The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) has called for the people’s participation in designing national reconciliation, peace and constitutional amendment through Union spirit Bogyoke Aung San and ethnic leaders had cultivated on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of Union Day which falls on February 12.
The NLD held a ceremony to mark the 68th Anniversary of Union Day at the People’s Square in Dagon Township, Yangon Region on February 12, attended by Tin Oo, the patron of the NLD, foreign diplomats and the public. Tun Tun Hein, the CEC member of the NLD, read out the NLD message to mark the Union Day.
People must respect and value Panglong Agreement signed by General Aung San who was the independence architect and national leader, and 23 ethnic leaders through far-sightedness to regain the independence and build a new nation in Panglong, Loilen District, Shan State (South) on February 12, 1947. The Panglong Agreement reflected the toleration of Bogyoke Aung San and ethnic leaders, diligence, unity, historical cultural characters of the ethnics and ideology. The Panglong Agreement is a symbol of freedom, equality and justice, the message stated.
The administrators who governed the country after regaining independence in Myanmar lacked respect and value to Panglong Agreement. Ethnic problems were not solved politically and only violent method was used. Therefore, national reconciliation disappeared, the message said.
The people living in mountainous regions must enjoy fundamental rights and privileges in democratic nations. The nine points prescribed in the agreement faded away amidst the waves of internal insurgency, the message said.
“Our Union of Myanmar stands as a sovereign state for about half century. We can’t witness genuine national unity yet. Therefore, it is very difficult to say it a genuine Union,” Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the NLD, said in the message.
“The problems cropping up among the ethnics can be solved by political ways, not by weapons. The NLD holds a firm stance on it. Unity can’t be achieved by the power of weapons, but by the spirit of helping others and working together for the future. Only then peace can be achieved,” Aung San Suu Kyi said in the message.