NAYPYITAW, Burma (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is warning the leaders of Burma that improved relations with the United States will require a significant speed-up in its democratic transition and a halt to what Washington sees as backsliding on commitments to improve human rights.

After hailing Burma’s decision to end decades of direct military rule that resulted in the easing of U.S. sanctions and a 2012 visit by President Barack Obama, Washington has become alarmed at worsening conditions in Burma, including anti-Muslim discrimination, violence and infringements on press freedom.

American officials say Kerry raised those issues on Saturday with Burma’s president and lawmakers and also urged that they proceed apace with constitutional reforms to ensure that elections set for next year are free, fair and credible.

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