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Suu Kyi to skip UN meet, address nation on violence

Suu Kyi to skip UN meet, address nation on violence”

But worldwide pressure on Myanmar heightened this week after United Nations rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein said the violence seemed to be a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Around 370,000 of Myanmar's minority Rohingya population have fled the country's western state of Rakhine into neighbouring Bangladesh in recent weeks, according to the UN.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry calls for the urgent meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) amid the escalation of crisis in Myanmar, involving Rohingya Muslims, the ministry's spokesman said Wednesday.

The violence in Rakhine State and the exodus of refugees is the most pressing problem Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has faced since becoming national leader previous year.

Rycroft says that from the "language and body language" of their representatives, most of the council's member states were not opposed to an open meeting. Myanmar has a long history of brutally discriminating against Rohingya people.

Aid agencies have to step up operations "massively" in response to the arrival in Bangladesh of about 400,000 refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar, and the amount of money needed to help them has risen sharply, a senior United Nations official said on Wednesday.

"UNFPA appeals to the worldwide community to urgently support the response for women and girls affected by this crisis", said Dr. Natalia Kanem, Acting Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

The Trump administration has called for protection of civilians, and Bangladesh says all of the refugees will have to go home and it has called for safe zones to be created in Myanmar to enable them to do so. "One is the current situation in Rakhine State".

MYANMAR'S leader Aung San Suu Kyi will give a public address next week on the crisis involving her country's Rohingya minority, her spokesman has announced.

"I hear one of (my) sisters has already crossed to Bangladesh, but two other sisters - I have not heard about them", Mr Sha, a community leader in Australia, said.

The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to meet September 20 to discuss the crisis in her country's Rakhine state, in which the U.N. said at least 1,000 have died.

Exhausted Rohingya refugees have given accounts of atrocities at the hands of soldiers and Buddhist mobs who burned their villages to the ground.

Government officials in Myanmar consider nearly all of Rohingyas to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, even those who have lived in the country for generations. The Rohingya is not listed as a recognized ethnic group in Myanmar. "These are very vulnerable people who have crossed the border, who've, as we said, are hungry and are malnourished and deserve to be helped", he said. "We are urgently appealing for more funds", he said.

According to Guterres, that letter was the first such instance of a secretary-general officially writing to the council on an issue since 1989.

The letter called for Myanmar's government to implement the recommendations of a commission led by former United Nations chief Kofi Annan to give the Rohyingya citizenship and freedom of movement.



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