The following is the unofficial translation of a message sent by U Thein Sien, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, on the occasion of the 41st anniversary Mon State Day, which falls on 19 March.
I am honoured to send a message to all the national brethren residing in Mon State to mark the 42nd anniversary of Mon State Day, which falls on 19 March.
It was on 19 March that Mon was granted statehood in the draft Constitution of 1974. The day has since then been designated as Mon State Day and annually observed for 42 years now.
Disagreement among the national brethren in Mon State in the past resulted in armed conflict, thereby undermining the pace of development in the region. Now that there prevail the fruits of peace and prospects of development in the region, the local residents are required to further these achievements by working together with the central government and the local government.
The government signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement with eight ethnic armed organisations on 15 October last year, followed by the Union Peace Conference held thereunder at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-2 in Nay Pyi Taw from 12 to 16 January this year. It is, therefore, necessary for all the national brethren to make combined efforts to ensure that these major achievements pave the way for the restoration of lasting peace and development.
I would like to urge all the national brethren residing in Mon State to uphold national causes such as non-disintegration of the Union, non-disintegration of national solidarity, perpetuation of sovereignty and restoration of genuine peace. Only then will our country be able to stand tall in the international community.