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Suu Kyi not to attend UN General Assembly

Published : Thursday, 13 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 165

YANGON, Sept 12: Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the U.N. General Assembly in New York next week, media reported on Wednesday, amid growing calls for Myanmar's security forces to be held accountable for alleged crimes against Rohingya Muslims.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi heads the civilian government in the specially created role of state counsellor, but also serves as minister of foreign affairs.
She would not attend the upcoming General Assembly session, the 7Day Daily, a leading newspaper, reported, citing a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official.
Instead, two senior ministers in her government, Kyaw Tint Swe and Kyaw Tin - both seasoned diplomats who in the past defended Myanmar's former military regime on the global stage - would attend and "explain current developments on repatriation and cooperation with international organisations", the official, permanent secretary Myint Thu, was paraphrased as saying. Reuters' calls to Myint Thu were not answered on Monday. Government spokesman Zaw Htay declined to   comment.    -REUTERS

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