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PM Demands Patriarch Bartholomew Mediate MOC And SOC Dispute

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.05.30 MIA: 05/30/2005 6:37:05 PM ,GMT+01:00 PM BUCKOVSKI DEMANDS FROM ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW TO MEDIATE IN MOC AND SOC DISPUTE Macedonian Prime
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      2005.05.30 MIA:
      05/30/2005 6:37:05 PM ,GMT+01:00
      PM BUCKOVSKI DEMANDS FROM ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW TO MEDIATE IN
      MOC AND SOC DISPUTE
      Macedonian Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski sent Monday a letter to the
      Ecumenical Patriarch HH Bartholomew, in which he expressed support on
      autocephalous status of Macedonian Orthodox Church (MOC), asking him to
      mediate in solving of church dispute between MOC and Serbian Orthodox
      Church (SOC).
      As PM's Cabinet press release reads, Buckovski in the letter to Bartholomew
      rejects with indignation the decision of SOC to declare the Orthodox Ohrid
      Archbishopric of defrocked bishop Jovan (Zoran Vraniskovski) as autocephalous.
      On the basis of their last meeting in Istanbul, PM Buckovski demands from
      Bartholomew to mediate in the church dispute between MOC and SOC.
      "I expect from You a mediation, to stimulate the dialogue between MOC and
      SOC and to encourage both sides to solve the disagreements peacefully", PM
      Buckovski said in the letter to Ecumenical Patriarch HH Bartholomew.

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      2005.05.31 Southeast European Times:
      Skopje Reacts to Latest Developments in Church Dispute With Belgrade

      31/05/2005

      SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Authorities reacted Monday (30 May) to a recent move
      by the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC), concerning the Macedonian Orthodox
      Church (MOC), whose independence is not recognised by Belgrade's religious
      leaders. Late last week, the SOC decided to officially declare as
      autocephalous the so-called Ohrid Orthodox Archbishopric, led by a
      controversial Macedonian bishop, Jovan, who was accused of separatism and
      defrocked by the MOC last year. In separate statements Monday, Macedonia's
      President Branko Crvenkovski and Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski called on
      Belgrade authorities to resolve the problem and prevent it from harming
      bilateral ties.
      Also Monday, Crvenkovski voiced concern about the pace of implementing
      internationally set standards in Kosovo. In an interview with the
      Belgrade-based English language magazine CorD, Crvenkovski suggested that
      the current pace makes efforts to resolve the province's status
      considerably harder. (Macedonian Government Web site, Makfax, A1 TV, Telma
      TV, Tanjug, Makfax - 30/05/05)

      Serbia-Montenegro Foreign Minister Discusses Kosovo With Slovene Counterpart

      31/05/2005

      LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- Serbia-Montenegro Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic met
      with his Slovene counterpart Dimitrij Rupel, who is also OSCE
      chairman-in-office, to discuss Kosovo-related issues Monday (30 May).
      Draskovic outlined the federal union's position, which calls for basing
      negotiations on Kosovo's final status on the principle "more about
      autonomy, less about independence". He said Belgrade is prepared to discuss
      a compromise solution and expects the same from Pristina.

      Also Monday, Serbia-Montenegro and the Czech Republic sealed an agreement
      on bilateral co-operation in the defence sector. Prague will provide
      training assistance to boost Serbia-Montenegro's efforts to join
      Euro-Atlantic structures. (B92, Tanjug - 30/05/05)
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