This is not External Relations Commissioner, European Union,
Chris Patten waiting to see President Chandrika Kumaratunga.
Given that he was kept waiting by the President for 30 minutes
one would think Patten was reduced to rock bottom. On this
occasion however, he decides to take a Ďseatí on the steps
of the International Relations Institute in Colombo pondering
the state of affairs in the country
by Ashoka Peiris
ó Ranil talks end in failure
President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil
Wickremesinghe conducted through a four member officials
committee to break the political deadlock following the
President's take over of three ministries have crashed.
officials committee comprise Presidentís Secretary, W. J. S.
Karunaratne, Senior Advisor, Mano Tittawela, Prime Ministerís
Secretary, Bradman Weerakoon and UNP Chairman, Malik
government last night decided to reject a set of proposals
forwarded by the President as a basis of settlement charging
Kumaratunga had reneged on an earlier set of proposals agreed to
by the committee in consultation with both the President and
Prime Minister which was to be finalised on Friday, November 28.
proposals agreed to after three rounds of talks on Monday, it is
learnt, were minuted
and only the details were to be worked out but at Friday's
meeting a new set of proposals were forwarded and released to
the media by the
President taking the government completely by surprise.