News 13 september — 15:14

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi to miss UN General Assembly


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, BBC reports.

Some 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed to Bangladesh since violence in Rakhine state escalated last month.

Ms Suu Kyi is facing allegations from supporters in the West that she has failed to speak out over the violence.

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

A government spokesman for Ms Suu Kyi, Zaw Htay, said "the state councillor will not attend" the General Assembly, where she spoke last year. He did not give further details.

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