In Croatia, thousands of people have taken part in a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the day Vukovar fell to Serbia forces in 1991. The killing of some 1,200 soldiers and civilians in fighting and subsequent atrocities is widely regarded in Croatia as the single most important symbol of the conflict.
By the end of its three-month siege at the hands of Serb forces in November, Vukovar had become utterly devastated.
After the Dayton peace treaty for Bosnia and the Erdut agreement for Croatia brought the wars in the region to an end, eastern Slavonia was placed under UN administration for two years. It was finally reintegrated with Croatia in 1998. Since then the painful process of reconstruction has been underway.