“Alexander the Great was never part of our standard history; it has been included in it in the last ten years”, said Mayor of Skopje Petre Silegov in an interview with the newspaper “Documento”. The Mayor of FYROM’s capital explained that when one speaks of this kind of ethnicities, states and peoples, they refer to the last three hundred years, while Alexander the Great lived 2,300 years ago; he prefers to see Alexander the Great more as the leader who civilized the whole world, he said.
When asked about the irredentist visions of FYROM, Mr. Silegov stated that his country amended the Constitution in 1992 with respect to this matter, and that there is no article stipulating such thing for any country. Finally, he stressed that a solution to the naming dispute will help his country to continue the negotiations so that it becomes a full member of the EU.
Translation: Eleni Gogou