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Leather bound books - presents for Bush and Putin?

BOOKS bound in fine leather are said to be among gifts that Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič will present to US President George Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their visit to Slovakia.

The SITA news agency learned the information from a member of the Bratislava summit organizational committee, who did not wish to be identified.

The books are from the Great Moravian literary heritage - the first Slavic poem, Proglas, and Moravian-Pannonian Legends.

Delegation members will receive folk art products made from wire using the tinker's technique.

Slovak presidential spokesman Marek Trubač, refused to confirm the information. He said that gifts should be a surprise for the American and Russian presidents.

Trubač did confirm, however, that the gifts have been manufactured by Slovaks and represent Slovakia.

The first Slavic poem, Proglas, is a poetic introduction to the translation of the Gospels. It is a celebration of Old Church Slavic language and a translation of the Gospels.

The Moravian-Pannonian Legends dating back to the end of the 9th century deal with the lives of Constantine and Methodius, who brought Christianity to the Slovak nation.

Both works are attributed to Constantine.

Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports

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