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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-12-28

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  • [01] FM Bakoyannis warns FYROM

  • [01] FM Bakoyannis warns FYROM

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis reacted strongly on Thursday to the decision taken earlier in the day by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's (FYROM) cabinet to accept a proposal by the public management corporation for the country's two airports to rename Skopje's "Petrovec" airport to "Alexander the Great" and Ohrid's airport to "Apostle Paul."

    "Alexander the Great is a leading personality of worldwide range. Spreading Greek civilisation to all over the known world at the time, the Greek military leader established himself in history," she said.

    "With its statement today, Skopje, once again, is seeking false support from the past," she noted, adding that 2,300 years later, history can neither change nor be falsified.

    "This attitude by Skopje is not compatible with obligations of good neighbourliness that emanate from the Interim Agreement and from commitments towards the European Union, nor does it serve their Euro-Atlantic expectations," the foreign minister said.

    "Greece has made its positions known to partners and allies, positions that express all of the political forces of the country," Bakoyannis pointed out.

    It is reminded that earlier FYROM's cabinet ratified the proposal made by the public management corporation for the two airports to rename them during its session.

    FYROM Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki said that "the decision to rename the airport of Skopje does not conceal cunning designs and does not constitute an effort to monopolise the name of a worldwide historic personality which is honoured in many countries, such as in Greece, FYROM, Bulgaria, India and elsewhere."

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