It has come to the attention of the Number Resource Organization (“NRO”) that certain members of the Internet community have expressed concerns regarding AFRINIC, the Regional Internet Registry (“RIR”) for Africa, and its operations. Through messages posted on various community mailing lists, allegations have been made against AFRINIC and the performance of its duties as an RIR. While the issues raised are best resolved by the RIR at issue, the NRO provides the following statement to the global Internet community.
Each RIR manages services in its respective region. AFRINIC has been duly recognized globally to administer number resources in its region. The very nature of the allegations reveals a disagreement with AFRINIC on the implementation of its Registration Services Agreement as well as community-developed policy.
All RIRs, on occasion, face allegations of errors in the implementation of policy or agreements, and such disputes, being routine in nature, are best handled by the individual RIR and/or its community and related legal and courts system. It would be inappropriate for the NRO or any other organization to address issues that relate to the RIR’s service region and policies developed by its community.
NRO Executive Council