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Under President Clinton the US's policy on Northern Ireland has moved towards the nationalists. Conor O'Clery provides the first detailed account of the forces which shaped Clinton's conversion in last year's visa wars

By Conor O'Cleary   November 1995

One of the most extraordinary episodes in the history of the special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States took place on January 29th 1994 in the Oval Office of the White House.

President Bill Clinton was at his desk. In front of him were two sets of documents. One urged him to reject an application from Gerry Adams for a visa to enter the US. This recommendation had the backing of the British government; Warren Christopher, the US secretary of state; Janet Reno, the justice minister; Louis Freeh, the FBI director, and the US embassy in London.…

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