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Syriza MP Nikos Filis: ‘Macedonia is not one and Greek’

Никос Филис,министер за образование во Атина,Грција на 28 септември, 2016 (Photo by Wassilios Aswestopoulos/NurPhoto) Source: NurPhoto

'There are several Macedonias. The other Macedonia is defined with the Bucharest treaty which bears our, Greek signature. When we hear the chant “Macedonia is one and it is Greek” it is seen as irredentism, as disrespect for the international treaties by our country.' 'Maybe it doesn’t sound too good but it is the truth. Greek Macedonia is Greek, and let me clarify, it was made Greek, because until 1912/1913 and 1921/1922, when the refugees came, there was no Greek majority in Macedonia – only in some regions in the south.'

'So, it was made Greek by a population exchange and through all the difficult events we and the other peoples from the region went through. So who are we kidding when we say “Macedonia is one and it is Greek?” Only ourselves,' Filis said during the heated debate on the ratification of the deal to rename the Republic of Macedonia.

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