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ICANN Formalizes Relationships with ccTLD Managers for Côte d'Ivoire and Russia

28 March 2007

ICANN announced today that it has formalized its 20th and 21st relationships with country code top level domain (ccTLD) managers. Today’s are for .ci - Côte d'Ivoire (Institut National Polytechnique Felix Houphouet Boigny), and .ru — Russia (Coordination Center for TLD RU).

The signings took place today at ICANN’s 28th public meeting being held in Lisbon, Portugal.

The relationship with Côte d'Ivoire and the Russian Federation is an exchange of letters. They represent the 20th and 21st formalized relationships between ccTLD managers and ICANN.

The Accountability Framework program provides two mechanisms by which ccTLD managers can formalise their relationship with ICANN. The first is an Accountability Framework document that sets out the obligations of a ccTLD manager and ICANN. It also covers dispute resolution and termination and is designed for ccTLD managers requiring a formal document with ICANN.

The second mechanism is an exchange of letters between ICANN and the ccTLD manager designed for those for whom a simple statement of commitment is more appropriate.

Signed accountability framework and exchange of letters documents can be found at http://www.icann.org/cctlds/agreements.html. Click on the photos below for print-quality versions.

About ICANN:

ICANN is an internationally organized, public benefit non-profit responsible for coordinating Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.

The .ci signing. Left to right: Vint Cerf (ICANN chairman); Souleymane Oumtanaga (NIC Cote d’Ivoire); Paul Twomey (ICANN president and CEO)

Signing of .ci agreement

The .ru signing. Left to right: Vint Cerf (ICANN chairman); Paul Twomey (ICANN president and CEO); Andrew Romanov (.ru); Dmitry Burkov (.ru / RIPE)

Signing of .ru agreement

Media Contacts:

Jason Keenan
Media Adviser
ICANN (USA)
Ph: +1 310 818 9072
E: jason.keenan@icann.org

International: Andrew Robertson
Edelman ( London)
Ph: +44 7921 588 770
E: andrew.robertson@edelman.com

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