National League for Democracy
(97/B) West Shwegondine Road
Bahan Township, Rangoon
February 12, 2012
I wish health, wealth and auspiciousness to all of you.
Today marks the 65th Anniversary of Union Day on which the national unity was built by our National Leader Bogyoke Aung San through negotiations with the leaders of the nationalities. On this historic day, February 12, 1947, the Pinlon Agreement was signed at Pinlon town in Southern Shan State between Bogyoke Aung San and the leaders of the nationalities after negotiation regarding the forthcoming independence of our country.
The National Unity could have been built after the signing of the Pinlon Agreement. It was possible to achieve National Unity only because of honesty, selflessness, perseverance of Bogyoke Aung San and the far-sightedness of the leaders of nationalities.
Successive stages of Independence struggle finally culminated with the successful negotiation process. The sovereign Union of Burma was born after National Constitution of 1947 was drafted and ratified in accordance the Pinlon spirit or the Spirit of National Unity.
But during the 65 years after the Independence, National Unity disintegrated due to several causes. Therefore, it is now important to build national reconciliation through dialogue for the establishment of a democratic union and its longevity. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy stressed the need for dialogues to resolve the problems facing the nation. Only after the national reconciliation has been achieved, National Unity can be built and the country can be genuinely peaceful.
Therefore, I want to conclude by saying that the National League for Democracy will always strive for the establishment of democracy and unity of the nationalities and perpetuation of the peace and tranquility.