European officials are again urging Burma to improve its record on human rights.
The European Union's presidency said Sunday Burma had responded to its call by saying it needed more time. The statement followed a meeting with Burma's Foreign Minister U Nyan Win in Helsinki.
The Finnish Foreign Ministry undersecretary, Markus Lyra, said the E.U. hopes reforms in Burma start moving forward. His remarks were made at the Asia-Europe Summit being held in the Finnish capital.
Finland currently holds the E.U.'s rotating presidency. The European Union temporarily lifted its ban on high-level Burmese officials traveling to Europe to allow Burma's foreign minister to attend the meeting of Asian and European leaders.
Asian officials are in Finland's capital for a meeting with the E.U. to discuss global trade and security issues. Heads of state and government from 38 Asian and European nations are taking part in the talks.
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