President Htin Kyaw’s 71stUnion Day Message

Writer: 
Zeya Tun
Caption: A scene from the ceremony of 71stUnion Day held in Nay Pyi Taw

President Htin Kyaw sent a message of greetings on the 71st anniversary of Union Day which falls on February 12th , 2018.

President’s message was read out by Vice-President Myint Swe at the ceremony held in Nay Pyi Taw. It said, “We are now striving, having discussions and seeking solutions for the cessation of all internal armed conflicts and to establish firmly a Democratic Federal Republic in accordance with the aspirations and desires of ethnic national races. We have chosen the path of seeking solutions through negotiations and political dialogues; the various steps of the peace process and the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong are being conducted, as of now we have agreement on 37 Federal principles which have been signed as Part 1 of the Union Accord.”

By negotiating and seeking solutions based on Union spirit, we would be able to achieve long-lasting internal unity and establish the Democratic Federal Republic successfully from the platform of the 21st Century Panglong.

If our Union spirit is weak, establishment of a Democratic Federal Republic will be far away. The most important element needed for internal peace is mutual trust among the ethnic national races. That is why ethnic national races need to strive based on union spirit with trust, unity which is firm and determination which is unyielding and continue the process of negotiations and seeking solutions.

We need to have firm economic foundations so that there will be continuous development of the nation such as political, economic and social sectors. That is why the Union government has been striving incessantly for the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) which comprise a large percentage of the country’s economy.

Union Day ceremony was attended by Minister for Ministry of Home Affairs Kyaw Swe, Union Ministers, PMs and government staff from various departments.