Sinn Fein Leaders To Meet Blair
LONDON (AP) _ Prime Minister Tony Blair will meet leaders of Sinn Fein, the political party allied to the Irish Republican Army, on Dec. 11 in London, his office announced Saturday.
Blair, the first British prime minister to meet with leaders of Sinn Fein, met with Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams on Oct. 13 at Belfast. Afterwards, Blair was jostled in an angry demonstration by Protestant hard-liners at a shopping center.
Adams and Sinn Fein’s chief negotiator, Martin McGuinness, have been invited to the prime minister’s official residence at No. 10 Downing St., but there will be no photo opportunity showing them with the prime minister, his office said.
``People are determined to move things on and it is inevitable and right that the prime minister should continue to meet all the participants from time to time,″ said Blair’s spokesman, Alastair Campbell.