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Thoughts on the dispute over the name Macedonia

Regarding the March 27 article, "Macedonia by any other name?": I was not surprised that the article did not find archaeological evidence of Alexander the Great in Skopje, the capital of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). The Slavs who live there arrived in the 6th and 7th century AD, 1,000 years after the death of Alexander.

My intention, however, is not to prove the "Greekness" of ancient Greeks, but to emphasize that FYROM needs to cooperate with Greece in finding a name, and end a 17-year-old dispute.

Athens has shown its goodwill toward Skopje in many ways. Greece is the top foreign investor in that country, with $1 billion invested capital that has generated 30,000 new jobs, and has agreed to a composite name, with a geographic qualifier, which will differentiate the new Balkan state from the Greek province of Macedonia.

It is up to FYROM's leadership now to show maturity and political courage and meet Greece halfway. It will be a responsible move that will earn Skopje an invitation to join NATO and a European future of stability and prosperity for its people.


Regarding the recent article on FYROM's name dispute: We could suggest the name "Macedonian Republic of Alexander."

In response to the recent article on the name issue between Greece and FYROM: The present-day claims emanating from FYROM that they are the sole heirs of the name "Macedonia" are historically ludicrous.


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