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Colonials reach settlement agreement with U.S./U.N.
Treaty to be celebrated with White House reception, followed by Utah landing
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today President Bartlet announced that a treaty allowing for the U.S. repatriation of the Colonial population has finally been signed. The announcement is the culmination of months of sensitive negotiations with Colonial and U.N. officials.
Territory, sovereignty, and security were the most divisive issues at the U.N. summit. President Roslin's appeals to religious faith were key to gaining the support of the American people for U.S. resettlement. The Mormon community was instrumental in promoting a Utah site for the Colonial reservation, as opposed to a more remote location.
After the model of a Native American reservation, the Colonial government will retain limited sovereignty over the 964 sq. mile tract of land to be dubbed New Kobol Territory. Colonial citizens will be granted resident alien status and identification cards, and may travel freely within the United States and abroad once they are planetside.
Many security questions, however, remain unresolved. The summit was marred by rumors of a continuing cylon threat, and evidence that the Colonials were withholding intelligence from terrestrial investigators. Roslin has stated repeatedly that such leaks are unsubstantiated, and that Colonial negotiators exercised their routine prerogative of information management. Admiral Adama will continue to work closely with the U.S. defense and intelligence agencies and the U.N. Security Council on the cylon issue, but their findings are likely to remain classified.
Ratification of the treaty will be marked by a gala celebration at the White House tomorrow, followed by the landing of the Colonial fleet at the Utah territory the next day. After the infrastructure of the settlement is constructed, Colonial officials will resume talks on further details of their legal, political, and military integration into U.S. and global society.
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