US Not Backing Down to Antigua
By staff
The US is fighting back in its ongoing online gambling dispute with Antigua and Barbuda by citing an article from World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) in its defense.

The Caribbean island is currently in the process of a $7 million compensation bid against the US after the WTO ruled that against the country’s actions to forbid foreign competition for bets on Internet gambling on horse racing while allowing domestic interstate bets.

The US is arguing that the best route to resolve its quarrel with Antigua and other countries claiming damages, such as Australia, Canada and Costa Rica, is to withdraw from WTOs trade obligations to grant access to Internet gambling companies.

In an interview with the Antigua Sun newspaper an unnamed a trade official in the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) said: “We are actively working to negotiate, under Article 21, with all of the WTO members which made claims…and we continue to believe that this Article 21 process is really the path that is most likely to lead to a resolution of this issue.”

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