CROATIAN PRESIDENT STIPE MESIC AND PRIME MINISTER RACAN.
Croatian President Stipe Mesic (L) and Prime Minister Ivica Racan
during a special session in Parliament, to mark 10 years of
international recognition by the European Commission, in Zagreb on
January 15, 2002.The recognition came six months after Croatia and
Slovenia proclaimed independence from socialist Yugoslavia, prompting a
decade of ethnic conflict in the Balkans in 1991. REUTERS/Nikola Solic