He said in response to Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov’s letter on December 27, 2011, the institute conducted study on the replacement by Armenian toponyms of the geographical names in Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia. It was found out that Azerbaijani (Turkic) toponyms were armenized.
“277 geographical names have been armenized in the territories occupied by Armenia,” he said.
Mammadov said a group of representatives of Geography Institute conducted studies using the list made by Cartography and Land Committee.
“It was found out that Armenia replaced Azerbaijani (Turkic) toponyms in various ways,” he said.
1. Complete replacement of toponyms of Azerbaijani (Turkish) origin with the Armenian names;
2. Maintenance of the Armenian spelling variant of some toponyms replaced by the former Soviet Union;
3. Partially distorted replacement of toponyms of the republic, except the names of the occupied territories;
4. Replacement of toponyms as a result of Loan translation (literal translation);
5. The toponyms maintained in existing variant being subjected to some phonetic changes.
Director of the institute said all the facts show once more that struggle should be strengthened in order to inform properly the world community about the Azerbaijani (Turkic) geographical names, the relevant agencies should be informed in time about the false reports on the replacement of Azerbaijani toponyms by Armenia, measures should be taken against them.
Note that, the Institute made public the complete list of replaced geographical names.