Overseas Cypriots are holding, on 21 and 22 August in Nicosia, the 17th meeting of the International Conference of Overseas Cypriots (POMAK-PSEKA), together with the conference of the Executive Council of the Organization of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK).

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades will declare the Conferences open tomorrow morning.

The opening ceremony will be addressed by the House President Yiannakis Omirou, the Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus, Chrysostomos II, the Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Affairs of Overseas Cypriots Kaitie Clerides, the Presidents of POMAK, PSEKA, and NEPOMAK, Haris Sophoclides, Philip Christopher and Christos Karaolis respectively, and the Director of the Division of Overseas and Repatriated Cypriots, Marios Ieronymides.

Welcome speeches will be delivered by heads and representatives of the parliamentary political parties, namely the Democratic Rally, the Progressive Party of the Working People, the Democratic Party, the Movement of the Social Democrats, the European Party and the Green Party.

Overseas Cypriots will be briefed on the latest developments in the Cyprus issue by the Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulide. There will be an update on natural gas related issues from the Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, followed by a briefing on economic matters and national solidarity fund by the Finance Minister Haris Georgiades.

President Anastasiades will brief delegates on the Cyprus problem and host a reception at the Presidential Palace in their honour.

PSEKA is holding a Conference on Thursday, at which Government Spokesman Christos Stylianides and US Ambassador here John Koening will deliver speeches.

Overseas Cypriots will give a press conference on the results of their meeting on Friday

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