Fazliu: Trajkovski would be proud of the present status of his homeland in the region and beyond

In honor of the 15th anniversary of the death of Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, delegations of North Macedonia and Bosnia/Herzegovina laid wreaths Thursday at the commemorative trait  in Rotimlje near Mostar, the site of a plane crash in which Trajkovski and his delegation were killed, Fena news agency reported.

Speaking at the flower-laying ceremony, Local-Self Government Minister Suhejl Fazliu highlighted Trajkovski’s significant mark in the history of his country.

‘Yours and ours North Macedonia is already part of NATO. I am proud to be part of the generation that succeeded to turn your aspiration for safe, prosperous country that takes care for all its citizens into reality,’ Fazliu said.

Trajkovski’s leadership, demonstrated inter alia by signing of the Ohrid Framework Agreement, set the foundations of what the incumbent government today refers to as ‘one society for all’, Fazliu said.

He voiced belief that Trajkovski would be proud of the present status of his homeland in the region and beyond, as today the country builds bridges and is soon to commence the EU accession talks, he said.

President Trajkovski died in a plane crash on 26 February 2004, when the US-made Beechcraft King Air 200 tried to land at the airport of Mostar, in southern Bosnia, in bad weather.

President Trajkovski, six of his closest advisors Dimka Ilkova-Boskovic, Risto Blazevski and Anita Krisan-Lozanovska from his Cabinet, Mile Krstevski from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, bodyguards Boris Velinov and Ace Bozinovski, as well as two pilots Marko Markovski and Branko Ivanovski died instantly.

Two investigations were conducted and two reports were published regarding the crash and declared that fatal plane crash was not the result of an assassination but an accident.

The reports into the crash, conducted by Salko Begic and Omer Kulic and Macedonian experts blamed the crash on pilot errors, technical problems and procedural mistakes.