Former New Mexico Gov. Richardson meets with Myanmar…

Bill Richardson during an interview on Wednesday

While many Rohingya want to eventually return to their villages, UNICEF deputy executive director Justin Forsyth said that no one he met during visits to Bangladesh's refugee camps said they would go back now.

Suu Kyi's government said on Friday it did not want discuss the details of the exchange between Suu Kyi and Richardson any further.

Duterte, Suu Kyi and their fellow Southeast Asian leaders are in India to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations - India Commemorative Summit and India's Republic Day celebrations, in what is widely seen as New Delhi's attempt to court the regional bloc in the face of growing Chinese influence.

The former United States ambassador to the UN resigned from an advisory panel set-up by the government after accusing members of trying to "whitewash" the crisis.

Subsequent retaliation by the Tatmadaw - the country's armed forces - caused over 650,000 mostly Muslim residents to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape the violence.

"She was very angry with me when I raised releasing the journalists, giving them a fair trial", he said.

The Myanmar State Counsellor's Office said in a statement that Richardson was pursuing his own agenda and had exceeded the mandate of the Advisory Board on Rakhine State.

He was also dismayed at the conduct of board chair Surakiart Sathirathai, a former Thai foreign minister, who "parroted the risky and untrue notion that worldwide NGOs employ radicals and that humanitarian agencies are providing material support to ARSA". The judge will decide whether the journalists committed the crime or not. "And they were attacking villages even today".

Reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, had worked on Reuters coverage of the crisis in Rakhine.

The former New Mexico governor rejected that version of events. We're all former friends.

"What we don't want is to have Aung San Suu Kyi just listen to ASEAN countries, China or Russian Federation. She needs to change, and perhaps the West needs to give her another chance and not impose sanctions".

Richardson was one of the five global experts in the 10-member Advisory Board on Rakhine State that was to help the government implement projects that will provide lasting solutions to the crisis.

It came after a United Nations General Assembly committee called on Myanmar to end military operations that have "led to the systematic violation and abuse of human rights" of Rohingya.

"The situation isn't safe for the returns to begin", he said.

Though Myanmar says it is ready to start repatriating refugees, many fear returning, and some 300 more families crossed the border in recent days after several houses were burned down in Buthidaung Township, said Chris Lewa from the Arakan Project, a monitoring group that closely tracks Rakhine.

"I believe that the Myanmar government has emphasised speed instead of systems", he said.

They chanted they will not go back unless their safety is guaranteed.

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