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Antigua wants US to lift Internet gambling hurdle

Antigua wants US to lift Internet gambling hurdle

CREATED Sep. 20, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A government official from the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda told an online gambling conference in Las Vegas that his country wants the U.S. to abide by international rulings and allow island Internet gambling.

Antigua Finance Minister Harold Lovell said Wednesday the U.S. is ignoring rulings since 2004 by the World Trade Organization, and is using a U.S. ban on interstate Internet gambling to block what Lovell calls legitimate commerce from his Caribbean nation.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Trade Representative in Washington didn't immediately respond to messages.

Lovell is suggesting that Antigua may use unspecified methods to affect American businesses if the dispute isn't resolved.

His comments came during a speech to the U.S. Online Gaming Law 2012 conference at the Bellagio resort on the Las Vegas Strip.