Sinn Fein leaders to meet on N. Ireland police

Sinn Fein leaders voted Friday to convene an emergency conference and confront a pivotal issue in Northern Ireland peacemaking - whether the IRA-linked party should support the police force for the British territory. The 46-member executive of Sinn Fein, backing party leader Gerry Adams, voted by more than the required two-thirds majority to mount a special conference of its 2,000-strong grassroots membership. The move followed months of stalemate with Protestant leaders, who insist they will form a power-sharing government - a central goal of the 1998 Good Friday peace accord - only if the Catholics of Sinn Fein dump their anti-police policy.