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Damascus: Number of naturalized ajanib climbs to 6,700

KURDWATCH, June 21, 2011—On June 20, 2011, President Bashar al-Assad gave a third speech to the Syrian people since the unrest began in mid-March. Among other things, he pointed to the fact that since the passage of Decree 49, dated April 7, 2011, more than 36,000 registered stateless (ajanib) have already applied for naturalization. A total of 6,700 people are said to have been naturalized thus far. [Further information on the case] Regarding the promised reforms, the president’s speech remained largely vague. Al-Assad said nothing about the extent to which specific demands of the Kurds would be taken into consideration.


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