Lithuania Approves Sakartvelo as Official Name for Georgia
Lithuania has approved "Sakartvelas" (Sakartvelo) as its official name for Georgia, meaning that it has to be used in all official Lithuanian-language documents.
"Sakartvelas is the official name now," Audrys Antanaitis, chairman of the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language (VLKK), told BNS.
The commission decided on December 21 to remove "Gruzija" (Georgia) from its documents setting the official Lithuanian-language names of countries and replace it with "Sakartvelas".
Two years ago, the Lithuanian language watchdog approved "Sakartvelas" as an alternative name for "Gruzija".