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Czechs and Slovaks celebrate brotherhood on border

The Monument of Czech, Moravian and Slovak Solidarity on Veľká Javorina Hill (Trenčín region) in an area that straddles the Czech Republic and Slovakia symbolises the idea that, despite the passage of time, ordinary people in this border area will always be linked by close relations, Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič said on July 27.

The Monument of Czech, Moravian and Slovak Solidarity on Veľká Javorina Hill (Trenčín region) in an area that straddles the Czech Republic and Slovakia symbolises the idea that, despite the passage of time, ordinary people in this border area will always be linked by close relations, Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič said on July 27.

He was speaking at the Celebrations of the Brotherhood of Czechs and Slovaks, which has taken place in the White Carpathians mountain range since 1845, the TASR newswire wrote.

Gašparovič said that even though citizens of both the Czech Republic and Slovakia continue to maintain friendly relations, the dissolution of Czechoslovakia was still meaningful.

"It created new relations under new conditions and with different goals. I'm sure that Czechs and Slovaks are more unified today than ever before," he said.

Přemysl Sobotka, speaker of the Czech Senate, was also present.

"The path to the freedom of both nations was a long one, and it's worth commemorating it and taking lessons from it on both sides of the border," he said. "We've come to refer to ourselves as brother nations, and this is the case in both good and not-so-good times.” TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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