Azerbaijan, Baku, 26 April / Trend corr I. Alizade/ The Azerbaijani Parliament re-named Janavarli village in Barda region into Seyid Yusifli. "The residents of the village, representatives of the administration and municipality applied to the Parliament to re-name the village into Seyid Yusifli," MP Tahir Rzayev said at the meeting of the standing parliamentary commission on regional affairs on 25 April.
Rzayev said that the history of how the village was named Janavarli is unknown.
"Seyid Yusif was living in the village and was a very good person. Therefore, the residents want the village to be named after him," he said.
MP Igbal Agazade was concerned that re-naming of villages has become a tradition in Azerbaijan. "How is Seyid Yusifli related to the history of the village and its population? What are his contributions to the village? Who can guarantee that in future new head of the village's administration or municipality will not re-name the village again? The government must have a special commission to deal with such issues," Agazade said.
Fazil Ibrahimli, member of the commission on regional affairs, accused Agazade of unreasoned speech and belligerence. "I have to inform him that re-naming is a good process and it must be continued on the basis of national origin and toponymic principles," he said.
Parliament decided to re-name Maraza settlement in the Gobustan region into Gobustan. Moreover, Narimankand village in the same region will be joined to the Gobustan settlement, because nobody lives in the village.
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