War Of Nerves

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has put the peace process on the board as the latest move in a game of political-chess that started last week with President Kumaratunga taking over three ministries.
After meeting the ambassadors of Norway and United States, the two co-chairs of the Tokyo donor conference on Sunday, government spokesman G L Pieris told journalists that the Prime Minister is no longer willing to take responsibility for the peace process.rn

rnldblquote The governments view is that it is not possible to deal with the peace process satisfactorily unless one person is fully in charge,
dblquote Minister Pieris said. rn

rnldblquote The process must have coherence, if there is divided responsibility and if the institutions and the functions connected with the defence and the media are not within the control of the Prime Minister then it is not possible for the Prime Minister to take responsibility for the peace process.

rnMinister Pieris said the Prime Minister had discuss