In spite of political pressure and obstructions in the process of their return from Croatia to BiH, the exiled Croats from doboj area confirmed their determination to go back to their pre-war homes. This was stated on Thursday, in an interview to FENA Agency by Mirhunisa Zukic, President of the Union of Associations of Refugees and Displaced Persons of BiH, after a meeting with Doboj Municipality authorities.
She gave concrete examples to support her claim. She stated that in only 15 daysâ€™ time since the Union started the action of collecting the return applications, 98 Croat refugee families expressed readiness to return to the Doboj local communities of Komarica and Cer.
â€Before the war, 429 Croat families lived there. Now, there are only 24 Croat returnee families there, living without electricity and waterâ€, Zukic said.
Representatives of the Elektrodistribucija Company and Mayor of Doboj Municipality Obren Petrovic, concretely confirmed readiness to help the return of Croat families to the area.
Elektrodistribucija will invest 40.000 KM and Doboj Municipality 50.000 KM the electrification of the Komarica and Cer area. Mayor Petrovic promised financial assistance in the construction of roads for the area as well.
â€Keeping in mind that the number of families interested in returning to the area will increase, this is another opportunity to engage once again all the Croat political parties into the return process. It will be an opportunity for them to confirm their principles on the support to the return process of the exiled Croats to BiHâ€, Zukic clarified.
As an example of such support, Zukic stated readiness of West Herzegovina canton Prime Minister Zvonko Jurisic to help the returnees in the area through economic activities. /Fena/