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>> Veteran U.S. Diplomat Bill Richardson on Friday said, Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains her country's best hope for change. Those comments coming in an exclusive interview with Reuters days after he got into a fight with the Nobel Laureate and quit an international panel advising her government on the Rohingya crisis.
>> I think when you get power you go into a cocoon, you go into an us against them attitude. You find ways to avoid bad advice, and I think that's what happened to her. I've known her for 30 years, we've been friends, I've supported her. But now she's in a cocoon where she doesn't want to hear anything that is bad or frank advice.
>> Richardson said he resigned from the panel after saying it was conducting a, quote, whitewash in the Rohingya situation. An accusation the other nine members rejected. Suu Kya's office has said her government has asked Richardson to step down. Myanmar's armed forces have been accused by Rohingya witnesses and human rights activists of carrying out killings, rapes, and arson, with nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing out of Rankine State to Bangladesh in recent months.
Richardson said he got into an argument with Suu Kyi earlier this week when he brought up human rights violations, in the case of two detained Reuters' reporters.>> Well, she was very angry with me when I raised releasing the journalists, giving them a fair trial. She was upset when I said there should be an investigation of the mass graves issue.
That they had to increase their international support for the treatment of the Rohingyas, the terrible refugee crisis.>> Reporters Wa Lun and Kyaw Soe Oo reported on the crisis in Rakine and were arrested on December 12th, on suspicion of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act. Suu Kyi's spokesman told Reuters that her office won't be commenting further on the exchange, and that the judge will decide whether the journalists committed the crime or not.