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Sudan's military campaign to uphold sovereignty, protect civilians, president.

HARTUM (CyHAN)- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said Saturday that the recent military campaign against the armed groups in volatile regions aimed to uphold the state sovereignty and protect the civilians.

"The recent security and military measures intend to reflect the ability of the state to protect the civilians and impose the rule of law," said al-Bashir at the Shura (consultation) Council of the ruling National Congress Party.

"It is a clear message for whoever carries arms to terrorize the citizens or impose their agenda on the state... Convictions can only be achieved through dialogue and negotiations and not through war and fighting," he added.

Al-Bashir renewed his call for the armed groups in Darfur, the Blue Nile and Kordofan regions to stop fighting and come to the negotiation table with the government.

Al-Bashir vowed earlier to end all armed clashes and conflicts in all parts of Sudan by the end of 2014.

Sudan's Defense Minister Abdul-Rahim Mohamed Hussein last week declared a major military campaign aimed at ending the armed rebellion in Sudan's Darfur region and Blue Nile and South Kordofan states on the border with South Sudan.

Sudan's Darfur region has been suffering from armed conflicts since 2003 after many rounds of negotiations between Khartoum and the Darfur armed movements failed to end the tension, leaving thousands of people dead in the region.

Also, South Kordofan and Blue Nile have been troubled by armed clashes between the Sudanese army and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/northern sector since 2011. (Cihan/Xinhua)

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