Aung San Suu Kyi to miss UN General assembly amidst growing criticism
Sept 13, Yangon: Aung San Suu Kyi will be missing next week's UN General Assembly as criticism of her handling of the Rohingya crisis grows.
Approximately, 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed to Bangladesh since violence in Rakhine state escalated last month, and Suu Kyi is facing allegations from supporters in the West that she has failed to speak out over the violence. Myanmar's military says it is fighting Rohingya militants and denies reports that it is targeting civilians.A government spokesman for Suu Kyi, Zaw Htay, said "the state councillor will not attend" the General Assembly, where she spoke last year. He did not give further details.
Suu Kyi was due to participate in discussions at the General Assembly session in New York from 19 to 25 September.
In her first address to the General Assembly as national leader in September last year, Ms Suu Kyi defended her government's efforts
Myanmar's envoy to the UN has blamed Rohingya insurgents for the violence in Rakhine state and said that Myanmar would never tolerate such atrocities.But many of those who have fled say troops responded to attacks by Rohingya militants on 25 August with a brutal campaign of violence and village burnings aimed at driving them out.
The Oslo Times International News Network