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Dear ISO JAC members:

The ballot that was voted on recently requesting a 2-character language
code for Geez was unanimously rejected by the ISO JAC.  The reasons given
were:

- According to expert information GEEZ is an 'old' language, which
today is only used for liturgy purposes in church. It is not used for
modern specialized/professional communication purposes. Therefore, it does not
qualify for inclusion in 639-1 according to the rules for two-letter
identifiers in the alpha-2 code. (Thank you, Christian, for these
well-stated comments)

- The changed status of RFC 1766 (i.e. the new RFC 3066)

- The alpha-2 list should have only a very limited number of historical
languages

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^^  Rebecca S. Guenther                                   ^^
^^  Chair, ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee               ^^
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