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E-Passports now available

14 January 2013

The Ministry of the Interior and Local Government has started issuing e-passports.

People who have the necessary documents and photographs will have their applications speedily processed. Most will get their new e-passports within 24 hours.

Minister Nazim Cavusoglu says that staff training has been completed and that all the necessary technical equipment is now in place.

There has been some criticism of the investment required to produce e-passports. Critics point out that it seems inappropriate as the TRNC is not recognised around the world. Mr Cavusoglu maintains that it is important that we do not just retreat into our shell because of non-recognition but that we show the world that we are a modern nation ready to take our place in the world.

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