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In accordance with the 6 March, 2009 ICANN Board resolution, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) responded to ICANN's 17 March, 2009 letter regarding Protection for Geographic Terms in New gTLDs (http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-06mar09.htm#08).
The resolution was in response to ICANN's requests for GAC assistance regarding implementation of New gTLD's and in particular the treatment of applications for certain geographic place names. The GAC issued this timely reply in accordance with the ICANN Board resolution. (http://www.icann.org/correspondence/karklins-to-twomey-24apr09.pdf [PDF, 96K])
The Board requested a final report from the GAC by 25 May, 2009.