Myanmar’s State Counselor and de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has decided to skip the annual United Nations General Assembly in September, owing to the mounting criticism over the Rohingya Muslim crisis in the country’s state of Rakhine.
A staggering 370,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring countries including Bangladesh and India, seeking refuge from the ongoing violence and bloodshed, since August 25, 2017.
According to the United Nation’s estimate, at an average approximately 20,000 Rohingya are leaving their homes and livelihood and fleeing to safer territory.
As per BBC reports, a spokesperson from the Presidential office confirmed the cancellation of her trip, citing two reasons:
“One is the current situation in Rakhine State. We have terrorist attacks and also there are many works on public safety and humanitarian works,” spokesman Zaw Htay said in a statement.
Suu Kyi has been subjected to high levels of criticism, that has spiralled ever since a new streak of violence surged against the Rohingya community, after attacks on government border posts by alleged Rohingya militants that took place on August 25, 2017.
Refugees continue to pour into Bangladesh, as their lives have been wrecked by rape, murder, and devastation.
The 72nd United Nations General opened on September 12, in New York, and is expected to continue for weeks to come, as world leaders deliberate on important world issues.
The annual United Nations General Assembly is considered to be one of the largest diplomatic gatherings in the world, and Suu Kyi giving it a miss, will definitely be a matter of further diplomatic dinner-table debates.