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Belgrade Media Report 18 October 2017

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Wednesday 18 October 2017

LOCAL PRESS

• Dialogue following elections in Kosovo and Metohija (Politika)
• Bishop Irinej Buliovic: No further concessions (Radio Belgrade)
• Vucic, Scott discuss Kosovo, bilateral ties, investments (Tanjug)
• ICTY to announce ruling in Mladic trial on 22 November (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• RS Assembly adopted resolution on military neutrality (Srna)
• Salkic: Resolution on military neutrality of RS represents one in series of direct attacks on constitutional and legal organization of B&H (klix.ba)
• Cavic: Decision to appoint Radukic to post of Acting Chief Auditor is scandalous (klix.ba)
• Covic and Izetbegovic discuss Euro-Atlantic integration with Inzko and Hearne (TV1)
• B&H CoM Chairman, prime ministers of Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro conclude joint projects and communicational connection are main preconditions for faster growth of economy (BHT1/TV1)
fYROM
• SDSM received 38 mayoral mandates in the first round, VMRO-DPMNE – three, DUI – two (Meta)
• VMRO-DPMNE filed 45 complaints to SEC (MIA)
• OSCE/ODIHR: The elections happened in accordance with the international standards (Meta)
• EU: Newly elected mayors must contribute to reforms (Meta)
INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• How the Balkans Were Won: A Turkish Foreign Policy Success Story (The National Interest)

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Belgrade Media Report 17 October 2017

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Tuesday 17 October 2017
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic on resolution of Kosovo knot (Novosti)
• Djuric: Most important debate seen in generations (RTS)
• Djuric: If the Serbs are not satisfied, there is no gain for the Albanians (Tanjug)
• Judges and prosecutors in north Kosovo didn’t take oath (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• SDA welcomes EU Council’s conclusions (Fena)
• Croat representatives refuse to attend scheduled session of HNC Assembly (Vecernji list)
• Spiric: SNSD will be part of majority at B&H level after 2018 elections (N1)
fYROM
• SEC to release final results after lodging complaints ends (Republika)
• Ivanov-Markovic: No open issues between Macedonia and Montenegro (Republika)
Albania
• Albania and Macedonia to hold joint government meeting (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• EU Foreign Ministers Reiterate Commitment To Bosnia, But Call For Reforms (RFE/RL)

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Belgrade Media Report 16 October

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Monday 16 October 2017
LOCAL PRESS

• Government sets up working group for dialogue on Kosovo (Tanjug/B92)
• Vucic on pressures, Kosovo (Novosti)
• Covic, Vucic agree to hold trilateral meeting of B&H, Serbia and Croatia (Beta/RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: Extend deadline for holding referendum on B&H Court and Prosecutor’s Office (Srna)
• Stevandic: Referendum should be postponed if ruling coalition and opposition fail to reach an agreement on it (ATV)
• SDS calls on Dodik to resign (TV1)
• Cvijanovic: We still hope that Law on Excise Duties could be adopted by end of October (RTRS)
• B&H CEC sends proposal of changes to Election Law for which there may be consent in B&H parliament (Dnevni avaz)
Montenegro
• DPS ready for a dialogue (CDM)
fYROM
• Zaev: Victory is an expression of the free will of the citizens (Meta)
• 45 municipalities get mayors after first round, runoff is slated in 35 municipalities (Republika)
• Zijadin Sela declared victory in the first round in Struga and Gostivar (Republika)
• Gruevski claims there were irregularities during the entire campaign (Meta)
• Ahmeti: It is important that all participants accept the results of these elections (Meta)
• Srbov: Election day with over 100 irregularities, public witnesses what elections organized by SDSM look like (Republika)
• MOST observers to present report on Macedonia’s local election (Republika)
Albania
• SMI, Vasili warns of parliamentary collapse (ADN)
• Parliament votes pro-electoral reform and minorities law (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Bieber: More inward-looking Austria expected, WB might lose a reform partner (European Western Balkans)

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Belgrade Media Report 13 October 2017

