Verklaring van de Conferentie van Europese Kerken
[24 april 2015]
CEC Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide
Today, 24 April 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide. Between 1915 and 1922 as many as 1.5 million Armenians were massacred and thousands more displaced from their homeland. One hundred years later, work for recognition and reparation remains.
The Conference of European Churches expresses again its solidarity with the Armenian people as they work for reconciliation and justice. The crimes of the past must not be forgotten.
From 22 to 24 April public commemorations of the Armenian genocide take place in Yerevan. CEC President Rt Rev. Christopher Hill, DD, KCVO and General Secretary Rev. Dr Guy Liagre will join political and spiritual leaders, public figures, and representatives from genocide-surviving nations in these events.
“The work of healing and reconciliation is never easy,” remarked Liagre and Hill from Yerevan, “We are privileged to stand here on this day where we both mourn past atrocities and celebrate the resilience of the Armenian people.”
Those gathered will participate in a number of events including the canonization of the victims of the Armenian genocide by the Armenian Apostolic Church, vigils at the Tsitsernakaberd memorial, and a global forum on the crime of genocide.
CEC joins churches around the world in prayer for the memory of those lost and for renewed commitment to the work of reconciliation.