The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia responsible for implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement and political system, Mr. Hazbi Lika, and the President of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Ilir Meta, visited the Monument Museum in Bitola on the occasion of the 109th anniversary of the Alphabet of Albanian Language. After the visit of the Museum, the Deputy Prime Minister Lika and President Meta participated in the Scientific Tribune dedicated to this important national date.
In his speech at the opening of the Tribune, the Deputy Prime Minister Lika said that the Alphabet’s Congress remains one of the strategic existential actions for raising awareness on the national level and for strengthening the cultural identity.
"Albanian national history is full of grand events, with events of great weight, marking turning points in the development of the nation, in its civilized and contemporary journey. One of these historical and cultural events is the Congress of Albanian Alphabet held exactly in this city, as one of the administrative and cultural centers at that time, and a center and an example of a coexistence between communities at the present time which should to gather strength, to take courage and to take responsibility for creating conditions for all citizens equally. The Alphabet’s Congress remains one of the strategic existential actions for raising awareness on the national level and for strengthening the cultural identity, "said Mr. Lika. He further highlighted that this Congress is of great importance as it is a decisive step towards opening paths for the realization of citizen's goals for a higher level of cultural and national awareness, while on the other hand this Congress was in function of the maturity of the high national level of the Albanian people.
"The unique alphabet of Albanians, regardless of regional, provincial or religious affiliation, is a symbol of the common identity, whereas many political, economic and educational developments convinion to this event. The formation of the Albanian alphabet was not only a linguistic phenomenon, but it was a wise political act in terms of leveling the differences between the Albanians, but also their awakening in the national dimension, while for this event many intellectuals, clubs and Albanian cultural societies were engaged. Decisions of the Manastir Congress are historical in the linguistic and cultural aspect. Decisions of the Manastir Congress are historical in the linguistic and cultural aspect.
It was a progressive act that was decided for the Latin alphabet, as it was witnessed the pro-western aspirations of the Albanians, while the fact that the Albanians were determined to have a common alphabet as their language was a very positive step in terms of preserving and affirming Albanian identity in the Balkan and wider dimensions, European and worldwide. Those who formed, then aligned the alphabet of the Albanian language are the greatest patriots since they joined many alphabets in one. Therefore, we conclude that the two are the biggest events for the Albanian national unity in the field of spiritual culture that mark the era: the Manastir’s Congress of the great year 1908, which gave to Albanians an alphabet and the Congress of Scripture 1972, which successfully crowned the standardization of spoken and written Albanian Language", highlighted in his speech Deputy Prime Minister Hazbi Lika.
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