Burma's military government has held a special press conference to deny accusations that forced labor is still practiced in the country.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Deputy Labor Minister Major General Aung Kyi said the practice was practically wiped out after 1990.
He added, however, that the country's military-led government is still willing to work with the United Nations International Labor Organization on the issue.
Last month, the ILO decided to take concerns about forced labor in Burma to the UN Security Council and international courts in The Hague.
In June, the UN agency demanded that Burma set up a credible mechanism for dealing with forced labor complaints by the end of October. The two sides failed to reach an agreement by the deadline.