|The long-running dispute surrounding online gambling between the United States and the tiny Caribbean island state of Antigua and Barbuda could be resolved this week after officials from both nation’s set this Friday as a dealine for resolving the quarrel.|
According to Errol Cort, Finance Minister for Antigua and Barbuda, meetings with US trade representatives could achieve a resolution over the gambling discord with a new settlement by Friday while Sean Spicer, Spokesperson for the US Trade Representative, said the two nations were trying in good faith to settle the dispute through a mutual agreement.
Cort stated that the June 20 deadline would ’allow both parties additional time to see whether we're able to meet some amicable resolution’ without going into specifics.
Antigua has accused the US of crippling its gambling industry by banning Americans from placing online bets with operators through its Unlawful Interney Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), including those based in the twin-island country of just 70,000 inhabitants.
In June, a World Trade Organization (WTO) deadline passed without resolution. The WTO backed Antigua's request to target US services, copyrights and trademarks last year in retaliation for the online betting ban but ruled that it could only impose $21 million in annual trade sanctions.