Union President calls on all ethnic national races to work together

Soe Min Htaik + Kyaw Zin Win + Kyaw Myo
President Htin Kyaw makes a speech at honourary awards presenting ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw on January 4.

We all need to work collectively for creating a suitable constitution for the country as we build the Democratic Federal Republic in accordance with the results of the political dialogues, according to Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw.

His remarks were made January 4 at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of Independence Day on January 4.

Since olden times, our country has existed as an independent and sovereign country under our own King, said the President.

The colonial imperialists waged three wars against our country, which was a sovereign nation, he said. We lost our sovereign kingdom in 1885 and became slaves in a conquered nation. To liberate ourselves from this life of slavery, all the ethnic national races, from the mountains to the plains, sacrificed their lives, blood and sweat to escape from slavery.

As a result of these efforts, we were able to achieve our independence, a symbol of our success, January 4, 1948, said President Htin Kyaw in his Independence Day message.

Although Myanmar gained independence, due to the evil system of divide-and-rule practiced by the colonial imperialists, mistrust and discord emerged among our ethnic national brothers and sisters and we have been beset with internal armed conflicts for many years which have adversely affected our national development and progress.

At the moment, all national ethnic races are striving to achieve eternal peace using all available means. We have been able to successfully convene the Second Session of the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong and agreement has been reached regarding some basic principles of the federal structure, said President Htin Kyaw.

“As we work on national reconciliation and the peace process, we are working for the emergence of a democratic state based on the principles of freedom for all ethnic national races, justice, equality, and the right of self-determination.

“As we build the Democratic Federal Republic in accordance with the results of the political dialogues, we all need to work collectively to create a suitable Constitution for the country.

“In tandem with our efforts to strengthen the fundamental building blocks of democracy, we are continuously working on areas such as education, health and reforms in the economic and foreign investment sectors. We are also focusing our efforts towards improving the socio-economic situation of our citizens.

“As we work for national development, at the same time, we are working for political stability, prosperity, unity among all the ethnic national races, economic development, a comfortable socio-economic life of the people, and preservation of our good cultural heritages and traditions.

“By encouraging and supporting the private sector, which is very important and the main engine of growth of the economy, the socio-economic life of the people will be improved,” said President Htin Kyaw.

The most critical element in the history of the struggle for independence is the united power of all our ethnic national brothers and sisters, he said.

“Therefore, in order for all of us to live in this Union without disintegration, for the cessation of all armed conflicts and to gain eternal peace, with respect for human rights and for all ethnic nationals to enjoy equal rights, all ethnic national Union citizens should solemnly accept the following Independence Day national objectives:

- All nationalities to collectively preserve and protect non-disintegration of the Union, non-disintegration of national unity and perpetuation of national sovereignty

- To strive hard to draw up a constitution suitable for the Union in accordance with democratic principles and norms for the emergence of a Democratic Federal Union

- To strive hard and exert our utmost efforts to implement the peace process as quickly as possible

- For all nationalities to work together with the State to achieve the goal of “lasting peace” through political dialogue

- By encouraging the private sector, which is the main engine of growth for the economy, to collectively exert our efforts for improving and advancing the socio-economic life of the people.”

In concluding, President Htin Kyaw urged all ethnic national Union citizens to participate collectively with firm resolve to implement the above objectives on the 70th Anniversary of Independence Day.

Edited by Win Htut