USA*ENGAGE Calls For A New Cuba Policy

Thursday, 12 March 1998

"U.S. policy toward Cuba is outdated," remarked Frank Kittredge, Vice-Chairman of USA*ENGAGE. "The U.S. has the chance to encourage positive change in Cuba by promoting a policy of engagement and opening a dialogue with the Cuban people and the Government. It is time for Congress and the Administration to recognize that as a result of Pope John Paul II's historic visit changes are occurring in Cuba."

Kittredge noted that "Just last week, over 50 U.S. businessmen traveled to Cuba to meet with top Cuban officials. The American delegation saw first hand the harmful effects of a society isolated from American influence. It's time to completely overhall America's policy toward Cuba."

"We agree with the Miami Herald that it's time to lift all curbs on travel and remittances to Cuba as well as end the ban on the sale of food and restrictions on the sale of medical products."

U.S. policy toward Cuba is losing support even in Representative Illeana Ros-Lehtinen's own state of Florida. According to a recent Miami Herald editorial, "Cuba is ripe for a transition, as the Pope's visit demostrated. But the embargo is far too blunt an instrument for today's reality. Even worse is the Helms-Burton Act."

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of 661 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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