The European Union has again pressed Burma to free jailed pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi.
Speaking in Kuala Lumpur, E.U. External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner urged Burma to change its policies, release the Nobel Laureate and other political prisoners and start a democratization process.
She also called on members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to pressure Burma toward pro-democratic reforms.
The 10-member ASEAN group includes Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Burma and Brunei.
The grouping mainly focuses on improving the region's economies through trade and investment deals, but it has also pressed Burma to improve its human rights record and pursue democratic reforms.