Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Aung San Suu Kyi cancels trip to United Nations

Aung San Suu Kyi cancels trip to United Nations

She made the claim in a telephone call to Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan while discussing the violence that triggered a flood of more than 120,000 refugees to cross the border into neighbouring Bangladesh to flee the fighting.

The Bangladeshi leader has lambasted Myanmar for the "atrocities" that have driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh in recent weeks.

The protesters criticized Suu Kyi, asking whether she had received the Nobel Prize for promoting peace or for persecuting Rohingya. At least 300 boats carrying Rohingya arrived in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on Wednesday, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said.

However, Rohingya have described large-scale violence perpetrated by Myanmar troops and Buddhist mobs setting fire to their homes, spraying bullets indiscriminately and ordering them to leave or be killed.

"Elsewhere, DFID's partners are ready to provide emergency food to 30,000 people and to treat more than 3,000 severely malnourished children and pregnant women, but can not get the access they need".

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.

The U.N. said Tuesday that 370,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh since August 25 and thousands are arriving every day.

Asked why the response has been so slow, Filippo Grandi alluded to difficulties working in Bangladesh, but said he hoped this will change as the scale of the crisis becomes more apparent.

The United Nations reported Monday that 313,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine - the biggest flight of the minority Rohingya in a generation.

Numerous new arrivals were staying in schools, or were huddling under tarps in makeshift settlements along roads and in open fields.

Dozens of foreign diplomats and aid agency officials were set to meet Rohingya refugees Wednesday near the Kutupalong refugee camp, according to Kazi Abdur Rahman, additional deputy commissioner in Cox's Bazar district.

That new estimate given Tuesday in a statement by UNHCR is more than 50,000 higher than Monday's estimate - a result of aid agencies reaching "more villages, hamlet and pockets where refugees have gathered".

"A humanitarian crisis is going on here", he said. "We need to work together during such a serious crisis". An envoy's visit in July was met with protests.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on September 6 that New Delhi will grant free visas to Myanmar citizens wanting to visit the country.

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