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US President Obama calls for further Burma reforms





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sorce bbc at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20386066

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"Barack Obama: "This is an acknowledgement that there is a process under way, inside that country that... nobody foresaw"


US President Obama has urged Burma's rulers to continue political reforms, ahead of a historic visit.

On Monday, Mr Obama will be the first serving American president to visit Burma, which has been praised in the West for reforms over the past year.

Answering critics who have highlighted continued human rights abuses in Burma, Mr Obama said the country was moving in "a better direction".

But he said "much greater progress" was needed in future.

"I don't think anybody is under any illusion that Burma's arrived, that they're where they need to be," Mr Obama told reporters at a press conference in Thailand.

"On the other hand, if we waited to engage until they had achieved a perfect democracy, my suspicion is we'd be waiting an awful long time," he added.

Mr Obama is on a tour of South East Asia, which began in the Thai capital Bangkok on Sunday - his first foreign trip after his re-election as president.

There he met Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and King Bhumibol, the world's longest-serving monarch."


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