Today ushers in 2017 with the end of 2016, which saw many significant events, including the assumption of State power by the Union Government led by the National League for Democracy, which won the general election. The Tatmadaw has been cooperating with the Union Government for the success of the transition period.
The Tatmadaw has restored stability by sacrificing lives, blood and sweat as stability was undermined in some parts of Kachin State, Northeastern Shan State and Northern Rakhine State and people suffered from loss of lives and property due to armed groups.
The Tatmadaw acted in accordance with its duty to protect the sovereignty of the State and the lives and property of the people and to prevent the detrimental functions of the union government. It can also be seen that the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong was also convened in 2016 and was made a success thanks to the cooperation of the entire nation.
In 2017, the Tatmadaw is determined to exert efforts to maintain the stability of the State and national development and for the emergence of a democratic federal union. I would like to request the people to continue to cooperate with the Tatmadaw in its efforts.
I would also like to urge the people to cooperate with the Tatmadaw for the national development and wish all physical and mental health.