United Arab Emirates
Illegal Issues of Postage Stamps

UNIVERSAL

POSTAL UNION

Berne, 9 April 2001

International Bureau Circular

 168 

Dear Sir/Madam

The administration of the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES asks me to inform you of the following:

"I wish to inform you that we have received information from an external source reporting the existence of illegal postage stamp issues for the Emirates, prior to the establishment of the United Arab Emirates State, as described in the annex.

"We have satisfied ourselves that these stamps are counterfeits; they were never issued by the United Arab Emirates and they damage the reputation of our postage stamps. Given the great importance attached by the country's authorities to this matter, we should be most grateful if you would inform the postal administrations of Union member countries that these postage stamps are illegal and that, consequently, their use or marketing amongst philatelists is illegitimate and must cease."

Yours faithfully,
K J S MCKEOWN

Director of Communication
and Postal Markets

Annex

List of illegal postage stamps supposedly issued by the Emirates of Ajman, Sharjah and Fujeira

Ajman

- dogs: 7 stamps in vertical se-tenant strip
- dogs: 7 stamps in horizontal se-tenant strip
- dogs: 7 stamps in horizontal se-tenant strip
- cats: 7 stamps in vertical se-tenant strip
- cats: 7 stamps in vertical se-tenant strip
- cats: 7 stamps in horizontal se-tenant strip
- birds: 7 stamps in horizontal se-tenant strip
- reptiles: 7 stamps in vertical se-tenant strip

Sharjah

- dogs: 7 stamps in vertical se-tenant strip
- dogs: 7 stamps in vertical se-tenant strip
- dogs: 7 stamps in horizontal se-tenant strip
- cats: 7 stamps in vertical se-tenant strip
- cats: 7 stamps in horizontal se-tenant strip
- cats: 7 stamps in horizontal se-tenant strip
- birds: 7 stamps in horizontal se-tenant strip
- reptiles: 7 stamps in vertical se-tenant strip

Fujeira

- dogs: 7 stamps in vertical se-tenant strip
- dogs: 7 stamps in horizontal se-tenant strip
- dogs: 7 stamps in horizontal se-tenant strip
- cats: 7 stamps in vertical se-tenant strip
- cats: 7 stamps in vertical se-tenant strip
- cats: 7 stamps in horizontal se-tenant strip
- birds: 7 stamps in horizontal se-tenant strip
- reptiles: 7 stamps in horizontal se-tenant strip

More information about the illegal issues can be obtained directly from the UPU, Mrs. Maria Libera.

Published: 09/15/2001. Revised: 09/16/01.
Copyright 2001 by PWO and
by Victor Manta, Switzerland.
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