The military government of Burma has denied allegations that it harassed the pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during her recent tour of the north-west of the country.
In a statement, the Burmese authorities said that though she might have faced noisy conditions and overzealous cameramen during her trip, there was no interference by the government.
This comes after a spokesman for Aung San Suu Kyi alleged that during her trip to the Chin state, her speeches were deliberately disrupted by loud music and Buddhist sermons.
She was released from house arrest last May, but her supporters say the military is still trying to curb her political activities.
On Monday, the European Union agreed to extend sanctions against the Burmese military rulers for another year and demanded an immediate dialogue between the Burmese authorities and Aung San Suu Kyi.
From the newsroom of the BBC World Service