Burma's military government says it is resuming talks on drafting a constitution after a break of nine months.
More than a thousand delegates are expected to meet Monday near Rangoon to continue working on the constitution, a process which began 12 years ago.
Critics say the process is not likely to be recognized internationally because key political groups have been excluded or are boycotting the session.
The opposition National League for Democracy has refused to take part because the government hand-picked delegates. Burma's junta refused to turn over power to NLD candidates who won a landslide election victory in 1990.
The New Mon State Party also decided not to participate, saying past suggestions for changes to the constitution had been ignored.
Drafting a new constitution is part of the government's proposal for restoring democracy in Burma.
Information for this report is provided by AP.