New York, 9 December 2013 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the situation of Nuns from Saint Tecla Orthodox Convent in Ma’aloula, Syria
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 twelve 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.
Statements on 9 December 2013
- New York, 9 December 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks on International Anti-corruption Day High-level Plenary: "The Role of Good Governance and the Post-2013 Development Agenda" [delivered by Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General]
- Johannesburg, 9 December 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
- New York, 9 December 2013 - Secretary-General's message on International Anti-Corruption Day
- New York, 9 December 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks at Event marking the 65th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide [delivered by the Deputy Secretary-General]
- Conakry, Guinea, 9 December 2013 - Secretary-General's message to 40th session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Council of Foreign Ministers [delivered by Mr. Said Djinnit, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa]