Malcolm Turnbull to hold bilateral talks with Aung San Suu Kyi

Australia is hosting leaders from the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations during the 3-day special summit

Australia is hosting leaders from the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations during the 3-day special summit

"Daw Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the matter comprehensively at some considerable length herself..."

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday pulled out of a public speech and question-and-answer session in Sydney because she was "not feeling well", the event's organisers said.

Turnbull said Sunday that Suu Kyi had used the weekend summit to seek humanitarian help from her fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Australia to deal with the crisis.

Pressure has been building on Ms Suu Kyi over the plight of Rohingya Muslims in the north of her country, as Mr Turnbull reveals the Nobel Peace Prize victor turned to leaders from ASEAN's nine other member countries for humanitarian help.

Despite Bishop's promise to raise the issue, Human Rights Watch's Australia Director Elaine Pearson told Asian Correspondent ahead of the Asean summit last week that: "ultimately, I don't think, given the gravity of these abuses, that just having a quiet chat behind closed doors is really enough".

Outside Australia's Parliament, Suu Kyi was greeted with a 19-gun salute and an honour guard before her meeting with Turnbull.

More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled from Buddhist-majority Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh since August, when the military responded to insurgent attacks on police with a clearance operation that the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing.

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Among the atrocities, villages were burned, women raped and babies murdered.

The Nobel Peace Prize victor has been criticised in recent months for her silence in the face of the ongoing violence towards Myanmar's Rohingya ethnic minority, which the United Nations dubbed a "textbook case of ethnic cleansing".

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told the leaders summit on Saturday, the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh could explode into a serious security threat for the region.

Myanmar denies the charges and has asked for "clear evidence" of abuses by security forces. "The Asean summit shouldn't just be an opportunity to dance with dictators, but a chance to publicly press them over horrific human rights abuses across the region". "Our goal is to support the peaceful and speedy resolution of the humanitarian. disaster that has resulted from the conflict", he said.

Suu Kyi has been criticised by large swathes of the global community for failing to protect the Rohingya - who are considered by the majority of Myanmar citizens as illegal "Bengali" immigrants and denied citizenship by the government - and for refusing to condemn the military amid mounting evidence that it has indiscriminately killed, raped and tortured innocent civilians, and burnt down entire villages. They reportedly chanted "go home Aung San Suu Kyi".

Australia's Attorney General has said he would not allow the lawsuit, lodged by activist lawyers in Melbourne on behalf of Australia's Rohingya community, to proceed because Suu Kyi had diplomatic immunity.

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