Thursday, February 02, 2012

Northern Azerbaijan

Azeris are discussing a name change that would definitely annoy Iran:
"The country of Azerbaijan may answer to a different name in the future, if local lawmakers go to town with a proposal to rename the oil and gas-loaded country the Republic of Northern Azerbaijan.

"The idea, pitched by minority lawmakers and applauded by representatives of the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party, spells trouble for the already less-than-neighborly relations between Azerbaijan and Iran. The name Northern Azerbaijan emphasizes the fact that the Azeri nation is split between an independent state, the Republic of Azerbaijan, and a province in northern Iran, known to many Azerbaijanis as Southern Azerbaijan."



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