Reports on the beginning of work for the placing of a statue of Alexander the Great in the central square in Skopje (in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) drew strong reaction from the Greek Foreign ministry.
"Under other conditions, the decision by the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to spend almost 10 million euros to honour Alexander the Great, placing a statue of the Greek army commander in the central square of Skopje would honour us," said a relevant statement by press spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras.
He added that this act, apart from being colourful has as a basic axis the effort to appropriate Greek history with the aim of cultivating nationalism and confrontation.
It was added that it is "in full contrast to relations of good neighbourliness and will have inevitable consequences on the country's euro-atlantic prospect."
Delavekouras also revealed that Greece will inform its partners and allies, as well as the international organisations on this provocative act.