US Diplomat Resigns From Suu Kyi Panel On Rakhine Crisis

Bill Richardson during an interview on Wednesday

Bill Richardson during an interview on Wednesday

State Counsellor of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Saturday called on President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, officials said.

Richardson, a former governor of the US state of New Mexico and former US Ambassador to the United Nations, was one of five members who agreed to join the Advisory Board on the Implementation of Recommendations on Rakhine State a year ago.

The Myanmar government has chose to terminate Bill Richardson, a former US state governor, as a member of the Advisory Board for the Committee for Implementation of the Recommendations on Rakhine state.

Aaron L. Connelly from the Lowy Institute for International Policy said that the description of the conversation between Mr Richardson and Aung San Suu Kyi should "finally dispel the myth that she privately holds views which she can not express publicly".

Until this week, Richardson was on a board tasked with implementing the recommendations of a commission helmed by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.

"What we don't want is to have Aung San Suu Kyi just listen to countries, China or Russian Federation".

The Myanmar-language version said they made a decision to "terminate" his participation.

In a statement Friday, Suu Kyi's office said she sacked Richardson, accusing him of attempting to "pursue his own agenda".

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Duterte again launched another tirade against human rights groups who criticize his war on drugs. In the statement he voiced his concern that the board would become a "cheerleading squad and whitewash for government policy".

"Nobody should use this case for their personal advantage, such as to seek popularity or publicity", said U Aung Hla Tun, who added that putting pressure on the government in connection with the two detainees could be "counterproductive".

Richardson said he had informed the USA ambassador in Yangon and the State Department of his intention to resign but had not sought their guidance.

Some, however, say her silence is a calculated political move not to alienate the powerful military and many people from Myanmar who consider the Rohingya as outcasts in their country.

Almost 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar's Rakhine State to Bangladesh since the beginning of August, after Myanmar security forces began "clearance operations" in the wake of attacks by Rohingya insurgents on police posts.

Richardson also accused Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of disparaging United Nations and human rights workers, INGOs as well as the global community.

"Many Rohingyas want to return eventually to their villages in Myanmar".

On January 16, Bangladesh and Myanmar "finalised an agreement" to send back thousands of Rohingya refugees to their homeland in Myanmar from their temporary "home" in Bangladesh. "I just felt that my advice and counsel would not be heeded".

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