Macedonia government ready to remove statues from Skopje, rename airport

A list of statues and monuments that should be immediately withdrawn from Skopje’s city centre is in the hands of culture minister of Macedonia, Robert Alagjozovski, with the final decisions to be taken by prime minister Zoran Zaev.

The list was put together by a working group of the ministry of culture, headed by the ruling Social Democratic Party (SDSM) member Miroslav Garchev, which examined the legality of statuary and statute-making procedures in the framework of the pharaonic plan “Skopje 2014”, inspired by former prime minister Nikola Gruevski.

So far, it has been made known that the statues of Mother Teresa, an Albanian in origin Roman Catholic nun from Skopje who for many years did humanitarian and missionary work in India, and of Anton Janev, claimed by both Macedonia and Bulgaria as a national hero, are included in the disputed list and are candidates for removal.

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