Shall we have another significant day like Union Day?

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[dropcap font=”0″]T[/dropcap]here can be little doubt that Union Day has been the most significant event in Myanmar throughout history. It is safe to assume that the great day paved the way for the reclamation of independence from colonial rule.
It was on 12 February 1947 that the mainland and the hilly region came together to reclaim national sovereignty from imperialists by speaking with one voice on that issue. Given its great symbolic significance of binding all people from different ethnic groups together under the leadership of General Aung San, that day has since then been commemorated as Union Day without missing a single year.
Despite independence regained in 1948, ethnic armed conflicts have arisen as a direct consequence of colonial legacies. It is however encouraging to witness that the government has been holding out an olive branch to ethnic armed groups, a few of whom still remain to exchange arms for peace.
President U Thein Sein has hinted at every opportunity that the whole country longs for another significant day like Union Day, which is why he expects a nationwide ceasefire accord to be signed on 12 February. Now is an opportune time for parties to armed conflict to bear the primary responsibility to take all feasible steps to keep up the irresistible momentum for ongoing peace process. We have had enough of grave violence in armed conflict that human conscience will not accept.
It is really quite impossible to express anything with absolute exactitude unless that thing is so abstracted from the real world as to not represent any real thing, American physicist Richard Feynman once stated. In no sense can peace be said to be intangible.

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