Topic: Foreign Relations
UN System in Turkmenistan Acclaims Grant of Citizenship to Refugees
Ashgabat, 6 August 2005 (nCa) --- Representatives of the United Nation system in Turkmenistan have praised the decision of the Turkmen government to grant citizenship and residency rights to more than 16000 refugees and immigrants.
Khaled Philby, resident coordinator of UN system in Turkmenistan and Ms. Annika Linden, head of UNHCR mission in Turkmenistan, have sent a joint letter of thanks to the president of Turkmenistan.
The letter says, in part, “We wish to express our gratitude to you and to the government of Turkmenistan for the long-expected and magnanimous decision to grant citizenship to the . . . refugees.”
“Turkmenistan has displayed great generosity, humanity and hospitality in acceptance and grant of shelter to the refugees since their arrival in the country,” the letter says.
Annika Lynden told during a talk with the Turkmen media, “This is a great event for us. It is a great gift for anyone who is not indifferent to the fate of the people.”
She also said that during the ten years of mutual cooperation, UNHCR and Turkmenistan had been able to render great service to the refugees living on the territory of Turkmenistan.
Indu Mohandas, deputy head of UNHCR office in Turkmenistan, said, “This step is the logical continuation of the humanitarian policies of the president of Turkmenistan.”
Turkmenistan recently granted citizenship and residency rights to more than 16000 persons, most of who were ethnic Turkmens who were displaced during the civil war in Tajikistan.