Steering Committee to assist Negotiations
GALACTIC CITY, CORUSCANT - In anticipation of future negotiations with the Separatists as well as to assist in the general handling of the crisis, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine revealed the members of the newly formed Loyalist Committee today.
"I turn to some of the most trusted, skilled and intelligent minds that the Republic has to offer," Palpatine said after Senate session today. "This is the team that will help me forge a peaceful end to the current dispute."
L to R: Senator Orn Free Taa (Ryloth), Senator Bail Organa (Alderaan),
Senator Aks Moe (Malastare), Senator Ister Paddie (Sermeria) --
members of the newly founded Loyalist Committee.
The committee of 10 Senators will serve in diplomatic and strategic capacity, developing a six-month action plan to engage Separatist elements, negotiate, and settle disputes.
The 10 Senators represent a wide range of worlds, from the Core Worlds to the distant Outer Rim, and regions in-between. Almost immediately after the announcement of the committee's formation, vocally critical Senators in the assembly accused Palpatine of forming a partisan body to sway the upcoming Military Creation Act vote.
"When will the Supreme Chancellor drop the guise of unity and admit that he's consolidating political allies in an attempt to water down the Military Creation Act or subvert the vote altogether?" shouted Senator Onaconda Farr (Rodia).
"The Military Creation Act is an entirely different issue, and has nothing to do with our unity efforts," Loyalist Senator Padmé Amidala (Naboo) explained later at the media conference. "This committee clearly reflects that, what with disparate views on the army debate being well represented in our ranks."
"The young Senator from Naboo is undoubtedly referencing me in that statement," said Aks Moe (Malastare). "And yes, we aren't all political allies. But we do have a love of the Republic in common, and I think that's very symbolic of this committee's goals. Putting aside our differences to work together is a microcosm of the greater whole."
"Rather than sniff out conspiracy in every corner, I think this is just a political save-face maneuver," said Senator Tashrikam (Grizmallt). "After the embarrassment of last week's plea to Dooku, I think Palpatine's finally getting some real direction by turning to those more proactive than he."
"My colleagues have demonstrated a tireless devotion to the Republic and its virtues. They have given so much to the cause of unity, that together, in the union of this committee, I am confident that a solution will be found. I will not go down in history as the last Chancellor of the Republic," said a determined Palpatine.
The Loyalist Committee
Senator Bail Organa (Alderaan, Core)
Senator Orn Free Taa (Ryloth, Outer Rim)
Senator Aks Moe (Malastare, Mid Rim)
Senator Darsana (Glee Anselm, Mid Rim)
Acting Senator Zo Howler (Gravlex Med, Outer Rim)
Senator Ister Paddie (Sermeria. Expansion)
Senator Padmé Amidala (Naboo, Mid Rim)
Senator Ronet Coorr (Iseno, Inner Rim)
Senator Lexi Dio (Uyter, Mid Rim)
Senator Havriso Looruya (Yir Tangee, Colonies)