Clinton Withholds Visa For Leader Of Ira
President Clinton is withholding a new U.S. visa for Gerry Adams, the political leader of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, in an effort to pressure the shadowy guerrilla movement to resume a 17-month cease-fire.
White House officials said Tuesday they remain hopeful that Clinton’s threatened suspension of direct White House contacts with Adams - the president of Sinn Fein and the IRA’s internationally recognized political representative - will persuade the IRA to end its bombing campaign in London.
The IRA claims responsibility for three bombings against civilian targets in London over the last ten days that brought fitful Northern Ireland peace negotiations to a standstill. Three people have died in the attacks.