WASHINGTON, -- The US welcomed Sudan's unilateral cessation of hostilities on Tuesday in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, according to State Department Spokesperson John Kirby.

"We find this an important and welcome step towards a peaceful resolution to conflict in those states, which we would like to see extended to the Darfur region," said Kirby in a statement.

"An end to military offensives and fighting in these areas would bring much needed relief to thousands of Sudanese and create an improved environment for dialogue leading to a political solution."

The US also urged the Sudan Revolutionary Front to reciprocate by ending military action against the Sudanese Armed Forces.

It also encouraged the Sudanese government and the opposition to work with the African Union to translate the cessation of hostilities to include Darfur and create a "sustainable end to this conflict."

"A negotiated solution that addresses the key political and security drivers of conflict in all areas of Sudan will be needed in order to establish a lasting peace," Kirby affirmed.

Source: Name News Network

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