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Sharon to Present Gaza Withdrawal Plan - 2004-10-11


Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says he will present his Gaza Strip withdrawal plan to parliament on October 25.

Mr. Sharon, opening a new session of parliament Monday, laid out a timetable for legislative action on his "disengagement" plan. He said if it was approved, he would submit additional legislation the first week of November to compensate evacuated Jewish settlers.

Israel has occupied the Gaza Strip since the 1967 Middle East war.

The Israeli prime minister promised "constant supervision" during the planned pull-out, and said the government reserves the right to adapt the plan to defend Israelis and prevent terror.

Mr. Sharon also said he is still committed to the U.S. backed "road map" for peace with the Palestinians.