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October 14, 1997 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a gesture of peace so fraught with controversy that it was made behind closed doors, a British prime minister shook hands with the leader of the Irish republican movement Sinn Fein on Monday for the first time in 76 years. The encounter in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, between Tony Blair and Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams lasted just 10 minutes, but it was touted by both as a symbol of conciliation in the fragile search for peace in the province.
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October 14, 1997 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a gesture of peace so fraught with controversy that it was made behind closed doors, a British prime minister shook hands with the leader of the Irish republican movement Sinn Fein on Monday for the first time in 76 years. The encounter in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, between Tony Blair and Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams lasted just 10 minutes, but it was touted by both as a symbol of conciliation in the fragile search for peace in the province.
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