18 Nov 2012

NZ changes stance on Myanmar

7:11 am on 18 November 2012

The New Zealand Government has changed its position on Burma, the country also known as Myanmar.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says the Government's preferred name for the south-east Asian nation is now Myanmar.

In 2010, it officially recognised Burma as that country's name because it said Myanmar was promoted by the military junta and most opponents of the regime refuse to use it.

However, Mr McCully says the Government is now reverting to using Myanmar to recognise the democratic change taking place.

He says the economic and political reforms in Myanmar are credible.