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.