Cyprus Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has pledged the government’s continued support to Young Overseas Cypriots whom he described as the future leaders of the Diaspora.
Photiou, who addressed the World Organisation for Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK) late on Wednesday via teleconferencing due to protective anti-coronavirus measures, also conveyed President Nicos Anastasiades’ commitment towards continuous support to the overseas youth.
“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.
He also referred to efforts to strengthen contacts and collaboration with other Diaspora youth of other nationalities, pointing out that cooperation is taking place not just with Greece but also with Israel, Egypt, Armenia and other countries.
But he did underlined that upgrading cooperation with Greece constitutes “the basic pillar of Cyprus’ national strategy on issues concerning the Diaspora.”
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.