Sunday, February 9, 2014

Myanmar President Calls For Unity For Reform, Peace Process

Myanmar President Calls For Unity For Reform, Peace Process

YANGON, Feb 7 (Bernama) -- Myanmar President U Thein Sein on Friday called on the people to work together for reform and peace making process on the 67th anniversary of Shan State Day, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Taking lessons of past experiences, everyone should make the effort to end conflicts and to strive for peaceful coexistence of all ethnicities," he said in his message.

The president urged all Myanmar nationalities to pursue the fundamental principles of the Panglong Agreement through the "panglong spirit" or "union spirit".

U Thien Sein, in noting the government has forged cease fire agreements with the majority of the ethnic armed groups in northern Shan state, said plans were underway to hold a political dialogue there.

"I believe the people in Shan state would play their part in ensuring success of the dialogue.

"I call for building national unity based on the panglong spirit and let us march towards a peaceful, modern and developed democratic nation through a federal system," he said.

On Feb 12, 1947, General Aung San held the historical Panglong Conference in Shan state and signed the Panglong Agreement in a pledge to strive for the country's independence.

Myanmar gained independence from Britain on Jan 4, 1948.