Quotable Trajkovski

“But we are going to discuss creating a society…based on individuals, not ethnic groups, on citizens, not minority groups.”

Los Angeles Times, Sunday, May 13, 2001, pg. M3

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“To be president and to be a minister is the very same work. You have to bring together people of different backgrounds and different opinions. People argue and have a lot of grievances in the church community, too. You not only have to preach to them but also to serve them, to show leadership and to suffer with them…I am playing a very important moral role – to guide, to encourage people, to know what is right and wrong, and to make people trust you.”

Los Angeles Times, Sunday, May 13, 2001, pg. M3

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“As I have repeatedly said over the past several months, we must create a society based on individuals, not on collective groups and citizens, not on ethnic groups. My vision is to create a society based on democracy, the rule of law and the free market economy, ultimately creating a civil society based on trust. We are doing this, but it is not enough to pay lip service to democracy while allowing crime and corruption to flourish. And it is not enough to accept some of the liberties of capitalism and the free market economy while leaving our favorite constraints of the old system in place. This creates a few wealthy at the expense of the many – and it is wrong. Instead, not only must we institute the needed reforms in our government but we must also carry through on those reforms in our own individual lives. In other words, we must practice what we preach. By doing so, we will create the well off many, the middle class. This is the key to our success.”

“A successful country based on a free market economy is clearly very important as the main support for a stable and secure democracy. And in order for a country to be successful, it must have a higher degree of trust which allows for greater economic activity and wealth creation.”

Speech to the American Chamber of Commerce in Macedonia, June 2, 2001

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“There is much to be done in Macedonia today and all of you can help in this regard. Micro credit and economic development are at the top of the list for putting Macedonians back to work. A strong economy will help all citizens of Macedonia and will also help us to support our neighbors. It has been said that a rising tide lifts all boats and the same is true in Macedonia. If every citizen of Macedonia is working and earning a good wage, then our social problems and ethnic tensions will diminish.

At the same time, the development of a civil society is of the utmost importance. The growth of the non-governmental sector is vital to Macedonia’s success. There are many opportunities for non-governmental organizations to be involved in sectors where the government cannot and should not be involved. Women’s groups, youth groups, organizations which assist the vulnerable and handicapped, sports associations, environmental organizations and faith-based organizations must be encouraged and developed further.”

Remarks to NGO Reception, March 29, 2000

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“The [Framework] Agreement is not perfect, but no agreement ever is…It is the best thing we have right now…The alternative is division at all levels: civil, inter-ethnic, political and generational…The alternative to peace is war, which will expose everyone to mass casualties, misery and a loss of perspective for many years to come.”

AFP, August 31, 2001

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But when we speak of development, we should also speak of the preparations for the generations to come, so that they can be included in the advances of the global economy in which information technologies have a dominant role. For this purpose, I would like to publicly promote the project called “Visions of the Future,” with which we shall facilitate computer literacy for every high school student. I already have a promise of a foreign donation with which we will be able to have a computer laboratory in every high school. I call upon the government and all interested institutions and private companies to join me in the realization of the “Visions of the Future” project.

I would like here to emphasize a very present element in the educational process. The question of trust has arisen dangerously among the young population in the post-conflict period, and it has even turned into a real threat to peace and security in schools, on the streets and other places. Certain problems have arisen as a reaction to the growing tensions and emotions, or, if you like, frustrations to a group’s rejection or domination.

In this sense, I would like to emphasize the necessity of common activity and responsibility of all relevant factors and structures in finding constructive solutions for unimpeded proceeding of the educational process.

I see the role of education as one of which the importance and responsibility is in the construction of a community of love, dialogue and common understanding and respect of differences. Education must contribute in the development of a consciousness necessary for the construction of a multiethnic society in which every young person has the opportunity to realize his or her own path and development, while accepting and respecting the others in society, as well as their differences.

Address to Parliament, December 19, 2002