Church Leaders Call on President Biden to Recognise Armenian Genocide

A group of church leaders have in a letter called upon US President Joe Biden to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of 1915 – 1923. On 24 April 2020, during his presidential campaign, Biden had said that the Armenian Genocide must be remembered.

The letter pointed out that it was not just Armenians who were murdered but also Christians from other groups within the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire. It is estimated that 2,500,000 Assyrian, Syriac, and Greek Christians alongside 1,500,000 Armenians were murdered before the killing stopped.

If he chooses to acknowledge the genocide, it is likely that Biden will have strong bi-partisan support. In 2019, both Houses of the US Congress unanimously passed bills acknowledging the massacres.

Among the signatories of the letter were: His Eminence, Archbishop Dr Vicken Aykazian, Armenian Church of America, Bishop Hovakim Manukyan Primate of Armenian Church in the UK and Ireland, The Very Revd Cor Episcopos Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Aid, former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, The Rt Revd Lord George Carey, the Marquess of Reading, and the Baroness Cox.

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