Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday warned that protest rallies announced for May 14 in Banja Luka by supporters of ruling and opposition parties could turn violent, calling on key political leaders in the Bosnian Serb entity to resolve all their problems and disagreements peacefully.
"We have to prevent conflicts between Serbian flags...This is my plea, that we take our interests (into account)," Vucic said at an extraordinary press conference.
He said that intelligence data collected by Serbian security services indicated that there could be possible unrest at the rallies that have been announced by pro-government and opposition supporters in that entity.
He added that if unrest and conflicts were to erupt between political rivals that could bring the "survival of Republika Srspka into question," and warned that Serbia in that case would be faced with an "exceptionally difficult situation."
Vucic said that he had spoken about this to Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik, Serb member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina presidency Mladen Ivanic and the leader of the strongest opposition party, the Serbian Democratic Party (SDS) Mladen Bosic.