Canadian Engagement Policy with Sudan Praised

Monday, 14 February 2000

In a statement, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy said that "Canada continues to believe that engagement and dialogue are the most appropriate tools for advancing the cause of peace in Sudan."

"We are in agreement with the Canadian government’s view that private sector interests have an opportunity and a responsibility to make a positive contribution to the human rights situation in Sudan," continued Kittredge. "It is frustrating that the United States continues to cling to a failed policy of ineffective and counterproductive unilateral sanctions while our closest allies are choosing engagement as the best tool to encourage change."

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. For more information on USA* ENGAGE and the harmful effects of unilateral trade sanctions, visit the USA* ENGAGE web site at www.usaengage.org.

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