Burma: Political prisoners 'to be freed' by end of year
16 July 2013 Last updated at 21:18 BST
Burma's President Thein Sein has told the BBC he expects all political prisoners in his country to be freed by the end of the year.
Speaking during the first visit in 25 years to the UK by a head of state from the republic, which is also known as Myanmar, he also warned of the dangers of more ethnic violence in Rakhine state where thousands have been displaced because of fighting between Buddhists and Muslims.
Naomi Grimley reports.