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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
100th anniversary of Albanian independence
The Albanian Parliament opened with a solemn ceremony the 100th year of Albania’s independence. January 17th was chosen as the opening day for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of independence, since it is the day when the Albanian National hero, Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbeu died, who symbolizes the unification of all Albanians.
Representatives from Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Presheva and Bujanovci were present in the Albanian Parliament, without partial distinctions, together, as six centuries ago and as 100 years ago, when the nation’s fathers gathered from all Albanian speaking lands for declaring the independent and free Albania.
The Parliament Speaker, Jozefina Topalli, paid homage to the personalities who signed the independence declaration, together with the many names that have been deleted from the Declaration of Independence.
“Today we honor all those sons of Albania, who made the sublime sacrifice on that dramatic century, in front of the fatherland and the only religion that we have ever had in our life, that of being Albanians. Men like them have lived on that time, and will live forever in the altar of our nation”, Topalli declared.
The Kosovo Parliament Speaker, Jakup Krasniqi declared that “the social, economic and political orders can change, together with the administration formations and the developments pace, but Albania, the state of the Albanians, the land of the Albanians is eternal, alive and that will live forever”.
While the Albanian Prime Minister, Sali Berisha, declared that we remained together in any circumstance. Deep in the hearts of the Albanians there is the principle “one nation, one stance”. Nothing can divide the spirit of a country. They can divide the body, but the spirit is undividable. The spirit of a nation is his freedom. Thank God we are gathering free in this room, because we stayed together”.
The Albanian PM also paid homage to the US nation, who has supported the Albanians to survive as a nation in their lands and prosper in these 100 years.
“From the start of the past century and until today, the biggest power has always been with us, and this is a day of honor”, Berisha declared.
The100th year of independence has a special significance for the Albanians in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro, by showing that we belong to the western civilization. www.top-channel.tv