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Name of `Persian Gulf' registered in 1,800 maps in world museums

Tehran, April 27, IRNA-A researcher specializing in history, Mohammad-Reza Norouzi, said here Thursday that the name of the Persian Gulf has been recorded in more than 1,800 maps found in most of the world museums as well as research and military centers.

A report released by the Public Relations Department of the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) said that until the 15th century no other name has been used for the Persian Gulf in any maps.

"After the 15th century, the Persian Gulf area was recorded as distorted names in 12 maps, of which nine belonged to a family whose members have admitted their mistake.

"Once Abdul-Karim Qasim took over in Iraq after a coup, the Persian Gulf was intentionally replaced by distorted names. This was supported and seriously pursued by some of the world's big powers," added Norouzi.

He noted that this is while, for example in the independence document of Kuwait, which has been signed by the representative of Britain and Kuwait's king of the time, the name of Persian Gulf has been clearly mentioned.

Meanwhile, the researcher referred to the Persian Gulf Festival and called on officials in charge of education and training to further make the children and young adults aware of the issue of calling the Persian Gulf by distorted names.

The 12th one-week Persian Gulf Festival called `The Blue Heart' opened in IIDCYA on April 24 and will continue up to May 1.

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