You must have good relations with your neighbors. The name issue has been inflated primarily because of the stupidity of politicians. People want to find their identity. With concessions from both sides, but also from the opposition, they are ready for a compromise. Mr. Zaev said he would change the name of the airport, change the street signs, says the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris in an interview with “Praktorio FM” radio of the Greek news agency ANA-MPA, while answering a question about Saturday’s informal meeting in Thessaloniki with the Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.
At the same time, Boutaris in the interview says he is the greatest Macedonian, most likely pointing to his birth in the Greek district of Macedonia.
“A greater Macedonia does not exist because of the origin. My origin and my upbringing say everything”, says the Mayor of Thessaloniki, and explains that “he first went to Skopje in 1991 with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry”.
As for the meeting on Saturday held after his invitation to Zaev, Boutaris said that they talked about cooperation.