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Myanmar president calls for unity for reform, peace process

English.news.cn   2014-02-07 11:47:26

YANGON, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar President U Thein Sein Friday called on the country's people to work together for reform and peace making process.

U Thein Sein made the call in his message on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of Shan State Day which falls on Friday.

"Taking lessons of past experiences, all people are to make efforts for ending conflicts and for peaceful coexistence of all national races," he said.

He urged all people to pursue the fundamental principles that produced from the "Panglong Agreement" through the "Union Spirit", also called the "Panglong Spirit".

Noting that the government has reached cease fire agreements with the majority of the ethnic armed groups in Shan state, he revealed that plans are underway to hold political dialogue there with the belief that people in Shan state would play their parts for the success of the dialogue.

He called for building national unity based on the Panglong Spirit and marching towards a peaceful, modern and developed democratic nation through a federal system.

On Feb. 12, 1947, all Myanmar nationalities, led by General Aung San held the historical Panglong Conference in northern Shan state and signed the Panglong Agreement, pledging unanimously to strive for the country's independence.

The day the Panglong Agreement was signed was also designated as Myanmar's Union Day.

Myanmar regained independence from Britain on Jan. 4, 1948.

Editor: chengyang
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