(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s Special Adviser, Dov Weisglass, and his Diplomatic Adviser, Shalom Turgeman, met this afternoon (Sunday), 19 December 2004, with Palestinian Authority (PA) Cabinet Secretary Hassan Abu Libdeh and PA Minister Saeb Erekat.

The sides discussed the principles of the arrangements necessary to assure the holding of the PA elections on 9 January 2005.  It was agreed that the principles would be identical to those which existed for the 1996 PA elections.

An additional meeting, in a wider forum that will include security establishment and Foreign Ministry representatives, will take place in the coming days on order to hold a detailed discussion on the necessary arrangements.