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CROATIAN LEADER BEING TREATED AT D.C. HOSPITAL

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Croatian President Franjo Tudjman is seriously ill with stomach cancer and is undergoing treatment at a Washington hospital, U.S. officials said Friday.

"I can confirm that President Tudjman is at Walter Reed (Army) Hospital," State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns told a news briefing. "He is there, obviously, on a visit concerning his health. I am not in a position to talk to you about the status of his health."The Croatian embassy confirmed Tudjman was at the hospital. It released a statement by his personal physicians saying he was suffering from "digestive problems" and had "a stomach ulcer and enlarged abdominal lymph nodes."

It made no reference to cancer but said Tudjman was "undergoing follow-up medical examinations." It added: "The president feels well and continues to perform his duties and is returning to Croatia by the end of next week."

Meanwhile, Croatian state television Friday played down reports that Tudjman was seriously ill.