Yugoslavs ban mobile phones in official buildings

BELGRADE, May 12, 2000 -- (Reuters) The Yugoslav government banned the use of mobile phones and pagers inside official buildings on Thursday under new measures to protect state secrets, an independent radio station said.

Radio B292 quoted its government sources as saying the administration had also told federal employees to be "extremely restrictive in mentioning persons, functions, objects and official data," in their communications.

The sources did not give specific reasons for the new security measures, but top officials have recently said in public that the country's safety was being put in jeopardy by foreign spies and their local collaborators.

The radio said the Yugoslav defense and interior ministries would prepare a plan for "protection and security of the federal bodies and organizations."

Original article