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Antigua & Barbuda heat up fight against US

24 May 2007

ANTIGUA -- As reported by the Antigua Sun: "Antigua & Barbuda has called on the 150 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to file claims for compensation against the United States – the latest move in its trade dispute with the US over Internet gambling.

"Yesterday in Geneva, the WTO Dispute Settlement Body's ruling on the matter was formally adopted by the WTO. That ruling declared the US in continued violation of its commitments under the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) in relation to the restrictions placed on remote gambling.

"Since the ruling was issued in March, however, the US has declared its intention to change its GATS commitments so that it is no longer pledged to allow access to Internet gambling companies, a move that it says will effectively put an end to the dispute with Antigua & Barbuda.

"In response to this, Antigua & Barbuda's attorney at the WTO Mark Mendel said that Antigua & Barbuda is actively encouraging WTO members to claim compensation from the US if it attempts to break the treaty..."

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