Azerbaijani MFA appeals to Google company on the distortion of names of liberated territories 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan

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# 23 December 2021 10:01 (UTC +04:00)

“We would like to bring to your notice that in addition reflecting the official names of Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region in the application of Google maps in the Azerbaijani language, the issue of using fake names in the Armenian language has been raised before Google via official diplomatic channels,” head of the Press Service Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan Leyla Abdullayeva answers the media's question regarding the names of the liberated territories of Azerbaijan in the application of Google Maps, APA reports.

According to her, a letter was sent to the company's management regarding the distortion of the names of the territories of Azerbaijan, and a list of official geographical names of the relevant territories of the country was submitted to the Company.

"Moreover, we would like to remind that in May of this year we presented a national report prepared by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan at the annual session of the UN Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN).

The report contains a list of 4,589 settlements officially standardized and approved in Azerbaijani, English, and Russian, as well as the names of 125 geographical objects located and identified in our territories affected by the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.

Resolutions adopted by the United Nations Conference on Standardization of Geographical Names do not allow changes in standardized geographical names by any competent public authority of any state, and such changes cannot be recognized by the United Nations.

As for the Google maps platform, we would like to note that this application is based on the principle of individual requests and approaches of users. In this regard, it is very important that our citizens, as well as non-governmental organizations, actively write their opinions on the subject to the company," says MFA official.