CU grants autonomy to Valo System

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Date: Fri Apr 1 10:56:21 2011
IC Date: Mon Mar 5 09:38:06 2407
Stardate: 84174.61

VALO III (INW) - In a joint announcement today marking the 30th anniversary of the Cardassian uprising n Starbase 396 that ultimately lead to their secession, Cardassian Union Ambassador Sarat and the Galaxy Alliance Secretary for Foreign Affairs Riis Iante announced that the Union would be giving autonomy to the Valo System.

The Valo system, located almost 14,000 kliks inside of CU Territory, has been under Cardassian interdiction since the secession agreement restored the Union's pre-Galaxy Alliance borders. Valo is home to three habitable planets containing agricultural and mining operations as well as an aging drydock structure. Valo III is the second largest settlement of Bajorans outside of the B'hava'el system. 60 percent of the estimated 10.2 million inhabitants are of Bajoran descent.

According to the terms of the transition released after the announcement, the Cardassian Union will hand over authority to a provisional government but will maintain a military support presence in the system until 2420. Included in the agreement is establishment of a 14,000 klik buffer zone of autonomous space surrounding the system. The system will be governed by a council of 10.

Both major governments have marked today's action as a success, after years of negotiation over the fate of the three colonies. "The Galaxy Alliance is pleased and honored to have been a part of this arrangement. For years we have been concerned for the rights of Valo, even as we understand the want of the Cardassians to protect their historical territory. Granting autonomy to the Valo in this way, we believe, accomplishes both objectives," said GA Secretary Iante. When asked whether the citizens of Valo would be allowed to pursue membership in the Galaxy Alliance, Sarat simply said, "It is unlikely that Valo will choose that path, however we will not interfere if they choose to align themselves with external governments."

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