Under the Constitution of 1960, along with the Maronites and Latins, Armenians are recognized as a “religious group” and have opted to be part of the Greek Cypriot community. The Armenian Cypriot community is strongly supported, financially and morally, by the Republic of Cyprus and the Armenian Cypriots are represented by an elected Representative at the House of Representatives, without the right to vote.
The Armenian Diocese of Cyprus is located in Nicosia. The religious leader of the community, since August 1997, has been Patriarch Archbishop Varoujan Hergelian, under the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia.
They maintain their own language, schools, churches, cemeteries, monuments, media, social bodies, customs, traditions and cultural life. Financially, Armenian Cypriots tend to be self-employed entrepreneurs/traders, professionals and craftsmen.
In the recent past the short lived National School - Orphanage and Melkonian Educational Institute were institutions that were as influential as its presence of the Armenian Legion in Cyprus, while the migration of large numbers of Armenian Cypriots to the United Kingdom essentially shaped the present-day Armenian expatriate community of Britain.
It is worth mentioning that Cyprus was the first country to raise the issue of the recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the plenary session of the UN General Assembly in 1965 and the second country in the world to recognize the Armenian Genocide in 1975.
According to the latest Demographic Report of the Statistical Service in 2017 Armenians constitute 0.4% of the Greek Cypriot Community (the Greek Cypriot community number 713,500).
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