Monday, July 30, 2007

Macedonia gives up honoring Ilinden in Prohor Pcinjski monastery

Macedonia has withdrawn the request for Serbia's approval for sending a state delegation to visit Prohor Pcinjski monastery and mark the National Holiday Ilinden, Macedonian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Shpresa Jusufi told Makfax today.

She pointed out that the decision resulted from last night's reviewing of all elements relevant to the request. The Interior Ministry decided that "besides the Serbian Foreign Ministry's good will, certain circles have demonstrated a great deal of reluctance for this activity to take place".

"As long as necessary conditions are not in place, Macedonia won't request to be allowed to honor 2nd of August in Prohor Pcinjski", the spokeswoman added.

The last time a Macedonian state delegation paid a visit to the monastery in the frameworks of activities aimed at observation of the 2nd of August - National Holiday "Ilinden" was back in 2005.

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