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Belgrade Media Report 24 February

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LOCAL PRESS

• Ugljanin congratulates Tachi on “the state” (RTS/Tanjug/Novosti)
• Vucic: Right decision for not having Ugljanin part of government (RTS/Tanjug)
• Vucic: Genocide lawsuit revision request is irresponsible (Tanjug)
• Kuburovic: Serbia requests from ICJ to separate justice from propaganda (Novosti)
• Dacic: Izetbegovic’s move threatens stability of B&H and region (RTS/Beta)
• Tanaskovic: Turkey supports Kosovo in UNESCO driven by Neo-Ottomanism (Tanjug/B92/RTS/Radio KiM)
• Orban supports SVM decision to support Vucic (TV Panon)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Softic officially submits motion for revision of ICJ’s ruling in case B&H vs. Serbia (N1)
• Izetbegovic decides to create a total crisis (Srna/RTRS)
• Izetbegovic: Serbia and the RS identified themselves with those that this process refers to (RTRS)
• Covic and Ferguson call for reducing of tensions (TV1)
• PIC calls for restraint from unilateral decisions (Srna)
• Govedarica: Dayton Agreement is on shaky legs (Dnevni avaz)
• Cavic: Criminal charges against Izetbegovic and Softic (Dnevni avaz)
Montenegro
• Vucic and Mandic agreed: Serbian house to be established in Podgorica (MINA)
• Darmanovic: Montenegro in NATO by the end of May (CDM)
fYROM
• Poposki meets UK Minister, Sir Duncan (MIA/Republika)
• Sekerinska meets Sir Duncan (MIA)
Albania
• Rama accepts one of the opposition’s conditions (ADN)
• Basha includes vetting on opposition’s condition (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Balkan Migration Route: Ongoing Story (European Western Balkans)
• Hungary to build another fence behind the fence (Budapest Business Journal)

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Belgrade Media Report 23 February

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Relations between Serbia and B&H set back 25 years (RTS/Danas/Politika)
• Ivanic: RS leadership in daily communication with Belgrade (RTS)
• Dodik: Review act of hatred towards Serbs (RTS)
• Dacic: Revision of lawsuit against Serbia is return to past (RTS/Hina)
• Joksimovic: 284 million Euros from IPA for cross-border cooperation (Tanjug/RTS)
• Serbs in Bujanovac demand urgent census (Novosti)
• Danielsson: Serbia to open two more chapters on Monday (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Ivanic: Izetbegovic’s behavior – climax of acting outside institutions (Srna)
• Reactions of officials to meeting of Nikolic, Vucic, Ivanic and Dodik (FTV)
• DF: Izetbegovic needed a guarantee for triggering a political crisis (Oslobodjenje)
• HDZ 1990’s Zelenika: Why are Croat politicians silent about ruling revision (Oslobodjenje)
• Izetbegovic: Ivanic’s letter is in direct collision to decision of B&H Presidency (FTV)
• Dodik: Indictment will be issued against Ivanic and me in ten days (BHT1)
Croatia
• Montenegrin police extradites Miodrag Jovic to Croatia (Hina)
• Amnesty International warns of nationalist rhetoric and hate speech in Croatia (Hina)
Montenegro
• Montenegro’s claims unfounded (RTCG)
• Montenegro replies to Zakharova (CDM)
• Parties to solve crises by themselves (Dnevne novine)
• Serbia rejected the request for extradition of Ristic (MINA)
fYROM
• Zaev: New government led by SDSM in 10-15 days (META)
• DUI accepts SDSM Albanian language law proposal, other issues to be raised on Friday (Republika)
• Gruevski vows VMRO-DPMNE to keep on defending state and national interests (MIA)
Albania
• Albanian opposition to boycott parliament, defying EU appeal (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Vucic-Nikolic ‘Pact’ Hides Serbian Leaders’ Bitter Rivalry (BIRN)
• Bosnian Genocide Case Revision: Chances Minimal, Political Matter (European Western Balkans)

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Belgrade Media Report 22 February

