Inter-ethnic cooperation needed to build democracy, says president

Cooperation between all ethnic groups is crucial to building a democratic country and overcoming other obstacles, urged President Thein Sein in a formal letter presented at yesterday's Union Day ceremony.

The formal letter was read by Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Khan in a ceremony to mark the 68th Union Day yesterday morning at Nay Pyi Taw City Hall.

In the letter, the president said the nation's sovereignty rests on the unity between all ethnic groups.

He also said all people need to conserve the values, languages, traditions, literature, arts, customs and histories of all ethnic groups. To do that, stability and rule of law are needed, he said.

"Currently, a new political trend is emerging as Myanmar has successfully launched its democratic transition plan. The government and ethnic armed groups are signing ceasefire agreement to prevent further clashes and to hold political dialogues to build a nation based on the federal system," the president wrote.

"There have been challenges as well as victories. In some sectors, the government needs to fulfil the expectations of the people in conjunction with the reform plans," the letter said. 

The president urged the government, parliament, ethnic groups, political parties and political organisations to cooperate so as not to slow the momentum of Myanmar's transition process.