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Labor Party chairman Shimon Peres has warned that the party's Knesset faction will not automatically vote in favor of the disengagement plan that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon plans to present to the lawmakers later this month.

"The cabinet's decision from June 6 this year does not speak of the evacuation of settlements, but rather says that the cabinet will hold future discussions on whether to evacuate settlements and which ones," Peres said. "It is doubtful that we will vote in favor of this."

Peres also rejected a proposal by Labor's Haim Ramon, who suggested that the party refrain from filing no-confidence motions against the prime minister as long as Sharon stuck to the disengagement plan.

Labor sources assessed last night, however, that despite Peres' statements, the party will have no alternative but to support the disengagement plan. Peres' comments are aimed at putting pressure on Sharon, the sources added.