Macedonia to mark Ohrid Peace Anniversary

Macedonian politicians and dignitaries are expected to attend the ten year anniversary of the 2001 Ohrid Peace Accord on Saturday.

The deal, which was signed on 13 August 2001, in the lake resort of Ohrid in southwestern Macedonia, ended almost a year of armed clashes between government forces and ethnic Albanian insurgents resulting in greater rights for the country’s substantial Albanian community.

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov and Deputy Prime Minister Musa Xhaferi are expected to speak at the start of a two-day conference this weekend in Ohrid, marking the signing of the historic accord that prevented ethnic differences escalated into deadly conflict.

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