Brussels: European Union foriegn ministers Monday approved the opening of a dialogue on human rights cooperation with Myanmar to help the country advance with respect to freedom, democracy and the rule of law.
According to the decision of the 28-nation bloc, both parties shall meet regularly once a year to exchange views and evaluate results.
The dialogue will cover areas such as the death penalty , non-discrimination of minorities, freedom of expression, association and religion, women`s rights, protection of civilians and refugees in armed conflict and the fight against human trafficking.
In case of the death penalty, the EU will seek a moratorium with a view to eventual abolition, says the text.
Opening a cooperative dialogue on human rights is a first step in relations with the EU for future partnerships.