Acting to quash speculation about his political death, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic appeared in public Saturday for the first time in three weeks, chatting with locals on a stroll through his self-styled capital.
“I am here and I will stay here,” Karadzic told a man roasting a lamb outside his house in preparation for the Orthodox Christmas holiday today.
Karadzic underlined his reappearance by attending a Christmas Eve service and delivering a televised holiday message. He hailed peace in Bosnia, but railed against the handover of Serb-held parts of Sarajevo and against his former patron, Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.
Under the peace accord, Karadzic - an indicted war criminal - must forfeit office and cannot run in the elections due by September.
Karadzic, refused to answer any questions about his future.