Former FM hails Skopje plaque on Alexander the Great statue

A bid by the authorities in North Macedonia to relabel public statues of historic figures was undermined on Friday by vandals who removed three plaques from statues in Skopje. 

The statues targeted by the vandals depict ancient Greek warrior king Alexander the Great and the accompanying plaques explain that they belong to ancient Greek history. "In honor of Alexander the Great, a historic figure belonging to the ancient Hellenic history and civilization and to the world cultural and historic heritage," read one of the three plaques, which was recovered later in the day. 

Greece's former foreign minister Nikos Kotzias, who signed the deal last year with North Macedonia that ended a longstanding bilateral dispute over the Balkan country's name, said the inscription on the plaque vindicated his decision to champion the contentious agreement.

"Today a plaque went...

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