Hopes that the World Trade Organisation dispute between the United States and Antigua and Barbuda would be amicably resolved instead of going to arbitration (see previous InfoPowa reports) were dashed this week when the islander's legal representative, Mark Mendel opined that he did not believe a settlement was possible by the June 6 deadline.
 
That's not necessarily the end of the matter, as the Antiguan Finance Minister, Dr. Errol Cort said last week that if there was a real prospect of success he would be prepared to agree to an extension of the June 6 deadline. "I am very encouraged that there are at least [the] components of a possible settlement agreement," the minister commented.
 
Mendel said that he did not believe a settlement by the deadline was possible, but he hinted that Cort's preparedness to extend the deadline may be implemented if the Americans accepted that a compromise makes sense.