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Address at the awarding of the “Boris Trajkovski” scholarships for the academic 2018/2019
Friday, 14 September 2018 14:10

Respected Minister Ademi,
Dear Mr. Efstathiadis,
Distinguished "Boris Trajkovski" scholarship winners,
Ladies and gentlemen,

As President of the Republic of Macedonia and university professor, I am honored to be the patron of the awarding of the "Boris Trajkovski" scholarships once again. In the past nine years, at almost every meeting where the Macedonian-Greek relations were discussed, I pointed out to the joint scholarship project as an example of the good relations between the two societies.

Behind this project of trust stand people with open minds who are willing to build bridges of communication between the two societies in good faith. And they do this by investing in young people from the Republic of Macedonia.

Since the beginning of the project, a lot has been achieved. More than 200 students from 12 generations had the opportunity to study at the prestigious City College of Thessaloniki at the University of Sheffield. These are over 200 Macedonian scholarship holders who have acquired multiple acquaintances and friendships in Greece. Studying, they build personal relationships with their Greek peers with whom they communicate without the mediation of political elites and distorted media perceptions. Such projects create a new generation of young people, not burdened with prejudices from the past. Generations that will gain mutual trust through mutual respect and acceptance.

stipendi_shefild_5When talking about trust, we need to have one thing in mind - trust is not gained overnight, nor can it be enforced. It is created gradually, without pressure. It takes patience, truthfulness and respect for the other's personality. This is how confidence between peoples and nations is build, not by an asymmetrical intergovernmental agreement that denies our human dignity.

If the only way to meet the demands of official Athens is by imposed measures on the Macedonian side, what we get is a relationship without trust and social capital. There is a Macedonian wisdom that can be interpreted as follows: love cannot be imposed.

The Greek and Macedonian society should learn how to live together despite the deepest differences that separate them.

In order to have a genuine, lasting and sustainable agreement, we need a dialogue, rather than a monologue, a conviction with arguments, rather than forceful imposition, trust, rather than doubt. Trust is built precisely with such initiatives as the "Boris Trajkovski" scholarships.

Thank you.

ARM1
Marking the Day of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia
Friday, 17 August 2018 12:05

Respected members of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia,
Distinguished attendees,
Dear fellow citizens,

It is my honor to greet you and congratulate you tomorrow's August 18th - the Day of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia.

When, in 2009, for the first time I was elected President of the Republic of Macedonia, I also assumed, with great respect, the duty of Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. I myself was a soldier and I know what hierarchy and discipline mean. I know that for you the uniform is more than clothes. It is also a symbol of honor, dignity and integrity. Not everyone has the courage to wear the uniform that implies great responsibility. Preserving freedom and peace is one of the most risky but also most noble tasks.

In the past years, the Army of the Republic of Macedonia fulfilled this great task. And it did it in conditions that year after year became more complicated and riskier.

The Army is a neutral guardian of the territorial integrity and independence of the Republic of Macedonia. It protects the border, the sovereignty, the security and unity of the Republic of Macedonia. But the Army is not limited to the exercise of its constitutional competences only.

Over the years, the Army assisted its citizens in dealing with natural disasters and remediation of the affected areas. It did it even at the price of performing the job in the competence of other institutions. Always and everywhere, the Army is ready to help its citizens, because it is their guardian.

Also, the Army has been continuously participating in peacekeeping missions worldwide. I had the opportunity to visit our soldiers in Kabul and Sarajevo. I can freely say that there are no better, more courageous and more virtuous soldiers than the Macedonian peacekeepers. My pride is to be your commander-in-chief. Often I say that with 27 rotations in ISAF, 16 rotations in "Resolute Support", 15 rotations in Iraq, 51 rotations in ALTHEA, 11 rotations in UNIFIL, our Army has become the most tested army in the history of the Alliance. And these are only part of the missions.

I must admit that as a Supreme Commander I was proud when I listened to the praising words for the Macedonian Army from foreign statesmen and generals.

The Macedonian contribution is not symbolic, but essential. Once we were the fourth contributor country per capita, sharing the vision of a free and democratic world. We had more troops in Afghanistan than 90% of the NATO member states.

Although the Republic of Macedonia is not yet in NATO, the Army of the Republic of Macedonia is de facto in NATO. Therefore, the Republic of Macedonia does not turn from the mapped Euro-Atlantic path.

Yet, the biggest challenge for our Army during my term was in 2015, the migrant crisis. In terms of deep political divisions, everyday protests and counter-protests, when many institutions were paralyzed and many processes blocked, there was a threat that the territory of the Republic of Macedonia would be flooded by the migrant wave.

