January 18, 2012
Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Secretary General and President of Laos Lieutenant General Choummaly Sayasone has urged officers, soldiers, and personnel to continue to uphold the traditions of the Lao People’s Army.
Lt Gen Choummaly made the call while visiting officers and soldiers of the Khor-11 division in Vientiane yesterday.
“The division, battalions, and units should focus on improving the knowledge of soldiers regarding grassroots building in line with Party tradition to maintain social order,” he said.
The visit was part of Lt Gen Choummaly’s activities to mark the 63rd anniversary of the Lao People’s Army.
He praised the courage and triumphs of the army over the past 63 years, during which time it has done battle with enemies that had more advanced economies, manpower, and equipment.
The President said that since its founding on January 20, 1949, the army has steadily grown, both contributing to and protecting national liberation.
Lt Gen Choummaly stressed that officers, soldiers, and army personnel should follow the traditional guidelines of being loyal to the Party and nation, as well as socialist ideology, be courageous and steadfast in tactics, enthusiastic and thrifty, united, and disciplined.
The President also reminded those present of the four breakthrough approaches formulated by the 9th Congress of the Party, calling on all departments and units to be indoctrinated in political ideology, in order to be more disciplined, self-sufficient, self-reliant, and stronger.
With regard to development, Lt Gen Choummaly advised the army to enhance cooperation with the armies of other socialist countries, with the aim of gaining more knowledge, skills and experience to develop the Lao People’s Army as a modern revolutionary army.