Foreign ministry welcomes FYROM’s decision to rename airport, motorway

Greece welcomed on Tuesday a decision by the government of the Former Yugoslavic Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to rename its main airport and a motorway linking Greece and its neighbour, as part of the ongoing negotiations between the two countries to resolve the name dispute.

“Today’s decision is a positive step for the reversal of what has happened over the last decade and burdened relations between the two countries. It is an important development in the direction of tackling irredentism and we hope that it will mean the opening a new chapter in the relations of our two countries and peoples,” the foreign ministry said in a press release.

Earlier, FYROM’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said his cabinet approved a proposal to rename Skopje’s international airport from “Alexander the Great” to “Skopje” and to rename the country’s motorway, which connects to Greece, from “Alexander the Great national highway” to “Friendship national highway.”