The knowledge and skills, the overall human and technical potential of the Army were challenged. During the migrant crisis, the members of the Army achieved something that larger and better equipped armies failed to do. And your only motive was the desire to protect the homeland, without disturbing the human dignity of the refugees. While protecting the homeland, the Army of the Republic of Macedonia also protected Europe from the threat of illegal migration. Thanks to the Army, at least during that decisive period, the Republic of Macedonia was the most sovereign state in Europe.

The Army successfully and diligently faced all the challenges and fully justified my trust and the trust of the Macedonian citizens.
Therefore, I will repeat that it is an honor to be the Supreme Commander of the Army with an unbreakable spirit. And that should not surprise anyone.

It should not be forgotten that you are the heirs of the Macedonian fighters who were guided by pure motives and just goals. We have no dark spot in the history to be ashamed of and apologize for. The Macedonian fighters fought for freedom and human justice and have always been on the right side of history.
The Ilinden fighters fought against slavery and tyranny.
The partisans fought against fascism and Nazism.
You, the members of the modern Army of the Republic of Macedonia, are fighting against the threat of violent extremism and global terrorism. You fight for protection against the consequences of illegal migration.

ARM2Distinguished attendees,

There are two words that we in the Republic of Macedonia rarely hear because it is even harder to pronounce them. These are the words: thank you. Freedom, statehood, independence, the peaceful dream of our children seems to be taken for granted. We seem unaware that there is an entire army of people who have sworn to defend these hard-won values at the cost of their own lives. And it is precisely those people and that institution that deserve our appreciation more than many other. This is the Army of the Republic of Macedonia. These are its former and current soldiers, officers, generals and chiefs of General Staff.

And therefore, as President and as Supreme Commander, in the name of the Macedonian citizens, I thank the Army of the Republic of Macedonia.
I thank you for being the sovereign guarantor of territorial integrity and independence of the Republic of Macedonia.
I thank you for being the neutral guardian of our Macedonian model of coexistence and respect for diversity.
I thank the Army for being the pillar of freedom and security on which democracy and our lifestyle is based.
I thank the Army that is always trying to make that extra effort which many do not expect. And by doing so, it is a role model for our entire state and our whole society that everything is possible when it is desired.
And I thank the Army that has never left the people in the lurch. The Army of the Republic of Macedonia is always with the people, because it stems from the people.

But our gratitude should not be limited to words. Deeds are needed, especially today.
The end of the Cold War created an illusion that conflicts are almost unthinkable and armies are less necessary. Many have become prisoners of rhetoric that investing in defense is a cost rather than an investment. However, reality has a habit of disassembling the constructed illusions.

The territorial state faces new, non-territorial challenges. Modern technology, which is the source of our progress, is at the same time a source of different vectors of threats. In the past three years, we have seen only the beginning of a migrant crisis that we will face throughout our lifetimes. The threats from radicalized individuals and groups that are aimed at annulling our values and the way we want to live are increasing. There are talks again about border corrections in the Balkans, exchange of territories and populations. As if the lesson is forgotten that any plan for correction of borders in the Balkans creates a negative chain reaction. The precedents in the Balkans are used and will be used for other purposes in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East, North Africa. These are serious challenges that require serious investment.

To this end, investing in defense is a priority that the government must follow. NATO recommended 2% of GDP. Due to the changed security environment, the policy makers must invest in defense, especially in several domains.

First, it is necessary to invest in education, exercises and training. Freedom is not conquered once and for all but every day and constantly. It is similar with combat readiness. It must be constantly renewed. We cannot afford the luxury of living the old glory. We established the Military Academy "Mihajlo Apostolski" on the principles of NATO's smart defense. It educates NATO and Partnership for Peace cadets. But it takes a lot more so that our soldiers can effectively fulfill their constitutional duties and make a greater contribution to the creation of world peace.

Second, it is necessary to invest in modern technology. The new hybrid threats are dangerous and have an asymmetric effect which, if not understood and prevented properly, creates serious consequences that have a cascade effect. Not accidentally, last year I pointed out that the ARM must build a system of prevention and protection of critical infrastructure. Priority is development of cyber defense and electronic warfare in a future non-linear war. In this cyber-era, the Army should defend the Macedonian cyber space.

But all trainings of the world and all modern equipment and sophisticated technology are truly beneficial only under one condition – if entrusted to people with sense of morality and dignity at the highest level; To people who guard the raised Macedonian flag of freedom with love. The main, basic resource of our Army is neither weapons nor equipment, trainings and lectures, but you, the soldiers, officers, civilians employed in the defense. You are people of blood and flesh who have your own families, neighbors, friends. Through you, the Army raises the moral of the society and encourages citizens. Each one of you depicts the situation in which the Army is.

