DISPUTE OVER ALEXANDER AIRPORT
Recently we reported you about renaming Skopje Airport into "Alexander the Great" or "Pavle". Now the government's decision was made and the airport will be renamed, Alexander the Great. Greece immediatelly reacted angrily to the governments decision.
Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis protested at Macedonia's decision, saying: "History cannot change, or be falsified, 2,000 years on".
"Alexander the Great is a leading figure of global appeal...a Greek conqueror who established himself in history by spreading Greek culture across the entire known world," Ms Bakoyannis added.
The name change still needs to be approved by international air traffic authorities before it can be enforced. Greece will probably lobby as much as they can to have influence on the decision made by IATA. Macedonia's Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki said the decision was a "goodwill" gesture, "with which we wanted to pay our respects to this historic person who brings peoples and countries together".
"We didn't have any intention to monopolise the name," he added.
While Skopje's airport got the name of our most famous Macedonian, Ohrid airport will be renamed into "St. Apostle Pavle".
MD: Bravo to our Government! Finally some justice about our king! Let's hope Macedonia will not bend for Greece and their allies again like back in the nineties. and what ms Bakoyannis is saying, she knows it's crap, and the world is getting to know it too.