Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said Friday the Tatmadaw will work hand in hand with election organisers and the people to ensure a successful ballot in November, warning that the armed forces will not tolerate any attempts to disrupt voting.
“Any disturbances to the stability of the State and prevalence of the rule of law, any armed pressure or any threats for voting, won’t be allowed in the General Election,” he said at the 70th Anniversary Armed Forces Day Parade in Nay Pyi Taw.
He also said the general election scheduled for November would be “a landmark for the implementation of democracy in Myanmar.”
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing called on ethnic armed groups to solve their conflicts with the government through negotiation based on a spirit of brotherhood and trust. He said the Tatmadaw would not tolerate any attempts to turn political disagreements into armed conflict.
He urged ethnic people to work with each other to create a harmonious and interdependent community through negotiation. If ethnic armed groups have a true desire for peace, they should keep their promises and solve problems caused by political issues through political means, the commander-in-chief said.
He also promised that the Tatmadaw will make efforts for integration of the national peoples, national reconciliation and for peace without fail, as the Tatmadaw is tasked with defending the Union. “The Tatmadaw is doing its duties, risking lives and limbs of military officers and Tatmadawmen (soldiers) for stability in border areas,” he said.
(Please visit gnlm.com.mm to read the full text of the speech delivered by the Senior General. Ed) More than 10,000 troops from the Army, Navy and Air of Defence Services paraded during the 70th Anniversary Armed Forces Day, which commemorates the start of the army’s resistance to Japanese occupation in 1945.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and families of Defence Services (Army, Navy and Air) paid respects to retired senior military officers at Zeyathiri Beikman on Friday afternoon.
The senior general honoured servicemen who are discharging defence duty in all areas of the nation and their family members and prayed for victory in all battles on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of Armed Forces Day.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla hosted a dinner in honour of the 70th Anniversary of Armed Forces Day at the square of Zeyathiri Beikman in the evening.
Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Hla Htay Win presented best camp award to the company representing Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Air),
best military song award to the company-1 representing Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Navy), best military discipline award to the company representing Directorate of Signals, best parade award to the company representing Directorate of Supply and Transport, first to third model company awards to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Air), Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Navy) and Directorate of Military Engineers at the parade ground, here, on Friday.
Chairman of the leading committee for observance of the 70th Armed Forces Day Chief of Armed Forces Training Lt-Gen Yar Pyae and Adjutant-General Maj-Gen Hsan Oo also gave awards to outstanding parade companies.
General Hla Htay Win attended the ceremony to honour artistes, musicians and literati who participated in the film entitled “40-day Kunlong Battle”, at the hall of Zeyathiri Beikman, here.
The general presented certificates of honour and gifts to film director Bagyi Soe Moe, writer U Hla Thaung and film script writer academy Nyein Min for the film.
Lt-Gen Myint Soe of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) and Adjutant-General Maj-Gen Hsan Oo gave certificates of honour and gifts to artistes, technicians and musicians.
Chief of Armed Forces Training Lt-Gen Yar Pyae and Commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command Maj-Gen Maung Maung Aye also presented prizes to winners in the military song contest, short story and poem contests. In the morning, General Hla Htay Win unveiled the signboard of 1212 call center (Nay Pyi Taw) for the MECTEL CDMA 800 MHz mobile communications at Nay Pyi Taw Zeyathiri Department Store.