Therefore, third and foremost, it is necessary to invest in raising the living standard of the members of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia. Only this will improve their moral, because the greatest role in defense in such complex conditions is human staff. The moral of the soldiers is built and maintained through the improvement of the living standards, by taking care of the families of the members, but also by respecting the lasting attributes and values of the Republic of Macedonia.

The Macedonian soldier is modest, grateful and content with little. But exactly that is its size, and that is why it obliges us to take care even more, because we care about the soldiers, we take care of the army. And taking care of the army, we take care of the Republic of Macedonia.

Hence, as President of the Republic of Macedonia, I constantly insist on increasing the funds for the Army in order to be ready for the challenges. No army is better than its soldiers, its officers and NCOs.

We have to invest in the army. It is a task for policy-makers as well as for military leaders.

Military leadership should be immune to party and political pressures. Anyone who wants to be a military leader should be aware that he is embarking on a patchy road full of many challenges. Leadership and authority are not imposed but are deserved. Leadership and authority are built through day-to-day decisions in the field and in real situations, in the presence of subordinate soldiers and officers. Military leaders must focus on the professional and living standards of their soldiers and ask for adaptation to defend the new challenges.

This is especially important today. The rapid development of the challenges and changes in our immediate security environment requires a different type of thinking, unconventional action, innovations and technologies, and above all, courage in decision-making.

Leaders must understand cultural differences and the importance of respecting them for the success of the mission. All this along with the effect of modern technologies on the battlefield dictate the need to invest in building strategic leaders at a tactical level.

Therefore, I call upon you, Macedonian warriors, to maintain the level, to preserve the impartiality, professionalism and dedication, to continue to perform this constitutional duty with dignity.

I call upon you, the military leaders to continue your improvement, to take good care of the soldiers and to be watchful for the changes in the security environment.

Only by doing this the Army will continue to be the main driving force in the realization of the strategic goals, so that we could celebrate this great day – the Day of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia as a full-fledged member of NATO..

Having said this, at the very end, I congratulate you and thank you for your professionalism and for the discipline in carrying out the responsible task. I congratulate you and thank you for your solidarity with the citizens and the unreserved loyalty to the homeland.

Many happy returns to the Army holiday!
Long live the Army of the Republic of Macedonia!
Long live the Republic of Macedonia!

ARM3

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Address by the President of the Republic of Macedonia, HE Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, on the occasion of August 2nd – Ilinden
Thursday, 02 August 2018 14:28

Distinguished citizens of the Republic of Macedonia,

This year, on Ilinden, we are marking 115 years since the glorious Krushevo Republic, 74 years of the state-establishing ASNOM and 27 years of independence of the Republic of Macedonia.

The Republic of Macedonia is a product of an irreversible historical process that started in the spring of European peoples, in the first half of the 19th century. However, that spring was different for the Macedonian people. While neighboring Balkan peoples built their independent states through monarchies, Macedonian people chose the path of the republic. Unlike those who called for protection and representation by foreign dynasties, Macedonian people produced their own protectors, representatives and heroes who fought for the common good – the res publica.

Led by that ideal, on the day of Ilinden in 1903, right here in Krushevo, they established the first Macedonian Republic – the Krushevo Republic. It was at the same time the first democratic republic in the Balkans that relied on the ideals of freedom from tyranny, equality before the law and brotherhood of people in Macedonia.

Although short-lived, the Krushevo Republic was a ray of light in the long and dark Macedonian night. Although that light of freedom lasted for just one moment, people no longer wished to go back to the darkness of slavery and tyranny. The freedom of the Republic became its lasting driving force.

All the world media wrote about Ilinden and the famous Krushevo. The testimony of that dream quickly got noticed in the worlds' metropolises, from New York, Moscow, Tokyo, Vienna, Berlin, London, Paris, and even the countries of Latin America.

In 1924, reflecting on those fateful events, Dimo Hadzi Dimov foresaw that "a people that could raise an uprising such as Ilinden and survive a whole series of difficult and bitter disappointments after that, and is not desperate, but rises to fight again – that people will never die, but will live to see the triumph of its ideal. It is only necessary not to close their eyes to the conditions of their past development and the development of their struggle for liberation in future."

Only 20 years later, a young generation led by Kuzman Josifovski – Pitu recognized those conditions and took upon them a historic responsibility to lead the people in an organized and decisive fight for political freedom and social justice. And again, the idea leading that glorious generation was Macedonian republicanism. Theferore, coming out as victorious from the fight against fascism and Nazism in World War II, on Ilinden 1944, the Macedonian people established their second Macedonian Republic – the ASNOM Republic of Macedonia.

Faithful to the Republican ideal, on September 8, 1991, the Macedonian people proclaimed their third independent Republic of Macedonia. For the third time, the people took responsibility for their own present and future, not relying on anyone but themselves.