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Friday 13 October 2017
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic, Danielsson: EU membership foreign policy priority of Serbia (Beta/Tanjug)
• Danielsson: There is a link between normalization of relations and EU membership (Beta)
• Vucic: It is important that NATO remains neutral in Kosovo (Beta)
• Djuric: We have no implementation partner in Pristina (Tanjug)
• Djuric discusses dialogue with Pristina with Logar (RTS)
• Brajovic: These are the best relations in the last decade (RTS)
• Not an unexpected decision of the US to leave UNESCO (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik to host meeting of parliamentary parties and reps of civil society on Saturday to define joint stance on work Court of B&H and Prosecutor’s Office of B&H (RTRS)
• Opposition sends open letter to Dodik (NAP)
• OHR says decisions that would suspend or limit jurisdiction and decisions of state judiciary in part of state territory would be unconstitutional and unacceptable (TV1)
• SDS, PDP and NDP request information on implementation of referendum on state judiciary (BNTV)
• Commission for Implementation of Referendum on B&H Judiciary to convene on Friday (ATV)
• SBB B&H and DF will not support adoption of excise duties (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia
• Government sabotaging President’s visit to Russia? (Jutarnji list)
fYROM
• Zbogar: Local elections – opportunity for citizens to determine future development of municipalities (MIA)
• VMRO-DPMNE: Administration of upcoming elections must meet highest standards (MIA)
• Ahmeti: Change of Kosovo’s borders could have domino effect (MIA)
Albania
• Parliament blocked, Ruci forced to postpone session (ADN)
• Tensions in parliament related to Rama’s ties with crime – Basha (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

AP Interview: Serbian leader vows to lead nation into the EU (AP)

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Belgrade Media Report 12 October 2017

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 12 October 2017

LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: No successful EU integration without regional stability (RTS/Tanjug)
• Dacic: Bilateral disputes are region’s problems (Tanjug/FoNet/B92)
• Dacic: Interference of third party unnecessary (Tanjug/RTV)
• Vulin: Serbia conducts balanced defense policy (Tanjug)
• Dikovic completed visit to Serbian peacekeepers in Central African Republic (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik to send letter explaining reasons why Serbs should leave judiciary institutions of B&H (TV1)
• SzP: Credibility of Court and Prosecutor’s Office of B&H irreparably undermined with acquitting verdict to Oric (BNTV)
• Oric’s attorney: Serbia has no legal ground to carry out proceeding against any citizen of B&H, including Oric (Dnevni avaz)
• A committee of the UK Parliament House of Lords session within the inquiry about the UK policy towards the Western Balkans after Brexit (Dnevni avaz)
Montenegro
• These are members of the working group for OSCE’s recommendations (CDM)
• Lekic: Invitation to OSCE proves that country is in a crisis (Dan)
fYROM
• Dimitrov: We shall convince Europe that Macedonia deserves to commence the talks for the EU membership (Meta)
• Szijjarto: Macedonia should start EU, NATO accession talks as soon as possible (MIA)
• Government already focused on reforms in security system (MIA)
Albania
• Albanian President awarded Order of Independence during visit to Kosovo (ATA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Visegrad countries call for EU enlargement in Western Balkans (Xinhua)
• Remarks by EU HR/VP Federica Mogherini following meeting with Ms Ana Brnabić, Prime Minister of Serbia (EEAS)
• Serbian PM: Kosovo major obstacle in EU talks (euronews)
• Serbia’s Parliament Using Penalties ‘to Silence Opposition’ (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 11 October

