Baku, Azerbaijan, June 19
By Ilhame Isabalayeva - Trend:
Azerbaijan's occupied lands have been shown on Google Maps (a service from Google) in the Armenian language as territories of the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
Starting from June 18, the names of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan's other occupied lands have been shown on Google Maps in Armenian as the territories of the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, the Seismic Service Center at Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) said.
The ANAS Seismic Service Center, as the seismological centers in other countries, uses Google Maps in its work, and such provocations against Azerbaijan by Google cause great concern and are strongly condemned, according to a message posted on the seismic service center's website.
It was also noted that this is not the first provocation on the part of Google.
Such things happened before, and after persistent requests from the Seismic Service Center the names of Azerbaijani territories in the Armenian language were taken out from the Google Maps.
"With regret, we would like to say that such provocative acts are periodically taking place on the part of Google," according to the message.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Edited by CN