T'other day we were wondering about what UN Envoy Matthew Nimetz had said about Alexander the Great ... Joannis Georganas sent in this one from the Macedonian Press Agency (thanks!), inter alia:

Journalist: Ms. Bakoyannis, in an interview with a Skopje newspaper, Mr. Nimetz stated that Alexander the Great essentially slaughtered thousands of people and destroyed many cities, and that the empire he left behind was not at all positive.

Ms. Bakoyannis: The historical contribution of Alexander the Great has been recognised for thousands of years now, and history cannot be rewritten and is not rewritten. That’s my first comment. The second comment I have is that we are talking in terms of the future with regard to issues concerning our region, and not in terms of the past. I want to make that clear.