Myanmar Minister Says No Going Back On Reforms

Published January 25, 2012 10:54AM (EST)

NEW DELHI (AP) — Myanmar's foreign minister says the transition to democracy in the once-authoritarian southeast Asian country will be gradual and systematic.

Myanmar Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin says, "There will be no turning back or derailment on the road to democracy."

He spoke Wednesday in New Delhi, a day after he held talks with Indian leaders.

Myanmar's military-backed but elected government has eased restrictions on political activity and released hundreds of political prisoners since it took office in March 2011.

India has stepped up its ties with Myanmar as New Delhi competes to assert its influence in the region. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is scheduled to visit Myanmar in May.

By Salon Staff

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