Croatia's president said to be seriously ill with cancer
Tudjman in U.S. for treatment
November 15, 1996
Web posted at: 5:45 p.m. EST (1045 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Croatian President Franjo Tudjman, a key
player in the Bosnian peace accords, is seriously ill with
cancer and was secretly admitted to the Walter Reed Army
Medical Center within the past day, U.S. government sources
told CNN Friday.
The type of cancer was not immediately clear, and it was not
known what Tudjman's condition was or what the treatment
would be, the sources told CNN. Tudjman was described by
sources as "very ill."
After CNN's initial report was broadcast Friday, the
president's office in Zagreb issued a statement saying
Tudjman, 74, sought treatment at Walter Reed, in suburban
Washington, after having a checkup at home.
"After undergoing tests it has been concluded that the
problems were caused by an ulcer and the enlargement of the
stomach lymph nodes," said the statement, which was signed by
Tudjman's personal physicians, Dr. Branimir Jaksic and Dr.
"The President is feeling fine and is performing all of his
duties and is returning home at the end of next week."
The statement made no mention of cancer.
Earlier, a senior Croatian diplomat in Washington denied that
Tudjman was in Washington. "If he were here, we would know.
He is not here," the Croatian official said.
CNN's Steve Hurst reports on Tudjman's condition
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Recent medical checkup
However, the diplomat confirmed published reports earlier
this week that Tudjman underwent a medical checkup in the
Croatian capital of Zagreb two days ago. But the official
declined to discuss the outcome of that checkup.
A spokesperson at Walter Reed hospital said their policy was
not to comment on patients being treated there.
Influence in Bosnia
Tudjman has played a prominent role in the tumult surrounding
the collapse of former Yugoslavia and the negotiation of the
so-called Dayton peace accords on Bosnia, signed a year ago.
Elected president of Croatia in 1990, Tudjman was the "most
reasonable" of the leaders involved in the Dayton agreement,
U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher has said. The
Croatian leader continues to exercise considerable influence
both there and in Bosnia.
Correspondents Frank Sesno, Ralph Begleiter, Steve Hurst andReuters contributed to this report.
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