During the visit to Armenia on 18-22 September 2023, WCC delegation visited a 13th-century Noravank monastery, located in Amaghu River gorge, near the town of Yeghegnadzor in Armenia. The ecumenical delegation included Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay, WCC general secretary, His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, vice moderator of the WCC central committee, Rev. Rita Famos, president of the Protestant Church of Switzerland, and staff members of the WCC.


The governing body released a statement after reviewing the report of a WCC delegation visit to Armenia on 18-22 September.

The statement expresses deep solidarity with the Armenian people and churches, and especially with all those who have fled from their ancient homeland in Nagorno-Karabakh, following the traumatic events of 19-20 September 2023.” 

The WCC also expresses profound regret that, in the years since the 1992-1994 Nagorno-Karabakh war, ways could not be found to secure a sustainable peace among the people of the region.”

The statement urges the government of Azerbaijan to guarantee security and equal rights for those ethnic Armenian people who remain or who may decide to return to their homes. Among other calls, the statement also appeals to the European Union to strengthen the EU Mission in Armenia, in order to ensure sufficient personnel and resources to monitor and report on any incursions by Azerbaijans armed forces on the sovereign territory of Armenia.”

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