National League for Democracy
No 97/B West Shwegondaing Street
Bahan Township, Rangoon
I wish health and prosperity to all the guests attending this ceremony including members of the Committee Representing People's Parliament (CRPP), veteran politicians, diplomats and members of National League for Democracy (NLD).
In 1988, an unprecedented democratic uprising erupted all over the country. As a consequence, the National League for Democracy was formed to fulfill the aspirations of the people and today it completed its 23rd year.
During these years, while struggling for the democracy and human rights, democracy forces including the senior leaders and Central Executive Committee members, organization committee members of States, Divisions and Townships and other members of NLD were arrested by the authorities under various pretext.
I wold like to honour all of those members and other democratic activities who have been standing for the principles of the League, against all the difficulties and repression sacrificing lives, properties and neglecting personal problems including social, educational and health issues. Despite the oppression, harassment and violation of human dignity, the NLD tries its utmost for the emergence of dialogue and national reconciliation for the benefits of the country and the people.
On August 19, 2011 a meeting was held between U Thein Sein, the President of the country and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, during which frank discussions were made regarding cooperation for the interest of the country and the people. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has already expressed her stratification for these discussions and the Central Executive Committee (CEC) issued a statement of support.
Today is a very important moment for the NLD. New political advances have to be made cautiously. Therefore mutual understanding and mutual respect among the leadership of the NLD as well as between CEC and the organization committees at various levels are now imperative. It is also essential for them to follow the procedure, guidelines and policies of the League.
The States, Divisions and Township committees need to increase the tempo of organizational works. It is important for all the members to help the people in order to alleviate the social woes and to be constantly in touch with them. They must coordinate and unify their efforts the original objectives of the NLD laid down at its formation.
Our members must refrain from the making rhetoric and behaviors that could harm the unity and policies of the NLD to achieve the democracy and human rights.
I would like to conclude by saying that by following the leadership of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and steadfastly holding to their beliefs, all the League members should continue to work unitedly and loyally until our objectives are achieved.
As per the decision of the meeting of CEC held on 19-9-2011