Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate who now leads Myanmar, plans to sit out this year’s U.N. General Assembly as her government faces growing criticism over its handling of a humanitarian crisis on the country’s western border, where about 370,000 Rohingya refugees have fled military violence in recent weeks.

Government spokesman Zaw Htay told Reuters that Suu Kyi, who delivered a landmark address at last year’s assembly as Myanmar’s first civilian leader in decades, “is trying to control the security situation, to have internal peace and stability, and to prevent the spread of communal conflict.”

Suu Kyi and the Myanmar armed forces — which she does not command — have faced searing criticism since a deadly attack by Rohingya insurgents on Aug. 25

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