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U.S. ex-diplomat calls for humanitarian aid resumption to Myanmar

Bill Richardson visit with military chief criticized by rights groups

Family and friends awaiting the release of prisoners, including protesters against the military regime, outside Insein Prison in October.   © Reuters

BANGKOK/YANGON -- Humanitarian assistance to Myanmar must take precedence over any political negotiations, Bill Richardson, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told Nikkei Asia after his Naypyitaw visit, which has drawn criticism from human rights groups.

"My view is first you try to resolve and make things better on the humanitarian front before attacking the political situation," Richardson said in an online interview with Nikkei this week.

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