USA*ENGAGE Urges U.S./E.U. Sanctions Talks

Wednesday, 4 February 1998

"ILSA is proving to be an ill-conceived policy that is driving a wedge between the United States and Europe. By imposing 'extraterritorial sanctions' -- which attempt to force adherence to U.S. trade policy -- we are running the risk of starting a trade war with our closest allies," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE. "The United States should not manufacture a potential crisis when a real crisis is brewing in Iraq." Kittredge's remarks were in reference to the pending U.S. decision on whether to impose unilateral sanctions against the French, Russian, and Malaysian oil companies participating in an Iranian oil venture announced in October.

"This is a classic example how extraterritorial unilateral sanctions have serious unintended consequences. It would be far wiser to gain our allies' cooperation in a multilateral policy to influence Iran and Libya, than to attempt to coerce their compliance," said Kittredge. "We hope that talks between President Clinton and Prime Minister Blair will help resolve a potentially very damaging situation."

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of 660 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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