"She blames all the problems that Myanmar is having on the worldwide media, on the United Nations, on human rights groups, on other governments, and I think this is caused by the bubble that is around her, by individuals that are not giving her frank advice", Richardson, once a close friend of Suu Kyi, said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city. In a statement Friday, Suu Kyi's office said she sacked Richardson, accusing him of attempting to "pursue his own agenda".
Richardson said that before his trip to Myanmar, he was phoned by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
"He should review himself over his personal attack against our State Counsellor", government spokesman Zaw Htay told AFP.
"We understand his emotion about the two Reuters correspondents".
Defending the journalists' arrests, Suu Kyi cited the the Official Secrets Act, a draconian, colonial-era law, according to Richardson. Richardson left Myanmar on January 24 and issued a statement announcing his resignation from the board.
The advisory board, established with five foreign and five domestic experts in December a year ago, is to provide necessary advice for the effective implementation of the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He said the commission would provide free and frank advice to the implementation committee and was confident in its ability to address the Rakhine issue.
Surakiart "parroted the unsafe and untrue notion that worldwide NGOs employ radicals and that the humanitarian agencies are providing material support to ARSA", he said, referring to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, a militant group that launched attacks on Myanmar security outposts last summer.
Fellow members of the advisory board, which included five Myanmar nationals, defended their work on Thursday and denied participating in a whitewashing of the crisis. On the contrary, the board welcomed more participation of the United Nations and the worldwide community. "Among the circus of commissions over many years, the Annan commission was a rare exception" in that it produced actionable suggestions and criticism of government policies, he said. Smith said the risk is "very high that violence could spread to other areas", with more than in Myanmar, including major non-Buddhist communities who have historically been oppressed.
Aaron L. Connelly from the Lowy Institute for International Policy said that the description of the conversation between Mr Richardson and Aung San Suu Kyi should "finally dispel the myth that she privately holds views which she can not express publicly". "It has not prevented any war, it has not prevented any massacre", Duterte said.
The challenges that lie ahead in Rakhine state will not be resolved quickly or easily and, ultimately, it will be up to the people to determine how to achieve a more peaceful and prosperous Rakhine state, it said.