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KFOR: US is not sending more soldiers to Kosovo (B92, RTS, Blic)

By   /  17/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

KFOR command in Pristina has announced that new US troops in Kosovo will replace soldiers whose mandate had expired. A statement said that the upcoming deployment of US soldiers represents regular handover of duties between two contingents from the United States, which are being rotated, not an additional contribution by the United States, RTS reported. […]

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In Kosovo, it all started with lies, Security Council told (B92)

By   /  17/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The justice minister has warned of Pristina’s unacceptable use of dialogue and the normalization process to blackmail the Serbian side and European partners. Nela Kuburovic spoke before a UN Security Council session dedicated to the latest report of UN secretary-general on the work of UNMIK. Kuburovic said that Serbia, despite numerous challenges, continues to play […]

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Belgrade Media Report 16 May

By   /  16/05/2017  /  UN Office in Belgrade Media Report  /  No Comments

LOCAL PRESS

• Kuburovic to represent Serbia at UNSC on Kosovo (Beta)
• Vucic: There will be no Greater Albania (B92/Tanjug)
• Serbia supports initiative “One Belt, One Road” (RTS)
• What can Serbia expect from the United Nations (RTS)
• Kocijancic: Statements that can be interpreted as political interference in neighboring countries are not helpful in building good neighborly relations (Danas)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Covic: I did not hear single serious remark to Croat proposal of changes to Law on Elections (Vecernji list)
• Brammertz arrives in B&H to prepare report for UN Security Council (N1)
Croatia
• Bernardic: No coalition with HDZ, snap election only way to end agony (Hina)
Montenegro
• Montenegro reliable NATO ally (RTCG)
fYROM
• Parties decide local elections will be held in October at coordination meeting, without VMRO-DPMNE (Meta)
• Mayors starting to work without a mandate, Trajanovski says (MIA)
• EP yet again postpones vote on Macedonia resolution (MIA)
Albania
• Yee: Boycott not a solution (ADN)
• US: Vetting Law and elections legitimate even without opposition (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Bosnian Serbs’ Stale Politics Face Big Shakeup (BIRN)

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US to send 130 more soldiers to Kosovo (B92, Blic)

By   /  16/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Analysts say the US announcement of sending an additional 130 troops to Kosovo to support KFOR and NATO is a message to warmongering politicians in the region. The troops in question are members of US special units of the Tupelo-based 1st Battalion, “highly trained for emergency response,” the daily Blic is reporting. They will arrive […]

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SNF asks Vučić to be a patron of the roundtable on the elections (KIM radio)

By   /  16/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Members of the Serbian National Forum (SNF) asked the Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić to be a patron of the roundtable on the topic “Kosovo Serbs in the upcoming parliamentary elections – unity or discord.” In a letter to Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, members of the Serbian National Forum state that Serbian corpus in […]

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The Movement of Socialists: Jablanović is not our member (Blic)

By   /  16/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The Movement of Socialists called yesterday all Serbs in Kosovo to gather around the Serbian list and the policy of Prime Minister and the Government of Serbia, and reiterated that Aleksandar Jablanović, former leader of the Serbian List, is not a member of the party. “The Movement of Socialists always has supported and always will […]

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Vucic: Don’t worry, there’ll be no Greater Albania (B92)

By   /  16/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Prime Minister and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic says that Serbian citizens should not be concerned about Ramush Haradinaj’s statements. According to Vucic, who is currently in Beijing, no such thing as a Greater Albania will exist. In addition, he said that Haradinaj’s statements – like the latest urging Washington to “solve things between Belgrade and Pristina […]

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Region is “exposed to risks from escalating rhetoric” – EU (B92)

By   /  16/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The EU has been repeatedly “called out” by Belgrade for failing to react to statements made by Ramush Haradinaj. This topic has now been addressed by Federica Mogherini’s spokeswoman. Maja Kocijancic assessed that “statements that can be interpreted as political interference in neighboring countries are not helpful in building good neighborly relations in the Western […]

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Belgrade Media Report 15 May

By   /  15/05/2017  /  UN Office in Belgrade Media Report  /  No Comments

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic, Putin talk about threats coming from Albanians (Novosti)
• Nikolic: The mad dog must be punished (Novosti)
• Djuric: We are not afraid of terrorists dressed as politicians (TV Pink/Tanjug)
• Stefanovic: Albanians will take away one single millimeter of our territory (Blic)
• Ljajic: Haradinaj is the EU problem (Tanjug)
• New US troops to Kosovo (RTS/FoNet)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: Referendum on secession of RS from B&H to be held as soon as conditions are secured (RTRS)
• Representatives of opposition in RS file a motion of no confidence in RS government (TV1)
• SDA, SDS, DF: Elections will be held under existing Election Law (TV1)
• “Ujedinjena Srpska” holds convention, adopts declaration on RS as unique and inviolable constitutional-legal entity (RTRS)
fYROM
• SDSM issues final warning to President Ivanov to award them the mandate (MIA)
• Political crisis deepens as mandates of municipal authorities expire (MIA)
• VMRO-DPMNE will not participate in the scheduled coordination meeting in parliament (Meta)
Albania
• U.S. State Department official to visit Tirana in attempt to help overcome political crisis (ATA)
• Rama: June 18 election to mark new era of country’s justice system (ATA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• EU’s Post-Brexit Pivot to the Balkans Piles Pressure on Serbia to Give Up Kosovo (Sputnik)
• Albania opposition holds anti-government rally ahead of election (AP)
• Turkish ambassador points out FETO network in Albania (World Bulletin)

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Jablanović has registered the Party of Kosovo Serbs (media)

By   /  15/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Kosovo passed a decision on the registration of a new party called the Party of Kosovo Serbs (PKS), headed by Aleksandar Jablanović.

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Analyst: EU sees Vucic as politician who will deliver Serbia’s recognition of Kosovo (InSerbia)

By   /  15/05/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Struggling against Euroscepticism in Western Europe, the EU is seeking to reinvent itself with expansion to the East that threatens the stability of the Balkans, analyst Igor Pshenichnikov warns. Amid rising Euroscepticism in Western Europe, the EU is focused on eastern enlargement, but its desire to “relaunch” the European project depends on pressuring eastern European […]

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“Albanians won’t set foot on millimeter of central Serbia” (B92)

By   /  15/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Albanians will not be able to set foot on a millimeter of central Seria – but constant threats against the Serb people in Kosovo are cause for concern. Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic told this to the daily Blic, adding that threats coming from Ramush Haradinaj about taking Serbian territory do not represent the position of […]

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