USA*Engage Urges Senate Not to Condition Aid to Vietnam

Tuesday, 20 July 2004

"In 2001, the House passed a similar provision and the Senate demurred. We urge them to do so again this session. These proposed unilateral economic sanctions on Vietnam will undermine the continued strengthening of relations between the United States and Vietnam," said Bill Reinsch, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Co-Chairman of USA*Engage. "While we fully support U.S. efforts to promote respect for human rights worldwide, history has shown that unilateral sanctions rarely, if ever, achieve their intended consequences.

Such restrictions on aid threaten to undermine Vietnam's progress on other important issues such as cooperation in returning remains of U.S. servicemen and intellectual property protections, and run counter to the President's recent initiative on fighting HIV/AISA in Vietnam."

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.