USA*Engage Applauds Danforth Appointment

Sunday, 9 September 2001

Washington, D.C. – USAHEngage applauds President Bush for tapping former Senator John C. Danforth as a special envoy to examine the possibility of a settlement in Sudan's civil war.

"The Danforth appointment sends a powerful signal that the White House is dedicated to finding smart, diplomatic solutions to the problems in Sudan," said Don Deline, Chairman of USAHEngage. "It is our sincere hope that Congress will recognize the importance of allowing Senator Danforth to do his job unhindered by new U.S. sanctions.  We need to send one clear message to the world that America is dedicated to finding a long-term solution to the conflict."

Provisions in the House-passed Sudan Peace Act, currently awaiting the appointment of House and Senate conferees, contain objectionable disclosure and capital markets sanctions provisions which, if enacted, would complicate and undermine U.S. diplomatic efforts in the region, including Danforth's mission.

"Closing the U.S. capital markets to influence the political behavior of foreign countries would set a terrible precedent that can only damage the U.S. economy.  This legislation could very well provoke other countries to implement similar penalties directed against the United States," said Deline.

Deline noted that at a recent Senate hearing, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warned that such a ban could be "downright harmful" to the U.S. economy.  The effect of it "would be essentially to move a considerable amount of financing out of the United States to London, Frankfurt, and Tokyo," Greenspan said. "[I]f we move in directions that undermine our financial capacity, we are undermining the potential for long-term growth in the American economy."


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.