(AFP) - The Conference of European Churches (CEC) on Saturday called on Turkey to recognize that it committed genocide against Armenians and urged reconciliation between Ankara and Yerevan.
"The Presidium subscribes to the words which the Catholicos of All Armenians, Garegin II, and Catholicos Aram I have repeatedly expressed: the horrific crimes in connection with the Armenian genocide should never be forgotten. "Guilt must be admitted and the truth must be told," the CEC said in a statement.
"The Presidium urges the Turkish government to initiate a process of reconciliation between the Turkish and the Armenian peoples in which the recognition of guilt and the proclamation of the truth need to be integral elements," it said.
The Conference of European Churches, founded in 1959, is a fellowship of 126 Orthodox, Protestant and Old Catholic Churches, along with 43 associated organizations from across Europe.