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Srpska Lista declared victory in Klokot and Partes (RTS)

By   /  20/11/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

According to the preliminary results, Srpska Lista (SL) mayoral candidates in Klokot and Partes municipalities have won the highest percentage of votes in the local elections, RTS reports. Bozidar Dejanovic won elections in Klokot, while Dragan Petkovic won elections in Partes. According to the information of the Central Election Commission (CEC), Srpska Lista mayoral candidate […]

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Opposition Parties Make Gains in Kosovo Election Run-offs (Balkan Insight)

By   /  20/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The opposition Vetevendosje party and the Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK, both had cause to celebrate as the results came in from the second round of local elections – as did the Prime Minister’s party. Preliminary results from Kosovo’s Central Election Commission, CEC, held good news for the opposition Vetevendosje party and the Democratic League […]

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Serbian MP Ristić submitted initiative to assess constitutionality of regulation on pensions for judicial staff (Danas)

By   /  16/11/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Slavisa Ristic, MP of the Movement for Serbia’s Salvation – New Serbia and a former prominent member of the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) submitted yesterday an initiative to assess the constitutionality of the Serbian Government’s Regulation on exercising the right to pensions for employees in the judiciary and the Administration for the Enforcement of […]

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Vucic: We can’t join EU without binding document with Pristina (Tanjug, B92)

By   /  16/11/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The EU “will not allow Serbia to become a full member without a legally binding document at the end of the process of normalizing relations with Pristina,” Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told Tanjug. “You need to carry out a normalization of the situation, as they put it,” Vucic said and added that, “whatever the interpretation […]

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Investigation of Bogdan Mitrovic’s case expanded to seven more persons (KIM Radio)

By   /  16/11/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Special War Crimes Prosecutor, Elez Blakaj has expanded the investigation against Bogdan Mitrovic to seven more persons, one of them Albanian, lawyer Dejan A. Vasic said to KIM Radio. The Basic Court in Prizren approved this request. Vasic, KIM Radio further reports, expressed surprise over the acts of the prosecutor, given that the entire process […]

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Serbia can be neutral, and be our partner – NATO chief (Tanjug, B92, Danas)

By   /  16/11/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says that transformation of the Kosovo Security Forces can be done only in accordance with the Constitution, Serbian media reported. Stoltenberg told a joint news conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Brussels yesterday afternoon that he “clearly stated his position” on this issue “many, many times.” “Any change in […]

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Kosovo Braces for Security Challenge of Returning Fighters (BIRN)

By   /  16/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

A draft strategy developed by the government says fighters coming back from the Middle East, as Islamic State collapses, pose the next major challenge to the country’s security. The Kosovo government’s new National Strategy against Terrorism and Action Plan 2018-2022 says fighters returning from conflict zones in the Middle East, as the so-called Islamic State, […]

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Belgrade Media Report 15 November 2017

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 15 November 2017

LOCAL PRESS

• UNMIK’s presence in Kosovo in an undiminished scope to guarantee stability (Beta/RTS)
• Security Council: Disputes between Russia and the West on UNMIK’s future (RTS/B92/Beta/Tanjug)
• Vucic: Serbia receives support from Mogherini for accelerated EU path (Tanjug)
• B&H Presidency accepts Vucic’s invitation to visit Serbia (RTS)
• US Embassy: Hard to understand no one sentenced to jail term for torching embassy (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Ruling coalition in RS calls on Serb representative to leave institutions of B&H, reactions (BN TV/Oslobodjenje/Nezavisne)
• International organizations, embassies: Warmongering policy is unacceptable (FTV)
• SNSD Caucus demands postponement of session of B&H HoR, scheduled for Wednesday, Collegium rejects request (TV1)
Croatia
• Croats in Vojvodina worried about hate speech in Serbian media (T portal)
Montenegro
• Indictment against Medojevic and his associates issued (CDM)
fYROM
• A hot spring for Macedonia, announces Hahn and Mogherini (Meta)
• Dimitrov-Kotzias: Open and constructive dialogue will contribute to mutual trust (Meta)
• Zaev: I hope this will be the last effort for solving the name dispute (Meta)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Kosovo: Time for action overtakes time for excuses, UN envoy tells Security Council (UN News Centre)
• Serbia and NATO: From hostility to close cooperation (European Western Balkans)

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“We should cooperate with NATO because of Serbs in Kosovo” (B92, Tanjug, TV Pink)

By   /  15/11/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Serbia needs cooperation with NATO for the sake of security of Serbs in Kosovo, says Miroslav Lazanski, Serbian media reported. This member of the Serbian Assembly from the ruling SNS and Politika daily columnist stressed that he was “yet to see a single statement, including from NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, about Serbia having to join […]

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President of Special Court to visit Kosovo next week (KIM Radio)

By   /  15/11/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

President of the Special Court for War Crimes in Kosovo, Ekaterina Trendafilova will visit Kosovo next week for the first time, KIM Radio reports, referring to the Pristina-based Gazeta Express. Her visit is related to the investigations of the crimes allegedly committed during the conflict in 1998/1999 that this court is carrying out, KIM Radio […]

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Belgrade Media Report 14 November 2017

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 14 November 2017
LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic at UN Security Council session in New York (RTS)
• Vucic: Some think that Serbia hasn’t been sufficiently humiliated (Tanjug)
• Selakovic: Dangerous statements by Izetbegovic (RTS)
• Drecun: Izetbegovic is not up to the situation (RTS)
• Djuric: Izetbegovic’s statement shocking and scandalous (Beta/TV Pink)
• Djuric: We need to enable the Serbian Orthodox Church access to sanctities in Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug/TV Pink)
• Izetbegovic’s cabinet calls Tanjug out for “fake news” (B92/Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Izetbegovic says he hopes B&H will recognize Kosovo (RTRS/BN TV)
• Izetbegovic promotes violence in the Balkans (Srna)
• Serb representatives called to leave joint institutions due to threat with war to the RS (RTRS)
• SBB B&H, NDP and PDP not to attend meeting of political leaders organized by Inzko (N1/TV1)
• RS Center for Research of War and War Crimes: 6,313 Serb civilians killed in past war in B&H (BN TV)
Croatia
• Croatia signs on to EU defense pact (HRT)
Montenegro
• Opposition agrees on general elections, but not on presidential candidate (CDM)
fYROM
• Cerar: Macedonia’s EU-accession talks to be launched next year (MIA)
• Macedonian and Greek FMs discuss communications modes at Brussels meeting (MIA)
Albania
• Former intelligence director proposed as ambassador in NATO (ADN)
• Preventing radicalization in prisons, MoJ and OSCE sign understanding memorandum (ATA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Russia, US thoroughly discuss possibility to deploy UN mission to Ukraine (TASS)
• Four Serbs get suspended sentences for 2008 attack on U.S. embassy (Reuters)

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Srpska Lista to freeze communication with Hashim Thaci (RTS)

By   /  14/11/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

RTS reports Srpska Lista sent a letter to the Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, saying that his politics, in the segments related to the position of Serbs in Kosovo, is anti-constitutional, anti-legal and to the detriment of the Serb population. Therefore, as Srpska Lista announced they would freeze any form of communication with Hashim Thaci. The […]

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