The chairman of the Sudan people’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) Malik Agar has downplayed statements made by the Sudanese defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein in which he promised a decisive military victory against the rebel group.

On Tuesday, Hussein addressed a crowd of the paramilitary Popular Defence Forces (PDF) in Khartoum, asserting the armed forces’ keenness on resolving issues through dialogue. However he emphasized their readiness to end the conflict through the “gun”.

“We are keenest to resolve issues through dialogue and only dialogue but if war is imposed upon us we will fight. We are ready to finish the summer campaign to end the rebellion” Sudan’s top military official addressed the SPLM-N negotiators. […]