Saturday, May 12, 2007

Macedonian top officials pay respect to Delcev

Macedonian top officials gathered today at Goce Delcev's tomb on the occasion of 104th anniversary of his death.

A representative of the President Branko Crvenkovski, Parliament President Ljubisha Georgievski and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski placed wreaths at Delchev's tomb in "Sveti Spas" church in Skopje.

Among those attending the ceremony were members of the Skopje City Council, military officials and representatives of state institutions and organizations.

The Goce Delcev Prize awarding ceremony took place in the parliament building. The Skopje-based Folklore Institute "Marko Cepenkov" as well as publicists Naume Radicevski and Miodrag Labovic won this year's prize.

Delcev was killed in 1903 in a skirmish with Turkish soldiers in the village of Banica. The recent historigraphical data leave little doubt that Delcev was betrayed, although no clear evidence as to the traitor has emerged yet.

Just few days before he was killed, Delcev visited Thessaloniki, where he tried to convince Dame Gruev and Ivan Garvanov that the decision an uprising in Macedonia would be premature and futile move.

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