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LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Community of Serb Municipalities backbone of Brussels agreement (Tanjug/RTS/Beta)
• Unabated interest of European MPs for European path of Serbia (Tanjug)
• Brnabic, Hahn: Serbia’s EU integration process based on three basic principles (RTS/Beta)
• Erdogan in Novi Pazar: This is my native land (B92/RTS)
• Wallstrom: Kosovo and Catalonia not to be compared (Beta)
• Spain grateful to Serbia for delaying EU letter (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Ivanic says Dodik’s call to Serbs to leave B&H Court and Prosecutor’s Office is not adequate solution (TV1)
• SDA slams Dodik for announcing suspension of work of Court of B&H and Prosecutor’s Office of B&H in RS (TV1)
• IC’ reactions to Dodik’s call for suspension of work of Court of B&H and Prosecutor’s Office of B&H (BHT1)
• Mandic: Biggest problem for registration of military property in RS is fact that there is no law that binds RS institutions to respect and implement decisions of Constitutional Court of B&H (FTV)
Croatia
• “Istria is not Catalonia, we just want our money” (Expres)
Montenegro
• Knezevic: I am not guilty, process is fake (RTCG)
Albania
• President Meta’s official visit to Kosovo; Demarcation, unfair condition for visas liberalization (ADN)
• Basha: Appointment of Ruci as speaker, shameful act (ATA)
• Albanian government gives up, recognizes Bulgarians as a minority (ATA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Erdogan touts Turkey helping push ‘prosperous’ Balkans (Anadolu Agency)
• Erdogan in the Balkans: A neo-Ottoman quest? (Al Jazeera)

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Belgrade Media Report 10 October

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LOCAL PRESS

• Serbia and Turkey sign 12 agreements, ready 4 more (B92)
• Brnabic: Spain is our great friend, we listened to its request (Tanjug/B92)
• Djuric: Acquittal of Oric is bad news for B&H institutions (RTS)
• Djuric discusses local elections in Kosovo with OMIK Head (Tanjug)
• Marinelli: Partnership with Serbia on firm footing (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Oric: I will continue fighting for this country (Dnevni avaz)
• Izetbegovic comment on Oric’s acquittal (TV1)
• SNSD and DNS Presidencies hold joint session; say they are preparing certain plans to suspend work of Court and Prosecutor’s Office of B&H in RS (ATV)
• US Embassy to B&H calls on everyone in B&H to respect court decisions and judicial institutions (N1)
• SDA reveals details of its proposal for Law on Elections of B&H (Oslobodjenje)
Croatia
• Plenkovic : I invited the Holy Father to Croatia, it is my impression that this will happen (HRT)
Montenegro
• Markovic to opposition: You will not get general election date; Demarcation with Kosovo is a closed case (CDM)
• DF’s presidential candidate will be a Serb (Pobjeda)
Albania
• Danielsson evaluates Albania’s proactive role in relations with neighbors (ATA)
• Socialists: No debates for electoral reform in parliament (ADN)
• DP to intensify parliamentary activity (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• What if the Balkans never become part of the European Union? (European Western Balkans)

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Belgrade Media Report 09 October 2017

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 9 October 2017

LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic, Vucic on verdict to Oric (Tanjug/RTS)
• Kuburovic: No justice for Serbian victims (Tanjug)
• Dacic: Is there an end to impudence? (Tanjug)
• Djuric’s statement following talks with Kosovo Serb representatives (RTS/Tanjug)
• Varadi: Parallels between Kosovo and Catalonia will not bring radical changes (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Naser Oric acquitted of crimes in Srebrenica (Nezavisne)
• B&H Prosecutor’s Office announced an appeal to the Oric judgment (Srna/Fena/RTRS)
• The acquittal of Naser Oric – reactions (Srna)
• Dodik and Covic assess there is complete halt and paralysis at level of B&H (Srna)
• Dodik: Referendum on work of Court and Prosecutor’s Office of BiH will be implemented if RS opposition publicly expresses support to it (TV1)
• Mesic: Cut off Corridor in case of RS secession (FTV)
• European officials dissatisfied with situation in B&H (RTRS)
• RS Assembly to discuss Resolution on military neutrality (EuroBlic)
• Govedarica, Borenovic, Cavic file criminal report against Director of RS Official Gazette Veselinovic (ATV)
Croatia
• Poll: HDZ and SDP declining, “Nobody” still most popular politician (T portal)
Montenegro
• Djukanovic: Dialogue with opposition only on OSCE’s recommendations (Pobjeda)
• Sabovic: Fair elections to be organized by a technical government (Dan)
• Pacolli: Kosovo does not want Montenegro’s territory (Dnevne novine)
fYROM
• Xhaferi announces elections (MIA)
• Rape attempt at the headquarters of VMRO-DPMNE (MIA)
Albania
• Rama reveals names of new deputy ministers (ATA)
• Rama outlines platform for co-governance with citizens: Each person should stand up for his complaint (ATA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Srebrenica commander acquitted of war crimes (AFP)
• Serbian Court Dismisses Strpci Train Massacre Charges (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 06 October 2017

