USA*ENGAGE Calls Sudan Sanctions "Counterproductive"

Tuesday, 4 November 1997

IEEPA allows the president to declare a national emergency when there is an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to the national security, foreign policy or economy of the United States. Since 1993, the United States has utilized IEEPA to declare or continue 38 "national emergencies."

"IEEPA was designed to give the president the authority to protect America from foreign threats. By imposing broad sanctions against Sudan, however, we are jeopardizing our diplomatic and humanitarian efforts in that country, and will have achieved nothing in return," continued Kittredge. "Sudan, however, will undoubtedly continue to trade with other nations, undercutting the unilateral U.S. effort."

"USA*ENGAGE challenges the Administration to enlist Sudan's other major trading partners in the sanctions effort. The U.S. too often relies on ëgo it aloneí sanctions that rarely influence foreign governments in a constructive way, yet always undermine the competitiveness of American interests -- to the benefit of our foreign competitors. Todayís action will only serve to continue the proliferation of unilateral economic sanctions as a primary tool of U.S. foreign policy, despite clear evidence that engagement is a more effective tool in promoting positive change," Kittredge concluded.

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of 652 small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad.


Contact: Eric Thomas 202/822-9491

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