Yangon, Sept.13: As the Rohingya crisis continues to grip the entire Myanmar, the State Counsellor and de facto leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi announced that she will not attend next week’s United Nations General Assembly debate.
According to reports, nearly 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state for Bangladesh, Nepal and India following the last month violence.
Entire villages have been burnt down, leading critics and the United Nations into accusing the NLD Government of ethnic cleansing.
Myanmar’s military, however, says it is fighting Rohingya militants and has denied 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 scheduled to meet on Wednesday to discuss the crisis.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi has widely received criticism by former supporters in the West for failing to maintain law and order in the wake of violence.
She had lived under house arrest for 15 years for her pro-democracy activism, is widely seen as the head of government in Myanmar.
Fellow Nobel laureates, including the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Malala Yousafzai, have called on Ms Suu Kyi to stop the violence.
As Suu Kyi was likely to attend the discussions at the General Assembly session in New York, which runs from September 19 to 25.