Bosnian state parliament rejects law on joint border police

SARAJEVO, Dec 30, 1999 -- (Reuters) The Bosnian state parliament failed Wednesday to adopt a law on joint border police that was supposed to have been in place by the end of the year, Bosnian radio reported.

The measure failed to make it through the last 1999 session of the lower house of the state parliament after the two Serb MP's refused to give their consent, the radio said.

The three members of Bosnia's joint presidency had agreed in New York in November to set up a multi-ethnic police force to patrol the country's international borders.

Later in November, the UN spokesman in Sarajevo, Douglas Coffman, said that the first units of the multi-ethnic border police were to be deployed by the end of 1999.

Bosnia's borders with Croatia and Yugoslavia are currently controlled by two separate police forces from Bosnia's post-war entities, the Muslim-Croat Federation and the Serb-run Republika Srpska.

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