Antigua asks for
$3.4 billion yearly from the U.S. on Internet gambling issue
Representatives of Antigua and
Barbuda are asking for $3.4 billion in sanctions to the United
States after winning the Internet gambling dispute.
amount will be imposed on the U.S. yearly, for each year the
United States fail to comply with the Word Trade Organization
ruling that its online gambling laws violate the free trade
agreements. Antigua is also asking WTO for authorization to
target American trademarks and copyrights if the U.S. refuses to
alter its legislation and allow foreign gambling websites to
operate in the States.
Antigua's Finance Minister L. Errol Cort said
in a statement: “While we realize this is a significant step for
Antigua and Barbuda to take, we feel we have no other choice in
the matter. Until such time as the United States is willing to
work with us on achieving a reasonable solution to this trade
dispute, we will continue to use every legitimate remedy
available to protect the interests of our citizens.”
The move by Antigua comes a day after the
European Union told the United States it too wanted compensation
for the U.S. ban on foreign online gambling sites.
Published on 06/20/2007