The Republic of the Union of Myanmar is a free, sovereign home to many ethnic nationals. It is our responsibility to guard our Union.
After regaining independence, we were unable to establish a Union trusted and valued by all; till date, we have had more than 70 years of armed conflicts based on suspicion, mistrust, hate, and antagonism. The dreams and aspirations of our country and our people were sacrificed in the long-drawn armed conflicts.
In the past, we experienced dangers which could have led to the disintegration of the Union, and many sacrificed their lives to prevent the country from falling apart.
In recent years, we faced a similar threat with terrorist attacks in Rakhine State, which is a part of our Union. We had to use our collective strength to deal with the situation.
Again, on 4th January, while the country was celebrating its 71st Independence Day, AA insurgents carried out coordinated attacks on four police outposts in Buthidaung Township in Rakhine State. In the ensuing battle, 13 policemen were killed and 9 were injured.
The latest terrorist attacks have complicated the situation in the region — where the Union Government is working to build stability and security and carrying out development projects — and have put the lives and property of the people at risk.
Hence, we honor the policemen who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Our people are safe and secure because of them. They fought and died for us, for our Union.
The police, as well as the armed forces of the country, work to protect and defend the country and prevent the disintegration of the Union, renewing this commitment every day, even at the cost of their lives.
We can honor their sacrifice by resolving to serve our nation and each other. Along with their families, we carry the loss of our brothers in our hearts.
All citizens must strive for unity and integrity of the Union, the perpetuation of sovereignty, and must work towards the emergence of a proud, peaceful, and prosperous nation.