The EU is continuing to exert pressure on the junta in power in Burma-Myanmar by renewing its sanctions during the External Relations Council held on 23 April in Luxembourg.

The EU foreign ministers have condemned the lack of tangible progress in the transition promised to a legitimate civil government and the serious human rights violations.

The EU is demanding that all ethnic groups and parties be involved in a national reconciliation process as well as the rapid liberation of all political prisoners. Nevertheless, the EU has welcomed UN and ASEAN efforts to promote reforms.