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نامه رئیس دپارتمان دسا سازمان ملل: Persian Gulf



United Nations.

Nations Unies

UN. Department of Economic and Social Affairs(DESA) Newyork.

Refrence :

          The Division of Sustainable Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs presents its compliments to the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations and has the honour to refer to its note in the document E/CN.17/2008/12/Add.4, entitled: Report of the Regional Implementation meeting of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia is brought to our attention.

 The Division for Sustainable Development wishes to confirm that it is the official policy of the Organization to use the term "Persian Gulf" as the standard geographical designation for the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic Republic of Iran. In accordance with the policy, the full term "Persian Gulf" should always be used to designate that sea area when it is first referred to in a text and should be repeated thereafter whenever necessary for the sake of clarity. The term "Gulf", however, is used to refer to the general geographical area surrounding or adjacent to this sea area or the situation around that area. Examples of that use are the term "Gulf area", "Gulf region" and "Gulf States". This policy has been formalized in an editorial directive ST/CS/SERA/29/Rev.1 dated 14 May 1999.

The Division for Sustainable Development wishes to emphasize that the expression brought to out attention, "Arab Gulf States". Refers to the Arab States of the Persian Gulf. The adjective "Arab" qualifies the term "Gulf States", which is properly used in accordance with the policy of the Organization. The concern expressed by the Permanent Mission is however noted and all necessary steps will be taken to ensure that proper terminology is used when a reference is made to the States of the Persian Gulf and that the full expression "Persian Gulf" is, when appropriate, used.

The Division of Sustainable Development avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran the assurance of its highest consideration.

4 April 2008

signed by head of division.


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