The government of the Republic of Macedonia has given a guarantee to the lawyer Edina Rashidovic who represents the former minister of interior affairs Ljube Boskovski that enables Boskovski to defend himself from freedom.
As Rashidovic stated, this guarantee should be enough for the Hague’s investigators to make a decision. Boskovski to defend from freedom, of course, during the trial to be under constant surveillance by the Macedonian Government and by the organs of investigations from our country, which will guarantee that the former minister won’t leave the country.
The guarantee that the Government have given is pravosilna, but it should be fulfilled also by the Croatian Governmnt, because Boskovski is a Croatian citizen too. According to some valuations, that should happened after the managing the subject “Rashtanski lozja” by the Croatian Court, for which, let us remind, the Appellate Court in Skopje made a liberating decision.
The unofficial information are saying that Boskovsk could be released, respectively in a house arrest in Croatia, because on that way there won’t be any influence to the witnesses and at the same time he won’t be active neither on political happenings nor on election campaigns.

Although the last weekend in Poland was registered first case of bird flu , the the chief of the Macedonian Veterinarian administration, Slobodan Cokrevski, says that that should not cause panic because safety measures are carrying out in our country in accordance to the references by EU. 200 birds have been analyzed so far and in neither one of them has found virus of bird flu. The spreading of the virus is continuing in Europe. 140 cases have been registered in Germany so far, and in Austria 5 new cases of this virus have been confirmed at the wild ducks, so that the Austrian authorities issued an order that the domestic poultry must be kept closed so there won’t be any contact with the wild birds.


The Swedish government has prepared a new strategy about collaboration with Macedonia, which will be supported with 70 millions Swedish kronas annually, respectively with around 7.5 million euros.
“Sweden is increasing the fund support of Macedonia and concentrated it towards the agriculture and improvement of the people’s standard in the poor regions, protection of the life environment and the improvement of the human rights. That is an important support in relation of the Macedonian tendency to approach towards EU”, the Swedish minister for help of the country in transition, Karin Jemtin, stated, announcing the use of the strategy in different fields.


For about month and a half the patients from the Macedonian health should receive precise treatment and healing with checked and established medicines, which guarantee is the medicine based on evidences. These guarantees, according to the experts’ opinions, will give new instructions for healing that were prepared by special commission. The instructions should began implementing at the end of the next month, but how possible will be in the practice, it is still unknown, because the country should still say if there will be enough funds to support this in financial way. According to professor Katica Zafirovska, responsible of the Commission for making of these instructions, there use will mean rational spent money, document with which exactly will be confirmed what should and what shouldn’t be used as methodology during diagnosing and healing of certain disease.


The minister of environment and physical planning, Zoran Shapuric, during the visit to the Institute of Old Slavonic culture in Prilep, stated that soon the Assembly will bring law with which the locality “Markovi Kuli” in Prilep will be protected as natural and cultural area. One of the most vivid and medieval fortress-cities in Macedonia will be proposed and for the permanent list of world cultural and natural heritage of UNESCO and in other organizations. “Markovi Kuli” are situated southeast of Prilep, in the settlement Varos. The stone sculptural forms are gift of the nature, old more than 800 million years. The region is a hill 120-180 meters high, surrounded by sharp dowhills covered with monumental granite rocks.


On the occasion of ten years life on the scene, the soprano Vesna Ginovska-Ilkova held a concert in the Macedonian opera and ballet. Guests on the concert were the pianist Simon Trpcevski and the soprano Radmila Bakocevic from Belgrade, and the conduction was by Sasha Nikolovski-Gjumar.
Arias from opera works by Puccini, Verdi, Mozart, Guno, Bellini, Mascani , Ponkieli were on the program and Trpcevski played the compositions: “Cordoba” by Albenis and “Mazurka” by Shopen.
The firs role of Ginovska-Ilkova was Mikaela in the opera “Carmen”, and last month she successfully attended in the Opera in Rieka with the role of Jokonda, in the same named opera.

On 5th of March, on the holiday Forgiveness, in Prilep the fifth in a row carnival manifestation was held. Among the bear-men, masked wizards, doctors, politicians and other figures from the triviality and from the fairytales also marched. The city and the organization board took care of this masquerade. Around 500 guests and participants with hundred group and single masks from the country, from Slovenia, Bulgaria marched through Prilep, showing their authentic and cognizable masks for their region. Befor the start of the carnival defile in Prilep, the president of the association of the carnival cities , Henry van der Pron, sent a message: “The carnival got international character and surely will become member of the European family of carnival cities”.

