Celebrations marking the 43rd Mon State Day were held in Mawlamyine, Mon State, on Sunday.
Aye San, the Chief Minister of Mon State, made an address and a message from President Htin Kyaw was read out by Min Kyi Win, the Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.
As part of the activities, prizes were handed out and members of the Mon, Kayin and Pa-O ethnic groups entertained those present with folk dances.
Htin Kyaw said in his message that he hoped the Mon ethnic groups would actively participate in the peace process and the 21st Panglong Conference being implemented by the government.
Aye San said the government was making progress with political and economic reforms aimed at steering the country into a new era, adding that popularly elected lawmakers are trying to implement policies on issues including national reconciliation, peace and the constitution. These efforts will help the federal union to achieve higher standards of living,
“We hope that fundamental policies capable of establishing the democratic federal union we all long for will eventuate,” Aye San said. “If our brethren in the Mon ethnic groups, who are walking on the road to peace, work together with us on national reconciliation, internal peace and development, Mon State will see development and living standards will rise.
“We urge all present to join hands in attending the 21st Century Panglong Conference and unite in working towards peace.”
Translated by Win Htut