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>> Build support for his policy.>> Veteran US diplomat Bill Richardson said he'll work to secure release for two Reuters journalists held in Myanmar. On Monday, Richardson told Reuters he'll travel to Myanmar next week, aiming to meet with the Minister of Home Affairs. He's one of ten members of an international board advising on the crisis in Rakhine state.
Chosen, according to him, by the countries leader herself Aung San Suu Kyi. UN estimates now say around 655,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the country after fierce military crack-down on militants in Rakhine. The Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been reporting on the crisis. They were arrested on the 12th of December after being invited to meet police officers for dinner.
The reporter's lawyer said prosecutors sought charges last week against them under the official Secrets Act which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years. Richardson was the US ambassador to the UN and Energy Secretary to Bill Clinton. He often acted as a go between with communist North Korea. And in 1995, he negotiated with then Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to secure the release of two Americans who had strayed over the border from Kuwait.
He says his objective is to get Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo out of prison whilst he's there.