Myanmar: President pledges democratic federal republic hinh anh 1A flag-raising ceremony is held to mark Myanmar's 70th Independence Day in Yangon, Myanmar, Jan. 4, 2018 (Source: Xinhua)

Yangon (VNA) - Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw on January 4 pledged to build a democratic federal republic in accordance with the results of the political dialogues, stressing the need for joint efforts to create a suitable constitution for the country.

In his message on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the country’s Independence Day, U Htin Kyaw reviewed the outcomes of the second meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference in May 2017 with agreements reached regarding some basic principles of a federal structure.

He asked for non-stop efforts in areas of education, health, economic reform and foreign investment, focusing on improving socio-economic status of the people.

National development might go together with political stability, prosperity and unity among all ethnic groups, he noted, stressing that the national unity is the most critical element in the history of struggle for independence.

He called on the Government and people to strive for an undivided country, an end to all armed conflicts and eternal peace with respect of human rights.

Myanmar became a British colony in the late 19th century, and regained its independence and sovereignty on January 4, 1948.-VNA