Serbia raises concern over potential arrest of Bosnian Serb leader Dodik

Serbia’s former intelligence chief, Aleksandar Vulin, voiced concerns on Wednesday over Bosnia’s intention to arrest Milorad Dodik, the president of the Republika Srpska (RS) entity. Citing the words of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Vulin highlighted that such actions could jeopardize the vital interests of both Serbia and RS.

Vulin’s remarks followed the announcement by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s High Representative, Christian Schmidt, of changes to the country’s election law, leveraging his “Bonn powers” to enact reforms aimed at enhancing election integrity. These changes have sparked controversy, with Vulin arguing they bypass the Bosnian constitution and the Dayton Peace Agreement.

Amid these developments, Vulin claimed that forces are poised to arrest Dodik, suggesting a broader attempt to undermine Republika Srpska’s autonomy. Serbia, as Vulin portrayed, stands as a staunch defender of the Dayton Agreement and the stability of the region.

Vulin, who stepped down from his role last December, emphasized Serbia’s opposition to the application of the Bonn powers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, indicating forthcoming discussions between Schmidt and President Vucic. Amidst these tensions, Vucic forewarned of challenging times ahead for Serbia, hinting at threats to national interests without providing specific details.–Web Desk