(Photo: Hrvoje Jelavic/PIXSELL) (Photo: Hrvoje Jelavic/PIXSELL)

On this day, 28 years ago, the then member-states of the European Union recognised Croatian independence while in the midst of the Homeland War; while 22 years ago, the country saw the completion of the peaceful reintegration of the previously occupied Danube River Region into Croatia's constitutional and legal order.

Iceland was the first internationally recognised state to recognise Croatia, on December 15th, 1991, followed later by Germany on the same day, although they decided that formal recognition would take place on January 15th, 1992, together with the other EU member states.

After being recognised by the EU, a slew of other countries chose to recognize Croatia's independence on the same day, including most European states, and Canada.

Meanwhile, the peaceful reintegration of the Danube region was completed exactly six years later on January, 15th, 1998, when Croatian sovereignty was restored over eastern regions which had been under the control of Serb paramilitaries since the launch of the Greater Serbian aggression in 1991.

Croatia's international recognition followed a declaration of independence from Yugoslavia on June 25th, 1991.

Source: HINA