Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has pressed Burma's military government to allow regional monitors to enter the country.
After a two-day visit to Burma that ended Thursday, Mr. Yudhoyono said he told Burmese officials that Southeast Asian governments need to know about the country's democracy efforts.
A spokesman for the Indonesian leader Dino Pati Djalal says Burmese leader General Than Shwe told Mr. Yudhoyono that Burma is committed to democracy, but must establish political stability before making reforms.
In December, the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations called on the Burmese leadership to free all political prisoners and quicken steps toward democracy.
During Mr. Yudhoyono's stop in Burma - the final leg of a three-country tour of Southeast Asia - he signed a memorandum of understanding to improve ties between the two nations.