Myanmar's Suu Kyi to skip United Nations assembly to deal with Rohingya crisis

Siamak Moreh Sedgh

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday her government was doing its best to protect everyone in the strife-torn state of Rakhine, as the estimated number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh leapt by 18,000 in one day, to 164,000.

"It is a matter of contempt and shame that they are compelled to leave their homelands under the threat of a government headed by Ms Aung San Suu Kyi, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for peace in 1991 while she was under house arrest of the military regime", said E Abubacker, PFI chairman.

The group also demanded that the Bangladesh government put pressure on Myanmar to stop the persecution of Rohingya people.

Suu Kyi on Tuesday blamed "terrorists" for "a huge iceberg of misinformation" on the strife in the northwestern state of Rakhine but made no mention of the Rohingya who have fled.

Junaid Babunagri, general-secretary of Hefajat-e-Islam, during a press conference in southeastern city, Chittagong said, that they will besiege the Myanmar Embassy in Dhaka if the "genocide" of the Rohingya does not end. It has also blamed Rohingya for burning their own homes even though new fires were occurring after Rohingya fled.

"The humanitarian situation is catastrophic", Guterres said.

The U.N. Security Council condemned the violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State that sparked the mass exodus.

Basic resources were scarce, including food, clean water and medical aid.

Another Islamist group, Hefajat-e-Islam, said it will surround the embassy on September 19 if the Myanmar government does not stop violence against the Rohingya in its Rakhine state.

The troubles started when Rohingya militants attacked a police post and killed several officers.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said one flight chartered by the United Nations refugee agency carried shelter materials, sleeping mats and other emergency supplies for a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar district in the country's southeast. At least 300 boats carrying Rohingya arrived in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on Wednesday, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said.

More than 370,000 minority Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence since August 25, according to the United Nations, an average of nearly 20,000 a day.

Thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims have been arriving daily by foot across the swampy border as well as by rickety wooden boats traveling on wild seas since violence erupted on August 25 in Myanmar.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged Buddhist-majority Myanmar to bring the Rohingya back, while parliament passed a motion Monday night urging the United Nations and other countries to pressure Myanmar for their safety and citizenship.

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