USA*Engage Welcomes Bush Decision to Refrain from Imposing New Unilateral Sanctions on Sudan

Friday, 25 April 2003

"The peace process in Sudan is far too delicate a process to be positively affected by additional U.S. unilateral sanctions. We are grateful that Congress recognized the need to allow for diplomatic flexibility in the Sudan Peace Act, and did not mandate additional heavy-handed sanctions," said Bill Reinsch, President of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and co chairman of USA*Engage. "President Bush has made the right decision, and he should be congratulated."

The Sudan Peace Act was signed by President Bush in October 2002, prompting April's six-month review in which the Administration recognized "significant progress" in the Sudanese peace negotiations.

"Unilateral sanctions are the least effective tool the United States has when attempting to influence the behavior of other nations - yet they are all too often the first action we take. History has shown that engagement and serious diplomacy are far more effective at achieving our foreign policy goals, and we believe that will be the case in Sudan as well," Reinsch concluded.

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of over 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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