Artist and humanitarian Zivko Popovski-Cvetin is Macedonia's candidate for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
His nomination is a result of a decision reached by the committee for nominating Macedonian candidates for the Nobel Prize, formed by NGO Macedonian Center for Culture and Development (MCCD) and will be sent Wednesday to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, responsible for selecting the Nobel Peace Prize laureates. MCCD representative Nelko Nelkovski told the press Wednesday that Popovski-Cvetin was nominated due his commitment as an artist, who creates and donates paintings with floral motives for over 30 years. Thus far, he has donated more than 30 thousand paintings to institutions and individuals, including heads of state and parliament, local and foreign artists and has organised many solo exhibits.
Popovski-Cvetinh said he accepted the nomination for this prestigious award with great pleasure. He was especially satisfied for the support he received from 200 institutions and individuals from Macedonia, former president Kiro Gligorov, several universities, ministries, Macedonian Orthodox Church and numerous public figures.
This year, MCCD for the first time promoted an organised approach in nominating Macedonian candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Thus far, nominated candidates for the Noble Peace Prize from Macedonia were former president Kiro Gligorov, singer Esma Redzepova and writer Slavko Janevski.
Nobel Peace prize has become an increasingly political event, causing outride rage in certain areas in the world, far from what Alfred Nobel had envisioned. The latest Nobel Peace awards have gone to highly suspicious characters, ranging from the likes of Marti Ahtisari (personally responsible for carving up African and Balkan countries, eventually leading to numerous wars), to Al Gore, the owner of 4 'environmental' companies whose campaign to save the planet had netted him $120 million. //01.28.09 //MINA