Estonia to correct passport snafu

  • 2002-10-24

The Estonian government will correct administrative errors that threaten to strip hundreds of people of their citizenship in the Baltic country, Prime Minister Siim Kallas said Oct. 22.

"Those who in good faith have received Estonian passports must not suffer because of administrative mistakes made in the past," Kallas told reporters.

"We'll find a procedure under which those people can keep their passports."

Earlier this month, nearly 1,000 people got a shock when they were told they were to be stripped of their citizenship due to mistakes made when passports were first issued 10 years ago after Estonia re-asserted its independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The mistakes tended to affect people whose spouses had alreadybeen naturalized.