The General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches has issued a message stating that the present situation in Azerbaijan’s siege of Nagorno-Karabakh is causing suffering and injustice to the oppressed people.

The CEC General Assembly was held in Tallinn, Estonia, from June 15th to 20th, focusing on ” Under God’s Blessing – Shaping the Future”.  The Assembly addressed significant issues, including the war in Ukraine and the blockade of Artsakh, and released a statement. The statement emphasized that the ongoing situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, currently under blockade by Azerbaijan, is leading to oppression, suffering, and injustice for the people there.

Every five years, the General Assembly determines the future of CEC. People from CEC Member Churches, Organisations in Partnership, and European National Councils of Churches gather at the Assembly to make important decisions. Additionally, the Assembly chooses new board members who will lead CEC’s work for the next five years.

At the Assembly, three representatives from the Armenian Church were present: His Grace Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, Bishop Vardan Navasardyan, and Very Rev. Garegin Hambardzumyan. The delegates played an active role in various committees. Additionally, they led an Armenian evening service on June 19th.

The head of the Department of Preservation of Spiritual & Cultural Heritage of Artsakh of Holy Etchmiadzin, Very Rev. Garegin Hambardzumyan, was elected to the Governing board for the next five years. The Primate of the Armenian Diocese in the Baltic States, Bishop Vardan Navasardyan, was elected as a member of the Financial Committee.

Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, the Primate of the Armenian Diocese of the United Kingdom and Ireland served on the CEC Central Committee from 2008-2013 and the Governing Board of CEC from 2018 to 2023.

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