By attaining and grasping good and firm foundation, the nation will strive together with the people of Kachin State for the stability and development of the Kachin State, said President Htin Kyaw.
The remarks came from the message sent by President Htin Kyaw to the 70th Anniversary of Kachin State Day, which falls on January 10. It also came as the nation continued the peace process, including the 21st Century Panglong Conference.
“Based on the existing unity and basic good principles achieved, I wish to urge all ethnic national brothers and sisters in Kachin State to work collectively in unity and harmony toward a new democratic country,” said the President.
Peace will be also established so that it can be enjoyed by all the people of future generations, President Htin Kyaw said.
“In building the Republic of the Union of Myanmar into a democratic country, it is important for all ethnic national races to participate on an equal basis. The Union Government is spending a lot of money on road transport, education, health and human resources development, providing electricity, social economic development of the people and health care for Kachin State development.
“We are now in a time of unprecedented unity between the ethnic nationals, the people, the government, the Tatmadaw, the Hluttaw, political parties, civil society organisations and ethnic armed organisations and the country is on the correct path of development.
“All organisations need to increase the power of unity with the people so that we continue to walk this path.”
The Kachin State comprises four districts, 18 townships, and 30 towns and is inhabited by diverse cultures, including the Kachin racial groups comprising Jingphaw, Rawang, Lisu, Lachid, Lhaovo, and Zaiwa; Shan racial groups such as Tailai, Tailay, Tailon, Taisar, Tai Khamti; Burmans and other ethnic racial groups.
In total, a population of around 1.6 million people are living together in friendship and cordiality, President Htin Kyaw said.
Kachin State is rich in precious gems and minerals such as gold and jade and is the home of the one and only snow-capped mountain range in the whole of Southeast Asia. It also has very beautiful scenery.
Furthermore, he said, it is also the region where the river Ayeyawady, which may be called the life-blood of Myanmar has its source, he said.
But due to armed conflicts, Kachin State has been unable to effectively develop the beautiful scenery and abundance of natural resources.
“Only when there is peace, stability and rule of law in the region can the development works be implemented. All the ethnic national races living in Kachin State have known the taste of peace and they are also yearning for peace. Gaining peace is also the biggest desire of the entire people, President Htin Kyaw said.
On January 10, 1948, after gaining Independence, the first meeting of the Kachin State Council was held. Since then, January 10 has been designated as Kachin State Day to honour the establishment of the Kachin State Government.
“From that day onwards we have been celebrating annually and today it marks the 70th Anniversary,” President Htin Kyaw said.
Edited by The Nation