Change is nothing to worry about: Suu Kyi

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech during a ceremony to mark Myanmar's 68th Independence Day at the People's Square near Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon early on January 4, 2016.
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National League for Democracy chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi said on January 4 that the people should not worry about the changes coming to the country, and that she will try her best to ensure that it benefits everyone.

She spoke at her party's headquarters at an event marking the country's 68th Independence Day.

"Our government will be based on a policy of national reconciliation, and we will try to stick with that," Suu Kyi said.

"Some fear changes. It's not unusual. But changes happen all the time-every second. It is nothing to worry about, and it can be faced. I would like to tell our people that there should be no worries about the changes to come," she said.

"Our people should desire to give for the sake of everyone. We need the giving spirit, not a taking one. I have to say here that I don't like the people who impatiently want to be ministers. We will not appoint a person as a minister just because he or she is an NLD member," Suu Kyi said.

"The peace process will be the new government's first task. We will try to reach an all-inclusive ceasefire agreement," she said.

"To achieve that, all the people, including the military and ethnic minority communities, will have to participate," she added.

She said Myanmar still has many challenges, such as building the nation as a democratic Union, and that she wants to see the country stronger when the next Independence Day comes in 2017.

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