Burma's health ministry says the country is making progress in its fight against HIV and AIDS.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday in Naypyidaw, Health Minister Kyaw Myint said a recent UN study shows the number of HIV cases in Burma has decreased over the past five years. He says the infection rate has dropped from 1.5% in 2000 to 1.3% last year.
His comments were made in response to criticism leveled by the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who says Burma has failed to address problems related to drugs, HIV/AIDS and other diseases in the county.
On Monday, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said he would propose a UN resolution condemning Burma as a potential threat to international peace and security.