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Friday 6 October 2017
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: I believe Kosovo will not apply for UNESCO membership in forthcoming years (Beta)
• Dacic: Vucic’s invitation for dialogue is no preparation for recognition of Kosovo (RTV)
• Dacic: Serbia will not accept unilateral acts of Catalonia (RTS/Tanjug)
• Djuic: Law cannot be valid for some, but not for others (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik says peaceful talks on ‘splitting apart’ should be held (RTRS)
• EPP leader Daul meets B&H Presidency members (FTV)
• Izetbegovic meets Cormack, Wigemark: US, EU fully support B&H on EU path (BHT1)
• Hahn: No large financial assistance without additional excise duties; I would welcome it if B&H abolished visas for Kosovo (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia
• Croatia and Serbia do not need to be friends, but they must cooperate (HRT)
• Krk Airport becomes Pentagon’s airlift hub (Vecernji list)
• Saudi Arabia to build world’s largest Islamic Museum in Croatia (Vecernji list)
fYROM
• Number one candidate from the independent lists of councilors in Kichevo dies (Meta)
• Sekerinska meets NATO Brig. Gen. Jeleniewski (MIA)
Albania
• Tensions in parliament, Democrats block the podium (ADN)
• Basha: Free speech and democracy are at risk (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• A Cry for Help from Serbia’s Independent Media (FreedomHouse)
• U.S. Envoy For Ukraine To Meet Kremlin Aide In Belgrade (RFE/RL)
• Could Spain Go the Way of Yugoslavia? (The National Interest)

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Belgrade Media Report 05 October 2017

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Thursday 5 October 2017

LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Working group on dialogue to be set up Friday or next week (Tanjug/Beta)
• Dacic: No visit to Croatia if the price is silence (Beta/RTS)
• Brnabic, Dacic dismiss comparison of Catalonia and Presevo Valley (Beta)
• Vucic’s cabinet: Visit to Croatia will take place when political atmosphere changes (Tanjug)
• Kosovo gives up demand for UNESCO membership (RTS)
• Serbian amendments to NATO PA draft resolution approved (Politika)
• Justice Ministry sends letter to ICTY supporting Mladic initiative (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H ITA Steering Board passes draft law on excise duties of B&H (N1)
• PMs Cvijanovic and Novalic agree excise duties need to be increased (FTV)
• SDP organizes meeting of political parties on technical changes to Law on Elections of B&H (FTV)
• Zvizdic, Daul conclude that reforms in B&H and political dialogue in Western Balkans are necessary (Oslobodjenje)
• Fierce discussion on Ambassador Colakovic, who denied all accusations against her (N1)
Croatia
• Serbian President’s visit to Croatia postponed (Vecernji list)
• EU commissioner hopes that Croatia will join Schengen by 2019 (Vecernji list)
• Jurisic: Croatian Russian relations are returning to normal political waters (HRT)
fYROM
• Asselborn: I am not Orbán, I support the normal functioning of the country (Meta)
• VMRO-DPMNE’s Gruevski meets NDI president Wollac (MIA)
• Dimitrov and Ivanov have reached an agreement regarding the diplomatic mission in the EU (Meta)
Albania
• Rama, closed doors meeting with Ruci and Xhafaj (ADN)
• DP accuses MPs, Rama urgent meeting with the Attorney General (ADN)
• Electoral reform – Balla: We stick to May 18 deal, ready to join political table (ATA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Catalonia’s Independence Push Echoes Across Balkans (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 03 October 2017

