The resignation of Bill Richardson from the Advisory Board for the Committee for the Implementation of the Recommendations on Rakhine State will not tarnish the panel's credibility, board member Roelof Petrus Meyer said on Thursday.
"She blames all the problems that Myanmar is having on the worldwide media, on the United Nations, on human rights groups, on other governments, and I think this is caused by the bubble that is around her, by individuals that are not giving her frank advice", Richardson, once a close friend of Suu Kyi, said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city.
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 previous year.
The board nominees conducted a meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on January 22.
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".
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The President said that Myanmar occupies the highest priority for India under its "Neighbourhood First" and "Act East" policies. It had made recommendations for more press freedom, he said.
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But after a three-day visit to Myanmar, Richardson struck out at his hosts, saying he could not in "good conscience" sit on a panel he feared would only "whitewash" the causes of the Rohingya crisis.
"It appears that the Board is likely to become a cheerleading squad for government policy as opposed to proposing genuine policy changes that are desperately needed to assure peace, stability, and development in Rakhine State". "Suu Kyi and her moral leadership could have gone a long way to unpack and unravel that ... instead (she's) actually perpetrated numerous stereotypes and anti-Muslim and anti-Rohingya discrimination".
"Some 58 percent of the refugees are children, many of whom are still traumatized by their experiences of violence", said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth on Wednesday, speaking from the Kutapalong refugee camp in southern Bangladesh.
Myanmar's government plans to repatriate almost 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh back to the state of Rakhine.
Suu Kyi's government said on Friday it did not want discuss the details of the exchange between Suu Kyi and Richardson any further.
"She was upset when I said there should be an investigation of the mass-graves issue, that they had to increase their global support for the treatment of the Rohingyas, the awful refugee crisis".