On the occasion of May 5 – Macedonian Language Day, President Stevo Pendarovski sent the following message:
“Today we pay tribute to our uniqueness, our identity foundation and linguistic pride – the Macedonian language. The language of Koneski, Shopov, Janevski and all creators of the Macedonian literary word is a mirror of originality. It is also our basic human right, the right to self-determination and self-expression.
The Macedonian language, affirmed in the world, has its own place in the Slavic language family, thanks to the generations before us who owed us to nurture it through its letter, which we honor today. We must never forget the struggle of our ancestors to prove the uniqueness of the Macedonian language and the right to use it, which was difficult and exhausting.
It is no less easy today, facing new, imposed challenges, but in the spirit of European values and our principle of respecting diversity, we will continue to emphasize our sacred mark, our otherness, our identity pillar. The centuries-old written tradition they left us is the greatest testimony to the uniqueness of the Macedonian language.
The obligation to preserve and nurture the Macedonian language is not only a debt to our ancestors, but also to our descendants, to the cultural heritage of human civilization and an investment in our unique homeland, as part of the European cultural space. As our Misirkov said: Mercy towards the national language is our debt and our right. We are obliged to nurture our language, because it is equally dear to us as our homeland.”