Suu Kyi to skip UN General Assembly

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

The funding comes on top of the €12 million announced in May 2017 when commissioner Stylianides visited Rakhine state in Myanmar.

"The first reason (Suu Kyi can not attend) is because of the Rakhine terrorist attacks", he said.

Suu Kyi linked Rohingya's issue with the security question saying, "We have to decide how to differentiate terrorists from innocents".

- Aung San Suu Kyi withdraws from attending the UN General Assembly meeting.

Turkish aid agencies on Monday launched a nationwide aid campaign for Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar's western Rakhine state.

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein said on Monday that the security operation in Rakhine appeared to be "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing". The Trump administration has called for protection of civilians, and Bangladesh has urged safe zones so refugees can return home.

Some have been injured by landmines they accuse Myanmar of planting along the border, while others described people being tortured to death or burned alive. "The global community should put pressure on Myanmar. this has to be stopped", she added.

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A government spokesman for Ms Suu Kyi, Zaw Htay, said "the state councillor will not attend" the General Assembly, where she spoke a year ago. By October, new violence had broken out across Rakhine State.

The new camp will help relieve some pressure on existing settlements in the Bangladeshi border district of Cox's Bazar, where almost 300,000 Rohingya have arrived since August 25. In a report, United Nations investigators said such violations may have constituted crimes against humanity.

The EU has been providing humanitarian support in Myanmar and Bangladesh for many years. What we have seen from the Myanmar government is quite literally the scorched-earth policy.

On Monday night, she condemned Buddhist-majority Burma for "atrocities" she said had reached a level beyond description, telling legislators she had "no words to condemn Burma" and noting that Bangladesh had always been protesting against the persecution of the Rohingya. The leading Muslim countries like KSA, Turkey, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, Iran and Pakistan should raise this burning issue on global forums.

The UN Security Council is scheduled to discuss the Rohingya crisis on Wednesday for the second time since it broke out on August 25, albeit behind closed doors once again.

The Myanmar government say the death toll now stands at 421, including 378 "terrorists" and 28 civilians. Bangladesh's Prime Minister has warned Myanmar to halt the violence against the Rohingya and create the conditions for their return.

"It is important that the Security Council play its role in responding", Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog said.

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