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Talk:Nagorno-Karabakh

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Travel to Azerbaijan[edit]

Are there ary problems traveling to NK after visiting Azerbaijan ? If so, that should be mentioned.

isIn[edit]

Unfortunately saying where Nagorno-Karabakh is located is a political minefield, and "isIn|Caucasus" is probably the best way out. Basically, the Azeris say its theirs, but it's populated by a bunch of Armenians who have a self-proclaimed republic recognized by nobody and the only way to get in is via Armenia. Jpatokal 05:47, 20 August 2006 (EDT)

Whatever works. -- Andrew Haggard (Sapphire) 06:55, 20 August 2006 (EDT)

Official names[edit]

It is the long-standing policy of Wikitravel that we do not default to official names for destinations, but rather to the name that is most useful for the traveler. In most cases, the cities and town in Karabakh are today most commonly known in English under the Armenian names, but honestly, none are well known among English speakers anyway. The one and only exception I can think of is Shusha, which is famous enough for its long history and culture that the Azeri version has remained the most common in English usage (by a factor of 3x, according to Google searches for Shusha + Karabakh vs. Shushi + Karabakh, limited to pages in English).

What is more important, from the traveler's point of view, is that all road signs in Karabakh use the Armenian names, not the Azeri names. Moreover, being occupied by the ethnic-Armenian government of Nagorno-Karabakh, these cities are uniformly referred to using the Armenian names, and a traveler who uses the Azeri names could actually run into trouble, as this is a politically sensitive matter. It is perfectly fine to include the Azeri translation in parentheses on the actual destination page, as per our policy on foreign names. But these links should remain as I have left them, per the linked policies above. Further "Azerifications" are not useful to the traveler, and therefore have no place on Wikitravel, IMO. --Peter Talk 11:59, 4 April 2008 (EDT)

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