Nay Pyi Taw, September 22
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing met ethnic leaders and leaders of people’s militia (local) of North-East Command area at the meeting hall of the command headquarters this evening.
Also present at the meeting were Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief (Air) General Maung Maung Kyaw, senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief,Commander of North-East Command Maj-Gen Aung Zaw Aye and ethnic leaders and leaders of people’s militia (local) of North-East Command area.
First, ethnic leaders and leaders of people’s militia (local) reported on regional situation and development undertakings for the region.The Senior General looked into their requirements.
In his address, the Senior General said various national races are living in northern Shan State. As they are living in the same territory and drinking the same water they all should live in unity under family spirit and brotherhood spirit. All the (Army,Navy and Air) Tatmadaw members are serving their assigned duties in unity.Until now internal armed conflicts have not come to an end. Despite different views on politics, ethnic affairs, dogmatism and administration, the country has been on the multi-party democracy path. Efforts should be made to end the armed conflicts through negotiations. We need to have patience and understanding,getting rid of our attachments to races and regions. It also needs to ensure peace and stability in respective regions. Defence should amount to safeguarding the country from threats. All ethnics must safeguard the country by joining hands with Tatmadaw when there is a threat to the country’s sovereignty. It has to be done in accord with the law. The country needs to solve the problem by peaceful means instead of armed struggles. Tatmadaw will make continued efforts to reach the eternal peace. Anybody should avoid doing illegal businesses and do businesses which can help support regional development.
After the meeting, the Senior General presented gifts to ethnic leaders and leaders of the people’s militia (local).