USA*ENGAGE Calls U.S. Cuba Embargo Counterproductive and "Out of Step" with World Opinion

Thursday, 15 October 1998
"By continuing its counterproductive Cuba policy, the United States has only succeeded in isolating itself from world opinion. It's time to end the 'cold war' with Cuba and embark on policies that will promote human rights, education, and political and economic reforms," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA*Engage.

On October 14, the U.N. General Assembly voted 157-2 in favor of a non-binding resolution calling on the United States to end its economic embargo of Cuba.

"The U.N. vote shows how out of step U.S. policy towards Cuba really is," said Kittredge, while noting that U.S. extraterritorial sanctions resulting from the Helms-Burton Law have resulted in strained relations with some of America's closest allies and trading partners. "While the current embargo blocks off all avenues of American influence, the U.S. has the chance to encourage positive change in Cuba by promoting engagement and opening a dialogue both with the Cuban people and the Government. The time to move in that direction is long overdue, and could be started as soon as tomorrow by lifting travel restrictions to Cuba," Kittredge concluded.

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of 676 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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