Wednesday, September 07, 2005


PERSIAN GULF, not any Replacement

The following is the cc of an e-message from Mr. Pejman Akbarzadeh (Tehran-Iran) to UPI (United Press International) that he kindly has sent it to my office this morning
. J. D.

Dear Friends @ UPI,
I noted that you have used the wrong term of "Arabian Gulf" instead of the historical and internationally recognized term of the Persian Gulf in one of your latest stories about Michel Jackson's concerts in the Persian Gulf ststes:

I would like to point out that according to all historical/geographical documents, also United Nations' directives, the name of this waterway which separates Iran (Persia) from Arabian Peninsula is the PERSIAN GULF :
UN Links :

PERSIAN GULF is also the only term used by the U.S. Department of State:
Same to the National Geographic Society ;World Map :

Asia Map :


You can visit this page for some maps & documents and see even Arab scholars until 1960s used "Al-Khalij Al-Farsi" (Arabic name of the "Persian Gulf");
"Arabian Gulf" in fact is the ancient name of the present-day "Red Sea" (located between Arabia and Africa).
Please imagine that all nations start to rename the historical and legal names of seas and oceans: African people try to change the name of Indian Ocean to African Ocean, American people rename Gulf of Mexico to Gulf of America or Pakistani people try to use Pakistani Sea instead of the Arabian Sea !....
Also please be aware that Persian (Iranian) people never tried to use "Gulf of Iran"/"Gulf of Persia" instead of "Gulf of Oman" and never tried to change the name of "Arabian Sea" into "Persian Sea".
May I ask you to kindly use the proper term in that article?

Thanks so much for your attention.


Pejman Akbarzadeh,
Member of "ARTISTS WITHOUT FRONTIERS" (Tehran Chapter)

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