Commissioner Photiou calls for strengthening role of overseas Cypriots

Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou said the common aim is to secure the dynamic presence of Cypriot Hellenism abroad with new actions that will decisively help in further strengthening the role of overseas Cypriots.

Welcoming members of NEPOMAK, the youth organisation of overseas Cypriots, during a gathering on Thursday at the Presidential Palace, Photiou further said that the diaspora provides valuable support to efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.

The Commissioner noted that by taking advantage of the potential of our diaspora,  in cooperation with Greece, and also by taking advantage of the important role of friendly countries in the region, such as Egypt, Israel and Armenia, we have taken very important steps to promote and support our positions through actions that are included in the national diaspora strategy.  Photiou said the NEPOMAK strategy includes programmes on language and culture.

The «NEOPOMAK Discover Cyprus Program», he added, is a unique opportunity for new Cypriots to visit their country and improve their knowledge on Cyprus and its heritage. It is also a fantastic way to build friendship with other Cypriots from all over the world.

“Our common aim is to secure the continuing presence of Cypriot Hellenism overseas through new actions and activities that will decisively strengthen the role of overseas Cypriots where they live and in promoting the national causes”, the Commissioner said.

He further noted that overseas Cypriots are the best ambassadors, adding we are proud of their achievements in their country of residence.

On the Cyprus problem, Photiou said we support a solution that will reunify the island and end the occupation, secure the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Cypriots, without intervention, guarantee rights or any other foreign needs.

At present, he said, we are expecting the UN and especially the UNSG to point out to Turkey that it should end it provocations and help resume the negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus issue.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.


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