By Azania Post Reporter
MYANMAR Chief Aung San Suu Kyi has said she has many pressing matters that prevent her to attend upcoming United Nation’s General Assembly in New York , United States.
A spokesperson for her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), told Reuters news agency late on Tuesday that the Nobel Peace Prize winner had withdrawn from the meeting.
"She's never afraid of facing criticism or confronting problems. Perhaps she's got more pressing matters here to deal with," Aung Shin, said the spokesman.
U Henry Van Thio, Myanmar's vice president, is expected to attend the assembly instead, and speak on behalf of Myanmar, China's official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday
Aung San Suu Kyi, whose official title is state counsellor, faces mounting criticism over the systematic killings and displacements of Rohingya Muslims in the western Rakhine state.
Since August 25, 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh. But a spokesperson for the NLD said she was not aware of the reason for the Aung San Suu Kyi's withdrawal from this year's General Assembly.
.The crisis over the security forces' fierce response to Rohingya is the biggest problem Aung San Suu Kyi has faced since becoming Myanmar's leader last year.
Critics have called for her to be stripped of her Nobel peace prize for failing to do more to address the crisis.
In her first address to the General Assembly as national leader in September last year, Aung San Suu Kyi defended her government’s efforts to resolve the crisis over treatment of the Muslim minority.
International pressure has been growing on Myanmar to end the violence in the western state of Rakhine that began on August 25 when a ragtag Rohingya militia attacked about 30 police posts and an army camp.
The attacks prompted a sweeping military counteroffensive that refugees say is aimed at pushing Rohingya out of Myanmar.
Reports from refugees and rights groups paint a picture of widespread attacks on Rohingya villages in the north of Rakhine by the security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, who have put numerous Muslim villages to the torch.
More than 313,000 refugees have made their way across a difficult border region since August 25.