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LOCAL PRESS

• Nikolic on EU and Kosovo (RTS)
• Ivanovic placed under house arrest (RTS)
• Djuric: Serbia requests immediate and complete acquittal of Oliver Ivanovic (RTS/Tanjug)
• Drecun: Evidence against Ivanovic slim, court’s decision reasonable (Tanjug)
• Serbian parliamentary Committee adopts report of Office for Kosovo and Metohija (Politika/Danas/FoNet)
• Miscevic: Bad moment in relations with Croatia has no impact (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H CoM’s session scheduled for Tuesday postponed due to unfavorable conditions caused by the decision to launch revision of B&H’s genocide lawsuit against Serbia (Hayat)
• Dodik and Ivantsov discuss revision in case B&H vs. Serbia (RTRS)
• Ivanic, Crnadak respectively send letter to ICJ (BN TV)
• HDZ 1990’s Cvitanovic on issue of revision (TV1)
• US Embassy to B&H calls on leaders in B&H to turn to future and work on implementation of reforms (Oslobodjenje)
• EUD calls on politicians in B&H to make sure there is agreement of competent institutions on further steps re case B&H vs. Serbia (N1)
fYROM
• Court in Kumanovo rejects wiretapping charges against Zaev (MIA)
• Brussels will not comment on the platform of Albanian parties (META)
• Zaev meets Ahmeti (META)
• Poposki: It’s difficult to say whether we will go to new elections, or form a government (MIA)
Albania
• No negotiations, elections only with a caretaker government (ADN)
• Rama accuses DP for helping criminals and blocking vetting (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES
• All aboard reckless bandwagon blaming Russian subversion (RT)
• Albania in Berlin Process: From Berlin to Trieste (European Western Balkans)

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Belgrade Media Report 21 February

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LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic sends telegram of condolences over death of Churkin (RTS/Beta)
• Principled support of Russia in preserving territorial integrity of Serbia (RTS)
• Nikolic gives up on presidential candidacy (RTS/Beta)
• Ljajic: At least two years needed to establish grounds for verdict review (Beta)
• Vladisavljevic: Belgrade responsible, Pristina unprepared for compromise (Tanjug)
• Serbian government offers guarantees for Oliver Ivanovic (RTS/Tanjug/Beta)
• Tachi calls Russia to recognize Kosovo and make it easy on Serbia (B92/RTK/Tanjug)
• Serbia-EU intergovernmental conference scheduled for 27 February (RTS/Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• SzP concludes there will be no parliamentary majority at state level in case that revision of B&H’s lawsuit against Serbia is launched (BNTV)
• Izetbegovic says SzP behaves like advocate of Milosevic’s reign (FTV)
• Cvijanovic: Revision of lawsuit vs. Serbia illegitimate and private, Izetbegovic is trying to endanger stability (FTV)
• OHR, OSCE express concerns about situation in B&H after announcement of revision of lawsuit vs. Serbia (N1)
Croatia
• Croatia supports Kosovo’s territorial integrity – Grabar-Kitarovic (Hina)
• President wants to recall politically appointed ambassadors (Nova TV)
Montenegro
• Lavrov: We have nothing to do with the coup (RTCG)
• Mandic: Prosecution Office works in favor of DPS (RTCG)
fYROM
• Ahmeti negotiates with Zaev, Sella prepares body for new law on Albanian language (Telegraf.mk)
• Osmani: The official use of the Albanian language is a condition without which we don’t want to negotiate at all (META)
• Baily: USAID isn’t working against the government and new elections don’t guarantee new results (META)
Albania
• Fleckenstein: Opposition always fears the electoral irregularities (AND/Deutsche Welle)
• DP urges SP allies to join opposition’s protest (ADN)
• Italian Ambassador visits opposition tents in boulevard (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Montenegro’s ex-PM accuses Russia of “destructive” politics (Associated Press)
• Macedonia Albanians Squabble Over Joint Platform (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 20 February

