Recent weeks have seen a slow improvement in the ongoing situation in Intaki.
The Senate delegation have returned to Villore having toured Intaki Prime, and we wait for their report.
What they have actually achieved for the people of Intaki remains to be seen, though I suspect the Senators will have taken full advantage of the photo opportunities their visit provided for themselves.
I expect footage and images of the caring and concerned Senators on Intaki Prime will feature heavily in future electoral campaigns.
No, the real success was a result of the withdrawal of Federal Marines back to the confines of their compounds and installations, and the redeployment of local Intaki security forces and law enforcement in their place.
As it should have always been.
Almost immediately the scale of civil unrest has abated, and Intaki Gendarmes report that the mass demonstrations that continue are now largely peaceful.
It’s almost as if the Federal military really is “neither required nor welcomed”.
I also congratulate Jonas Ivestara on his interventions during recent events. Through his public speaking, and by engaging directly with the people, he has tapped into local sentiment, and helped defuse tensions.
I’m happy to confirm that Ivestara and the Intaki Autonomists movement have the full support of the Intaki Liberation Front and the wider Intaki Prosperity Initiative, and we echo their demands that the Federation Military leave Intaki Prime completely.
We also join their calls for Intaki Assembly elections proceed without delay. It is of course unsurprising that some within the Executive Council will be less than eager to stand for relection, having witnessed the visceral reaction from their constituents at the Federation’s actions in Intaki in recent months.
The people of Intaki will hold their representatives to account for the decisions they have made via the ballot box.