Croatia has started construction of a coastal bridge despite Bosnia’s threat to launch an international lawsuit to stop it.
The bridge is meant to link the southern city of Dubrovnik with the rest of Croatia. However, it will bypass a small section of the coastline that belongs to Bosnia. The project will take some four years to complete and cost around 275 million euros.
Croatian President Stjepan Mesic said: “I am sorry to see that Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina have not reached agreement on the Peljesac Bridge before the start of construction. If the case is taken before the international court, all the invested funds will be lost before the dispute is settled.”
The bridge will connect the Peljesac peninsula and the mainland in southern Croatia, a Bosnian coastal stretch.
Bosnia wanted to formally identify the sea border of the two former Yugoslav republics before building got underway.