Macedonia Removes Alexander The Great Statue from Airport

March 2, 2018

Macedonia has removed a statue of the ancient Greek warrior-king Alexander the Great from its main airport terminal, in yet another goodwill gesture to Greece as the two neighbors work to resolve a 27-year-old dispute over the name of the former Yugoslav republic.

The 2-meter-high statue, which was removed on March 1, had been placed in 2011 as a gift from the Turkish concessionary TAV, which operates the airport in the capital, Skopje.

The move came after Macedonian authorities on February 24 dismantled an "Alexander the Great" sign from the airport, following a government decision last month to rename the airport and the country’s main highway, which was also previously named after Alexander the Great.

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