ILINDEN_3Dear fellow citizens,

In order to understand the historic responsibility of people towards their Republic, it is necessary to go back to the source, where water is the purest.

In 1919, Macedonian students in Sofia asked Gjorche Petrov to deliver a speech at the tomb of Goce Delchev. They had probably expected to hear the already well known narrative that Goce Delchev was the alpha and omega of revolutionary Macedonia. However, Gjorche told them something else. Goce believed that it was not strong individuals, but the organized power of people who should bear the burden of the fight on their shoulders. Delchev's generation installed in people the belief in their own power, because slavery ends only when a slave ceases to feel enslaved in their soul. Gjorce told them that the Macedonian struggle for freedom is a historical necessity that is not due to individual efforts only, but rather to the collective will of the people in Macedonia. He was convinced that "the idea of an independent Macedonia is a direct aim of its population" and of its Macedonian people.

This aim for an independent Macedonia first saw light on our first Ilinden, in the form of our first Republic – the Krushevo Republic, established in the name of justice, freedom and humane life of its citizens.

And that noble aim continued to develop through our second Ilinden, in our second, ASNOM Republic of Macedonia that became a symbol of freedom and an expression of sovereignty of the Macedonian people.

Finally, that aim was reached with our third Ilinden, when, on September 8, 1991, the sovereign will of the Macedonian people gave birth to the sovereign Macedonian state.

The thread that connects our three Macedonian republics is the sovereign will of the Macedonian people. That sovereign, general will of the Macedonian people has always been expressed in the shape of common good – the republic.

Dear fellow citizens,

The Macedonian people have always loved their republics – nostalgically reminiscing about the previous, and filled with hope, expecting the next one. This was because only in a Republic that belongs to them, that is an expression of their will and their aims, could the people feel at home.

And this should be of no surprise, because the highest aim of a people is to establish their own state. Only those peoples who have established their own states have realized their freedom in becoming self-sufficient.
However, the Macedonian people did not desire for just any state – they wanted the most fair, free and progressive one. They wanted their Republic, because it was their only protection against inhumane despotism, tyranny and autocracy. The Macedonian people considered the Republic to be the highest ideal of all freedom-loving peoples. A Republic that protects the common good; and the common good is the work of the people – hence the essence of the concept res publica, res populi.

The Republic belongs to the people because it both produces and benefits from sovereignty.
The Republic of Macedonia is not private property, with its attributes and values to be traded with by some.
The Republic of Macedonia is not personal property to be sold.
The Republic of Macedonia is not a no man's land that anyone can claim.
The Republic of Macedonia belongs to the people who have created it.

And that people, apart from having a historical right to their Republic, also has a historical responsibility towards that same Republic. For, no generation, including ours, can claim that with it begins everything. The nation, the state, the Republic, have been created and built by many generations. For some of them, it was an idea that warmed their soul, and others fought and were victorious in the realization of that idea. Others worked on its development and upgrade. All of those generations have been enshrined in our only homeland, the Republic of Macedonia.

What else could the Macedonian tradition be seen as, if not democracy stretched in time – a democracy that hears the voice of our ancestors as well - those from the Rebirth and those from Ilinden times; antifascists and ASNOM participants; founders of sovereign and independent Republic of Macedonia.

And yet why, instead of just one, did we have three republics? Why did we lose our republics and then create them again? I believe that the reason behind it is a lesson that we failed to learn, and is repeating itself time and again.

In 1903, a decision was made to start the Ilinden uprising. Goce Delchev, Gjorche Petrov, Dimo Hadzi Dimov and other freedom loving revolutionaries were decisively opposed to the rushed decision for raising the uprising too early, stating that the people were not ready yet. However, instead of taking their advice, they were ignored and bypassed. A short while later, Krushevo was destroyed and the uprising was suffocated. What followed was a new, more difficult slavery and tyranny.

In 1945, immediately after the first session of ASNOM, there were attempts to make certain decisions about us, without us. Chento, Brashnarov, Chuchkov, Shatev, Polezhinovski, Vlahov and many other patriots were against the singlemindedness of the Communist party, because they firmly believed that we can make it on our own. And yet, instead of being heard, their voices were silenced.

In 1998, one of the previous governments of the Republic of Macedonia made a decision to recognize Taiwan, in spite of the opposition by the President of the Republic. In a situation when all mechanisms of the system were put aside, President Gligorov reminded that the laws of the Republic are written in order to be respected; that institutions were created in order to cooperate, but also to exercise mutual control and not allow for mistakes to happen. Through the rule of law, the Republic has established legal mechanisms to realize the very essence of its existence – and that is to take care of the common good of the citizens. However, instead of listening to his advice, Gligorov was ignored and bypassed. In the same way that today, 20 years later, this Government is trying to bypass me.

