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Statement Concerning London Bombings and ICANN Meeting in Luxembourg

Friends and Colleagues,

There have been multiple bomb blasts in London this morning. At the time of writing, it does not look like the airports have been hit, but clearly the public transport system in London itself has been.

The advice we have received is that if you are transiting through London on the way to the ICANN meeting in Luxembourg, please do not go to central London. If you have a stopover, please stay at hotels at the airport or west of the city.

At the moment the airports are not affected and we understand that flights are not being diverted but one should expect heightened security and hence delays at British airports.

If members of the community have any questions, please direct them to

Arrangements in Luxembourg continue as planned.

Paul Twomey
President & CEO
7 July 2005

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