'No going back' on Myanmar's reforms


Naypyitaw - There is no turning back on reforms for Myanmar, a key minister of reformist President Thein Sein asserted as he defended the government's track record.

A surge of anti-Muslim violence since Myanmar's opening up three years ago has wracked the predominantly Buddhist country, sparking concern in the international community and raising questions about Myanmar's reformist agenda.

Visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry, too, raised concerns and urged Myanmar to stay the course when he paid a courtesy call on Mr Thein Sein yesterday.

Mr Soe Thane, one of the President's key reformers, admitted that Myanmar has problems but of the government's commitment to reforms, he told The Sunday Times: "There is no turning back, there is no backsliding."

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