WCC calls for international response to the needs of Nagorno-Karabakh refugees

WCC calls for international response to the needs of Nagorno-Karabakh refugees

Armenian people and churches urgently need “a generous international response to the humanitarian needs of the refugees who fled from Nagorno-Karabakh, especially vulnerable women, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities, and those without any other means of support,” the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee stated during its meeting in Abuja, Nigeria.

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 Azerbaijan’s armed forces on the sovereign territory of Armenia.”

WCC executive committee statement on the consequences of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh