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Albania pitches itself as bastion against Russian influence (B92, Tanjug)

By   /  20/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati, who is visiting Washington, says that his country has “the most developed democracy in the Western Balkans.” In addition, Bushati says that Albania is “a bastion against Russia’s influence in Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Croatia.” However, he avoided replying when German Marshall Fund of the US President Karen Donfried […]

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Rašić: The Prime Minister does not respect the agreement (KIM radio)

By   /  20/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa does not respect the agreement that was made in Brussels, said MP of the Serbian List Nenad Rašić. Member of the Parliament of Kosovo Nenad Rašić said this commenting the statement of the Prime Minister Isa Mustafa that representatives of the Serbian List are not interested in forming a Community […]

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Four years after the Brussels Agreement, ZSO not in sight (RTS)

By   /  20/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

It’s been four years since the signing of the agreement between Belgrade and Pristina on the normalization of relations. As the biggest success was seen the agreement on formation of the Community/Association of Serb municipalities (ZSO), that still does not exist. “I did not see recently readiness of Serbs, their representatives to proceed with the […]

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Belgrade Media Report 19 April

By   /  19/04/2017  /  UN Office in Belgrade Media Report  /  No Comments

LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic: Greater Albania biggest threat to peace in Balkans (Tanjug/RTS/Beta)
• Stefanovic: Dangerous and irresponsible statement by Rama (RTS/Tanjug)
• Djuric to Rama: Impolite to eye parts of foreign territories (RTS)
• Achievements of Brussels dialogue are at stake (RTS)
• EU reacts to Rama’s statement (Beta)
• NATO concerned about Rama’s statement (Beta)
• Djuric with EULEX representatives on attacks on Serbs (FoNet)
• Gojkovic: MPs elect and dismiss parliament speaker (Politika)
• Serbs targeted in new incident in Kosovska Mitrovica (RTS/Tanjug)
• Protests continue across Serbia (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• HNS Presidency holds session in Mostar; Covic: HDZ B&H will send amendments to B&H Election Law in parliamentary procedure in next five to six days (TV1)
• B&H MoD finds Dodik’s speech on Day of RS Army disputable (Nezavisne/Glas Srpske/BN TV)
• Dodik sends open letter to Bishop Komarica saying his untruthful statements do not contribute to peace and coexistence (RTRS)
• Cormack: OHR will stay until B&H becomes functional country (BHT1)
Montenegro
• Koenders: Vast majority of Dutch MPs support Montenegro in NATO (CDM)
fYROM
• Parliament filibuster continues, debate focused on the Tirana platform (MIA)
• The way out of the crisis is up to the Macedonian parties, says Ahmeti after meeting with Bildt (Meta)
• Gruevski has informed Bildt about “the priorities that are well known to the public” (Meta)
• Zaev meets with four ambassadors: Macedonia must continue with the democratic processes (Meta)
Albania
• Basha: Formation of a technical government, opposition’s main non-negotiable condition (ATA)
• Rama: Germany’s message was clear (ATA)
• Rama: Vetting, irreversible process, it may be delayed, but not stopped (ATA)
• Parliament approves establishment of two ad-hoc vetting committees (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Kukan: Without respecting the rule of law there is no EU accession (European Western Balkans)

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Đurić held an emergency meeting with representatives of EULEX (TV Most)

By   /  19/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Đurić held an emergency meeting in Belgrade today with senior representatives of EULEX regarding the more frequent attacks on Serbs and open threats of violence that arrive from extreme political and religious circles in the province, stated the Office for KiM. Đurić has asked the international […]

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EU reacts to Rama’s statement (B92, BETA)

By   /  19/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The European Union has said that “political interference undermines the consolidation of good neighborly relations.” This was the organization’s reaction to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama saying that “a union” between Albania and Kosovo “cannot be ruled out” if EU membership prospects for the region fade. The statement was made for the Beta agency on […]

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“If we said we’d form union with RS – what would you say?” (B92)