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Tuesday 3 October 2017
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Letter to be sent to European Commission regarding issues of Catalonia, Kosovo (Beta/RTS/Tanjug)
• Dacic: Hypocrites, they supported Kosovo because they wanted a weak Serbia (RTS)
• Dacic: Serbia has shown responsibility in acceptance, treatment of migrants (Beta/RTS)
• Government gives guarantees for Ratko Mladic (Tanjug)
• Pavlopolus: Greece not changing stand on Kosovo (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• RS President again expresses aspiration for territorial unity of B&H and Serbia (N1/Hayat)
• Speakers Kristo and Colak meet US Embassy’s Conway, EUD’s Field to talk about changes to Law on Elections (Dnevni list)
• ITA SB postpones voting on excise duties by Wednesday (ATV)
Croatia
• Croatia protests to Serbia over monument to JNA major (Hina)
• Serbian Minister’s “Civil War” statement causes protests (Vecernji list)
• Slovenian officials at odds over policy towards Croatia (T portal)
• Croatian soldiers to arrive in Poland as part of NATO mission (N1)
Montenegro
• Bugajski: Joint arrangement for Podgorica and Belgrade impossible (Pobjeda)
fYROM
• Suto Orizari mayor Elvis Bajram injured in fight (MIA)
• Dimitrov: The question of identity will play no part in the upcoming negotiations (Meta)
Albania
• President receives Head of CoE Office in Tirana (ATA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Joining the EU is a marathon, says Serbian PM (EurActiv)
• Greece welcomes Balkan countries to Europe, but not their problems: Greek president
• (Xinhua)
• Russia delivers two of six promised MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia – ministry (TASS)
• Russian-Serbian Joint Aviation Drills Kick Off in Central Russia – MoD (Sputnik)

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Belgrade Media Report 04 October 2017

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Wednesday 4 October 2017

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: I do not expect EU reaction (TV Prva/Beta/B92)
• Djuric: Are other rules valid for the Serbs in everything? (RTS)
• EU: Kosovo a sui generis case, no double standards (Tanjug)
• Mihajlovic: Nis-Pristina highway currently higher priority than connecting Nis with the Ibar main road (Beta)
• Kosovo flag at session of parliamentary Committee for Kosovo and Metohija (Politika)
• Jeremic: Serbia will have to choose in 2018 between consenting to Kosovo joining the UN and aggravation of relations with the world (RTV)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: International community demonstrates double standards on example of referendum in Catalonia (Srna)
• B&H officials react to Dodik’s and Dacic’s statments (N1)
• Radmanovic says RS opposes membership in NATO, claims RS wants independence but not outside of Dayton (Nezavisne)
• Softic says indirect election of B&H Presidency members is acceptable for SDA (TV1)
• Opposition parties in RS to file criminal report against Director of Official Gazette of RS
• Veselinovic for delays in publishing of decision on referendum (EuroBlic)
• International officials in B&H emphasize importance of adoption of excise duties on fuel (TV1)
Montenegro
• DPS proposal on the dialogue coming soon (RTCG)
fYROM
• Chichakovski has called upon the political parties to stop all incidents (Meta)
• MoI: No tolerance of any incident during election campaign (MIA)
• EU: Macedonia institutions to provide conditions for credible local elections (MIA)
• Hoyt Yee: Establishing accountability for wiretaps important for NATO, EU accession (TV Alsat M)
• FM Dimitrov meets OSCE High Commissioner Zannier (MIA)
Albania
• Jean Asselborn: 2018 May be a very good year for negotiations; Any comparison to Crimea, Kosovo and Catalonia is ungrounded (ATA)
• Coalition with Albanians, Rama’s special invitation (ATA)
• Electoral Reform/ DP proposes a new formula (ATA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Balkan leaders back Serbia’s bid to join European Union (Reuters)
• Prime Minister Tudose says Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia can be EU’s defence wall (Agerpres)
• Rinkēvičs: Alignment with EU foreign policy of utmost importance for candidate states (European Western Balkans)

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