Myanmar defence chief pledges to achieve everlasting peace

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Senior General Min Aung Hlaing
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A military parade to mark the 72nd Anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

The Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services pledged that the Tatmadaw will participate in establishing everlasting peace using the six peace principles laid down by the Tatmadaw under supervision of the government.
He made the remarks in his speech at the 72nd anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Through monarchies, colonialism, communism, military rule and present-day transitional democracy, the military has always played a major part in the country’s history, Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, the head of Myanmar’s armed forces, said yesterday.
The senior general’s remarks were part of the festivities honouring the country’s armed forces that took place in Nay Pyi Taw.
Yesterday’s events included an elaborate military parade that featured thousands of troops, some of them on horseback, riding atop tanks or marching in formation.
The senior general noted that the Tatmadaw has played a role in the nation’s history from the ancient monarchies of Anawyahtar and Bayintnaung to today’s slow transition to democracy that included a change of leadership last year, from President U Thein Sein to President U Htin Kyaw.
“After state authority was peacefully handed over by the former government, it is the stand of the army to keep the national tranquility, solidarity and development to support the multi-party democracy system selected by the people,” the senior general said.
Since that time, the country has endured the continuing conflicts in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states and other regions that has required the presence of the military.
“The Armed Forces, aiming at prosperity of the state and its people, will be suppressing the terrorists that attack Our Three Main National Causes. Moreover, any invasion on the state’s territory, water and air space will be defended. The battles in Rakhine State in 2016, in Kachin State in Northern Myanmar, Monekone and Laukkai regions in northeast of Shan State were the operations fought by the armed forces because they attacked the country’s sovereignty.”
More than 10,000 troops marched through the capital Nay Pyi Taw yesterday as Myanmar celebrated its 72nd Armed Forces Day to mark the resistance movement led by independence hero General Aung San — father of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi — in 1945.
The senior general said that the future of the military in Myanmar needs to be ensured with training and modernisation.
“In the 21st Century battlefield, the most advanced technology army will be the victor. Therefore, we must try to build our Tatmadaw to achieve success in the 21st modern warfare,” said the Senior General.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing also called for awareness of “foreign interference” in conflicts in western Rakhine State, saying that the Tatmadaw will be responsible for defending against all the measures that base insurgencies on religion and race.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing concluded his speech, urging military personnel at all levels to work for promoting the education of the people and to assist the people in producing marketable products as part of efforts for regional development.
After his speech, the Commander-in-Chief gave a salute as the military parade columns marched past, followed by a show of military skills performed by army, the navy and air force personnel.
General Mya Tun Oo, Chief of General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) and senior military officers presented awards to military columns that participated in the parade held in the Thittat Parade Ground in commemoration of the 72nd Anniversary Armed Forces Day yesterday.
The prizes which were awarded to the parade columns include best military parade, caravel award, best military songs, best flag-hoisting, best military band and best military disciplines.
Artistees who acted in the Pyidaungsu Thitsar Film which was produced in honour of the 72nd Anniversary Armed Forces Day were also honoured at the Bayinnaung Yeiktha.

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