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Message 1: E-mail links with Serbia

Date: Thu, 6 Aug 92 12:58 EDT
Subject: E-mail links with Serbia

Dear Colleagues,

I have been asked to forward the following message from Dr. Olga Miseska
Tomic, Professor of English at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, Yugoslavia.
As she says, e-mail links with Belgrade were cut as part of the Austrian
Government's observance of UN sanctions against Yugoslavia. It is certainly
true that the cutting of communication channels like e-mail does not impact
the authorities waging war, and does negatively affect private persons who
may not be supporting the war.

Yours, Wayles Browne, Cornell University

 **** Original message ****
Dear colleagues:
Only two days after the UN sanctions were imposed upon Yugoslavia, the
E-mail with Belgrade was cut off. This act made the isolaion physically
visible and we felt is as a symbol of end of links with the World. The
sanctions may have been imposed in good will (though so far no good comes
out of it) but we cannot see how cutting off of links of communication serves
the cause of Peace. The Belgrade University is opposing the Civil War
strongly and the cutting off of links with the world can only lead to
desperation. I am inviting you to send messages to Wilfried Maschtera
(, who cut the links (by order of Ms. Axmann
from the Austrian Minstry of Science and Research ( how can the Austrian
Ministry make a decision to do something which concerns the international
scientific community?!-)); and another to Frode Greisen
(, who is the head of EARN (European Research Network),
urging them to reesrablish the e-mail link with Belgrade and thus aleviate
the agony of Belgrade scientists and contribute to Peace.

Olga Miseska Tomic,
Professor of English Linguistics,
University of Novi Sad
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