Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Macedonia’s name used by Albanian writer causes a “Diplomatic incident” in Athens

Albanian writer Ismail Kadare has caused a “diplomatic incident” in Athens, by using the name “Macedonia”, which is considered by Greeks as theft of their national heredity, according to the Tirana daily Shqip.

Mr. Kadare was in Athens to present his latest books “Agamemnon Daughter” and “The Successor”, translated in the Greek language. The event was supported by Piraeus Bank, which operate in Albania through Tirana Bank.

Athens’s Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis welcomed the Albanian writer, but had left the event protesting for Mr. Kadare's use of the word “Macedonia” as the name of the Balkan state which Greeks want to be called “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.

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