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10th death anniversary of former Macedonian president marked

MOSTAR, Feb. 27 — Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Macedonia on Wednesday held jointly a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Macedonian former President Boris Trajkovski.

The ceremony, participated by BiH Presidency Chairman Zeljko Komsic and Macedonian President Djordje Ivanov, was held on the Matic hill near Stolac, where Trajkovski was killed in a plane crash 10 years ago. All nine passengers and crew were killed in the accident.

Trajkovski died on Feb. 26, 2004 in the plane crash en route to an economic conference in Mostar. The aircraft crashed in thick fog and heavy rain on a mountainside near the villages of Huskovici and Rotimlja, some 15 km south-southeast of Mostar, BiH.

Ivanov said that in 2004 Macedonia lost a great statesman. "Trajkovski was at the head of Macedonia at the time of the most severe uncertainty since the country's independence … Trajkovski successfully pulled us out of the rough waters."

Wreaths were laid at the memorial on the site of the crash during the ceremony. Government officials, officers from the armed forces of BiH and Macedonia as well as relatives of Trajkovski took part in the ceremony.(PNA/Xinhua)

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