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Antingua And USA Talk About Internet Gambling Issue

Officials from the United States and the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda sat down to negotiate over the island's ten year old World Trade Organization dispute.

Settlement talks took place at the U.S. embassy in Barbados and was led by Ambassador Colin Murdock. U.S. Congressional staff members were among government officials present.

Antigua filed a dispute with the WTO concerning America's stance on internet gambling, claiming that the barring of legalized wagering creates an unfair burden on licensed operators in its own country. The case ended up going in Antigua's favor, and $21 million annually was awarded to the island nation, although the United States has never paid any amount toward that judgment.

After the talks concluded Ambassador Murdock said: “The government of Antigua and Barbuda is doing everything in our power to get a reasonable settlement from the United States."

“We have negotiated with the US in good faith as we have done for the last decade. We have prevailed in our case at the WTO on numerous occasions, and we are prepared to pursue the remedies provided under international trade law.”

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