A unilateral ceasefire has been declared in Darfur by the Sudanese President, just months after the International Criminal Court said he could be indicted for alleged war crimes.
Bashir said: “For security reasons, it is very important to take the decision to call a ceasefire and negotiate with all parties to restore stability to Darfur.”
One rebel group has slammed the announcement as a “PR exercise” and says it will continue fighting the government until a proper deal is struck.
Bashir has also pledged to start disarming militias in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have died and 2.5 million have been displaced.
Some commentators say the ceasefire announcement is part of a push by the government to have Bashir’s possible indictment suspended.