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The commemoration held at the ASNOM Memorial in the Kumanovo village of Pelince was addressed by Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski.
Technical conditions were needed to give birth to Radio Skopje, to transmit the Second ASNOM Assembly, and put the Macedonian language in practice.
At the central celebration in Pelince, at the ASNOM Memorial Center, where the 70th anniversary of ASNOM was marked, the guests were addressed by Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, while President Gjorge Ivanov held a speech at the central event in Skopje, next to the monument to Metodija Andonov-Cento.
That revolution then continued during the National Liberation Movement of 1941-1945 and it's no coincidence the First Session of ASNOM was held on 2 August 1944 and that ilinden is today a national holiday," she says.
This year, the seminar overlapped with the celebration of the 65th anniversary of the University of Ss Cyril and Methodius and the 70th anniversary of ASNOM and the proclamation of the Macedonian language as official language of the Republic of Macedonia.
Zoran Dimitrovski comments for Dnevnik that the Union of Defenders from the National Liberation War sent a message in which it advises the current government that it is not allowed to have the period from the first plenary session of ASNOM to the independence be declared the "new occupation of the Macedonian nation under the communist regime" and it to be placed in a special museum of victims of the communism.
He explained that the commitments laid out in the Rules of the Macedonian Committee of the Macedonian Uprising of 1878, the Krusevo Manifesto of 1903, the May Manifesto of 1924 and the ASNOM Manifesto of 1944, as well as the Declaration of Sovereignty of 1991 were used as a base in drawing up this document.
August 2, Macedonia's Day of the Republic, marking this year the 110th anniversary of the Ilinden Uprising and the 69th anniversary of the First Meeting of ASNOM, was observed with a number of events in Krusevo, Pelince and Skopje.
Today we celebrate the two Ilindens and pay respects to both the Ilinden generation and the ASNOM generation.
Despite the great effort of the Serbian Government and Serb President Tomislav Nikolic, the gates of the monastery of St Prohor Pcinjski, the authentic location where the Second Meeting of ASNOM took place in 1944, remained closed on 2 August this year to the Macedonian state leadership.
At the First Meeting of ASNOM on 2 August 1944, the deputies elected by the people proclaimed their modern state - Democratic Federal Macedonia - as a separate and equal constituent of Democratic Federal Yugoslavia.
Just as 70 years ago, at ASNOM, we managed to create our own state, so we shall succeed in joining the European Union and NATO.
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