If the Taiwan recognition agreement was a result of the love of money, the settlement with Greece is a result of the love of fame. Blinded by the stage lights, it seems that some of our politicians care more about their personal fame than about the dignity and fate of an entire people.

If the Taiwan Agreement was an attempt to redefine the position of the Republic of Macedonia at the international level, the settlement with Greece redefines our state itself.

ILINDE_2Dear fellow citizens,

We discuss the rule of law, and at the same time, we see legal violence happening. "Violence – said Solzenitzin, cannot be covered but by lies, and lies cannot rely upon anything else but violence. When someone proclaims violence as their method, they must inevitably choose lies as their principle."

It is a lie that this Greek agreement will change only the name of our country. On the contrary, it will change the Macedonian state and institutional identity.

It is a lie that this Greek agreement does not violate the 74 years of right to self-determination and statehood of Macedonian people. On the contrary – this Greek agreement deletes the state and legal continuity of the ideal of the Macedonian people to have their own state. It also erases the 27 year long history of the independent Macedonian state.

It is a lie that this Greek agreement will guarantee our membership in the EU and NATO. Without real reforms, without fight against corruption, without suppressing party elitism and clientelism, there will be no membership in the EU and NATO. Even if the detrimental Greek agreement is accepted, even if the Macedonian Constitution is amended, EU and NATO membership will not follow by default. By accepting this agreement, we are cutting the branch we sit upon only because someone is trying to convince us that we will grow wings to fly in the meantime.

It is a lie that with this agreement, we would finally become an equal entity through being recognized by Greece. On the contrary – not only are our acquired rights in the United Nations degraded, but the settlement even puts the Republic of Macedonia in a subordinate and dependent position vis-à-vis the Hellenic Republic; Because with this agreement, Greece will acquire the right to interfere in the common good of our Republic.

Finally, it is a lie that this Greek agreement will strengthen Macedonian identity. On the contrary, this Greek agreement legally abolishes the Macedonian people.

There were many attempts by others to impose some foreign identity upon us, and they failed, because our existence has never depended on them, but on us.
Therefore now, they are convincing us to abolish ourselves. Now, they are trying to convince the Macedonian people to commit legal and historical suicide – because, the sovereign Macedonian Republic stems from the sovereign will of the Macedonian people.
Without the Macedonian people, the common good will become no one's good, susceptible to be taken away by anyone and everyone.
Without the Macedonian people, the Macedonian Republic will become no man's land.
Without Macedonian people, there will be no Macedonian Republic.

In return for this, we have been promised prosperity, but for the price of our identity. And I wonder what kind of prosperity that would be without identity, without the freedom to call ourselves by our own name?

The blame for such a situation cannot be put on our southern neighbor, or on our European and Euro-Atlantic partners; because neither the irrational paranoia of the first nor the cold pragmatism of the latter can change us.

Who is to blame then?

Knowing the nature of the seed, 115 years ago, Misirkov knew what the fruit would be. Almost prophetically, he warned us of this fatal Macedonian feature saying: "The events thus far have shown us how much harm we are able to do to ourselves, by thinking that we are doing the right thing."

This is also why the author of the last Macedonian Manifesto, the one that we heard moments before, gives a direct answer to the question of who is erasing our past in order to take away our future, by saying "Never try to look for the blame in others than ourselves."

Therefore, that lesson that keeps repeating because we never learn is the following: the biggest national disasters happened to Macedonia whenever the general will was bypassed and whenever national consensus was abandoned.

ILINDEN_5The Republic exists in order to protect the common good from anyone who might wish to acquire it as their own. The sense of Republican mechanisms is to prevent abuse of power for narrow personal and political party interests. Every time those narrow personal and political party interests take the place of the lasting interests of the Republic, things ended in a national disaster.

Dear fellow citizens,

The best indicator of the values of a nation is consensus about what is not on sale.

"Our name is great, they will wish to take it from us", warned Blaze Koneski. And with this detrimental Greek agreement, is it not that we are giving them our name voluntarily, ourselves? The question of name and identity is older than any Constitution, Government, political party or President. It is even older than the state. No individual from any generation has been given the right to trade with that name and identity.

Therefore I do not accept the Greek agreement that is detrimental to the Macedonian identity and goes against the interests of the Republic of Macedonia. I will not be shaken by various attempts for pressure. I remain consistent to my principled position thus far.

At the same time, I call for a stop to the abuse of the realization of our strategic goals and commitments. The European Union and NATO must not become an alibi for a bad agreement that will provoke far-reaching and harmful consequences on the state and national interests of the Republic of Macedonia.

