The European Union is calling on Burma to begin talks with opposition parties as soon as possible.
In a written statement, the E.U. said it took note of the military government's announcement that it will hold a national convention and draft a constitution. But it urged the junta to enter into a "substantial and meaningful" dialogue with the opposition at the earliest opportunity.
The European Union also announced it has updated its visa ban against Burmese officials and a list of frozen assets.
The bloc says it fully endorses a call by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan to allow special envoy Tan Sri Ismail Razali to return to Burma as soon as possible.
The European Union imposed fresh sanctions against Burma's military government following the arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi last May.