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News code: 19099
Published Date: Saturday 12 May 2012 - 12:29:53
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PG’s name cannot be erased from history

PG’s name cannot be erased from history
IRAN  - Chairman of Iran Majlis Cultural Committee says the name of the Persian Gulf cannot be erased from the history of the world and that any effort in this regard will only discredit the enemies of Iran.


Criticizing a recent measure by the Google website to drop the name of the Persian Gulf from the body of water separating Iran from the Arabian Peninsula, Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel noted that such measures to oppose the Islamic Republic were "childish and illogical."

"Extant historical documents, printed works housed in libraries across the world, manuscripts, maps and films which mention the name of the 'Persian Gulf' all prove that the Persian Gulf belongs to Iran," he said on Friday.

The lawmaker stated that instead of damaging Iran, such measures further discredit Iran's enemies.

"The more they try to oppose Iran, the more powerful the Islamic Republic becomes," Haddad-Adel added.

Google recently left the body of water which separates Iran from the Arabian Peninsula nameless on its online map service.

While historical documents show that the waterway has always been referred to as the 'Persian Gulf', certain Arab states have recently mounted efforts to remove 'Persian' from the name of the waterway.

A Google representative told the BBC that the company did not name every place in the world - but was unable to provide an example of a similar case of a missing landmark.

Iran has designated April 30 as the national Persian Gulf Day to highlight the fact that the waterway has been referred to by historians and ancient texts as 'Persian Gulf' since the Achaemenid Empire was established in what is now modern day Iran.

News Code: 19099
Published Date: Saturday 12 May 2012 - 12:29:53
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