USA*ENGAGE Labels Burma Sanctions a Serious Error

Tuesday, 22 April 1997

USA*ENGAGE and its 466 members have once again called upon the United States to stop the proliferation of unilateral sanctions as its primary tool of foreign policy. In the past four years the U.S. has imposed 61 unilateral trade sanctions on 35 nations.

In addition, the coalition points to the high cost of sanctions on Americans, which are documented in an Institute for International Economics study released on April 16, 1997, which credited U.S. sanctions with costing as much as $20 billion a year in lost U.S. exports and 250,000 export related jobs.

"The evidence is clear, multilateral coorperation works far better than unilateral sanctions. Today's action perpetuates a bad precedent by ceding American leadership while rewarding our foreign competitors," continued Kittredge.

USA*ENGAGE is a broad-based coalition representing American business and agriculture, which supports American engagement overseas as the best means to promote human rights, values and American interests. Coalition members are undertaking a sustained effort to support greater overseas involvement by the United States at all levels -- political, diplomatic, economic, charitable, religious, educational and cultural -- and to oppose the use of unilateral economic sanctions.


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