(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon today (Wednesday), 28 September 2005, convened a meeting of the Ministerial Committee on the Implementation of the Disengagement Plan in order to further discuss the implementation of solutions for moving communities and assisting residents of the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria.

The ministers were briefed on the situation regarding the establishment of alternate residence sites for residents of the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria.

SELA Disengagement Authority Director Yonatan Basi briefed the ministers on the residents who are lodging in hotels. He said that several groups of residents have reached agreement with the Authority; it is expected that a large number of residents will leave the hotels in the coming days for temporary housing sites and rental apartments.

The Committee decided to continue budgeting for the establishment of temporary housing sites in the communities of Yated and Yevul in the western Negev. The budgeting includes – inter alia – the refurbishment of structures and developing public structures such as schools and kindergartens.

The Committee authorized a team to hold contacts regarding the extension of options on rental apartments in Ashkelon. The team will include SELA Disengagement Authority Basi, Construction and Housing Ministry Director-General Shmuel Abuav and the Finance Ministry Deputy Accountant-General.

The Committee approved payments to former local authority employees from the Gaza Coast Regional Council liquidation fund and instructed the Finance Ministry to budget NIS 5,365,000 to the SELA Disengagement Authority for the liquidator in order to pay the former local authority employees.

The Committee approved adding the communities of Shokeda, Even Shmuel, Hafetz Haim and Massuot Yitzhak to the list of communities that will receive government assistance in developing infrastructures and building both permanent and temporary housing for the residents.

Prime Minister Sharon instructed Cabinet Secretary Yisrael Maimon to submit to the Cabinet, by Sunday, 2 October 2005, a further draft decision on developing additional areas for temporary housing and on preparing the ground for agriculture in the Halutzit area, which has been designated for farmers from Atzmona and Netzarim.