Throughout the years, the role and involvement of our expatriates in the welfare of our communities overseas, in upholding the rights of the Cypriot Greeks and promoting Cyprus, is a central and constant denominator of our common efforts.
Our expatriate Greek Cypriots’ contribution, role, organizational structure and active participation have been upgraded since the Turkish invasion and its collective work is recognized by all in the country. The actions and activities undertaken by the organized bodies and leaders in order to put an end to the on-going occupation and reach a fair solution to the Cyprus problem are intensified and formulated in a common orientation and cooperation framework of the state’s policy.
The aspirations, as well as the goal, that have been set within the framework of the new state multi-dimensional policy for the exterior, and the role of Cyprus within the geopolitical framework of the area, offer new possibilities to the leadership of the overseas communities to approach international inﬂuence centers.
In this context, the cooperation we are developing with the Greek government aiming to coordinate the collaboration of the Cypriot and Greek expatriates by pursuing common actions, by making the most of all possibilities, the strength and the relations of all Hellenism, is very valuable.
Such actions intend, aside from anything else, to maintain our common national identity, our customs and traditions, our religion, as well as to promote knowledge of the Greek language and our culture in the countries of residency and work.
In this context, we have sought and secured bilateral and trilateral co-operations that will help in making our goal reality meaningfully. Already, we have in place cooperation with Israel, Egypt and Lebanon, as well as other countries, such as Armenia, Rumania and Serbia at the highest level. It is exactly through this especially important pillar of our strategy that we can capitalize on the cooperation among Diasporas from several countries as a necessary diplomatic tool for promoting common goals and collective interests in important decision-making centers abroad.
Among the foremost priorities of the strategy that we have created, is the utilization of the diaspora organized bodies, so that they might promote matters of mutual priority for our countries, as well as common interest matters, such as youth, entrepreneurship and education among the diaspora communities.
Nevertheless, top priority in our strategy is the encouragement and active participation of our expatriate youth. There can no diaspora in the future without the young generation, because it is this generation that will be called upon to take the reins in continuing the multifaceted work that our diaspora is accomplishing.