the best legal document are resoulusions of the organization of UNCSGN-United Nation Conference on Standardization of Geographical Names.
according to this organization every geographical place have only one name and it recommend to keep the heritage and already stablish geo name
as u know bbc and western massmedia using only name of Egypt according to UNCSGN only in case of ambiguaty organizations can put the local name of MESR IN PRANTESES BESIDE EGYPT. THIS IS the same for the persian gulf but since the persian gulf and its equivalents all known all over the word ther is no need to use new local and political motivated name of kaleej al arabi in the international maps this issue has been raised in 6th conference of UNCSGN in berlin october 2002 so the act of national geoghraphy and alas of filips are illegal and in opposite to ungegn and UNCSGN
October 24, 2004
National Geographic uses illegitimate name for the Persian Gulf in its 2005 Atlas
Unfortunately due to powerful anti-Iranian activities and the typical incompetence of Iran, the southern states of the Persian Gulf who have only come to existence thanks to foreign powers, have slowly become more brazen. As a result the National Geographic Society has printed at least three major erroneous statements in its Atlas of the World 2005 (Eighth Edition, regarding Iran and the Persian Gulf.
Considering the fact that the National, Geographic is the biggest non-profit educational and scientific institution, it is hard for us to fathom how they made reference to the Persian Gulf with an unrecognized name. The United Nations, in addition to historical records and facts that date back more than thousands of years, have made it abundantly clear that the body of water in question is recognized as the Persian Gulf.
The atlas also falsely claims that several Persian Gulf Islands belong to the newly created United Arab Emirates. It would appear that the National Geographic Society has joined hands with the enemies of Iran, and is now openly helping those who seek to compromise Iran’s territorial integrity. Perhaps the National Geographic Society should look back on it’s own maps to see that 33 years ago no entity by the name of United Arab Emirates existed, however Iran did. Furthermore, the National Geographic itself had previously always used the formal, and legitimate name, the Persian Gulf to reference the body of water in question (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/maps). The National Geographic’s stance encourages conflict in an area which has experiences relative calm with the use of the official and internationally recognized name of the Persian Gulf for centuries. Iran has existed for more then seven thousand years, and to now have a publication attempt to strip it of its historical territory will not be tolerated.
The Atlas goes further to claim that the Persian Gulf Islands are being occupied by Iran. If anything is being occupied, it would be various parts of Iran that have been taken from us through illegal means starting 33 years ago.
The MPG Party condemns the policies of the National Geographic that have made it possible for such illegitimate maps to be published. We look to hear from the National Geographic regarding the blunders they have made on their 2005 Atlas, and urge them to correct these errors, and to apologize to the nation of Iran for damaging our national culture and heritage in addition to our territorial integrity.
The enemies of Iran should know, so long as there is one Iranian alive with blood pumping through his or her heart, even the thought of taking one grain of Iranian soil, will strongly be opposed and defeated.
Long Live Iran.
To National Geographic
I find it highly offensive for your organization to Change the historical name of Persian Gulf to "Arabian Gulf"! in your latest atlas.
This while two resolutions in the United Nations officially recognize that body of water as the Persian Gulf. The first announcement was made through the document UNAD, 311/Qen on March 5, 1971 and the second was UNLA 45.8.2 (C) on August 10, 1984. Most countries and organizations use the proper and legal name Persian Gulf.
World historical records abundantly make it clear that this body of water for many thousands of years has been called The Persian Gulf. I strongly condemn this offensive and colossal mistake (or politically motivated action?) in your part to compromise a well known historical fact and Iran's territorial integrity.
Your actions, if not corrected, will be considered a total disregard to the
History of the World, as well as International Laws and Regulations. This
unjustified mistake can also be considered an act of hostility toward 70 million
Today, the most common Arabic works refer to the sea in south Iran as the "Persian Gulf", including the world famous Arabic encyclopedia `Al-Monjad' which is the most reliable source in this respect.
