The office of President Bricks released the following statement:
"The Lego Republic is relieved to hear that the bloodshed in Ancarta has now finally come to an end. Most details of the peace treaty have not yet been made public, but I expect they will be in time. My country is heartened to hear that seeds of democracy are being planted on the island, and we hope that they will be allowed to flourish. Although we did not have a hand in this deal, the Republic intends to remain actively involved in promoting peace – both in the region and the rest of the minifig world."
The building was home to refugees sheltering from violence in Oeste, which has become the focal point of the Legopolis civil war in recent months. The once-tranquil city became the front-line of the Ancartan Independence Movement's (AIM) struggle against the Federation government in recent months. The AIM claims that the building housed only civilians seeking shelter; on the other hand, the Federation insists that AIM fighters were also using the building.
The Federation went so far as to say that any civilians present were being used as minifig shields. This charge was quickly denounced by the AIM.
"AIM does not do this in any of our buildings. We never use minifigs as shields, nor do we attempt to disguise our fighters as civilians to launch an attack," said AIM spokesfig Captain Hyde.
Legopolis military spokesfig Lt. O'Hara declared that "all intelligence" indicated that the Oeste building was an AIM center of command. O'Hara also blamed AIM for the civilian deaths, saying that the separatist group "allow[ed] innocent minifigs to be near weapons and unstable explosives, [which] would prove that either AIM is criminally negligent, or they had ulterior motives."
This accusation was also swiftly rebutted by the AIM, which countered that the site of the attack was a "long-abandoned warehouse near Oeste's harbor." Captain Hyde added that "AIM has never used it for any purpose, and only civilians have occupied it. We might have delivered minifigitarian aid to those inside, but it was never used to store weapons."
"Rampant minifig rights abuses committed by the Legopolis regime cannot and will not be tolerated. The recent attack on civilians in Oeste is unacceptable. This heartless, callous action is contrary to the republican values that we hold dear. [...] The Federation contributed to the breaking of the ceasefire agreement that Lego-Republic diplomats helped forge this spring. Since then, the minifigitarian situation has sharply declined; peace must be restored to the island to prevent more needless deaths. To this end, I plan to introduce a bill in Parliament that will force Legopolis to return to the bargaining table. We must send the message to President Bricks that cooperation with Legopolis amounts to negotiating with terrorists."
The Conservative Party's hard-line rhetoric regarding Ancarta has led to a rise in the polls for the official opposition, which has been a minority party since January 2014. Parliamentary elections are scheduled for this fall.