Myanmar president stresses peace, stability in marking Independence Day

Myanmar President Thein Sein has stressed the need for all citizens to have a hand in nation building to ensure peace and stability in the rapidly reforming country. 

In his Independence Day message, the president says a modern, developed country can be built only when Myanmar sees peace and stability. 

Myanmar is marking 65 years since it gained independence from British rule. 

Mr Thein Sein says Myanmar lags far behind neighbouring countries because of disunity between its leaders and the people. 

He also blamed prolonged armed conflicts after regaining independence. 

Myanmar has unveiled rapid political and economic reforms since emerging from military rule in 2010. 

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is also expected to give a speech later today.