A delegation of the French Army General Staff, led by Colonel Jean Morin, pays an official three-day visit to Macedonia, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday in a press release.
The delegation is scheduled to meet Defense Minister Zoran Konjanovski and the Macedonian Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Miroslav Stojanovski.
Under the 1996 cooperation agreement between the Defense Ministries of both countries, the Macedonian-French Commission will have its 12th meeting to sum up the activities in 2008 and present the plan for 2009.
The delegation will visit the Special Operations Regiment and the Air WING.
Macedonia is attaching great significance to the cooperation in France and in this respect intends to appoint a military attache to Paris, thus contributing to further development of the overall relations between the two countries.



















































Marking the 137th anniversary of the birth of Macedonian revolutionary Goce Delcev, the Macedonian Orthodox Church held Wednesday a memorial service in St. Spas church in Skopje. Delegations from the Government, Parliament, President's cabinet, ARM, Association of Army Veterans, Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences laid wreaths on his grave.
Metropolitan Kiril, who served the liturgical observance in honor of the departed, in the spirit of Delcev's visionary messages called on the people to "unite and build bridges of understanding and firm cooperation and friendship with every peaceful nation and country."
- Had he lived in present times, Goce Delcev would had urged us only through unity, love and hope and in our centuries-long existence to see our eternity and to build it in order to endure in these territories as a nation, sovereign state and church, said Metropolitan Kiril.
Goce Delcev was born on this day in 1872 in Kilkis, present day Greece. He was educated in a gymnasium in Thessaloniki and in Sofia's Military Academy. After graduation, he was a notable teacher in Stip and a member of the TMORO Central Committee. The revolutionary was killed by the Turkish army on 4 May 1903 in Banica village.