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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

of December 22, 1999 No. ZR-21

About place names

(as amended on 24-11-2021)

Accepted by National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia on November 23, 1999

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Law purposes

This Law establishes the legal basis of streamlining, unification, use, accounting and protection of names and renamings of geographical objects of the Republic of Armenia, and also the place names constituting part of historical and cultural heritage of the Republic of Armenia, except as specified, carried to competence of local government bodies of the Republic of Armenia.

Article 2. The basic concepts used in the Law

In this Law the following basic concepts are used:

a) geographical object - complete and rather stable formation of natural or artificial origin with certain geographical location.

Geographical objects are:

- continents, parts of the world, oceans, seas, mountains, rivers, lakes, plains, heights and other physiographic objects,

- states, their administrative and territorial units and functional territories,

- railway stations, airports, water storage basins, channels and other technical constructions,

- streets, squares, squares, parks and other historical and architectural constructions and objects in settlements;

b) the name of geographical object (place name) the special name which is appropriated for recognition and allocation of geographical object;

c) streamlining of the name of geographical object - determination of the place name and form of its writing according to the legislation in the field of place names and traditions of application;

d) The state card-index of place names - the code of place names of the territory of any state in volume of the place names designated on the topographic maps which are considered basic;

e) National information Bank geographical nazvaniyfond place names, created by certain principles;

e) the name of geographical object – the name accepted by legal acts the bodies established by this Law, and this to the geographical object which received state registration in accordance with the established procedure;

g) renaming of geographical object – change of the name of the geographical object called and which received state registration in accordance with the established procedure.

Article 3. Disclosure of names of geographical objects

Names of geographical objects reveal by means of the analysis of cards, printing and hand-written sources, information of locals, specialists, polls and through other sources.

Article 4. Name of geographical objects of the territory of the Republic of Armenia

1. Names are given:

a) to newly created administrative and territorial units, settlements and functional territories of the Republic of Armenia;

b) to anonymous geographical objects of the Republic of Armenia.

2. The name of geographical objects of the Republic of Armenia is made taking into account geographical, historical, cultural, ethnographic, living and other local conditions of this area.

The place name shall have great word-formation opportunities, to be harmonious.

3. Names of the individuals who made big contribution to case of their opening, studying, development or the basis can be appropriated to geographical objects of the Republic of Armenia.

The name or renaming into honor of any celebrated personality can be performed at least, than in five years after his death. In exceptional cases geographical objects in settlements can be nominated or renamed also before the expiration of 5 years after death of any celebrated personality by the organization of the hearings corresponding public.

The name can be performed by name of any significant person at least in 5 years after his death.

4. The name or renaming of geographical objects in the territory of the Republic of Armenia is not allowed by the repeating names of similar objects.

5. The name or renaming of geographical objects in settlements before the expiration of 5 years after death of any celebrated personality is performed the decision of the Council of Elders of the corresponding community or the order of the Government of the Republic of Armenia.

Article 5. Renaming of geographical objects of the territory of the Republic of Armenia

1. Renaming of geographical objects of the territory of the Republic of Armenia is allowed:

a) in case of recovery of historical names of separate objects;

b) in case of cancellation of the alien, dissonant and repeating names;

c) when streamlining place names.

2. Renamings of geographical objects of the territory of the Republic of Armenia shall meet requirements of Items 2 and 3 of article 4 of this Law.

Article 6. Procedure for the name and renaming of geographical objects

1. Offers on the name or renaming of geographical objects can bring state bodies and local self-government, public organizations, legal entities and physical persons of the Republic of Armenia.

2. Offers are represented to the corresponding governors of the Republic of Armenia in the location of geographical objects. The procedure for the name or renaming of geographical objects in settlements is established by the order of the Government of the Republic of Armenia.

3. Governors of the Republic of Armenia in three-week time discuss offers on the name or renaming of geographical objects and the documents giving them reasons and represent the conclusion to Committee of the inventory of the real estate.

4. The committee of the inventory of the real estate together with the professional commission formed by the Government of the Republic of Armenia within a month is studied by offers on the name or renaming of geographical objects. In case of the positive conclusion they are in accordance with the established procedure submitted for consideration of the Government.

Article 7. Language of the name of geographical objects

1. Names are given geographical objects of the Republic of Armenia in Armenian.

2. In the documents, maps and other materials provided for the international use, place names of the Republic of Armenia are transferred by letters of the Latin alphabet according to the specifications and technical documentation.

Article 8. Streamlining of names of geographical objects

1. Streamlining of form of writing in Armenian of the Armenian and foreign names of geographical objects is determined according to requirements of the laws, other regulations, the specifications and technical documentation and traditions of application.

2. Streamlining of place names is made according to requirements of the existing specifications and technical documentation.

Article 9. Registration and accounting of place names

1. Names of geographical objects of the Republic of Armenia are subject to obligatory registration and accounting. Based on this registration and accounting of geographical objects the State card-index of place names of the Republic of Armenia is created.

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