The Council of the European Union has extended sanctions on Burma that were due to expire April 29th.
The action renews the measures already in place at the same level as they were applied in 2003.
The sanctions include an arms embargo first imposed in 1990, and the suspension of all bilateral aid, other than humanitarian aid. The measures also renew a visa ban on members of Burma's military government and their families.
The European Union first adopted sanctions on Burma in 1996 because of the military junta's failure to agree on a timetable for the return of democracy.