(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Following are Prime Minister Sharon’s remarks in the Knesset today (Tuesday), 31 August 2004:

“I want to say a few words about the timetable for the disengagement plan.

This morning, I intend to present the timetable for the implementation of the disengagement plan, as it was approved by the Cabinet on 6 June 2004.

The timetable for the implementation of the plan is as follows:

On 14 September 2004, I intend to submit to the diplomatic-security Cabinet the principles of the law on implementing the disengagement plan, which will include – inter alia – the evacuation and compensation principles.

On 26 September 2004, a memorandum on the draft law on implementing the disengagement plan will be distributed to Cabinet ministers.

By 24 October 2004, the draft law will be approved by the Cabinet and I estimate that by 3 November 2004, it will be submitted to the Knesset for its first reading. At the same time, the Cabinet decided yesterday that the IDF, i.e. the security establishment and the Defense Ministry, would have overall responsibility for implementing the disengagement plan via the integration of the Israel Police and the other security services.

The IDF has begun preparing the necessary plans and will present them within 30 days.  Following the completion of the legislation and of the necessary preparations for implementing the disengagement plan, and close to the actual evacuation, I will ask the Cabinet for its final approval of the evacuation of the four groups of communities, all in accordance with aforementioned 6 June 2004 Cabinet decision.

This is the current timetable and this is what I hope to do in the coming months.”