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Rohingya crisis: U.S. negotiator quits advisory panel

ANI  |  Washington DC [United States] 

A former to the has resigned from an advisory panel over the Rohingya refugee crisis, calling it a pro-government "squad".

According to The New York Times, Richardson said in a statement, "It is with great disappointment that I announce my resignation from the Advisory Board on "

"It appears that the Board is likely to become a squad for government policy as opposed to proposing genuine policy changes that are desperately needed to assure peace, stability and development in Rakhine State," he added.

Bill Richardson, who is also a close friend of and former governor, criticised for blaming outsiders for the crisis instead of looking honestly at the military's actions.

His resignation came after meeting held on Monday with other members of the board, in which he raised the issue of two journalists who face up to 14 years in prison for allegedly violating the country's colonial-era Officials Secrets Act.

Richardson said he was "extremely upset" over her reaction to his request to address the situation of the two journalists "swiftly and fairly".

"Freedom of the press to report the facts is a fundamental bedrock of democracy," he added.

The Advisory Board on was set up to implement recommendations regarding Rohingya crisis, made by an advisory commission in 2017 led by former U.N.

More than 655,500 Muslim Rohingyas fled to after a crackdown by the military in northern in response to militant attacks on security forces on August 25.

The described the military operation as ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, which denies.

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First Published: Thu, January 25 2018. 09:41 IST