The international community has been patiently waiting to hear two prominent world leaders US President Donald Trump and Myanmar’s de facto leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi speak. Both the leaders today spoke and addressed the issues which have been concerning the international community. However the duo miserably failed to placate the anguish and only made the situation more complicated. Myanmar has been facing allegation of ethnic cleansing of minority Rohingya Muslim who have fled en mass to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape the persecution.
Today in her first public comments since violence erupted a month ago that has caused an estimated 412,000 Rohingya to flee Suu Kyi refused to back down or criticize Myanmar’s military or her own lack of reaction to the crisis. Her reputation as an international democracy advocate and humanitarian has been badly damaged for failing to speak out on behalf of the Rohingya. She is Myanmar’s state counselor and foreign minister, roles that give her powers similar to that of a prime minister in Myanmar’s slow transition to democracy from military rule. Also today the world waited to hear Donald Trump speak at UN General Assembly hoping that he will lay down the road map to deal with North Korea. The president’s address was highly anticipated around the world. But to the utter disappointment of everyone Trump only issued more rhetoric and warned that US will totally destroy North Korea. This statement will further escalate the tension in Korean peninsula. Both Aung San Suu Kyi and Donald Trump failed to rise to the occasion.