The following is the unofficial translation of the message sent by President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Agga Maha Thare Sithu, Agga Maha Thiri Thudhamma U Thein Sein to the occasion of the 68th Anniversary Kachin State Day.
To the esteemed nationals and brethren residing in Kachin State,
It is my honour to send you this message on the occasion of the 68th anniversary Kachin State Day on 10 January, today.
After gaining independence the Kachin State Government was formed at a Kachin State Council meeting held for the first time on 10th January 1948. As a gesture of hailing the forming of the Kachin State government, 10th January has been designated as “Kachin State Day” and marked yearly. This year marks the 68th anniversary.
We have encountered armed conflicts as a consequence of political instability since the time of independence. Now is thetime for our national brethren to live in harmony and unityand end the conflict, learning lessons from the bitter experiences in the past.
Myanmar brethren residing in Kachin State have made a tough journey and their region is lagging behind in development due to the armed conflicts stemming from differences among our national ethnicities. Now a ray of peace is dawning upon Kachin State and development opportunities are blooming. I would like to urge all the nationals in the state to strive for stability and the development of Kachin State hand in hand with the Union and state governments.
The Union Government could have managed negotiations to end the armed conflicts which have been breaking out for over 60 years, and as a result, the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement was signed by eight ethnic armed groups on 15 October 2015. As stability and the rule of law play a pivotal role in national development of a country, all the people need to maintain the stability already achieved and strive for national development hand in hand.
I send this message to the brethren living in Kachin State to urge all of you to take part in our march towards the goal of a developed country flourishing in democracy while enjoying the stability, unity and development already achieved.