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Statement Concerning 11 September 2001 Disasters

14 September 2001

To all friends and colleagues across the global ICANN and Internet community:

The disasters of September 11 in the United States were an enormous and tragic event of worldwide proportions.

Many of us learned about it when we had just arrived home or were en route from the ICANN meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay. I have been touched by how so many attendees at that meeting – and others who were not there – have reached out in expressions of shared horror over the events and deep concern for each other's safety and that of our families and friends. It brings home that we are a global community that, whatever our professional differences, care deeply for each other on a human level.

I am pleased to hear from most of you that you have arrived home safely to your respective countries. For those who are still stranded en route, please take care with the rest of your journey. I do hope you can reach home soon. And please do get in touch if there is anything I or the ICANN staff can do to assist.

Of course the entire ICANN community sincerely hopes that none of you or your families or friends has been directly victimized by these horrific events.

All of us, I am sure, extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to all of those and their families and friends - who come from many countries - who have indeed suffered directly and grievously as a result of this evil act.

With warm regards


M. Stuart Lynn
President and CEO