Now is time for all national races to join hands, end conflicts and live together

Nay Pyi Taw, 19 March — The following is the unofficial translation of a message sent by Agga Maha Thayay Sithu, Agga Maha Thiri Thudhamma U Thein Sien, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, on the occasion of the 41st anniversary Mon State Day which falls on 19 March. Ed

Esteemed national brethren in Mon State,
I would like to extend my auspicious greetings to all national brethren residing in Mon State.
I am glad and proud of being given the opportunity to send a message on the occasion of Mon State Day, which falls
on 19 March.
March 19, on which Mon State was first recognized in the 1974 State Constitution (Draft), has been designated as Mon State Day and it has been 41 years since Mon state Day was first celebrated on 19 March, 1974.
We have encountered bitter experiences due to political conflicts in Myanmar Society since the country regained independence.  Today is the time for all the national races to join hands to live together in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar by ending the conflicts after learning lessons from the bitter experiences.
The ceasefire agreement with armed groups of national races in Mon State was signed and arrangements are under way to organize an inclusive political dialogue. It is my sincere hope that national brethren in Mon State cooperate in respective sectors to help realize the success of the political dialogue.
After signing the ceasefire agreement with the armed organizations of national race groups in Mon State, I am glad with the development of the transport, education, health and economic sectors and the stability of Mon State. I would like to urge you all to maintain the already achieved stability so that posterity can enjoy it.
I am sending the message, urging all national brethren in Mon State to cooperate in unison to build a new, modern and developed democratic nation based on the sound foundations for stability, unity and development already laid down.

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