U.S. Chamber Applauds White House for Easing Cuba Travel Ban

Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 8:00pm

'Ultimately, We Would Like to See an End to the Cuba Trade Embargo,' Brilliant Says

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Senior Vice President for International Affairs, Myron Brilliant, issued the following statement today after President Barack Obama eased the travel ban to Cuba and allowed some sectors to apply for business licenses in the country:

"We are very encouraged by the initial steps taken by the administration to make it easier for family members to travel to Cuba and to send more types of humanitarian aid to the island.

"The last 50 years of our embargo against Cuba have proven that unilateral sanctions do not work. Rather than encouraging Cuba to democratize, the embargo actually helped prop up a Communist regime.

"The Chamber has been a long-standing opponent of the Cuban embargo. We see an easing to the travel ban as a first step toward a policy more likely to bring political and economic change to the country while also bringing commercial benefits to American businesses.

"But today is only one step forward. A comprehensive review of U.S. unilateral economic sanctions is long overdue. And, ultimately, we would like to see an end to the Cuban trade embargo."

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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