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November 20, 1995 – CBS World News Roundup – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
November 20, 1995 – Peace talks over the situation in Bosnia concluded with a big question mark and many issues left unsettled. After 20 days of negotiations in Dayton Ohio, a tentative peace plan was scheduled to be announced. Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who led negotiations finally concluded, after a 20 hour marathon session, that some issues hadn’t been resolved, but that at least a boiler-plate had been established. The main sticking point was the carving up of territory and providing safe passage from one region to another. The unveiling of the efforts was initially supposed to take place in the morning, but was rescheduled for the afternoon. But if a deal was in fact struck, it would take some time before the legal teams and the map makers could get documents ready to be initialed.
Meanwhile, the machinists strike at Boeing was settled, after some 45 days. Employees could be back at work within days, once the pact was approved by rank-and-file.
The Federal government was finally repened, after being shut during the budget impasse in Congress. An eleventh hour deal between President Clinton and the Republican majority in Congress after a weekend blizzard of proposals and counter-proposals. The White House finally agreed to compromise language that committed the President to balanced budget by 2002. But White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta noted that it also protected Medicare, Medicaid and Education. Senate Majority leader Bob Dole was quick to declare victory, even though polls showed 22% of American people approved of the way Congress was handling its job. That was back down to the levels just prior to the Republican landslide. On to negotiating the appropriations bills before the stop-gap spending bill expired on December 15th and the whole thing would start over again.
And Free As A Bird, the new single from The Beatles was scheduled for release this day. It was to be included as part of the Anthology 1 album going on sale at midnight. The song was originally written by John Lennon in 1977 and reconstructed by the remaining members of the group.
And that’s just a small slice of what went on this November 20, 1995, as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.