Aung San Suu Kyi to skip UNGA on Rohingyas

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Nay Pyi Daw: Myanmar leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has cancelled plans to attend the UN General Assembly session after international criticism over violence against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.

A Presidential office spokesman said in Naypyidaw today that Suu Kyi will skip the assembly due to domestic security considerations.

About 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Rakhine state for Bangladesh since the outbreak of violence last month. Myanmar government has been accused by the UN of ethnic cleansing.

 

Myanmar’s military says it is fighting Rohingya militants and denies reports that it is targeting civilians.

The Rohingya, a mostly Muslim minority in Buddhist-majority Rakhine, have long experienced persecution in Myanmar, which says they are illegal immigrants. They have lived in Myanmar for generations but are denied citizenship. The UN Security Council is due to meet today to discuss the crisis.