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This statement is being submitted by the ALAC-appointed members of the Phase 2a EPDP team (Alan Greenberg, Hadia El Miniawi) on behalf of the ALAC Chair Maureen Hilyard and the ALAC.
The EPDP Phase 2a was triggered based on the dissatisfaction of the ALAC and several other groups with the EPDP Phase 1 and 2 not having addressed two critical issues.
Our Minority statement submitted within the Phase 2a report captures the ALAC position on the Phase 2a outcomes, and we request that the Board take that statement into account as it deliberates on its action regarding the Phase 2a outcomes. We also call the Board's attention to the GAC Minority Statement which the ALAC formally supported, as well as the statements of the SSAC, the GNSO Business Constituency and the GNSO Intellectual Property Constituency, all of which espouse views similar to those of the ALAC.
We also wish to point out that these so-called "minority" statements represent 11 of the 24 EPDP Members and 5 of the 9 groups represented on the EPDP.
The ALAC is re-iterating the position it took in its Minority Statement submitted with the EPDP Phase 2a report, and calls upon the Board to take it into account, as well as those statements submitted by the GAC, SSAC, BC and IPC.