The carnival party in Strumica began with the Saturday’s masquerade, on which the masked guests have showed their spirit of entertainment, humor and satire and for the first time this year they forgot their daily obligations and problems. On the main masquerade guests from Finland, Malta, as well as representatives from the national FEKK committees of the neighbor countries were present. The masquerade lasted till the early morning hours, and Cvetanka Vasilevska and Tomce Sokolov were selected as prince and princess, who led the main carnival evening. On Sunday, on the Forgiveness Day, around 1.500 from Strumica and from all of the Country marched through the centre of Strumica, dressed in the figures from the cartoons.





















An interagency U.S. Government delegation headed by Ambassador Victoria Nuland, the Permanent Representative of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), visits Macedonia for consultations with senior government officials and political party representatives.
Discussions are expected to center on Macedonia's progress in meeting the standards outlined in its NATO Membership Action Plan, and on other topics of bilateral significance.
In addition to Ambassador Nuland, the delegation will include Kurt Volker, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs; Scott Schless, Principal Director for Eurasia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; officials from the Western Europe/Balkans Division of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the U.S. European Command, and others. The U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia, Gillian Milovanovic, will host the delegation and take part in the meetings.
This high-level visit will offer an opportunity for members of the delegation to engage in discussions with President Branko Crvenkovski, Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski, Parliament Speaker Ljupco Jordanovski, Foreign Minister Ilinka Mitreva, Defense Minister Jovan Manasievski, and other senior officials of the Macedonian Government.
The delegation will also meet with leaders of opposition parties in the Parliament, and with the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Defense and Security Affairs.
The interagency delegation is traveling to Albania and Croatia March 6-7 to discuss issues related to NATO membership for the Adriatic Charter countries.


The Macedonian Government at Wednesday's session will review the draft Electoral Code, which should enter in parliamentary procedure by the end of this week.
The Government will also discuss the Draft Law on Foreign Affairs.
As Government's press service said, the Government will obligate the Foreign Ministry to request from the Serbian/Montenegro Foreign Ministry to check the claims of Macedonian Orthodox Church, that Serbian Government has financed Jovan Vraniskovski and the so called Ohrid Archdiocese.


The theme of this year's International Women's Day - the role of women in decision-making - is central to the advancement of women around the world, and to the progress of humankind as a whole. As the Beijing Declaration tells us, "women's empowerment and their full participation on the basis of equality in all spheres of society, including participation in the decision-making process and access to power, are fundamental for the achievement of equality, development and peace."
The international community is finally beginning to understand a fundamental principle: women are every bit as affected as any man by the challenges facing humanity in the 21st century - in economic and social development, as well as in peace and security. Often, they are more affected. It is, therefore, right and indeed necessary that women should be engaged in the decision-making processes in all areas, with equal strength and in equal numbers.
The world is also starting to grasp that there is no policy more effective in promoting development, health and education than the empowerment of women and girls. And I would venture that no policy is more important in preventing conflict, or in achieving reconciliation after a conflict has ended.
We do have achievements to celebrate in women’s representation around the world. In January of this year, the proportion of women in national parliaments reached a new global high. There are now 11 women Heads of State or Government, in countries on every continent. And three countries - Chile, Spain and Sweden – now have gender parity in Government.
But we have far, far more to do. The rate of progress overall is slow. Let us remember that in individual countries, the increase in the number of women in decision-making has not happened by itself. Rather, it is often the result of institutional and electoral initiatives, such as the adoption of goals and quotas, political party commitment and sustained mobilization. It is also the result of targeted and concerted measures to improve the balance between life and work. Those are lessons every nation - and the United Nations - need to take very seriously.
At the 2005 World Summit, world leaders declared that "progress for women is progress for all". On this International Women's Day, let us rededicate ourselves to demonstrating the truth behind those words. Let us ensure that half the world's population takes up its rightful place in the world’s decision-making.
On this occasion, the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Macedonia would like to congratulate the country for the report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) reviewed this year.
The Committee commends the country for its efforts to combat trafficking, for the inclusion of gender quota in the election legislation and for the established local gender committees.
But, the Committee also notes that, although a lot has been achieved, more needs to be done to raise awareness on gender discrimination, particularly amongst rural and ethnic women. Also, further assistance needs to be provided to women - victims of trafficking and violence.
The Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country would like to emphasize that the follow up on these important issues will be vital if Macedonia is to meet the Millennium Development Goals and in particular Goal 3 - "Promoting Gender Equality and Empowering Women" by 2015.