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LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic: ICJ should not take consider initiative to launch revision of its verdict (RTS)
• Kuburovic: Serbia to use all legal means (Beta/Blic)
• Drecun: Big step backwards for the region (RTS)
• Vulin: Revision is act of hostility towards Serbia (RTS)
• Nikolic to Kern: Talks with Pristina conducted under almost impossible conditions (Beta/B92)
• Pak: Nikolic not founding party (Beta)
• Jevtic: Without any dilemma we support Vucic’s candidacy (RTS)
• Gojkovic: Decision on what elections will be called due next week (RTS/Tanjug)
• Cupic: A rift occurred within SNS (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Izetbegovic prevents Crnadak’s letter to reach ICJ (BN TV)
• Ivanic and Crnadak hold meeting, discuss revision of lawsuit (BN TV)
• SNSD-DNS-SP leaders discuss revision of lawsuit (RTRS)
• Dzaferovic: Motion for revision of ICJ’s verdict will be filed by February 26 (TV1)
• Moore: There is doubt whether all conditions for successful revision of lawsuit against Serbia have been fulfilled (Glas Srpske)
• HDZ B&H’s Boskovic wins repeated elections in Stolac according to first preliminary results (FTV)
Croatia
• Vojvodina institutions hold conference on Bunjevci’s non-Croat ethnic background (Hina)
Montenegro
• Grabar-Kitarovic: Montenegro was exposed to a coup (CDM)
• Katnic: We were on the brink of civil war (CDM)
fYROM
• The meeting between Albanian political parties without Besa’s party leader (META)
• Zaev says SDSM will accept everything that is in line with the Constitution (MIA)
• Congressman Franks joins call for probing US funding of Soros groups, left-wing causes in Macedonia (MIA)
• US Congressman Rohrabacher offers apology for his recent remarks on Macedonia (MIA)
Albania
• DP condition: Parliamentary elections only with a caretaker government (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Russia Stirs Friction in Balkans, as NATO Keeps an Uneasy Peace (The New York Times)
• Macedonia Govt Talks Stuck Over Albanian Language Demands (BIRN)
• Albanian opposition protesters demand PM Rama’s resignation (Intellinews)

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Belgrade Media Report 24 January

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STORIES FROM LOCAL PRESS

• Pak: Talks with Pristina to be intensified, Belgrade absolutely devoted to peace (RTS)
• Kocijancic: Confirming engagement of both sides is important (Tanjug)
• Crnadak, Dacic: Two states to work on remaining open issues (Beta)
• Belgrade – Sarajevo highway to be built (RTS)
• Musliu: Presevo with Kosovo (Novosti)

STORIES FROM REGIONAL PRESS

• SDP, DF and Civic Alliance file criminal reports against Ivanic, Pendes over celebration of RS Day (TV1)
• Cvijanovic fails to show up for interrogation at B&H Prosecutor’s Office (Hayat)
• New round of talks; Covic meets Radoncic (N1)
• Solutions for Election Law, City of Mostar and ‘Sejdic-Finci’ still on hold (Nezavisne)
• Resolution against RS is being prepared for EP (RTRS)
• US Senate’s document on Montenegro (CDM)
• PACE conclusions on early parliamentary elections in Macedonia (MIA)
• Nikola Gruevski and Ali Ahmeti to intensify talks on forming new government (Telegraf.mk)

RELEVANT ARTICLES FROM INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Russian experts: “Crimea for Kosovo” deal won’t happen (Sputnik)
• Economy Trumps Political Rifts at Bosnia-Serbia Meeting (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 23 January

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STORIES FROM LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic and Nikolic to attend talks in Brussels (Tanjug/RTS/Beta)
• Vucic not optimistic ahead of talks (B92/Beta)
• Vucic, Zvizdic: Economic cooperation and connecting countries in focus (B92)
• Dacic to Macedonia: Your recognition of Kosovo offensive for us (Novosti)
• Dacic: We have informed everyone of Pristina’s provocations (Tanjug)
STORIES FROM REGIONAL PRESS

• Dodik to request from new US administration to review sanctions imposed against him (RTRS)
• Cvijanovic: RS intends to further build its relations with new US administration (RTRS)
• RS officials expect new US Administration to provide assistance with abolition of OHR (Nezavisne)
• EP preparing new resolution on B&H (Glas Srpske)
• Bosic criticizes CC of B&H after rejecting his motion (BN TV)
• VMRO-DPMNE most likely to form government with DUI (Telegraf.mk)
• FM Poposki responds to Bulgarian President Plevneliev’s comment calling Macedonia to “renounce the idea of Macedonianism” (MIA)

RELEVANT ARTICLES FROM INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• “Haradinaj could become KLA crimes court’s first case” (Deutsche Welle)
• Redrawing Balkan Borders Would Shock Europe (BIRN)
• ‘Red Lines’ Complicate Macedonia’s Government Talks (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 19 January