Distinguished Macedonians, Albanians, Turks, Serbs, Vlachs, Bosniacs, Roma, Distinguished Christians, Muslims, Jews and Atheists,

One of the pillars of the Macedonian Republic is also the Macedonian language. The Republic of Macedonia enables every community to use its own language in all spheres and at all levels in accordance with the Constitution.

The Republic of Macedonia is the common homeland of all its citizens. We are proud to celebrate 68 years of Albanian and Turkish theater in the Republic of Macedonia. We have a rich series of publications in Albanian, Turkish, Serbian, Vlach, Roma and Bosnian language. Is there another Balkan country that can boast such a long tradition of mutual respect that many European countries can be envious of?

However, this unity in diversity is possible thanks to the Macedonian language and its irreplaceable role of an official language of the country; a fundamental communication code and cohesive factor that connect all segments of Macedonian multiethnic, multireligious and multilingual society.
The Macedonian language is a lingua franca thanks to which any member of an ethnic community can communicate with members of other ethnic communities. This is part of our social agreement. Our strength lies in our diversity, and our diversity is guaranteed with our unity. An authentic expression of that unity is our Macedonian language.

Dear fellow citizens,

So far we spoke about the benefits of the Republic. But what is left of all that? What would our Renaissance authors and revolutionaries say about the legacy they left to us?

Have you ever wondered what Karev would say about the situation in our Republic? Will we also change the name of the Makedonium where he was laid to rest?

What would Goce Delchev, Dame Gruev and Gjorche Petrov say about the ideal of the revolution? Were their efforts to restore the faith in our own strength in vain?

What would Dimo Hadzi Dimov say – the one who encouraged us to go towards new and glorious Ilindens that will upgrade Macedonian freedom, statehood and independence? Have we preserved those privileges?

What would Prlichev say – the one who left us the triple oath to know ourselves, respect ourselves and take care of ourselves by taking care of our fatherland?

Have you ever wondered what Misirkov would say – the one who raised Macedonian language as the fundamental feature of the Macedonian people and an irrefutable fact of our independence?

What would Koneski say? The one who concluded that "to us, more than to anyone else in the world, the language, together with everything created with it, both oral and written, represents the closest approximation to an ideal homeland. Macedonian language is actually our only complete homeland." What would he say about the "false prophets" who are destroying this ideal homeland of ours?

What would Racin say about the "dark dawns" looming?

What would Vapcarov say – the one who taught us how to self-consciously love our homeland, without protectorates?

What would Gane Todorovski say – the one who, in similar times, once asked "will we still be here when we are gone – if we are gone when we need to be here?"

What would Kuzman Josifovski – Pitu and the ASNOM participants say – those whose deeds and words we are now renouncing and whose Manifesto, as I heard, we will now censor?

What would Chento say – the first President of the second ASNOM Republic of Macedonia that he left to us to cherish like the apple of our eye?

What would Boris Trajkovski say, who right here, at this very place, on the 100th anniversary of Ilinden, emphasized that we cannot join Europe without identity and dignity?
And finally, what would Kiro Gligorov say – the one who reminded us that our independent Macedonian Republic is the most precious thing we have, because Macedonia is all we have?

ILINDEN_4This year, the world will celebrate 70 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Ilinden and ASNOM participants and all of us as citizens of our common home – Europe, we all fought for the rights stated in that Universal Declaration. As a constitutive part of the Yugoslav Federation, the Republic of Macedonia participated in the creation of that Universal Declaration. Will we today delete ourselves from the trends of world history?

Dear fellow citizens,

Today, in this new world, the Republic is not only here and now. The Republic reaches as far as the light of the Ilinden torch - from the Krushevo Republic, through ASNOM and up to our independent Republic of Macedonia. That republic lives in the hearts of every honest Macedonian man and woman, and every Macedonian citizen wherever they might be.

This is why Ilinden is the day that brings the light that clears the way, but also lightning that warns. It warns us that in order to live a life in light, sacrifice is necessary.

As the Ilinden fighters paved the way for the partizans with their self-sacrifice, and as the partizans opened the way for our generation in the Republic of Macedonia with their self-sacrifice – in the same way, our sacrifice might at one point be necessary in order for the spirit of the Republic to persist.

To be Macedonian is not only a right. It is also an obligation. It is an obligation to preserve the heritage that our ancestors fought for with defiance and resistance. It is an obligation to preserve the continuity of our determination, because as Macedonians we cannot be different than our ancestors. Let us not deprive our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of what our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers left us. We are reminded of this in our manifestoes as an expression of our general will and national consensus.

Today, that consensus is unambiguous. Macedonian citizens are united around the ides of membership of the Republic of Macedonia in the European Union and NATO. But we want to get there with our name, our identity, our dignity and honor. Therefore, no politician has a mandate to trade with the identity of the Macedonian people.

