Cooperation between Cyprus and Serbia on diaspora issues will enhance their friendly relations, Commissioner Photiou says, CNA 19/4/2022
Cooperation between Cyprus and Serbia on diaspora issues will enhance even more their friendly relations, Presidential Commissioner, Photis Photiou, said on Tuesday, in the framework of a meeting he had with the Ambassador of Serbia to Cyprus, Marko Blagojevic.
According to a press release, during the meeting Photiou and Blagojevic discussed concrete ways and actions to make use of the bilateral MoU between Cyprus and Serbia, in view of a visit which Photiou will pay to Belgrade.
The Ambassador of Serbia noted that an important provision of the MoU is now implemented regarding a diplomat of the Serbian Foreign Ministry who has been sent to Cyprus as the coordinator for organizing Serbia’s diaspora.
On his part, Photiou assured Blagojevic that the department for Overseas Cypriots at his Office will provide expertise and every possible support to help this effort.
Moreover, he noted that the aim is to bring the peoples of the two countries living abroad and in the countries themselves, closer, through various actions and initiatives.
During the meeting, Photiou referred to the problem of missing persons in Cyprus, that causes for decades now pain and suffering to hundreds of Cypriot families.
The Serbian Ambassador expressed the support both of himself and his country to the families, noting that his country faces a similar problem.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Since then, the fate of hundreds of people remains unknown.