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New protests in Vranište over hydro power-plant reconstruction (RTK2)

By   /  21/06/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

RTK 2 reported on a protest by the citizens in the village of Vranište, Dragash/Dragaš municipality over reconstruction of a hydro power-plant. As Šukrija Aslani, stated to RTK 2, contractor commenced the work, although court decision is still pending. “Hydro power-plant should be placed at 49 land parcels, privately owned. The contractor wants to go […]

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Belgrade-Pristina dialogue to be led by the presidents? (Večernje Novosti)

By   /  21/06/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Belgrade and Pristina negotiating teams to be led by the presidents in the future, if both sides agree, Večernje Novosti learns in Brussels. The Cabinet of the High Representative, Federica Mogherini so far several times has repeated that it depends from the participants of the dialogue who will sit in their teams, when it comes […]

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UN chief: US will be replaced if it disengages from world (AP)

By   /  21/06/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Trump administration on Tuesday that if the United States disengages from many issues confronting the international community it will be replaced — and that won’t be good for America or for the world. Guterres made clear to reporters at his first press conference here since taking the reins of the […]

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“Greater Albania” unacceptable to Turkey – Erdogan (B92)

By   /  21/06/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Turkey’s president says “the ideas of some about the unification of Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo into a Greater Albania” are “bad, and unacceptable to Turkey.” According to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey is loudly advocating “respecting sovereignty and integrity of countries in the Balkans.” “These are bad things. You see what is happening in the Middle […]

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Belgrade Media Report 20 June

By   /  20/06/2017  /  UN Office in Belgrade Media Report  /  No Comments

LOCAL PRESS

• Coalition members must toe line on PM, or face “exclusion” (B92)
• SPS to “expand” Brnabic’s cabinet (Tanjug)
• EU-Serbia talks: Serbia opens chapters – intellectual property law and customs union (Beta)
• Belgrade is preparing for a provisional administration (Danas)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Zvizdic meets EU officials (TV1)
• Dodik: No representative of RS has mandate to force B&H path to NATO (Srna)
• PIC considers moving Inzko to Vienna (EuroBlic)
• Banja Luka is new target of attack (EuroBlic)

Croatia
• Marija Pejcinovic Buric confirmed as Foreign Minister (Vecernji list)
• Border dispute arbitration decision to be announced on 29 June (Vecernji list)

fYROM
• Zaev’s addressing from Sofia: The Agreement on Good Neighborly Relations shall be signed on Ilinden in Macedonia (Meta)
• Hahn arrives next Monday, while Priebe on Tuesday (Meta)
• Government discusses reform priorities, EU and NATO integration; PM Zaev meets DPA leader Thaci (MIA)

Albania
• Rama: The essence with DP’s agreement is opening negotiations to EU (ATA)
• MP Xhafaj: The judicial reform, a one-way path (ATA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• US Congress looking into Ex-CIA officer’s involvement in Montenegro coup attempt (Sputnik)
• American Interest: Why should the Balkans matter to the West? (American Interest magazine)

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An Old Nightmare Returns: The Balkans Simmer Again (The National Interest)

By   /  20/06/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

One of the problems that emerges when U.S. officials and the news media are focused on a small number of foreign-policy issues is that troubling developments can occur below the radar in other areas. That appears to be happening in the Balkans, a region that was a foreign-policy priority of the Western powers in the […]

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KFOR crucial for peace in Kosovo (KIM radio)

By   /  20/06/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

KFOR  a key factor in maintaining peace and protecting religious facilities, deputy prime minister Branimir Stojanovic and Deputy Assistant Secretary General of NATO Operations John Manza have agreed, reports KIM radio. During the meeting, they exchanged views on the situation in Kosovo, discussing security, protection of religious facilities and the current political situation after parliamentary elections. […]

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“Serbs and Albanians lived not as neighbors, but together” (B92)

By   /  20/06/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

A review of Petrit Imami’s “Serbs and Albanians Through Centuries,” published by Samizdat B92, and supported by the Kosovo Office of Community Affairs and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pristina. “The need to write the book ‘Serbs and Albanians Through Centuries’ arose in me from the deep motive to face the history of the two […]

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Belgrade Media Report 19 June

By   /  19/06/2017  /  UN Office in Belgrade Media Report  /  No Comments

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic talks to MPs as his PM pick proves contentious to some (B92)
• SPS decided to support Brnbic; it expects four seats in her cabinet (VIP)
• Who is against Brnabic will not remain in ruling coalition (Danas)
• David McAllister: The rules regarding Russia also apply to Serbia (Vecernje Novosti)
• Bojan Glamoclija Director of the Russian humanitarian center in Nis responds to espionage accusations (Vecernje Novosti)
• NATO general compares 1999 attack on Serbia to Nagasaki (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Covic and Dodik meet, agree not to support amendments to B&H Criminal Code (TV1)
• RS PM Cvijanovic criticizes Ivanic for connecting Questionnaire and Law on Excise Duties (Dnevni list)
• Everyone agrees that there is no ruling majority, but coalitions do exist (Dnevni list)
• Izetbegovic, Zvizdic expect much better co-op with new Serbian President Vucic (N1)
• Interpol has issued red notices after two B&H citizens because of terrorism (RTRS)

Croatia
• Grabar-Kitarovic: Vucic finally the right partner for talks (Novi List)
• Croatia wants to help Ukraine integrate temporary occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk and the illegal annexation of the Crimea (Telegram)
• Russia criticizes Croatia for its relations with Ukraine again (Telegram)

Montenegro
• Serbian citizens can travel to Montenegro just with ID (RTCG)
• Podgorica should not accept Vucic’s idea on Balkan customs union, it’s a new Russian traps for Montenegro (Pobjeda)

fYROM
• Macedonia deserves NATO accession, says Turkish FM (MIA)
• Zaev-Cavusoglu: New government opens Euro-Atlantic and economic perspectives (MIA)

Albania
• Rama angry at the President: He kept scolding me as if I were extremists (ATA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Confirmation of Serbia’s first gay premier thrown into doubt (AP)

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Trajković: Ahead of us interesting period (KIM radio)

By   /  19/06/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

After early parliamentary elections, the most dominant was Self-Determination of  Albin Kurti, says President of the European Movement of Serbs Rada Trajković to KIM radio, and points out that an interesting period awaits the citizens of Kosovo if Kurti and Isa Mustafa form a broad coalition. Trajković predicts problematic continuation of the Brussels agreement, because […]

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NATO general compares 1999 attack on Serbia to Nagasaki (B92, Politika)

By   /  19/06/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) was “NATO’s experimental war.” This is according to retired Italian general and NATO military diplomat Biagio di Grazia. In addition, Di Grazia says he saw parallels between the 1999 bombing, and the atomic bomb the US used against the Japanese town of Nagasaki. “It […]

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Rakić: Without Serbian List impossible to form a government (Kontakt Plus radio)

By   /  14/06/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

North Mitrovica Mayor Goran Rakić said that without the Serbian list impossible to form a government in Pristina, and that some Albanian parties already make plans without taking this into account. Rakić is reminding that the Serbian List owns 10 mandates, reports North Mitrovica based Kontakt plus radio. He added that formation of a new government […]

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