Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Office of the President
Message of Greetings sent by U Htin Kyaw, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, to the 69th Anniversary Chin National Day celebrations
20th February 2017
Dear esteemed Chin national brothers and sisters, I wish you all Mingalarbar,
On this auspicious 69th Anniversary of Chin National Day which falls on the 20th February 2017, I send this Message of Greetings to all Chin national brothers and sisters and Union citizens who live in the Chin State, good wishes, prosperity and auspiciousness.
On 20th February 1948 after attaining Independence, a people’s conference was held in Falam Township of Chin State, where a decision was made to change from an administrative system ruled by Chieftains to a democratic system of administration. On 9th October 1950, at the 7th Chin Traditional Council meeting held in Yangon, motions were tabled to designate a Chin National Day. Based on these motions a decision was taken by all the delegates present at the conference to designate the 20th of February on which date the people’s conference had been held in Falam as “Chin National Day”. The Chin National Day which had been designated since 1948 has now reached the 69th year this year. This Chin National Day is also an auspicious day in the sense that this day brings together all the Chin tribes which have the same language, culture, history and traditions.
Chin State is a place where we may find the Western Yomas stretching from north to south, the Kaladan river which flows into the Bay of Bengal, the Khaw-nu-soum mountain where rare plants are found and where rare animals make their habitat, Kennedy Peak, a well-known battlefield of the Second World War, the beautiful Reed Lake, the Manipur river which flows down profusely, the Bwenu river, the Bontalar waterfalls, natural resources and mineral resources above and below the earth’s surface.
In the political change that occurred in Myanmar, many political groups participated in the Multi-party general elections which were held successfully on 8 November 2015, and our government took over power systematically in accordance with the Constitution. Our government has been working for the ethnic nationals living in the Chin State, for their future social-economic development. In working like this we are making sure that there is equitable development between towns and villages and also between townships. In order to do this, we have been opening new Basic Education schools, upgrading schools, repairing new education buildings and building new ones, and appointing new teachers; in the health care area we have been opening new hospitals and health clinics, and appointing new doctors as needed.
In addition, we have made electricity available to all places in the Chin State from the Main Electrical grid, improved road transport networks, built long-distance roads linking with the central plains and new roads within the State, initiated work on Kaladan River Basin development and built the Paletwa Port to provide access to the sea from the Chin State, built the first airport of the Chin State at Falam, and worked on urban development projects in Haka, Falam and Paletwa. As a result we may see that there have been visible and significant developments in each sector. In undertaking regional development works, it is important for the ethnic national races to join hands with the Union government and the State government.
In the Chin State, the existence of high mountains and mountain ridges makes it difficult to travel. Thus although we have to face difficulties as we undertake development works, nevertheless the Union government is making concerted efforts to fulfill the development needs of the Chin State. Therefore the ethnic nationals living in the State should also participate and cooperate as much as possible in these efforts.
It has made me happy to hear recently that National-level political dialogues based on national races will be held soon in the Chin State. These National-level political dialogues are being held all over the Union with strong and active participation by the people and we could also see that the people are making their opinions and wishes heard in a comprehensive and wide-ranging manner. The only path to seeking solutions for political problems in a peaceful manner by having discussions and negotiations is the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong Conference.
We will be able to march towards the goal of attaining Union Peace and the establishment of a Democratic Federal Union by first going through this step – the 21st Century Panglong.
We will be conducting the National-level Political dialogues for National Races where different strata of society and different groups will get the chance to participate; for this I wish to express my pleasure in advance. From the National-level political dialogues to the successful conclusion of the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong; for the emergence of a Federal System that could give assurances for equality and self-determination, which is the aspiration of ethnic nationals; and for the success and fulfillment of the Union goals; in working for all these, I wish to urge all ethnic national races and Union citizens living in the Chin State to come together in unity and work. I therefore make this very solemn exhortation and send this message of greetings.
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