117th Anniversary of Revolutionary Goce Delcev’s Death Marked

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets with the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia Radmila Šekerinska during a visit to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., May 1, 2018. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

To mark the 117th anniversary of Goce Delcev’s death, a delegation of the Government led by Defence Minister and Deputy PM Goce Delcev, Education Minister Arber Ademi, and Zorica Apostolska, Minister without Portfolio in charge of foreign investments, laid fresh flowers at the revolutionary’s tomb in Skopje on Monday. While Sekerinska was getting ready to give a statement for the media, a smaller group of supporters started chanting “Never North, only Macedonia”. She told media because she would give a statement in front of the statue commemorating Delcev in City Park. Asked whether she thought the chanting was a political move, Sekerinska said it always was. The same day, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski and Deputy Parliament Speaker Frosina Tasevska-Remenski, too, laid flowers on the occasion of the anniversary. The former said Delcev was the pillar of the modern Macedonian state, adding that the revolutionary shouldn’t be subject to any negotiations.