Myanmar defense chief pledges to achieve lasting peace


NAY PYI TAW, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services said on Monday that the armed forces will meke lasting peace under the peace principles laid down by the military under supervision of the government.

Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing made the remarks in his address at a military parade in Nay Pyi Taw to mark the 72nd anniversary Armed Forces Day.

He called for building the armed forces to achieve success in the 21st modern warfare, keeping in touch with military strategies and tactics.

The defense chief reiterated that Myanmar adopts independent, active and non-aligned foreign policy aimed at achieving world peace and friendly relations with nations and upholds the principles of peaceful coexistence among nations.

"After the state authority was peacefully handed over by the former government, it is the stand of the army to keep the national tranquility, solidarity and development to support the multi-party democracy system selected by people," he said.

He believed that the battles in Rakhine and Kachin states in northern Myanmar, Monekhoe and Laukkai in the northeastern Shan state were triggered by the armed forces as they attacked the country's sovereignty.

Myanmar's Armed Forces Day was originally known as the Resistance (against Fascist) Day.

The Resistance Day was renamed as the Armed Forces Day during Ne Win's military government tenure.


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