Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic warned against attacks on Bosnian Serbs in light of the verdict from a United Nations tribunal convicting former leader Radovan Karadzic of genocide.
"I warn those who think of taking the verdict...as an excuse for political or other attacks against the Republika Srpska," Vucic said on March 24.
"We will stand with our people, we will protect the right to survive and exist," he said. "We will never threaten anyone, but we will not allow anyone to step on Serbs only because they are Serbs. We are nobody's doormat, we are a proud people."
Vucic's comments came as many widows of the men massacred at Srebrenica and other victims of war crimes Karadzic, 70, was convicted of perpetrating said the verdict and sentence of 40 years in jail did not go far enough.