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Bosnia: Police Collect Evidence Of Rights Violations

Sarajevo, 18 August 1997 (RFE/RL) -- A spokesman for UN police says the force has taken advantage of a stand-off between rival Bosnian Serb police units to collect significant amounts of evidence of human rights violations in the Serb-controlled half of Bosnia.

UN spokesman Alexander Ivanko said in Sarajevo that UN investigators who entered a police station in Banja Luka early today Monday discovered "bags and bags of evidence" of human rights violations, both on paper and on tape.

UN police and soldiers of the NATO-led peace force entered the main police station in Banja Luka, in northern Bosnia, amidst a standoff between police backing Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic and police opposing her.

Today Plavsic pledged to fight against what she called "terror" in the Serb half of Bosnia. Plavsic is engaged in an intense power struggle with hardline supporters of her predecessor, Radovan Karadzic, who is the country's most wanted indicted war criminal.