Washington Post - Bosnia policemen to join UN force

The Associated Press

Wednesday, December 8, 1999

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina –– Bosnian policemen will be serving in U.N. police forces in crisis areas around the world, international officials said Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters in the Bosnian Serb capital of Banja Luka, the head of the U.N. mission, Jacques Klein, said 30 Bosnian Serb policemen are planned to serve in U.N. police abroad and 11 candidates are being screened.

"Bosnian Serb policemen in their own uniform with a U.N. badge (will be) serving the civil police, for example in East Timor or somewhere else," Klein said.

Bosnia is divided in two autonomous regions – one run by the Bosnian Serbs and the other shared by the country's Muslims and Croats. Each region will contribute 30 policemen to international police missions.

The policemen would serve six-month to one-year shifts abroad and will wear either Bosnian Serb or Muslim-Croat federation uniforms, with U.N. badges on one sleeve and the Bosnian emblem on the other, U.N. officials said.


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