As President of the Republic of Macedonia, I am only the voice of the people. Your demands are my demands, your expectations are my expectations, your decisions are my decisions.

You have the legitimate right to take care of and safeguard your Republic. The future of your, of our Republic of Macedonia is built by you with every position you take regarding any issue related to the Republic.

History will judge about who has followed the path and respected the oath, never renouncing the light of Ilinden – a light that many tried to dim in order to prevent it from reaching future generations.

Great necessities produce great hopes. Today, more than ever before, the destiny of the independent Republic of Macedonia is in the hands of Macedonians themselves and their historic obligation. I believe that our people are mature and wise enough to choose their own destiny and defend their Republic. This because it is up to the citizens to take care of the Republic they created. They created it, and reached out for coexistence to their fellow citizens for all time, who, although speaking different languages and have different names, are still the sons and daughters of our one and common independent Republic of Macedonia – because Macedonian republicanism excludes any chauvinism.

Therefore let us love, respect and cherish our independent Republic of Macedonia, and it will protect us from the storms of the present. There is nothing worthier than that.

Long live Ilinden!
Long live our freedom, independence and sovereignty!
Long live the Republic of Macedonia!

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Обраќање на свеченоста по повод манифестацијата „Илинденски марш 2018“
Friday, 27 July 2018 22:30
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Почитувани сограѓани,

Драги пријатели,

Вечерва сме собрани да одбележиме еден важен јубилеј – 40 години од Илинденскиот марш. Во 1978 година, тројца млади и храбри патриоти од Лисиче одлучиле да ја изразат својата благодарност кон нашите илинденски херои на еден, за тоа време, несекојдневен начин – со тоа што на коњи ќе тргнат на пат до славното Крушево за да го остварат заветот на основачите на првата македонска република.

Тој прв обид, во сега веќе далечната 1978 година, во многу нешта наликува на првиот обид на македонскиот народ да создаде своја република.

Како и Крушевската Република, така и овој Илинденски марш не е наметнат, туку е автентичен израз на македонскиот стремеж за слобода.

Како и Крушевската Република, така и овој Илинденски марш, барем на почетокот бил краткотраен. Бил забрануван, неговите основачи затворани, нивните најблиски заплашувани.

Но, како и славните илинденци, така и коњаниците не се откажале и не потклекнале. Цели 20 години ги одржувал споменот за првиот марш, за тој прв младешки израз на самосвест и непокор. Исто како што и споменот за првиот Илинден ја греел душата на македонскиот народ сè до вториот славен Илинден.

И еве веќе 20 години тој марш е возобновен, исто како што беше обновена и македонската слобода, државност и независност. Па така, македонските граѓани собрани на Мечкин Камен, но и сите кои го следат одбележувањето од своите домови, се сведоци на тој свечен чин.

Драги пријатели,

Овој Илинденски марш на најавтентичен начин симболизира една голема вистина, а тоа е дека никој и ништо не може да го запре нескротливиот марш кон слободата. Никој и ништо не може да го обесхрабри народот, да му го замаглува помнењето, да му го брише минатото и да му ја одзема иднината. Никој и ништо веќе не може да ги спречи коњаниците од цела Македонија достоинствено да се упатат кон Крушево, кон нашата прва република. Да ни дадат пример како се чува споменот за нашите славни херои.

И токму затоа денес, како Претседател на Република Македонија, во името на македонските граѓани им се заблагодарувам на членовите на здружението „Илинденски марш 1978" со Повелба на Република Македонија. Оваа повелба е благодарност за нивниот исклучителен придонес за негувањето на културното наследство и за вредностите поврзани со чествувањето на Илинденското востание.

Конечно, ја користам оваа прилика, во предвечерјето на нашиот најголем и најсветол празник Илинден, да упатам еден повик. Ги повикувам македонските граѓани од сите краишта на нашата татковина Република Македонија, во што поголем број да дојдат во Крушево. Да дојдат во нашата прва македонска република, да се искачат на Мечкин Камен, за заедно да ги пречекаме овие храбри и посветени коњаници. Да ги пречекаме и да го поздравиме нивниот истраен и незапирлив марш кон слободата. Бидејќи слободата не се освојува еднаш засекогаш, туку секој ден и постојано. Низ секој наш творечки подвиг и низ секој изгрев што нè осветлува.

Ви благодарам.

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Address at the opening of the 58th Ohrid Summer Festival
Thursday, 12 July 2018 23:36

Distinguished art lovers,

This year, for the 58th time, Ohrid and Macedonia will host hundreds of artists. These artists will bring the world with them, and afterwards they will carry Ohrid with them in the world as a Macedonian mirror of European culture. From today on, the world is in Ohrid and Ohrid is in the world. Hence, we will start this mutual intertwining tonight with music.

