Presidential Commissioner vows to continue supporting Young Overseas Cypriots

Cypriot Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has pledged to continue supporting Young Overseas Cypriots as they are the future leaders of the Diaspora.


Photiou addressed the World Organisation for Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK) which was held on Wednesday via teleconferencing due to protective measures applied to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The conference was also addressed by the Cyprus Youth Organisation, Prodromos Alambritis and Christos Tuton, President of NEPOMAK, the World Organisation for Young Overseas Cypriots.


Addressing the online conference, Photiou conveyed the Cypriot President’s Nicos Anastasiades’ warm greetings and his commitment for continuous support to the youth of the Cyprus Diaspora.


“The emphasis given to you, the Youth of the Diaspora, is special as you are the future of the Diaspora. You are the Diaspora’s future leaders, the people we can rely on and to promote the interests of our country,” Photiou said addressing the conference.


He also highlighted the efforts to strengthen contacts and collaboration with other the Diaspora youth of other nationalities, pointing out that cooperation is taking place not just only with Greece but also with Israel, Egypt, Armenia and other countries.


Photiou said however the further upgrading of cooperation with Greece constitutes “the basic pillar of Cyprus’ national strategy on issues concerning the Diaspora.”


On his part, Alambritis highlighted the need for continuous contacts between overseas youth and the centre. Recalling that hundreds of visits by Diaspora youth have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Alambritis said that the conference held via teleconferencing is particularly important “because dialogue with the Diaspora cannot and should never stop.


“This dialogue is the oxygen that keeps the prospect for prosperous future for the Cypriot Diaspora alive,” he added.


On his part, Tuton referred to NEPOMAK’s actions since its establishment, stressing that the organisation role is to connect overseas Cypriot youth with the island.


“On our part we will continue to work closely with POMAK and PSEKA and all overseas Cypriots organisations all over the world to support that endeavour to free our country,” he said, adding “we wish for a reunited Cyprus where all Cypriots could prosper together free from foreign occupation, foreign interventions, division, united for the benefit of all Cypriots.”


Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.


Source: Cyprus News Agency

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