With President Clinton's approval, the political leader of the outlawed Irish Republican Army is finally coming to the United States. The hope is that Gerry Adams' brief admission will contribute to peace.
Adams left Dublin this morning after telling reporters: "My attitude is quite simply and straight forward - I want an end to violence."Eight times in the past the Sinn Fein leader was denied a waiver to government rules banning leaders of organizations deemed to be promoters of terrorism. This time he won out after lengthy deliberations that involved Clinton and Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
The president "supports this difficult decision and believes it will help advance the cause of peace in Northern Ireland," the White House said Sunday.
"The president made clear his position to Secretary (of State Warren) Christopher," White House spokeswoman Dee Dee Myers said Monday.