NAY PYI TAW September 21
Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win who was on a goodwill visit to Serbia, accompanied by delegation members, on 19 September visited Oxford Buddha Vihara Myanmar Monastery in Cartonovci of Novi Sad City, Serbia, and donated robes, alms and cash for nine prerequisites.
The Vice-Senior General and party paid homage to Assistant Abbot Dr Ashin Pannavamsa of London Monastery from Oxford Buddha Vihara Myanmar Monastery and took the Five Precepts from the Assistant Abbot. Then, they donated robes, offerings and cash for nine prerequisites to the Abbot and shared merits gained.
After viewing round the precinct of the monastery, the Vice-Senior General and party planted a com-memorative tree and posed for documentary photo.
Oxford Buddha Vihara Myanmar Monastery, located 50 kilometres from Belgrade and 25 kilometres from Novi Sad, was officially established on 27 August 2017. Led by Assistant Abbot Dr Ashin Pannavamsa, three members of Myanmar Sangha reside at the monastery together with a monk from Nis of Serbia as foreigner monk. Moreover, the monastery opened a meditation session from 14 to 21 September with participation of one male and one female Yogis from Croatia, and seven males and three females Yogis from Serbia, totalling 12.
The Vice-Senior General and party proceeded to Belgrade City Museum.
The Belgrade City Museum was opened by the Serbian Ministry of Defence and Serbian Armed Forces to mark the 20th anniversary incident of NATO’s invasion into Serbia in 1999. Nineteen member countries of NATO brutally com-mitted bombing attacks on Serbia for 78 days without approval of the United Nations on 24 March 1999. The incidents left 1,008 security troops including members of Serbian Armed Forces and Police Force and more than 2,500 people including children and women dead and a large number of factories, workshops and residential buildings including the building of the Ministry of De-fence of Serbia damaged.
The Vice-Senior General and party viewed round air defence systems of Serbia at that time, shooting down the airplanes of enemy NATO and brave counter-attacks of Serbians displayed at Belgrade City Museum Defence 78 booths and signed the visitors’ book.