Cypriots, living abroad, will gather in Cyprus this week to discuss the latest developments in the Cyprus problem and be briefed on the issue by the island’s political and religious leadership.

The 23rd Conference of the Executive Council of the World Federation for Overseas Cypriots (POMAK) and of the International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (PSEKA), and the 5th Annual Conference of the World Organisation for Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK) will be held in Nicosia, from 24-27 August.

The President of the Republic Demetris Christofias will address the opening ceremony on the evening of Tuesday 24th September.

The opening ceremony will be addressed by the House President Marios Garoyan, the Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus Chrysostomos II, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Markos Kyprianou, the Presidents of POMAK, PSEKA, and NEPOMAK Haris Sophoclides, Philip Christopher and Christos Karaolis respectively, the President of the World Council of Hellenes (SAE) Stefanos Tamvakis, and the President of Cyprus Youth Board Andreas Vyras.

During the conference, representatives of several Ministries will brief delegates on issues that concern them. Central Bank Governor Athanasios Orphanides, Presidential Commissioner Giorgos Iacovou, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou, Vice President of the Committee of Cyprus’ Occupied Municipalities, Mayor of the Turkish occupied city of Morfou Charalambos Pittas and President of AHEPA Nicholas Karacostas will also deliver speeches during the conference.

On the morning of Saturday August 28th a joint Press conference will be held by the presidents of POMAK, PSEKA  and NEPOMAK with the participation of Eleonora Gavrielidou, Director of the Press and Information Office (PIO) and the Service of Overseas Cypriots of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On Wednesday, August 25th, President Christofias and his spouse Elsi will host a reception at the Presidential Palace in honour of the conference attendees.