USA*ENGAGE Urges Discussion of Multilateralism at G-7

Wednesday, 18 June 1997

"Unilateral sanctions often undermine U.S. international leadership by isolating the U.S. from the very nations we are attempting to influence," said Frank Kittredge, Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE and President of the National Foreign Trade Council. "We are also alarmed by the increased use of secondary boycotts and extraterritorial sanctions and their impact on relations with our closest allies."

Because secondary boycotts and extraterritorial sanctions imposed by the United States have strained relations with a number of the United States' G-7 partners in recent years, Kittredge added: "We urge you to use the Group of Seven meetings in Denver and other upcoming multilateral fora to discuss with our allies and trading partners more effective methods of acting collectively rather than unilaterally."

USA*ENGAGE is a broad-based coalition representing 555 small and large American businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations. The organization 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 seek alternatives to the use of unilateral economic sanctions.


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