Greeks are set upon in Ohrid

Foreign Ministry spokesman Giorgos Koumoutsakos yesterday blamed authorities in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for fueling hostility against Greece following an attack by unidentified assailants on Greek tourists in the southeastern resort of Ohrid. «Such incidents… are the visible result of the nationalism and bigotry against Greece which has been cultivated by Skopje,» Koumoutsakos said. The attack occurred on Sunday night as the tourists were returning from a sightseeing visit to their coaches which had been spray-painted with the words «Macedonia,» «United Macedonia» and «Alexander the Great.» The vandals hurled sticks and stones, damaging one of the coaches and slightly injuring two tourists. The mayor of Ohrid sent a letter to Greece’s representative office in Skopje, saying, «We in Ohrid do not discriminate among visitors to our city – everyone is welcome.»

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