“We would like to distance ourselves from any visual symbols or rhetorical messages that have an offensive connotation,” the Government’s press service said in a statement on Monday, noting that the billboards are part of a private exhibition.
The billboards promoting the art exhibition, display Greek flags with a swastika replacing the white cross.
The Government has already told the Greek Ambassador to
The billboards have caused an outcry in
“It directly offends the national symbol of our country and our fight against fascism and Nazism,” Greek Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Jorgos Koumoutsakos told media on Sunday.
He added that
“This incident shows that those who invest in chauvinism and fanaticism are making a big mistake, and confirms the correctness of the Greek stance, concretely, that in order to create relations of solidarity, practices of good neighbourly relations between the countries and people need to be respected,” he said.
Some Macedonian media also condemned the billboards.
“Someone is obviously trying to spark national hatred,” commented Monday’s edition of Vecer.
Skopje and Athens are engaged in a long running dispute over the name ‘