The reconstruction of 26 houses, 24 of which are owned by displaced Croats from the town of Derventa in the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska, has begun as part of a regional programme to assist people to return to their prewar homes.
The Republika Srpska Ministry for Refugees and Displaced Persons has reported that the company that has won the contract to rebuild houses destroyed in the 1990s war started work on Friday.
Minister Davor Cordas (of the HDZ BiH party) on Friday visited one of the families whose home is to be reconstructed.
About 2,500 Croats live in Derventa today whereas prior to the war there were 21,952 Croats in that town.
The total value of the reconstruction work is about 1.32 million convertible marks (approximately 660,000 euro) and it should be completed by the end of the year.
The regional housing programme was launched four years ago following a donor conference which was aimed at resolving the housing problems of remaining refugees and displaced persons from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia.
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