The European Union has urged Asian countries to pressure Burma to enact democratic reforms and to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.
Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot, whose country holds the rotating E.U. presidency, made the comments Thursday after meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Hassan Wirajuda in Jakarta.
Mr. Bot told reporters the European Union will maintain sanctions on Burma, which it tightened earlier this month after Rangoon failed to meet E.U. demands for progress on democracy and human rights.
Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, has been under house arrest for more than a year following a 2003 clash between her supporters and a pro-government mob.
Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.