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Sakhalin To Ban 'Distorted' Maps Of Kurile Islands

The Kurile Islands (ITAR-TASS) 22 February 2006 -- Authorities in Russia's Far Eastern island of Sakhalin said they will ban printed matter that mislabels Russian territory.

Officials are particularly concerned about Japanese companies distributing calendars, leaflets, and maps that show the disputed southern Kurile islands as belonging to Japan.

Russia seized the islands, known as the Northern Territories in Japan, at the end of World War II. The dispute has kept Russia and Japan from signing a peace treaty.

Japan renounced its claims to southern Sakhalin after the war, but has not officially recognized Russian sovereignty.


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