9 December 2013

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Joins Appeals for Safety of Nurses Missing in Syria,

Others Detained against Their Will

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General remains deeply troubled by the targeting of places of worship and religious representatives in Syria’s conflict.  These concerns are most recently underscored by the situation of the 12 nuns who went missing from Saint Tecla Orthodox Convent in Ma’aloula.

The Secretary-General joins in the appeals for their safety and well-being, and that of all persons who may be detained against their will in Syria.

The United Nations rejects any targeting of persons based on their religion, community or ethnic affiliation.  Civilians throughout Syria are at risk and must be protected.

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