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Challenge to Ban on Internet Gambling Upheld

3 May 2004

WASHINGTON – As reported by Reuters: ``Tiny Antigua and Barbuda have successfully challenged a U.S. ban on Internet gambling, diplomatic sources said on Friday, dealing the United States another setback at the World Trade Organization.

``A U.S. trade official, speaking on condition that she not be identified, confirmed that a WTO panel had issued a final report that was "largely unchanged" from its preliminary ruling against the U.S. ban one month ago.

```We intend to appeal and will argue vigorously that this deeply flawed panel report must be corrected by the (WTO) appellate body,' the trade official said, echoing comments made last month by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick.

``…In the gambling case, the WTO panel determined that the United States' ban on Internet, telephone and other remote gambling services violated its WTO commitments, diplomatic sources in Geneva said…."

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