There are undeniable legal evidences and documents in confirmation of the genuineness of the term Persian Gulf. From 1507 to 1560 in all the agreements that Portuguese, Spanish, British, Dutch, French and Germans concluded with the Iranian government or in any other political event everywhere there is a mention of the name Persian Gulf
Even in agreements with the participation of Arabs there is a mention of "Al-Khalij al-Farsi" in the Arabic texts and "Persian Gulf" in English texts, such as the document for the independence of Kuwait which was signed between the emir of Kuwait and representatives of the British government in the Persian Gulf.
The fact of the matter is all Arab governments in the persian gulf region are only pupits of the British.
Historical and *unique name of “The Persian Gulf” and its equivalents in different languages has been continuously in used since 3000 years ago in all languages, all cultures, all civilizations throughout the centuries and across the world. More than 3000 ancient books and maps during the past three milliniums contained this historical and heritage name is a proof to this claim. It was in 1957 that Roderick Owen, a British representative in the then colonialized Emirates, suggested the title “Arabian Gulf” in his book “ The golden bublle of the Arabian Gulf The suggestion was later immetated by some Arabs fanatics, distorting a 3000 years ancient history, resulting in an insult and an aggression to the mankind heritage, universal accepted and established ancient name. Recent misuse of this name is not only an insult to the rich persian culture but also an injustice to the history and the overall heritage of mankind.
“Persian Gulf” has been recognized as the rightful nomenclature by all international organizations among them the followings:
Misusing and distorting this historical name, is an illegal act and in contrast to the resolutions of the UNGEGN and UN Conferences on the Standardization of Geographical Names.
Converting this name by fals is a clear breach of international laws and regulations.*
M. Ajam GONABADY
Guardian of Heritage Name
Le nom traditionnel et historique du ( Golf Persique ) est connu dans diverses langues , cultures et civilisations depuis trois milles ans dans le monde entier. Tous les livres Atlas , les livres de l’histoire et la géographie parlent de cette nomination et aussi l’existence de deux cents livres littéraires, historiques et géographiques et plus de 1000 carte géographiques et Atlas comprennent le mot ‘ golf persy’ depuis longtemps et même avant le vingtième siècle témoignent de cette nomination bien méritée. Hors, depuis 1952 date de la confiscation des biens de la société pétrolière Britannique par des autorités Iraniennes, la conspiration a commencé pour changer ce nom historique quand Roderick Owen , le représentant britannique au Bahreïn avait proposé dans son introduction à son livre ‘ les bulles d’or du golf arabe ‘de le nommer ‘le golf arabe’ au lieu du ’ golf persy’ c’est ainsi que quelques fanatiques et extrémistes dans la région ont commencé à l’appeler ainsi.
L’appellation du ‘Golf Persique’ est une vérité historique et géographique qui n’est pas seulement témoigné de la part des écrivains , historiens et civilisations de jadis et d’aujourd’hui ; mais aussi de la part des Organisations Internationales modernes qui reconnaissent cette réalité en se basant sur le style scientifique et les engagements judiciaires et ont ainsi refusé de changer cette appellation et on peut les citer comme suit :
UN. Les Nations Unies
UNCSGN. Le Conseil des Nations Unies pour la Documentation des Appellations Géographiques
Le Département des Nations Unies pour les Cartes Géographiques.
IHO. L’Organisation Internationale Pour la Géographie des Eaux
IMO. L’Organisation Maritime Internationale
IAP. L’Association Internationale Physical Oceanography
L’Office International des Eaux
IHB. Les Associations Internationales pour la valorisation des Océans
Documents des N.U. pour les Concepts Géographiques
ISO- L’Institut International de Standardization
IHA. L’Association Internationale des Cartes Géographique Hydrauliques
UNGEGN. La Communauté des N.U. pour les nomos Géographiques
UNGIWG La Communauté des N.U. travaillant sur les Informations Géographiques
UNGIS. L’Organisation des Nations Unies pour les informations géographiques
IAPO.L’Association Internationale des cartes physiques des océans.
UNEP.Le Programme des Nations Unies pour l’Environnement
La Banque Mondiale
L’Association Internationales des Cartes.