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Press Releases 2005

U.S. Ambassador to Open Demined Site in Pakrac

December 7, 2005

Zagreb, December 7, 2005 - U.S. Ambassador to Croatia Ralph Frank will visit Pakrac on December 8 to mark the successful completion of a de-mined site financed by the U.S. Government. He will be joined by Mr. Damir Spancic, State Secretary at the Ministry of Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development, Mr. Davor Huska, Mayor of Pakrac, and other U.S. and Croatian government officials at 10 a.m., December 8, at Kalvarija Hill, Pakrac.

A total of 570,000 square meters was cleared of mines in Pakrac, in cooperation with the Croatian Mine Action Center (CROMAC) and the International Trust Fund.

After the ceremony, Ambassador Frank will visit the secondary school in Pakrac where the U.S Government donated biology and chemistry laboratory equipment. He will also visit the near-by village of Ozegovci, where the low and medium voltage network was reconstructed with assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Through USAID, the U.S. Government invested nearly ten million kuna in the reconstruction and economic revitalization of Pakrac. The town is currently a partner in the USAID Local Government Reform Project.

For more information contact Mr. Marijan Pierobon, Head of the Pakrac City Administrative Office for Construction and Communal Affairs at 034/313-191.

USAID is the primary assistance organization of the United States Government. Since 1992, the United States has provided over $407 million to Croatia (much of it through USAID programs) to strengthen democratic institutions and assist in postwar reconstruction and the return of refugees, to support de-mining and economic development, and to provide educational and training opportunities. The U.S. has also provided guidance and support to the Croatian judicial and military sectors to further Croatia's integration in Euro-Atlantic institutions.