Syrian Kurds granted nationality   2011-04-07 23:39:58 FeedbackPrintRSS

DAMASCUS, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered here on Thursday to grant the Kurds in the country the Syrian nationality, Syrian official SANA news agency reported.

Some 150,000 Kurds who have been registered as foreigners since 1962 will be given the Syrian citizenship, the report said.

According to the Syrian president the Kurds in the country are "a part and parcel of the Syrian national, political and historical texture".

Assad's decision came in the wake of unprecedented protests erupted in the southern province of Daraa and spread to other parts of the country. Syrian authorities blamed "armed gangs backed by foreign powers" on feeding the turmoil.

On August 1962, the Syrian government conducted a special population census for the eastern region of Jazira which was predominantly Kurdish. As a result, around 100,000 Kurds in Jazira were categorized as foreigners.

Editor: yan
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