Myanmar's Suu Kyi to skip United Nations meeting

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been widely denounced amid the growing Rohingya crisis

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been widely denounced amid the growing Rohingya crisis

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to miss next week's UN General Assembly as criticism of her handling of the Rohingya crisis grows.

The violence and exodus began on August 25 when Rohingya insurgents attacked Myanmar police and paramilitary posts in what they said was an effort to protect their ethnic minority from persecution by security forces in the majority Buddhist country.

In a press conference government spokesman Zaw Htay said Suu Kyi will "speak for national reconciliation and peace" in a televised address on September 19.

This year, her party spokesman said she would not be attending, although he said he was unsure why.

He further called the turmoil in Myanmar as "a massive global crisis" that will spill over into other countries in the region in the near future and ignite ethnic conflicts, adding that the worldwide community should not expect Bangladesh, which is already an overpopulated country, to ease the turmoil by accommodating the refugees. What are the crimes of the women, children, the innocent people?

The UNSC will not easily come to an agreement on the issue; permanent members China and Russian Federation back the Myanmar government's insistence that the violence in Rakhine is unavoidable, because it is fighting back against the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, a Muslim insurgent group. Every Myanmar citizens of all ethnicities working here in Japan agree with what the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi is doing in Rakhine in order to keep the peace. Myanmar denies the claim, and says it is not targeting civilians, but only militants.

Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog said in a statement, "We called this meeting as we are deeply concerned by the reports emerging from Rakhine state and the horrifying stories being recounted by Rohingya refugees who have reached Bangladesh".

The UN Security Council will meet on Wednesday behind closed doors for the second time since the latest crisis erupted.

"I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred, and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population", he added.

An editorial in a local English language daily said that on Monday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights finally described what has so far been euphemistically referred to as the "Rohingya crisis" as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". Bangladesh's unwillingness to host more refugees became apparent in the government's plan to relocate Rohingyas to a remote island that is mostly flooded during the monsoon season.

Rohingyas are an ethnic group from Myanmar comprising mostly of Muslims. Many of those say that the forces of Myanmar are conducting a campaign to force them from the country.

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