USA*ENGAGE Strongly Supports New U.S. Policy with Cuba

Tuesday, 5 January 1999

"Nearly forty years of punitive U.S. unilateral sanctions have failed to promote freedom in Cuba. America's best chance to help speed the transition to a more open society is by engaging the people of that nation. We are hopeful that the Cuban government will respond favorably to the U.S. initiative."

Kittredge was particularly encouraged by the decision to allow U.S. firms to sell agricultural equipment and supplies to independent Cuban farmers. "Permitting this limited private commerce will hopefully encourage entrepreneurship and open the doors to the benefits of wider commercial engagement in the future," he said.

"Because America has a vital interest in seeing a peaceful transition to democracy in Cuba, we would very much look forward to working with Congress and the Administration on further review of U.S. Cuban policy," Kittredge said. "An ongoing strategic review can only help to shape the most effective policy for the future."

USA*ENGAGE advocated a new U.S. Cuban policy in an ad campaign coinciding with the visit of Pope John Paul II to Cuba one-year ago.The Cuba ad can be viewed by clicking here.

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.