USA*ENGAGE Calls on House to Delay Consideration

Wednesday, 13 May 1998

"We continue to believe that the imposition of automatic unilateral sanctions is the wrong method for promoting religious tolerance. Given the situation in India, however, we are even more concerned that this is particularly bad timing for a vote that will target sanctions on Pakistan and China," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE. "It is clearly in America's interests to work closely with Pakistan and China to prevent a nuclear arms race on the Asian subcontinent. Threatening to impose sanctions against them at this time is not only ill-advised but also potentially counterproductive."

"This is a classic case of the unintended consequences that can result when wielding the blunt instrument of unilateral sanctions. The nuclear crisis in India is an issue of paramount importance for international security. Congress should not be taking action that will undermine the multilateral support needed to effectively address the situation," he concluded.

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of 670 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.


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