(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

The Disengagement Plan Steering Committee met this morning (Wednesday), 9 June 2004, for the first time since the Cabinet’s approval of the Disengagement Plan on Sunday, 6 June 2004.

The Committee is chaired by National Security Council Chairman Giora Eiland and is composed of Prime Minister’s Office Director-General Ilan Cohen, Justice Ministry Director-General Aharon Abramovitz, Finance Ministry Director-General Yosef Becher, Interior Ministry Director-General Gideon Bar-Lev, Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry Director-General Yossi Yishai, OC Plans and Policy Maj.-Gen. Itzhak Harel and other senior officials.

The Committee discussed the implementation of the plan and the concomitant responsibilities of the various ministries.  Justice Ministry Director-General Abramovitz discussed the Steering Committee’s working principles, with compensation and alternative settlement, first and foremost.  The ministries were asked to expedite their work on implementing the various aspects of the plan.

The Steering Committee will reconvene at the end of the month.  Until then, the National Security Council and the various ministries will hold a series of discussions on the various economic, diplomatic, security and civilian issues related to the Disengagement Plan.