimovski.
Reinforced police units secure the manifestation, BETA informs.
Besides PM Kostunica, the delegation of Serbia and Montenegro
comprises Defence Minister Prvoslav Davinic and Deputy Foreign
Minister Dusan Crnogorcevic as well.
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