Goodbye, Alexander: FYROM highway gets new name signs

TAGS: Diplomacy

Authorities in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM have begun replacing road signs after officially changing the name of the country's main highway from “Alexander the Great” as a goodwill gesture to Greece.

Gajur Kadriu, head of FYROM's road maintenance company, said two signs with the highway's new name – “Prijatelstvo,” means friendship – were put up Friday. Another 23 signs, with translations in English and Albanian, will be put up next week.

FYROM's previous conservative government erected Alexander statues and named the highway and airport after him. The move infuriated Greece, which saw them as historical appropriation. [AP]