All eyes on Trump, Macron as UN Gen­eral assem­bly to dis­cuss plight of Ro­hingya

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NEW YORK — World lead­ers will tackle the mass flight of mi­nor­ity Mus­lims from Burma when they be­gin gath­er­ing at the United Na­tions on Monday.

The Ro­hingya cri­sis will be one of sev­eral global chal­lenges fac­ing the Gen­eral Assem­bly, along with an es­ca­lat­ing nu­clear threat from North Korea, the spread of ter­ror­ism and cli­mate change.

The spot­light will be on U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and France’s new leader, Em­manuel Macron, who will both be mak­ing their first ap­pear­ance at the assem­bly. They will be joined by more than 100 heads of state and govern­ment.

In its first state­ment on Burma in nine years, the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil con­demned the vi­o­lence that has driven nearly 400,000 to flee Bangladesh in the past three weeks and called for im­me­di­ate steps to end it. Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son is host­ing a closed meet­ing on the cri­sis Monday, and the Or­ga­niza- tion of Is­lamic Co-op­er­a­tion’s con­tact group on the Rohingyas is sched­uled to meet Tues­day.

Bangladesh’s Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina is ex­pected to ask for help from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to tackle the sit­u­a­tion when she at­tends the assem­bly on Thurs­day.

“We want peace; we want good re­la­tions with our neigh­bour­ing coun­tries,” she said. “But we can’t tol­er­ate and ac­cept any in­jus­tice.”


Aid groups have ex­pressed worry about hunger and dis­eases such as cholera spread­ing through the squalid set­tle­ments in Bangladesh.

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