The traces which were left by the civilisation and people that lived in these places are the only witness of our past and inseparable part of the Macedonian entity, PM Nikola Gruevski said Sunday opening the exhibition entitled "Macedonian Archaeology 2008" in the Museum of Macedonia.
The country we live in had witnessed the historic traces of distant pasts for centuries, for this day when it hands over to us, to its todays generations, Gruevski said.
- This exhibition is a proof of contribution from investment in archaeological excavations last year. Macedonian government supported these capital research actions because it believes that fundamental basis of present and future times exist in the archaeological and other cultural and historical values, PM Gruevski said.
Protection, care and conservation of cultural values that remained on this place are civilizational accomplishment for every society, Gruevski said.
- We are witnessing the huge treasure that speaks about thousand years old civilisation on this place. Our archaeology confirms that Macedonia has something to show to the world, Gruevski said.
Results of these researches portray the integral parts of the identity of the Macedonian people and other ethnic communities in the Republic of Macedonia, Gruevski said.
- For us these artefacts have priceless value since they give the mark of the Macedonian culture and identity. Each displayed exhibit discovers the spirit of our past but mostly speaks about history, deep tradition and characteristics of these places, Gruevski said.
Macedonian Government will continue to strongly support the culture, including the projects for archaeological excavations in the country. He said that 15 localities are planned to be excavated in 2009 out of which localities Marvinci, Heraklea and Skopje Fortress are to be completely finished and Stobi in a three-year period.
Materials discovered in excavation sites Skupi, Taor, Stobi, Stibera, Heraklea, Plaoshnik, Engelena, necropolis of Marvinci, Vardarski Rid, Carevi Kuli, Vinicko Kele, Isarot - Stip, Bargala and Tetovsko Kale will be displayed.
Director of the Museum of Macedonia Meri Pejoska-Anicin and Director of the Cultural Heritage Protection Bureau Pasko Kuzman also addressed the present guests.




















































The Army of Macedonia (ARM) promoted Monday its own distinctive uniforms to mark the 16th anniversary in the presence of Minister of Defense Zoran Konjanovski, Chief of General Staff Miroslav Stojanovski, high-ranking military representatives and military attaches of the diplomatic offices in Macedonia.
Addressing the promotion, Minister Konjanovski said the event was of paramount importance, because the new uniforms were "the new image of the already renowned Army, which is fully prepared to join NATO."
- The uniforms represent a mixture of tradition, history and the image of a modern and professional army that meets the standards guaranteeing additional safety and efficiency in completing military tasks, said Konjanovski, adding ARM was resuming its reform process.
The new military uniforms consist of combat, official and formal clothing, in mainly blue and dark blue with white shirts. They fully meet the required operative and tactics NATO standards. Moreover, women's uniforms are introduced for the first time.
DM Konjanovski, answering journalist questions, said the first stage of the project for commercializing the Krivolak army polygon would be launched in early 2009.
- Things always can be done in a better way. When we started six months ago, the Ministry had a clear vision of what needs to be done by year's end, he said when asked whether he was satisfied with the results achieved during his ministerial mandate.
Konjanovski expressed satisfaction with the implementation of the 2008 projects and stated that new challenges were ahead in 2009.
Answering questions regarding the security in the region in terms of latest developments in Kosovo, Konjanovski noted that future security measures would be taken in line with relevant information obtained by the security services.