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Trajkovski died on February 26, 2004 in a plane crash en route to an economic conference in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The aircraft crashed in very poor weather (thick fog and heavy rain) on a mountainside in southeastern Herzegovina, near the villages of Huskovici and Rotimlja some eight miles (15km) south-south-east of Mostar. Eight other people were also aboard but none survived the impact, which broke the aircraft into three pieces. It came down in an area that had been heavily mined during the Bosnian War of the 1990s, which significantly hampered the rescue and recovery efforts.
In the months that followed, significant controversy emerged surrounding the accident. Some residents of Rotmilja village, near where the plane crashed, have disputed the government's assertion that the field had been heavily mined, asserting that they were regularly using it themselves. One witness claimed that he saw people emerging from the aircraft after the accident. SFOR soldiers were on the scene within 30 minutes after the aircraft went down, yet emergency personnel and journalists were not allowed until later. Official records state that the aircraft was located 24 hours after the time of the crash, yet his successor, Branko Crvenkovski officially declared Trajkovski dead within hours. Lastly, new evidence suggests that the fire was not caused by kerosene, but a different substance. Admist growing concern that it may have been an assassination, the case has been re-opened by the present government of Macedonia.
Although the cause of the crash is not known, it seems likely that it was the result of a controlled flight into terrain, possibly exacerbated by alleged mistakes made by the SFOR air traffic controllers at Mostar Ortijes International Airport. The approach to the airport's Runway 34 has been criticized by pilots for being difficult to handle, and as the runway is not equipped with precision landing systems, it is especially challenging in bad weather. The crash is not the first major air accident to kill a politician in southern Herzegovina: on April 3, 1996, the United States Secretary of Commerce Ronald Brown was killed while en route from Bosnia to Croatia.
Originally posted by Macedonia
He was a good man and was promoting peace on the Balcan.
When was the war in Kosovo, Macedonia recived more than 200 000 refugees, or 10% of our population that is 2 milions.
This was very hard for our budget but we wanted to help those people.
Many of these refuges were tested with (i dont know the exact word) a parafine glove maybe, and this test showed that many of them were using guns.
Many of them left the country and went somewhere in Europe. (the point i will write some other time and thread because is conected with the readmission agreement.)
There was hard pressure against the president during 2-3 years by world politicians, as Solana, Robertson, Perdiu etc.
Simply under political pressure Macedonia was in some way helping in the idea for Kosovo independent and Great Albania.
But B. Trajkovski saw what is going on, and he started to oposite the pressure.
Involved in this assassionation is also Branko Crvenkovski who is todays president of Macedonia. His goverment than announced 3 days of respect and sorrow after the plane crush but the plane was not found yet!!! What a shame... The plane was found after 24 hours.
I dont know the real reasons for assasinations because it is total high policy for me that i can not understand, but i know very well that this was assassination.
By the way, the president was born in village Monospitovo, city Strumica where i live and i know his brother and his disapointment of the goverment investigation.
Originally posted by Maxmars
You have identified a possible means, and possible opportunity to carry out this assasination.
I must ask, what is the motive for such an act?
The UN is not beyond reproach in many matters, and a critical eye must always be cast on their activities, but assasinations are genreally complex; why do it? What did this man do, that would make him an inviting target for assaination by global interests?
[edit on 6-3-2009 by Maxmars]