Turkmenistan, UN mull issues on statelessness
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Feb. 19
By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:
A meeting with representatives of the regional office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Central Asia was held at the State Migration Service of Turkmenistan, Trend reports with reference to the service.
The sides expressed confidence in expanding productive partnership between Turkmenistan and the UNHCR.
“Turkmenistan adheres to generally accepted norms of international law and, as a neutral state, puts forward peaceful and humanistic initiatives, supporting international principles of the development of friendly and good-neighborly relations,” the report said.
During the meeting, UN officials expressed appreciation to Turkmenistan for the work done to reduce the number of stateless persons, while noting that the Turkmen experience serves as a good example for other countries.
In November 2014, the UNHCR approved global action plan on elimination of statelessness for the period of 2014-2024, which was enshrined in the resolution of the UN General Assembly.
Last year 735 people became the citizens of Turkmenistan, permanently residing in the territory of the state, who do not have citizenship and are representatives of various nationalities.
During the period of 2011-2017, 8,145 people were accepted to the citizenship of Turkmenistan.