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Microsoft to Work With Yugoslavia

June 7, 2001

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BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ Microsoft Corp. signed a letter of intent Thursday to computerize public services in Yugoslavia.

The deal marked a renewal of ties by the nation with U.S. companies after years of near isolation.

The deal signed by Microsoft vice president Michel Lakombe calls for the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant to offer financing and expertise for projects involving the Yugoslav government and its larger republic, Serbia.

In exchange, the authorities will help Microsoft establish its presence in Yugoslavia, the state news agency Tanjug reported.

The government also pledged to help curb software piracy.

Yugoslavia has begun to reintegrate into world institutions since Milosevic was ousted last October. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton lifted sanctions against Yugoslavia just before leaving office, allowing companies to re-establish business ties.

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