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STORIES FROM LOCAL PRESS

• Opening of Chapter 26 unblocked (Tanjug)
• Joksimovic: We will be ready to open three chapters (Tanjug)
• NATO: Kosovo police throughout Kosovo without KFOR’s approval (Beta)
• Vucic: Biden understands that Serbia wants peace and stability (RTS)
• Vucic: We need to forget arms (RTS)
• Vucic says Belgrade will not join sanctions against Dodik (RTS)
• EU waiting Vucic’s stand on presidential elections (Danas)
• Vulin: No migrant deportation from Serbia (Novosti)

STORIES FROM REGIONAL PRESS

• US imposes sanctions against Dodik (TV1)
• Dodik says sanctions are work of losers in U.S. elections (Srna/RTRS/Nezavisne)
• Inzko: I welcome the decision of the United States, Dodik was playing with fire (Nezavisne)
• Cormack: Washington takes seriously the threats of secession (Nezavisne/Fena)
• Officials comment sanctions imposed against Dodik (FTV)
• Croatia to decide on its own whether to join sanctions against Dodik (Hina)
• Picard Kentz & Rowe LLP: Latest communication of Yee, Cormack with RS officials is direct violation of basic principle of international law (RTRS)
• Lavrov: Celebration of RS Day was not unconstitutional (TV1)
• Izetbegovic: Nikolic’s visit would be opportunity to tell him to his face everything that I think (Faktor.ba)
• Covic speaks about third entity (TV Mostar)
• Zvizdic to visit Serbia; Joint sessions with Serbian and Croatian government (Radio Sarajevo)
• Shirokov demanded Djukanovic’s murder (Pobjeda)
• 59.9% of the population would vote for the EU (RTCG)
• Initiative to re-examine the work of the George Soros Foundation in Macedonia (MIA)

RELEVANT ARTICLES FROM INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Balkan States ‘Could Emulate Slovenian Law Curbing Refugees’ (BIRN)
• Bosnian Experts Expect Little From NATO Chief’s Visit (BIRN)
• New Movements Emerge Ahead of Albanian Elections (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 17 January

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STORIES FROM LOCAL PRESS

• Nikolic: Sending the army to Kosovo is not my personal stand, but the stand of the state (Kurir)
• Nikolic to Scott: You’ve created lots of trouble (Tanjug/B92)
• NATO: KFOR not informed on ROSU deployment (Tanjug/RTS)
• NATO: Belgrade, Pristina to exercise restraint for sake of regional security (Beta)
• Mogherini thanks Vucic (Beta)
• Nikolic’s light artillery (Politika)

STORIES FROM REGIONAL PRESS

• Inzko: I will not apologize because my words were taken out of context and it was not my intention to insult Serb people (TV1)
• In 2017, PIC will be deciding about closing down of OHR (Nezavisne)
• Joint Commission for Defense and Security fails to discuss participation of B&H AF members in RS Day celebration (FTV)
• Court of B&H confirms indictment against Vikic (Hayat)
• Galijasevic: Izetbegovic preparing war in spring (Srna)
• Serb rebel accused of expelling Croats from Knin (Hina)
• Campaign for Djukanovic’s candidacy starts? (CDM)
• USA strongly supports Montenegro’s membership in NATO (RTCG)
• Gruevski and Ahmeti to start negotiations for government (Telegraf.mk)
• Ahmeti meets German Ambassador Althauser (MIA)
• Poll shows 61,5 percent support NATO membership, but only 34,9 percent if it is under “FYROM” (MIA)

RELEVANT ARTICLES FROM INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Lavrov says tensions in Balkans growing, standoff must be prevented (TASS)
• No Partition of Kosovo and Metohija (Strategic Culture Foundation)

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Belgrade Media Report 16 January

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STORIES FROM LOCAL PRESS

• Nikolic: If need be, we’ll send army to Kosovo (Beta/RTS/Tanjug/Beta)
• Vucic: Large-scale conflict averted (B92/Beta)
• Djuric: Pristina authorities not working alone (TV Pink/Tanjug)
• Drecun: Pristina not doing anything that contributes to resumption of dialogue (RTS)
• Dacic: Foreign Ministry to keep fighting for Serbia’s territorial integrity (Beta)
• Hahn: Belgrade-Pristina dialogue must not be jeopardized (RTS/Beta)
• Jeremic to seek Serbian Presidency (FoNet)

