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Thursday, 8 November, 2001, 09:01 GMT
Multi-ethnic police station in Srebrenica

The United Nations mission in Bosnia-Hercegovina is opening a new multi-ethnic police station in the town of Srebrenica, where more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in 1995.

The station is part of an international action plan for the area, which is still dominated by hardline Bosnian Serb nationalists.

The UN special representative in Bosnia, Jaques Klein, told the BBC that the deputy police chief and around half of the station's force were Bosnian Muslims returning to the area.

The rest were Serbs.

He said the new police station was the first step in resolving Srebrenica's problems, and would help to ensure security for the possible return of around 250 Muslim families.

Since the first refugees returned to the area 18 months ago, there have been repeated attacks - some houses of people who have gone back have been fire-bombed.

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