The new mayor of Thessaloniki believes that a compound name is the most appropriate solution.
The view that the government of Skopje must make concessions on the issue of name and change its attitude, to enable a solution to this issue, gave the new mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris, in an extensive interview to the Slavmacedonian newspaper, «Utrinski Vesnik», published today.
"The Slavs arrived in the Balkans in the 6th century AD. However, other people lived here long before them. The fact that the Slavs moved and live in the area for centuries, certainly enables them to be called Macedonians, but a special feature is needed in order to have a distinction, because Macedonians used to live long before in the area.
These are two different things and should be clear to everyone. What seems strange to me, is why a Slav or a Slavic group, who as a people have done a lot and have a great history, which should be proud of, call and want more things, more history, to be proud. In my opinion, the best idea for the name is SlavMacedonia. This name is better than the Northern or Upper Macedonia ", says Mr. Boutaris.
Furthermore, Boutaris believes that both countries should calm down while he is criticizing the policy, of the Prime Minister of FYROM, Nikola Gruevski.
"I think a big source of tension will be the statue of Alexander the Great in Skopje (...). It is a huge mistake, which will cause outrage in Greece and worsen things (...). Nikola Gruevski for personal gain, keeps as all, hostages of nationalism. The only way to change this situation is to reduce the tonnes of talks over the name" says Mr. Boutaris.With information from kathimerini.gr