12 February 2019
President U Win Myint sent a message of greetings on the 72nd Anniversary of the Union Day which falls on Tuesday.
The President pointed out that General Aung San and ethnic leaders held the Panglong Conference as part of efforts for regaining independence for the hilly regions without separating them from the mainland. It was on 12 February, 1947 that they signed the historic Panglong Agreement, pledging to make a united demand on behalf of all ethnic people for independence.
This auspicious day which showed the Union spirit and the solidarity of all ethnic people, and on which the Panglong Agreement was signed, was designated as the Union Day, and today is the 72nd anniversary of that day.
He added that only the united strength of the ethnic people and their commitment can help preserve and perpetuate independence and sovereignty and prevent the disintegration of the Union.
He stressed that the most important requirement for the perpetuation of the Union, in which ethnic people with different languages, literature, culture, and customs are residing together, is building a democratic federal Union. To build a future nation as a federal democratic Union, the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong is in progress, and so far, 51 basic principles for a democratic federal Union have been signed into the two parts of a Union Accord. Meanwhile, based on the policy of inclusiveness, the country is on the road to peace through negotiations with ethnic armed organizations which have not yet signed the NCA.
He reiterated that the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong is a pragmatic step towards realizing the dream of building a federal democratic Union that people from all ethnic nationalities of the country aspire towards.
He urged all people from ethnic nationalities to solemnly envisage the development they want to see in their respective regions and states, after achieving national reconciliation and peace.