WASHINGTON — House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) said today that President Reagan's plan to make tougher demands on the government of Nicaragua makes it appear that the Administration wants to doom the Central American peace process.
Administration officials say Reagan's Wednesday address to the Organization of American States will lay out a timetable for resumption of military aid to the anti-Sandinista contra rebels and will specify "guideposts" the Administration will use to gauge Nicaragua's compliance with the peace process.
Wright said today that "it is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid the conclusion that someone advising the President is deliberately trying to torpedo the peace process."
In remarks to reporters, he said it appeared the "extreme right wing" in the White House has taken over Central American policy-making and that the planned Reagan speech includes "ridiculous" demands that violate Nicaraguan sovereignty.