Bangkok Post (12 June 2009)

Dear Yvonne Bohwongprasert,

In regards to your article titled ” Sydneysider’s at home on the Gulf ” published at ” ” may I respectfully emphasize that the geographical location referred to as the “arabian gulf”, has been known to the entire civilized world for over 2 millennia only as the “Persian Gulf” and any other reference to the contrary is inaccurate.

In Australia, the only recognised term is the Persian Gulf as per the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website (page 61)

The following are links to the United Nations Geographical maps of the world and the Persian Gulf region. Please take time to view them and notice that the UN refers to this body of water as the Persian Gulf.

Most importantly, the United Nations with 22 Arab member states has on two occasions officially declared the name of the waterway to the south of Iran 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 section C, on August 10, 1984. Persian Gulf is also the recognized name by the British Permanent Committee on Geographical Names (PCGN).

I’ve submitted the above links in order to support this position and clear any confusion as to what to call the Persian Gulf. I also hope this has been only an unfortunate oversight and that it will be corrected immediately. I look forward to your reply and thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Please contact me if you need more information with regards to this topic.

Sincere Regards,

Saeed Tasbihsazan



Saeed Tasbihsazan

Connectivity Solution Architect- CCIE Security 14397

Dimension Data Australia

Tel: +61 (8) 8291 8600

Fax: +61 (8) 8373 4566


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