The United Nations says it is disappointed by Burma's refusal to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and begin democratic reforms.
UN Special Envoy to Burma Razali Ismail said Thursday that the military government has resisted every effort to implement change. However, Mr. Razali said he is encouraged by the pressure that foreign ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations are exerting against the Burmese.
Burma is set to assume the rotating chairmanship of the 10-member bloc in 2006, but it has received steady criticism for its poor human rights and democracy record.
Several countries including the United States and the European Union have threatened to boycott an upcoming ASEAN summit if Burma heads the group.
Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.