(IRNA) - European Union Foreign Ministers expressed Monday "serious concerns" about the human rights situation in Uzbekistan, but reiterated the EU's readiness to engage in a comprehensive dialogue with Uzbekistan.
The EU Foreign Ministers' Council discussed relations with Uzbekistan and in a statement noted that a first round of experts' talks on the Andijan events took place in Tashkent in December 2006.
It acknowledged the Uzbek readiness to hold a further round of these talks and looks forward to concrete results.
The Council in November 2006 decided to lift restrictions on technical meetings with Uzbekistan but extended the arms embargo for another 12 months and the visa restrictions for another 6 months.
The Council decided Monday to review these restrictive measures imposed on Uzbekistan next May.
Many protestors were reported killed when police opened fire on anti-government protestors in Andijan in May, 2005.