Proposal to end dispute tabled

Entering into its second week, the Arminy-Slobovia dispute appears to be nearing an end as the Kingdom of Babkha has tabled, in Council, a proposed solution to the conflict. Known as the Treaty of Kamalshahr, the agreement would impose a peaceful resolution on both Arminy and Slobovia on the key issue of who owns the land on which the Arminy capital, Thohnrsburg, resides as well as formally recognize Slobovian independence from the Arminian Community.

On the issue of Slobovia independence, the treaty dictates that a referendum will be held amongst Slobovian citizens registered as of 01 June 2004 and the outcome of that referendum will decide if Slobovia remains a part of Arminy or becomes fully independent. In the case of the latter, Arminy would ensure that Slobovia attains its full independence without issue.

The referendum would be monitored by an international monitoring group, which would be deployed through the disputed region of Heidrslandt to ensure a peaceful existence for Slobovians until the terms of the treaty have been fully met. The international force would be headed up by the Kingdom of Babkha, which will hold in lease the disputed region for a period of twelve months. Babkha would be permitted to colonize the disputed regions, but only with the consent of the Slobovian government and Babkha would be responsible for the administration of civil and military services. It is rumoured that Attera will be asked by Babkha to head the security forces deployed to the region.

Reaction to the treaty proposal on both sides of the conflict was quick with Arminy’s delegate to the Council, Johanns V, stating that if it is the wish of the Council, his government would comply with the Kamalshahr Treaty. The Arminy representative did, however, express anger with the clause allowing Babkha to lease the disputed territory citing that “it smacks of colonialism.” Arminy would support the Babkhan lease only if the Council decided to ratify the treaty as is, but that nation would very much prefer an international presence without the right to colonize lands. Slobovia has yet to issue a statement on the proposal as of the publication of this story.

In other Scheheradze Council news, the Virtual Commonwealth of Cyberia, which recently approved the Charter in its legislature, has been granted full membership by the Council in a 5-0 vote, with only two nations, Baracão and Shireroth, abstaining from the vote.

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