Albanians were the ones who were responsible for Skopje liberation, according to the National-Democratic Union and Izet Mexheti, the mayor of Skopje’s predominantly Albanian municipality of Cair.
NDU and Mexheti will stage a celebration on August 12 for first time for the liberation of the city from Albanians, as Dnevnik mentions.
Their aim is the 12 of August to be declared a National Holiday that should mark the liberation of Skopje by the Albanian forces, however the Slavs of FYROM claim this will .
Of course this event instigated serious reactions by FYROM’s historians who claim that Albanians never liberated Skopje.
Skopje was conquered by Ottomans, during the reign of Bayezit I (1392) and was liberated after 520 years in 1912. As the turkish academic Mehmet Inbasi mentions: “Having strategic significance as located in the borders, the city of Skopje was subjected to a systematic settlement of Turkic people after the conquest.[..]It is, however, obvious that Ottoman conquests were made to settle there, which were not just temporary adventurous or marauding movements.”
Its characteristical the fact that during 1544, 80% of Skopje’s population were Ottoman Muslims that identified themselves mainly as Vardarians, Albanians, Turkomans, Karamanlis, Kurds but never as Macedonians.
For a more detailed view on the history of Skopje:
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