Aung San Suu Kyi lacks 'moral leadership', says US diplomat as he quits Rohingya panel

Aung San Suu Kyi lacks 'moral leadership', says US diplomat as he quits Rohingya panel

Bill Richardson claims Myanmar advisory board is a ‘whitewash’ and a ‘cheerleading squad for the government’

Bill Richardson, the veteran US diplomat, has resigned from an international panel on the Rohingya crisis, calling it a “whitewash” and accusing the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi of lacking “moral leadership”.

Richardson, a former Clinton administration cabinet member, quit as the 10-member advisory board was making its first visit to Rakhine state, from where nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled in recent months.

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