The war of the Sudanese armed forces against the militants in the regions of the Blue Nile and South Kordofan continues since 2011.

In the midst of protests raging in Sudan against cost-of-living increases and the incompetence of the Sudanese government, the country’s President Omar al Bashir declared the cessation of hostilities in all the war zones of the country until peace is achieved throughout Northern Africa.

The Sudanese security forces are in the state of military confrontation with Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in the regions of Blue Nile and South Kordofan also referred to as The Two Zones since 2003.

On Monday, President Bashir dressed in the military uniform addressed a large number of people at a football stadium in Kadugli, the capital of the South Kordofan. He promised to restore peace in the territory of Sudan.

He told the crowd at the stadium that he hopes their next meeting will be held in SPLM-N’s “fortress” after the peace is achieved. He also said, “The rebels are our brothers…We want them to come back and live among us helping to build the country.”

Besides, Bashir said that the agenda includes construction of a ring road and electrical network.

The negotiation process is overseen by the African Union. Both the Sudanese government and the militant forces take part in the process.