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Text of Statement Signed By Radovan Karadzic

Prague, July 19 (RFE/RL) -- Here is the complete text of the final version of the statement Radovan Karadzic signed last night in Pale and that most other signatories signed in Belgrade. It was faxed today to RFE/RL's South Slavic broadcast service.

Statement of Mr. Karadzic, Mr. Krajisnik, Mr. Buha, and Madame Plavsic

The undersigned reaffirm their commitment to fulfill the General Framework Agreement for Peace and Annexes negotiated in Dayton and signed in Paris December 14, 1995, and state the following:

1. As of July 19, 1996, Dr. Biljana Plavsic has assumed the office of Temporary Acting President of Republika Srpska until completion of the elections of September 14, 1996, scheduled in accordance with the Dayton Peace Agreement, when a new President will be elected. So that, therefore, on July 19, 1996, Dr. Radovan Karadzic has relinquished the office of President of the Republika Srpska and has relinquished all powers associated therewith.

2. Dr. Radovan Karadzic states that he shall withdraw immediately and permanently from all political activities. He will not appear in public, or on radio or television or other media or means of communication, or participate in any way in the elections.

3. As of July 19, 1996, Dr. Radovan Karadzic relinquishes the office of President of the SDS and all the functions, powers, and responsibilities of the President of the SDS shall be frozen until the SDS chooses a new President. These powers and responsibilities shall be taken over by Professor Buha.


Radovan Karadzic

Momcilo Krajisnik

Biljana Plavsic

Aleksa Buha

Witnessed by:

Slobodan Milosevic

Milan Milutinovic