Google Maps Designates ‘Artsakh Republic’

The label 'Nagorno Karabakh / Artsakh Republic' displayed in Google Maps

BAKU—Azerbaijani authorities protested angrily on Thursday when it was revealed to them that Google Maps labels the territories of Artsakh as the Artsakh Republic, calling it “another provocation against Azerbaijan.”

Azerbaijan’s National Academy of Sciences informed government authorities that, since Wednesday, names in Nagorno-Karabakh were being displayed in Armenian in addition to Azeri and English and that the name “Artsakh Republic” was being displayed in English.

The Azerbaijani Academy of Sciences itself posted an announcement on its website condemning Google’s choice of nomenclature.

Azeri authorities noted that this is not the first instance that they have been offended by Google’s choice of giving Armenian territories their Armenian names. Similar decisions by Google have been reversed in the past due to intense pressure from Azerbaijan.

“With regret, we would like to say that such provocative acts are periodically taking place on the part of Google,” an official statement said.


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  1. hyeguy said:

    and so isn’t google maps supposed to reflect reality? Or is it supposed to be some illusion that Azerbaijan has in it’s head?

  2. GB said:

    One of Axeris Sultan’s, post dated checks to Google, bounce back as NSF!

  3. Vindicated Man said:

    “Similar decisions by Google have been reversed in the past due to intense pressure from Azerbaijan.”
    This time may be different as CA has recently recognized Artsakh, on both the executive and parliamentary levels.

  4. Areg said:

    Long live free and independent Artsakh. Viva to you Google for doing the just and right thing.

    • Nima said:

      I thought the ultimate goal was a unification of Armenia and Artsakh/Mountainous Karabakh, and not an independent state.

  5. Vatche said:

    Talking among ourselves and publishing in local Armenian newpaper is not enough, we should do better by raising our voices internationally, since Serej is taking Artsakh out of Armenia with dealing with Russians. We should grow up and be serious, being happy with Google’s map is good and makes me feel good too but dark clouds are hanging over Artsakh, power and money hungry Armenian authorities may have to do everything in order to be able continue running the country.

  6. Jeanette said:

    Azerbaijan government should block all Google activities in own country until this mistake with armenian names on google maps removes.