Published: 2017-09-13 18:18
Last Updated: 2017-09-13 18:37
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi cancelled plans on Wednesday to attend the UN General Assembly debate, according to a government spokesman.
The cancellation comes after a wave of international criticism over reported violence against at least 370,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh in less than three weeks.
The assembly is set to open Tuesday and run through September 25, to address domestic security issues.
According to Htay, Suu Kyi will not attend is because of the Rakhine terrorist attacks, on which the state counsellor is focusing her efforts. Another reason is the rumor of terrorist attacks being carried out by inciting riots.
Many fleeing Rohingya have said Myanmar soldiers shot indiscriminately, burnt their homes and warned them to leave or die in what the government has called "clearance operations". Others said they were attacked by Buddhist mobs, according to the National.