Karadzic's wife says her husband's party achieved its goals

PALE, Jul 13, 2000 -- (AFP) The Serb Democratic Party (SDS) has achieved goals set by its founder, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, Bosnia's most wanted war crimes suspect, his wife Ljiljana Zelen-Karadzic told AFP Wednesday.

Zelen-Karadzic was in Pale, Bosnian Serb wartime stronghold east of Sarajevo, to attend a religious ceremony held on the occasion of St. Peter's day, the patron-saint of the SDS.

"The SDS merits are that we have our state, our entity as they named it," Zelen-Karadzic said referring to Republika Srpska, which along with the Muslim-Croat Federation makes up post-war Bosnia.

"That is why I think it was not in vain to join the SDS and to do what was done first by my husband and all those who founded the party," she added.

"All what was happening and the international community's attitude towards the party, my husband and other party leaders, that is another matter," she said.

The SDS inaugural session where Karadzic read the party program document was held in Sarajevo on July 12, 1990.

Today's SDS leader Dragan Kalinic thanked the party founders and read parts of the program document without mentioning the name of Karadzic.

Karadzic withdrew from political life in September 1996 and went into hiding the following year.

The ceremony was also attended by Bosnian central government Prime Minister Spasoje Tusevljak, a Serb.

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