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Macedonia ready to give up claims on Alexander the Great

Since its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, Macedonia has claimed at least part of the heritage of the most famous ruler of the ancient Kingdom of Macedonia infuriating Greeks.

world Updated: Dec 23, 2017 21:07 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press
Associated Press, Skopje, Macedonia
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The country is giving up the claims to the legacy to help resolve a decades-old dispute with Greece.(AP Photo)

Macedonia’s left-wing prime minister says he is ready to renounce his country’s claim to the legacy of Alexander the Great to help solve a 26-year-old dispute with neighbouring Greece over the country’s name.

“I give up (the claim) of Macedonia being the sole heir to Alexander. The history belongs not only to us, but also to Greece and many other countries,” Zoran Zaev, in power since the spring, said in a TV interview late Friday.

Since its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, Macedonia has claimed at least part of the heritage of the most famous ruler of the ancient Kingdom of Macedonia, infuriating Greeks who also view the name “Macedonia” itself as hiding expansionist claims against the Greek region of Macedonia.

Greece has vetoed Macedonia’s NATO membership as a result.

First Published: Dec 23, 2017 21:06 IST