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Congress of Overseas Cypriots continues with PSEKA deliberations
2005-08-26 11:55:20

Limassol, Aug 26 (CNA) – The 14th congress of Overseas Cypriots continues today with the deliberations of the International Coordinating Committee – Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA) with House President Demetris Christofias delivering the opening speech.

During the morning session PSEKA President Philip Christopher and POMAK President (World Federation of Overseas Cypriots) Haris Sofoklides will address the meeting.

Among the speakers are President and the Vice President of the Greek Parliament’s Special Committee for overseas Greeks Evgenios Haitides and Gregoris Niotis respectively.

Yesterday, the Congress approved the reports of various POMAK committees. Sofoklides was elected unopposed POMAK President for 2005-2007.

Specifically, the report of the committee for POMAK’s operation, its international relations and cooperation with NGOs stresses the need for greater coordination. It also notes that every overseas federation must operate on a regional level the way it believes it is more effective.

The committee submitted a proposal to set up four subcommittees that will deal with the Council of Europe, a Forum for Human Rights, a European Forum and the UN Committee.

The Congress unanimously approved the report on communication with the diaspora and satellite services. The fundamental aim of the report is to help provide the CyBC signal to all continents and to continually upgrade the programmes’ standard.

Furthermore, it points out the need for Cypriot newspapers to upgrade their websites by adding archives.

The committee of the Diaspora education and cultural matters is calling for additional educational missions and the prompt dispatch of educational material overseas.

The committee dealing with issues of Overseas Cypriots with government services, in its report, welcomed the President of the Republic’s assurance that the vacant positions at the Overseas Cypriots’ Division will be filled. However it notes the absence of legislation for a special fund in the state budget for issues faced by repatriated Cypriots.

Meanwhile, a panel discussion on communication and overseas Cypriots was held yesterday with representatives from the Cyprus News Agency, the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation and the Press and Information Office.

On behalf of CyBC, Director General Marios Mavrikios said that the corporation is making efforts to expand its programmes beyond Europe, noting that the issue needs to be thoroughly examined.

He said CyBC is continually improving programmes regarding information, culture and the youth while its website is being upgraded too.

PIO Director Yiannakis Solomou said his office is upgrading its services and new material will be sent to overseas Cypriots while a documentary on Cyprus will be prepared in a DVD format and will be sent overseas.

He called on overseas Cypriots to inform the PIO on their cultural activities in their countries.

CNA Chief Editor George Penintaex said the Agency is making a continuous effort to make full use of the internet so services and news items are accessible to all overseas Cypriots and their respective media.

He announced that CNA aims to expand and further improve its services in Greek, English and Turkish and said that it sends out daily to the diaspora three bulletins.

The Congress wraps up its deliberations today with the election of the new PSEKA leadership and approval of resolutions. A press conference on the conclusions will take place tomorrow.

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