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U.N. picks Norwegian for Myanmar role as tensions simmer over Rohingya crisis

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A Rohingya refugee child carries water through Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, October 30, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

YANGON (Reuters) – The United Nations named a new interim U.N. resident coordinator for Myanmar on Tuesday, appointing Knut Ostby of Norway to take over the humanitarian role at a time of growing strains with the Myanmar government over the handling of the Rohingya crisis.

The appointment of a temporary placeholder was expected after Myanmar blocked an upgrade of the U.N. country chief position.

Myanmar’s de facto leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, has told diplomats in private meetings that she is frustrated with the United Nations, particularly its human rights arm.

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