North Macedonia: 30 years of independence

North Macedonia: 30 years of independence

The 30th anniversary of North Macedonia’s independence is being commemorated today by the country’s state and political leadership with a number of events.

The celebration of the 30th anniversary of independence began with the laying of wreaths with fresh flowers at the eternal resting places of former state presidents Kiro Gligorov and Boris Trajkovski and paying tribute to their significant contributions.

In the alleyway of the giants at the cemetery in Butel, in front of the graves of Presidents Gligorov and Trajkovski, wreaths of fresh flowers were laid by the President of the Republic of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski, a delegation of the Assembly led by Vice President Goran Misovski.

The delegation of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia at the flower laying ceremony at the eternal resting places of Presidents Kiro Gligorov and Boris Trajkovski was led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev accompanied by First Vice President of the Government and Minister of Political System and International Relations with the Community Artan Grubi, Deputy Prime Minister for Anti-Corruption and Crime, Sustainable Development and Human Resources Ljupco Nikolovski, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Coordination with Economic Departments and Investments Fatmir Bytyqi and Minister of Education and Science Mila Karovska.

In addition to the members of the delegations of the state leadership, fresh flowers were laid and tributes were paid on behalf of a delegation of the Army of the Republic of North Macedonia, the Veterans’ Union, various state and social institutions, the diplomatic corps, religious communities, political organizations of society, political parties and the Municipality of Skopje, as well as numerous other delegations.

The main solemn programme to celebrate 30 years of independence of the Republic of North Macedonia as a state event with a high ceremony will start today at 17: 00 (local time) in front of the Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia and its content will be dedicated to the historic referendum on 8 September 1991, when the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia confirmed the continuity of Ilinden and Asnom and voted en masse for the independence of the country as a sovereign international entity and international recognition as an equal member of the community of nations.

The event reflects today’s North Macedonia, which has become an equal home for all citizens, a society for all citizens who have jointly achieved our strategic interests that determine the future of our country.

On the occasion of three decades of independence, President Stevo Pendarovski today with the decree “8 September” will decorate Stojan Andov, the first President of the first multi-party Assembly, as well as deputies in the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia in the term of office from 1990 to 1994./ibna