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Statement by USTR Spokeswoman Gretchen Hamel on Gambling

December 17, 2007


"We are pleased to confirm that the United States has reached agreement in the GATS
Article XXI process with Canada, the EU and Japan.  The
agreement involves commitments to maintain our liberalized markets for
warehousing services, technical testing services, research and development
services and postal services relating to outbound international letters. 
These commitments meet our WTO obligation under GATS Article XXI to make a
compensatory adjustment in our WTO services commitments.  We now enter a
45-day period in which the remaining claimants have a right to request
arbitration.  We will continue to discuss this matter with the other
claimants to explain how our proposal is consistent with our WTO

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