- Delegates were briefed on latest developments on the Cyprus issue, economy, tourism and energy by President Anastasiades, Ministers and Political Leaders in Cyprus.
- Delegates discussed initiatives and opportunities to advance the Cypriot diaspora across the globe, including collaboration with other diasporas.
- Conference resolutions expressed ongoing commitment to campaign for a reunited Cyprus, in line with relevant UN Security Council resolutions, High-Level Agreements and EU principles and values that would end the illegal Turkish invasion and continued occupation (Click here to read full resolution, in Greek)
The 9th World Conference of the World Organisation for Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK) and the Executive Council meeting of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots (POMAK) – International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (PSEKA) was held in Nicosia, on 25-27 July 2018. Executive Council members from the UK were represented by the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK
Opening the Conference, President Anastasiades thanked diaspora Cypriots for their political, social, cultural and philanthropic contributions to Cyprus and the furthering of bilateral and multilateral relationships with the countries in which they live. He went on to say “You are proud of your roots and, over the years, you have continued to demonstrate that you are worthy Ambassadors of our traditions, cultures, and of course, the national cause of Cyprus in your home countries”
Referring to his meeting with the new UNSG Advisor on Cyprus, Mrs Jane Holl Lute, President Anastasiades reiterated his determination and genuine will to engage again in a dialogue on the basis of the Secretary General’s points, international law and the European acquis. “If we overcome security concerns, then the European acquis could provide answers to any other pending issues and differences that may exist between the two communities”, he said. The President of the Republic added that at his meeting with Mrs Lute, he expressed his readiness to resume talks from the point they stopped, provided that all six points of the Guterres Framework are accepted. Addressing Turkey’s role, he said, it continues to insist on the same instransigent attitude, claiming that the usurpation of properties, the violation of human rights, the illegal settlers and the demand for a permanent presence of Turkish troops serve to protect the Turkish Cypriots, while this is clearly a pretext contrary to international law, and the principles agreed during the talks, that the security of one community cannot constitute a threat to the other community.
The Opening ceremony was also addressed by the Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Overseas Cypriots Mr Photis Photiou, the President of the House of Representatives Mr Demetris Syllouris, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece Terens Quick, the President of the Youth Board of Cyprus, Mr Panayiotis Sentonas, as well as the Presidents of POMAK (Andreas Papaevripides), PSEKA (Philip Christopher) and NEPOMAK (Antonia Michaelides). Also in attendance was the Egyptian Minister for Expatriate Affairs, Nabila Makram, and the Armenian Diaspora Minister, Mkhitar Hayrapetyan.
NEPOMAK marked its 15th anniversary with its largest ever conference in Nicosia, with over 110 young diaspora Cypriot delegates from around the world. In addition to briefings from the President and Government Ministers, delegates held workshops to discuss NEPOMAK’s strategy, existing programmes and potential ideas for new programmes. New and more established faces came together to discuss how NEPOMAK can further its work by bringing together young overseas Cypriots as well as supporting the President of the Republic of Cyprus in his efforts to deliver a free, united Cyprus.
The 2018 NEPOMAK World Conference also saw a change in leadership of the organisation as Antonia Michaelides stepped down as President after 4 years in the role. At conference, Christos Tuton (from the UK) was elected as President of NEPOMAK. In his acceptance speech, he said that it was “an incredible honour to be elected” and he also thanked Antonia Michaelides for her “exceptional contribution and service to young overseas Cypriots and for her inspirational leadership of NEPOMAK.” In recognition of her contribution, the conference voted to appoint Antonia Michaelides an Honorary President of NEPOMAK.
A new 22-member Executive Committee for the period 2018-2020 was also elected. Delegates left conference with an enhanced sense of optimism, motivation and excitement about what the next few years will bring for NEPOMAK.