UAE asks stateless people to register

September 3rd, 2008 - 1:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Abu Dhabi, Sep 3 (IANS) Authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are allowing stateless people in this Gulf nation a final chance to register themselves.This is part of an initiative taken by a higher national committee set up by UAE Minister for Interior Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to find immediate solutions to the problem of people without identification papers in the country.

Nasser Al Nuaimi, the interior ministry director and the committee head, said registration centres would open Sep 7 for all those without identification documents, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

“The ministry of interior has begun preparing registration centres in four emirates - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman - to welcome clients … for two months,” Al Nuaimi was quoted as saying.

The committee will have representatives from the ministries of interior and presidential affairs and security offices.

Al Nuaimi stated that the committee’s priority was to settle the problem of stateless people as it constitutes a threat to the social security and stability of the country.

“Sheikh Saif’s directives highlighted the need for closing this file for good with more accurate and effective methods so as to preserve the right of eligible persons for naturalisation, respect the rule of law, community will and higher national interests,” he said.

He pointed out that this opportunity for registration would be final and comprehensive and warned those who missed this chance would be considered violators of the law for entry and residency of foreigners.

“The ministry of interior will conduct a blanket crackdown on offenders after the door of registration is closed,” he warned.

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