"We shall return to our hearths, and we are here today among other to emphasize that we are not against the construction of roads and that we always support such activities unless they go against the interests of the Croat or any other people.
"This is also a clear message against the return of Croats to their homes, because the people who return to their homes also need a priest and a teacher for their children," emphasized mayor Prskalo. He said that that is a legitimate right of every people. Hence, such one-sided actions must be prevented. Mayor Prskalo emphasized that he will demand that the representatives of the International Community take a stand regarding the incident in Dreznica. "While in other parts of the city, we have been repairing fences and walls around Muslim cemeteries, here a church property has been deliberately destroyed," said Prskalo. Mayor Prskalo refused to comment the fact that the deputy mayor of Mostar, Safet Orucevic, has neglected to inspect the construction site of the road, which is financed by a DM5 million donation of a fund from Kuwait, as well as the devastation and illegal occupation of private property.
Prskalo assessed that this example yet again clearly illustrates hypocrisy of the Bosniak policy in this region and that at the next session of the Mostar City Council he shall demand a discussion of this incident. "I have requested from the head of the Mostar-North municipality, Suad Zahic, that the construction work be stopped until a solution is found and an agreement reached. However, they continued with constructions and, unless that is stopped and everything returned into its original state, I shall freeze my function of the deputy head of the Mostar-North municipality," said deputy Zvonimir Mihalj. Mihalj said that the Croat councilors in the Municipal Council will withdraw from the Council until the problem is resolved and that he has already informed the Office of the High Representative in Mostar about that decision.
"Everything could have been avoided with a bit of good will and this act will definitively slow down the return of Croats to this municipality," emphasized Mihalj, adding that the return remains to be a goal, while such actions and devastation of churches and cemeteries do not contribute to the return and cause negative reactions among the returnees. Representative of the Dreznica commune in exile Srecko Culjak explained that even the previous road was built on the church property after the church ceded the land for free and that there was no need to return that generosity with such an action.