By   /  19/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Edi Rama’s statement about a union between Albania and Kosovo again confirms that creation of a Greater Albania is a common platform of all ethnic Albanians. Serbian First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said this late on Tuesday in reaction to the Albanian prime minister’s interview given to the website Politico, during which […]

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Albanian PM told it’s “rude” to eye other people’s territory (B92)

By   /  19/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The head of the Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija says that “nobody should play with attempting to revive the fascist idea of a Greater Albania.” Marko Djuric in this way responded to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who said that he could not rule out the possibility of “a union between Albania and Kosovo” […]

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Rakić ordered the suspension of works on and around the bridge in Mitrovica (KIM radio)

By   /  19/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Mayor of North Mitrovica Goran Rakić ordered today the suspension of construction works on and around the bridge in this city, and asked the international and local security authorities to ensure the security of citizens. Rakić said that the reason behind was a series of serious incidents in the city and that he asks the […]

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A Serb seriously injured in North Mitrovica (Kontakt plus radio)

By   /  19/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Kontakt Plus radio reports that in North Mitrovica last night seriously was injured a Serb (B.K.). He was attacked by two men with knives in his home. Kontakt Plus radio reported this as the second incident that occurred in Mitrovica in last two days. Regional Head of Operations of the Kosovo Police Željko Bojić told […]

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Belgrade Media Report 18 April

By   /  18/04/2017  /  UN Office in Belgrade Media Report  /  No Comments

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Serbia is secular; State and Church agree on key issues (B92/Tanjug)
• Djuric: ZSO to help Serb people to act towards survival (RTS/Tanjug)
• Miscevic: Belgrade has done everything to continue dialogue (TV N1)
• Vucic says he has no information that Croatia has S-300 (B92)
• Vulin: Rama wants to blackmail EU by threatening with war (RTS)
• Serbian Chamber of Commerce: Milanovic Inzjenering, Albanian Delia Group sign partnership agreement (Beta)
• Masked Albanians shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ assault Serb man (Tanjug)
• Ugljanin congratulates Erdogan (RTS)
• Germany ready to commit itself to Western Balkans (Danas)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Izetbegovic: HDZ B&H unilaterally launches changes to B&H Election Law which is impossible; Covic denies HDZ B&H blackmails SDA (TV1)
• Izetbegovic counts on four SDA MPs to adopt Law on Excise Duties (TV1)
• Karamatic’s statement on revival of Herzeg-Bosnia sparks reactions (TV1)
• Mostar SDA and HDZ B&H disagree with Inzko’s statement on Mostar (Oslobodjenje)
• American Croats lobbying for changes to Law on Elections and reorganization of Federation of B&H (Vecernji list)
Croatia
• Russia denies it sent weapons to Croatia in early 1990s (T portal/Vecernji list)
Montenegro
• Indictment against Mandic and Knezevic submitted (RTCG)
• Draft law submitted to parliament (RTCG)
fYROM
• Carl Bildt in surprise visit to Macedonia (Meta/Lokalno.mk)
• Ivanov: Even if a parliament speaker is elected I will not assign the mandate (Meta)
• SDSM: We shall unblock parliament in accordance with the Rules, the Constitution, and the laws (Meta)
Albania
• President remains optimistic political parties will reach solution to crisis (ATA)
• Gabriel: Implement vetting, end parliament boycott (ATA)
• General Elections- Draft decision on “parliamentary mandates” at Law Committee (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Kosovo’s Cover-Up of Ethnic Cleansing of Serbian Christian Minority Continues (Sputnik)
• Albanian prime minister: EU faces ‘nightmare’ if Balkan hopes fade (Politico)

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Daily Blic reports on a series of alleged criminal activities led by Thaci

By   /  18/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

On Monday, Daily newspaper Blic reported in an exclusive front-page story, as part of a larger series, details of secret documents of the Albanian mafia in Kosovo under the headline ”Thaci the lord of drugs, smuggling of weapons and fuel”. Almost all Serbian language media covered the Blic article. Blic writes, in the first of […]

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