It is also with music that one evening the dinner started between friends from several Balkan countries, who met in a Balkan restaurant. There, they heard a famous folk love song. Each of them began singing it in his mother tongue and soon there was a quarrel over the selfish appropriation of that song of love. Trying to understand the paradox of the song with different verses but identical music, the most curious and courageous of them discovered the truth that music is the universal language of humanity.

That language cannot be translated because every soul understands it straightforwardly. Throughout history, there were unsuccessful attempts to reduce that language to a means of achieving selfish goals. They tried in vain through the art of lies and of political correctness to enslave man. Music and art have always helped man to be strong even when he is weak, to be rich when he is poor, to be free even when he is in chains, and to be encouraged when he is afraid. In that language of truth, there is no room for falsehood. In that language of love, there is no room for hatred. The two most famous songs in the history of the world are indeed dedicated to love. The Song of Songs written by Solomon of the Old Testament and the hymn of love composed by Paul of the New Testament.

It is not, however, by chance that one of the fathers of Europe, Jean Monnet, said that if Europe needs to be created all over again, then he would begin with culture and arts. This Monet's thought applies not only to Europe but to all the geo-strategies that are tailored in the world power centers, having in mind particularly the fact that this year marks 70 years from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. One of those rights is certainly the right to participate in the cultural life and to enjoy arts.

To this note, with the message "world in Ohrid and Ohrid in the world", as President of the Republic of Macedonia, I declare the 58th edition of the Ohrid Summer Festival open!

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Address of the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:51

Respected citizens of the Republic of Macedonia,

Let me inform you that today for the first time I received the agreement reached between the prime ministers of the Republic of Macedonia and the Hellenic Republic.

At the meeting I had this morning with Prime Minister Zaev and Minister Dimitrov, I told them that this is their personal agreement, their personal decision and their responsibility.

I told them that this harmful agreement means abandonment of the already built substantive state positions, which were confirmed at the last two leaders' meetings. These are: non-alteration of the Constitution and non-acceptance of a name for overall use, or erga omnes.

Such a harmful agreement, which is unique in the history of mankind, is shameful and unacceptable for me. It violates the Constitution, the laws and it breaks the state institutions. I will not legalize political illegal agreements.

The Government did not find strength and courage to build a common position and reach a national consensus. The whole negotiation process was carried out frivolously, irresponsibly and without transparency, as evidenced by the end result.

Dear citizens,

The text of the agreement is defeating for the Republic of Macedonia.

It does not envisage only change of the constitutional name, but change of the preamble, as well as all the articles of the Constitution where the name and the terms derived from the name Macedonia are mentioned.

Is patriotism changing the preamble and deleting the state legal continuity of the Republic of Macedonia, the Krushevo Republic and ASNOM?

Is patriotism deleting the article of the Constitution on the protection of the Macedonian minority in the neighboring countries?

Is it dignified to inform all members of the United Nations that you have changed the constitutional name?

Is it worthwhile to accept all Greek demands and ultimatums?

Is it a leadership to accept a text of an agreement in which there is no legal certainty and guarantees for the Macedonian side?

Such an agreement opens up many issues and problems than it is supposed to close. Issues with incalculable consequences for the Macedonian state and the Macedonian people.

Greece managed to fulfill its maximalist demands. I strongly believe that what it did with the Macedonians in Greece, now, with this agreement, is trying to do with the Macedonians in Macedonia.

With such an agreement, the Macedonian identity is not strengthened, but rather, the already acquired rights in the United Nations are degraded. The covenant of our ancestors, those who created the centuries-old ideal and aspiration for our one and only Macedonia, is denied. The 73-year-old right of self-determination and statehood of the Macedonian people is being trampled; the 27-year-old history of the independent Macedonian state is erased. Everything that is sacred to Macedonia is trampled, and the unborn are deprived of the right and pride to be Macedonians.

The Republic of Macedonia is losing its sovereign equality arising from the Charter of the United Nations.

I call on to stop abusing our strategic goals and commitments. The European Union and NATO should not be an alibi for a bad agreement which will cause unacceptable and detrimental consequences for the state and national interests of the Republic of Macedonia.

Such an agreement does not unite the society, but additionally polarizes it.

As President of the Republic of Macedonia, as before, so in the future, I will work towards finding a solution that will not violate the dignity of the Macedonian people and the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia.

Finally, I call on the Macedonian people everywhere not to be afraid. Do not lose faith in yourselves. Keep and nurture our centuries-old ideal of insubordination.

My position is final and no pressure, blackmailing or threat will make me change my mind. I will not support and sign such a harmful text of an agreement.

Thank you.

 
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