Mayor says name change com­ments mis­in­ter­preted

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Thes­sa­loniki Mayor Yian­nis Boutaris said his state­ments at a meet­ing of the city coun­cil on Mon­day, about re­nam­ing the city’s Mace­do­nia Air­port Nikos Galis, af­ter the Greek bas­ket­ball leg­end, were mis­in­ter­preted. Speak­ing to Skai TV yes­ter­day, Boutaris de­nied he ever said the name should be changed. “I sim­ply posed the ques­tion,” adding, “We should think about why this name, Mace­do­nia, has di­vided so many peo­ple. He also said that he men­tioned the for­mer Aris player Nikos Galis “be­cause he is an in­ter­na­tional per­son­al­ity, be­cause Thes­sa­loniki is a bas­ket­ball hub and he is the only Greek to make it to the [bas­ket­ball] Hall of Fame.” But, he clar­i­fied, he is “not propos­ing a name change and never did.” He in­sisted, how­ever, that he will not take back his view that Greece has lost in the name dis­pute with the For­mer Yu­goslav Repub­lic of Mace­do­nia, as “more than 140 coun­tries have al­ready rec­og­nized the neigh­bor­ing coun­try as ‘Mace­do­nia’” in the last 25 years.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Greece

© PressReader. All rights reserved.