May 24, 1994 – A Compromise With Japan – A Promise From Mandela – A Lawsuit For Big Tobacco.
May 24, 1994 – U.S. and Japanese negotiators reached a compromise in Washington discussions about Trade talks. The first round of negotiations collapsed in February were now looking for a restart with a common understanding on goals. The breakthrough came after four days of formal talks that Japanese negotiators described as tough with their American counterparts in Washington. The two countries were now hoping to hammer out some kind of agreement before their leaders were slated to meet at the G-7 Summit in Naples in July. Both sides were optimistic and the progress was greeted as good news in both Tokyo and Washington.
Meanwhile, in South Africa; President Nelson Mandela gave his State Of The Nation address to an all-race Parliament, urging his country to get to work, promising immediate relief to impoverished Blacks while reassuring the White minority:
Nelson Mandela: “My government’s commitment to create a people-centred society of liberty binds us to the pursuit of the goals of freedom from want, freedom from hunger, freedom from deprivation, freedom from ignorance, freedom from suppression and freedom from fear.
These freedoms are fundamental to the guarantee of human dignity. They will therefore constitute part of the centrepiece of what this government will seek to achieve, the focal point on which our attention will be continuously focused.
The things we have said constitute the true meaning, the justification and the purpose of the Reconstruction and Development Programme, without which it would lose all legitimacy.
When we elaborated this Programme we were inspired by the hope that all South Africans of goodwill could join together to provide a better life for all. We were pleased that other political organisations announced similar aims.”
In Haiti, no such freedom from fear as government-backed gunmen went on a killing spree targeting primarily backers of deposed Haitian President Aristide. All that, along with government crackdowns and curfews created a tense apprehension in the streets of Port-au-Prince.
And the State of Mississippi was suing the Tobacco Industry in an effort to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in tax money spent on smoking related illnesses. Mississippi’s Attorney General said too often the taxpayers were stuck with the healthcare bill when State employees or Medicaid recipients get sick from smoking. In turn, the Tobacco Industry hired an army of lawyers in Mississippi to combat the accusations.
All that, and a lot more for this May 24, 1994 as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.