The very first thing out of everything Skopje mayor Petre Shilegov said to Greek newspaper “Documento” on Sunday, that would be highlighted is this: “Alexander the Great was never a part of our regular history. It was introduced in our history the last 10 years. Basically, when you talk about such nationalities, states and peoples, you are referring to the last three hundred years, while Alexander the Great was two thousand three hundred years ago. I prefer to see him more as the leader who civilized the whole world.”
fYROMacedonian capital’s mayor and vice-president of the ruling Social Democratic Union (SDSM) did note that both sides wish to a long-standing issue being closed, stressing that, “When you want to solve a problem, you solve it. When you don’t, you don’t […] We want to solve problems, not create them.” Moreover, in his own way he reassured Greeks that many politicians in fYROMacedonia do not necessarily share former PM’s ideas. As a matter of fact, Shilegov, too agrees with former fYROMacedonian President Kiro Gligorov’s view that his country’s “nationals are Slavs and have no connection to Alexander the Great” (ANA-MPA).
As far as irredentism is concerned, the mayor noted that his country has made constitutional amendments over 25 years ago (in 1992) with no article implying irredentism. “We changed our Constitution on this issue in 1992. There is no article in our Constitution that claims such a thing for any country. In fact, there is an article that says that we don’t have any territorial claims towards neighbouring countries. Therefore this should not constitute a threat to anyone in Greece,” Petre Shilegov said…/IBNA