Myanmar's Suu Kyi to skip UN General Assembly

A Rohingya girl fleeing Myanmar carries a solar panel on a rope around her forehead as she arrives in Tuangiri, Teknaf, Bangladesh, on Sept 12, 2017 (EPA-EFE/Abir Abdullah).

YANGON - Myanmar's national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, facing outrage over ethnic violence that has forced about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh, will not attend the coming UN General Assembly session in New York, a party spokesman said on Wednesday.

The crisis over the security forces' fierce response to a series of Rohingya militant attacks is the biggest problem Suu Kyi has faced since becoming Myanmar's leader last year. Critics have called for her to be stripped of her Nobel peace prize for failing to do more to halt the strife.

In her first address to the UN General Assembly as national leader in September last year, Suu Kyi defended her government’s efforts to resolve the crisis over treatment of the Muslim minority.

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