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Anatoly Karpov from Russia, left, makes his move as Veselin Topalov from Bulgaria, right, and international arbiter from UAE, Naji Alradhi, middle, look on during the semi-final of The UAE Grand Prix at the Chess & Cultural Club in Dubai, Sunday April 7, 2002. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
FOUNDATION OF PARAKLIS OF "ST. BLAGOVESTENIE" AT SKOPJE CLINICAL CENTER LAID.
Foundation of the paraklis of "St. Blagovestenie" at the Clinical Center in Skopje was laid on Sunday. The Pontiff of Macedonian Orthodox Church, the Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia Stefan, sanctified the foundation.
Architect Milica Janakieva is the author of this project, while the construction company "Imobilia" from the town of Negotino will conduct the works. The finance means are granted by "Blagovestie" foundation.
The President of the "Blagovestie" foundation, Snezana Georgievska along with the Macedonian Health Minister Gjorgi Orovcanec, and the director of this Center, Vlado Janevski, laid the holy charter inside the foundation.
Addressing the attendees, his holiness Stefan said that holiday of Blagovastenie was the day of announcement of the healing of human soles, and that it would serve as recuperating place for the employees and for all who would come for personal and other needs at this center in the future.
Archbishop Stefan pointed out that after the recent sanctifying of the "St. Erazmo Ohridski" hospital in the town of Ohrid, this was the second object of this kind among the medical centers in the country. He expressed his hopes that this example would be followed by other medical centers in the state as well, as according to his words, all the people feel the need of spiritual healing.
The high priest Andronik, a prior at the monastery of "St. Georgi" in Moscow Patriarchate at the Russian Orthodox Church, underlined the need for such holy facility at the clinical center as very significant for the benefit of all, not only for the patients, and added that "time throws and gathers the stones, and our present duty is to gather those stones and place them in the foundation of this church for the sake of the future generations".
On the occasion of the three-year anniversary of "Blagovestie", which donated the paraklis of "St. Blagovestenie", a ceremonious concert and exhibition of the works of its scholarship holders will be held at the facilities of ARM on Sunday evening.
Tetovo Rival Gangs Continue The Onslaught.
Skopje, April 7 (MIA) - The public order and peace was violated on several occasions overnight in Tetovo, Gostivar and Kumanovo - Lipkovo crisis regions, Media Activity Center of the Government Coordinate Body for Crisis Management announced.
One detonation was registered overnight coming from the Tetovo settlement of Mala Recica.
One injured person was hospitalized the Health Care Center in Tetovo Saturday night with bullet wounds in the stomach. The reason and the doers of the crime act are still unknown, Media Activity Center of the Government Coordinate Body announced.
BULGARIA - US.
Visiting US, Defence Minister Svinarov Will Brief His Hosts about Bulgaria's Preparation for NATO.
Sofia, April 7 (BTA) - Bulgaria's preparation for NATO, the course of reform in the Bulgarian army and the politico-military criteria for membership of the Alliance will be in the focus of talks during Defence Minister Nikolai Svinarov's visit to the United States and Canada. This is what Svinarov told National Radio.
The Bulgarian delegation will include Chief of General Staff of the Bulgarian Army Gen. Miho Mihov.
During his forthcoming visit to the US Svinarov expects to be able to negotiate a compensation which Bulgaria would receive for the destruction of its SS-23 missiles. "We are ready to destroy the missiles earlier than October, the deadline set by the National Assembly," Svinarov said.
At a meeting of the defence ministers of Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Greece in Athens on April 18, Bulgaria and Romania will ask Turkey and Greek to provide them categorical support on the path to membership of the Alliance, Svinarov said.
So far Bulgaria has not been requested to take part in a possible military operation of the US and NATO in Iraq, Svinarov said, taking a question. He recalled that immediately after the attack in the US on september 11 Bulgaria declared on governmental and parliamentary level that it is ready to act as a member of NATO and that it is part of the international antirerrorist coalition.
He said that the company which would upgrade the Bulgarian MiG aircraft bringing them in line with the NATO standards would be named before the end of April.
Svinarov described the choice of Canada's Intelcan as the company which would modernize two military airports in Bulgaria as "a normal and the only possible choice". The company's offer was the best from the point of view of all parameters, besides ITT of the US and several British companies will also take part in the project, he said.
Yugoslavia revives old feud with Albania over Kosovo.
By MISHA SAVIC, Associated Press Writer
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia - In a harshly worded statement, Yugoslavia accused neighboring Albania Sunday of having territorial "aspirations" toward Kosovo, the southern Yugoslav province administered by the United Nations.
The Yugoslav Foreign Ministry said the Saturday visit to Kosovo by Albanian Prime Minister Pandeli Majko had the character of a visit "between states."
The ministry also accused Majko of entering economic and other "illegal" agreements with Kosovo leaders.
The Albanian officials "did not even inform Yugoslav state bodies about the visit," the ministry said, something it viewed as a "manifestation that they ignore that Kosovo is an integral part of Yugoslavia and shows open aspirations toward the part of Yugoslavia."
However, Sokol Gjoka, a spokesman for Albania's government, dismissed the accusations and said there was no need to inform Belgrade about Majko's visit.
The visit was organized with U.N. officials in Kosovo who represent "the highest authority" in the province, Gjoka said, adding that the "aim of the visit was to strengthen the cooperation between Albania and Kosovo ... and to contribute for peace, security and cooperation in the Balkans."
Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels launched an insurgency in 1998, demanding independence for the province. The fighting came after years of feuding between Serbs and ethnic Albanians over Kosovo and brutality against the separatists by former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's forces.
Milosevic accused Albania of supporting the rebels with a goal of creating a "Greater Albania" incorporating all Balkan Albanian-speaking areas.
The fighting ended with NATO bombing in 1999 which forced Milosevic's troops out of the province, now run by U.N. and NATO though it formally remains part of Yugoslavia.
The Yugoslav government that replaced Milosevic's regime in 2000 has sought to improve relations with Albania and with Kosovo Albanians, despite disagreements about Kosovo's final status which, according to the U.N. Security Council resolution creating Kosovo's special status, is to be determined at a later date.
In the surprise statement Sunday, Belgrade accused Majko and an Albanian business delegation of acting contrary to the U.N. resolution by failing to inform Belgrade about the trip. The ministry also argued that a cooperation deal reached between an Albanian and a Kosovo bank was illegal.
The ministry insisted that "such acts by Albania's highest officials are contrary to their publicly proclaimed policies to respect territorial integrity of neighboring countries."
The ministry also said it would demand an explanation from Kosovo's top U.N. administrator, Michael Steiner, arguing "none of the activities by the government of Albania during the visit to Kosovo would have been possible unless tolerated by the U.N. officials."