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Bill Richardson: Resignation Wednesday and Rohingya Muslims

bill richardson: The sudden resignation Wednesday of probably the panel's most prominent member, a former senior U.S. politician and diplomat who considered Suu Kyi a close friend, raises serious questions about international efforts to deal with the calamitous fallout of Burma military operations, according to Toronto Star. Since August, the operation against the Rohingya Muslims has been called textbook ethnic cleansing by the United Nations. Bill Richardson has resigned from an advisory panel on the massive Rohingya refugee crisis, calling it a whitewash and a cheerleading operation for Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It also offers possible insight into the thinking of Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate once revered as an icon of human rights whose leadership during the Rohingya crisis has shocked many outsiders. She believes there's a concerted international effort against Myanmar Burma and I believe she is wrong, Richardson said Wednesday evening in an Associated Press interview at his hotel in downtown Rangoon, the country's biggest city. Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and President Bill Clinton's energy secretary, castigated Suu Kyi for blaming outsiders for the crisis instead of looking honestly at military actions that have forced nearly 700,000 Rohingya to flee to squalid refugee camps in Bangladesh, where they have spoken of mass killings, rapes and the obliteration of whole villages in Burma. ( As reported in the news.