STORIES FROM REGIONAL PRESS

• Dodik: Izetbegovic’s statement that RS was founded on genocide is unacceptable (RTRS)
• Stevandic: RS Assembly can terminate co-op with OHR, with consent of all political factors (RTRS)
• Dodik criticizes international community for failure to react to prevention of freedom of movement (TV1)
• Patrushev: Steady course to join Montenegro, FYROM, B&H to NATO by force is set (BN TV)
• Croatia rejects B&H’s request to process Jelavic (Hina)
• Markovic: Russian military structures responsible for the incident (MINA)
• Maliqi: Montenegro has nothing to fear from Albania and Kosovo (Analitika/Pobijeda)
• VMRO DPMNE: Albanian conditions for forming the government unacceptable (MIA)

RELEVANT ARTICLES FROM INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Multi-ethnic States Have Failed in the Balkans (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 11 January

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STORIES FROM LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic thanks India for firm support to Serbia’s territorial integrity (Beta/RTS)
• Indictment against Haradinaj expanded (N1)
• Belgrade instructs stepping up security of 40 Serb diplomats (Novosti)
• EU: Haradinaj’s arrest proves that dialogue is necessary (Beta)
• Integrated justice system requires Serbian law (Politika)
• Vulin: Comparing RS and NDH great insult for all NDHvictims (RTS/Tanjug)
• Drecun on Wilz’s statement (Politika)

STORIES FROM REGIONAL PRESS

• HR Inzko’s comparison between RS Day and 10 April, day when the NDH was established sparks fierce reactions (TV1)
• B&H MoD launches investigation in connection with participation of B&H AF at RS Day celebration (BHT1/TV1)
• Dodik announces possible withdrawal of RS from agreement on formation of B&H AF (TV1)
• Ivanic prevented scandal by ordering 3rd Infantry Regiment to attend marking of RS Day (EuroBlic)
• EP Rapporteur for B&H Dan Preda said he was shocked to find out that officials from Serbia attended the celebration of the Day of the RS (BHT1)
• Markovic talked to McCain: Ratification soon (CDM)
• Vajgl: Serbia’s relations with neighbors unacceptable, especially FM statement on Macedonia (MIA)
• Poposki: Interfering of PM, President in internal affairs of neighboring country is improper behavior (MIA)

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• The International Community and the Disintegration of Yugoslavia: 25 Years Later (counterpunch)

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Belgrade Media Report 10 January

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STORIES FROM LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic: Albanian diaspora planning to seize some Serbian diplomatic facilities (Beta/RTS)
• Serbia sends request for Haradinaj’s extradition (Tanjug)
• Committee for Kosovo and Metohija to discuss situation in Kosovo (Novosti)
• Great potential for strengthening cooperation between Serbia, India (RTS)
• Kocijanicic: Agreement on judiciary to be fully implemented despite small, understandable delay (Beta)
• EP presents draft resolution on Serbia’s progress (Beta)
• Seeing Serbian Army contingent off to multinational operation MINUSCA (Politika)
• Serbian, Belarusian ministers discuss military-technical cooperation (Beta)
• DS decides to support Sasa Jankovic’s candidacy (Beta/B92/RTS)

STORIES FROM REGIONAL PRESS

• RS Day marked; Solemn parade on occasion of RS Day held (BHT 1/BN)
• Dodik: Restore rights to RS or B&H will break up (Srna)
• US Embassy, OHR warn: B&H Constitution and decisions of Constitutional Court must be respected (Hayat)
• B&H Defense Ministry: We did not approve line up of B&H AF in Banja Luka; NATO’s Wilz: I expect detailed investigation (Hayat)
• Izetbegovic to demand investigation on engagement of B&H AF in ceremony marking RS Day (TV1)
• Montenegrin Army to modernize (MINA)
• Ivanov gives government mandate to Gruevski (MIA)
• EU expects swift formation of new government in Macedonia (MIA)
• Gruevski: No support from VMRO-DPMNE to bilingualism or establishing of cantons (Dnevnik)
• Two out of three Albanian parties say no to cooperation with Gruevski (Alta)

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• Serbia, Kosovo Urged to Work Harder on EU Goals (BIRN)

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