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UN: Agency Says Refugee Returns Up In Bosnia

Sarajevo, 6 August 2002 (RFE/RL) -- A spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Bosnia said today that more than 50,000 Bosnians have returned to their prewar homes so far this year. Majda Prljaca said that more than 24,000 Bosnian Muslims, 20,000 ethnic Serbs, and 6,000 Croats have returned to areas where they are ethnic minorities. About 200,000 people were killed and 1.8 million were forced to leave their homes during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

In a separate development, NATO-led SFOR peacekeeping troops raided a Bosnian Serb military compound in the east of the country.

SFOR spokesman Scott Lundy said the raid in Foca was to investigate reports that three unidentified SFOR vehicles entered the Serb military compound. Lundy said the troops did not find the vehicles.