Skopje Mayor Petre Shilegov has voiced his support for renewed efforts to settle the name dispute with Athens, while admitting that Alexander the Great was never part of the history of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
“Alexander the Great was never a part of our proper history. He was incorporated in our history in the past 10 years,” Shilegov said in an interview with Documento newspaper published over the weekend.
In the same interview, Shilegov said both he and FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev were keen to reach a settlement on the name row with Greece.
“It is better to solve problems than to pretend they do not exist,” he said.