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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, April 10, 1995
Volume 31--Number 14
Pages 521-576

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    Arkansas, dedication of the Dean B. Ellis Library at Arkansas State 
        University in Jonesboro--527
    Building and Construction Trades Department conference--541
    Georgia, closing session of the Southern Regional Economic 
        Conference in Atlanta--521
    Haiti, United Nations transition ceremony in Port-au-Prince--523
    Major League Baseball strike--521
    Radio address--524
    Texas, American Society of Newspaper Editors in Dallas--560
    United States-Egypt Presidents' Council--548

Appointments and Nominations

    U.S. Army, Chief of Staff, statement--573

Bill Signings

    Self employed health insurance legislation, intent to sign--557

Communications to Congress

    Alaska's mineral resources, message transmitting report--531
    Environmental policy, message--558

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Charter of the Special Adviser for Assistance to the New Independent 
        States of the Former Soviet Union, memorandum--556

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Florida, Tampa--521
        Haiti, Port-au-Prince--522

Interviews With the News Media--Continued

        Oval Office--548
        Chris Fowler, Digger Phelps, and Dick Vitale of ESPN--525
        Pat O'Brien, Mike Krzyzewski, and Quinn Buckner of CBS Sports--
    News conferences
        April 4 (No. 90) with Prime Minister Major of the United 
        April 5 (No. 91) with President Mubarak of Egypt--549

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Egypt, President Mubarak--548, 549
    Haiti, President Aristide--522, 523
    United Kingdom, Prime Minister Major--532
    United Nations Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali--523


    Cancer Control Month--573
    National Child Abuse Prevention Month--541
    National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day--557

Statements by the President

    See also Appointments and Nominations; Bill Signings
    Buyout program for Federal employees--540
    Major League Baseball settlement--526

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--576
    Checklist of White House press releases--575
    Digest of other White House announcements--574
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--575

Editor's note: The President was in Sacramento, CA, on April 7, the 
closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the 
Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in 
this issue will be printed next week.



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Monday, April 10, 1995
Volume 31--Number 14
Pages 521-576
Week Ending Friday, April 7, 1995
Remarks at the Closing Session of the Southern Regional Economic 
Conference in Atlanta, Georgia

March 29, 1995

    Let me close by once again thanking Emory University and its 
leadership for letting us be here, and thank all of you for giving us a 
day of your lives, which I will say again, I hope you think it has been 
well spent. I have been deeply moved by the stories I have heard. I have 
actually quite a lot more specific and clear sense than I did when the 
day started about the similarities and the differences of the southern 
economy as compared with the rest of the country and the differences 
within the States which are still not insignificant.
    I have a clearer idea of what all of you think, based on your 
personal experience, is the appropriate role of the Federal Government. 
And again, I will say it strikes me as not on the extreme that there is 
a Government solution for most problems or the extreme that it would be 
better if the Government went away and wasn't around anymore, but at 
somewhere not in the middle but way beyond that, much more 
    And I leave this meeting feeling more hopeful, as I always do when I 
get a chance to talk to the American people, but certainly to be here in 
a kind of a homecoming setting for me; there's a lot of you I've worked 
with for more than 10 years.
    But I would say this, in view of what both Bill Winter and what 
Billy Payne said. You know, all of us have a scale inside us, I think, 
that's sort of a psychological scale about the way we look at the world, 
and some days, there seems to be a little more weight on the positive, 
hopeful side of the scale, and someday, somebody takes some of the 
weight off and it kind of gets off on the other edge. And we all battle 
it within ourselves, within our families, within our communities, within 
our work organizations, and one thing I said this morning I want you to 
remember: We cannot go on where we have a disconnect between our public 
conversation which is so often oriented towards what divides us and how 
to get us to resent one another, and our public behavior, that is, the 
things we do together, which is what works, is what Billy said, is when 
we play by the rules, we work hard, we try to bring out the best in 
everybody, and we recognize we don't have a person to waste.
    The South learned that lesson, I think, better than any other part 
of the country because of the horrible price we paid for our past. And I 
think that's why the economy is growing more rapidly than any other part 
of the country, why Atlanta is the perfect place to host the Olympics, 
and why we have a chance to see this region lead our country into a very 
bright 21st century. But we've got a lot of work to do, and I feel today 
that all of us, and I know the President, at least, has more energy for 
the task ahead and a better idea about how to approach them, thanks to 
    I thank you very much.

Note: The President spoke at approximately 5 p.m. in the Cannon Chapel 
Building at Emory University. In his remarks, he referred to William 
Porter ``Billy'' Payne, chief executive officer, Atlanta Committee for 
the Olympic Games, and William F. Winter, Chair, Advisory Commission on 
Intergovernmental Relations. This item was not received in time for 
publication in the appropriate issue.

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Monday, April 10, 1995
Volume 31--Number 14
Pages 521-576
Week Ending Friday, April 7, 1995
Remarks on the Major League Baseball Strike and an Exchange With 
Reporters in Tampa, Florida

March 30, 1995

    The President. Since I'm here in Florida, it might be appropriate to 
say something about the baseball situation. The judge is going to hand 
down a ruling, apparently,

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pretty soon. And I would just say, if the injunction stays and the 
players do again state their willingness to go back to work, then I hope 
they won't be locked out. I think it gives us a chance at least to start 
the baseball season in a good way and without the replacement players.
    Ultimately, of course, they're still going to have to work this out, 
and they're going to have to do it by some mutual agreement. But we may 
be given an opportunity in the next couple of days to have a baseball 
season. And if that opportunity arises, and the players are willing to 
go back, then I hope the owners won't lock them out.


    Q. [Inaudible]--CIA covered up the murder in Guatemala?
    The President. Well, we have no information to that effect. We are 
looking into all the allegations. And I have taken exceptional steps to 
make sure that there is a good investigation and to make sure that the 
records are secure. I think I should do that. As you know, this relates 
to events that occurred before I became President. But we need to know 
the facts, and we're going to do everything we can to find out the 


    Q. Is there any evidence that--any evidence that Aristide's people 
were behind the assassination?
    The President. President Aristide immediately asked for help to 
investigate the action. Indeed, the people who were down there were 
working before to try to head off any political violence leading up to 
the handover this weekend. And as soon as the killing occurred, he asked 
for help, and we had dispatched immediately a substantial team from the 
FBI. So I think that is significant evidence that he wants to get to the 
bottom of this and that he's keeping his word not to support political 
    There are many factions there. They've done a good job of keeping 
down political violence. They don't need to start it again. What they 
need to do is to keep things calm, maintain a low crime rate, continue 
to work with the United Nations, and rebuild that country. We only have, 
I think, 6,000 of the 35,000 factory workers who were working before the 
military coup back working. So we need to keep working on building the 
country. And that's what I'm going to say when I go down there.
    Thank you.

Note: The President spoke at approximately 3 p.m. at Tampa Bay 
International Airport. In his remarks, he referred to Jean-Bertrand 
Aristide, President of Haiti. This item was not received in time for 
publication in the appropriate issue.

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