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Solution to Bedouins problem imminent: Interior Minister

posted on 26/10/2006: 1410 views

The United Arab Emirates is determined to resolve the issue of Bedouins (stateless people), according to Interior Minister Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

"President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued directives to seek a solution that will lead to closing the Bedouins file once and for all," Sheikh Saif said.

He revealed that a joint committee, headed by Brigadier Abdul Aziz Maktoum Al Shareefi, Director of Protective Security Department at the Interior Ministry, is currently finalising the a list of the stateless people who are entitled to UAE citizenship after proving that they have lived here prior to creation of the UAE federation.

"In order to avoid any confusion, the lists of the Bedouin who lived in the UAE before federation have been updated by adding their family members," Brigadier Al Shareefi said.

He also said that the committee has adopted an objective approach to find a comprehensive and permanent solution to all pending matters related to this file.

"The committee has put into consideration certain criteria for stateless people eligible for citizenship, including that they must be residing in the country before declaration of UAE federation on December 2, 1971, they must not conceal any information or documents pertinent to their former nationalities and that must not have been convicted in any criminal felony." Al Shareefi warned that anyone who does not fulfil these conditions will be considered a Bidoun and that the Interior Ministry will treat him or her as a violator of residency law. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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