Google distorts Azerbaijan's territorial integrity once again

Fri 12 August 2011 11:34 GMT | 16:34 Local Time

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Google has again cast doubt on Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.

In the satellite images posted on the Google Maps the occupied Azerbaijani territories are shown with Armenian names.

Though the names of most occupied regions were given properly in the Google maps in the previous years, it is not observed in the updated variant for 2011.

Fuzuli region is shown as – Varanda, Zangilan-Kovsakan, Kalbajar – Karvachar, Aghdam – Akna, Gubadli – Sanasar, center of Lachin region – Berdzor, Jabrayil – Jrakan in Khankendi located in Nagorno Karabakh is shown as Stepanakert, Agdere – Mardakert, Khojavend – Martuni.

The maps service also shows the occupied Azerbaijani villages as named by Armenians after the occupation.

Azerbaijan State Land and Cartography Committee will appeal to Google in connection with the distortion of geographical names in Azerbaijan in the satellite images posted on the Google Maps, chief of topography, geodesy and cartography department of the State Land and Cartography Committee Rafig Huseynli said.

Huseynli said such cases happened several times, the State Land and Cartography Committee sent the reports to the National Security Ministry, relevant government agencies, letter of protest to the company. After the letters were sent, Google made some corrections in the maps.

According to Rafig Huseynli, they will appeal to the company for the elimination of the mistakes after they familiarize with Google map 2011.

'We will demand the company to eliminate the mistake. Azerbaijani geographical names were also shown with Armenian names in one of the websites of Microsoft. We expressed our protest. After that some changes were made in the maps,' he said.




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