JUBA/KHARTOUM – Sudanese opposition group, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army North (SPLM/SPLA-N) led by General Abdel Aziz Adam al Hilu has announced the extension of unilateral ceasefire for additional six months.
“In order to give the ongoing peace talks an opportunity for success, I, Commander Abdel Aziz Adam Al-Hilu, Chairman and C-in-C of the SPLM/A-North hereby, declare the extension of the unilateral Cessation of Hostilities (COH) for six months in all areas under the control of the SPLM/A-North,” said El-Hilu in a statement seen by Sudans Post.
This extension was decided “As a gesture of goodwill towards a peaceful resolution of the Sudanese conflict, and in order to give the ongoing peace talks an opportunity for success,” Al Hilu added in the statement.
He further instructed all SPLM-North forces “to observe and respect this declaration and refrain from any hostile acts, except in cases of self defence and protection of civilians.”
According to Hilu’s statement, the ceasefire shall begin on July 1, 2021 and end on December 31, 2021.
In March this year, al Hilu extended the ceasefire through June 31 to enable talks between the ruling coalition and his rebel group.