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Belgrade Media Report 21 August

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 21 August 2017

LOCAL PRESS

• President dismisses “Cyprus model” for Kosovo (B92)
• Brnabic: It is important that internal dialogue on Kosovo has been started (Beta)
• Ljajic: We should ask for EU’s concessions to stop blocking Kosovo (Blic)
• Employees of the Serbian embassy in Skopje withdrawn (RTS)
• Vucic: We have evidence of very offensive action against Serbia (B92, Tanjug, RTS)
• EP Rapporteur meets opposition representatives on Thursday in Belgrade, no Jankovic and Jeremic (Vecernje Novosti)
• BNV Marks 100 Years of Declaration of Secession of Sandzak from Serbia (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• RS President Dodik: People in B&H should decide if B&H will join NATO (RTRS)
• Cvijanovic: NATO’s behavior represents attack on RS (RTRS)
• SDS will not support referendum on membership in NATO (Nezavisne Novine)
• SDA: B&H will become NATO member state regardless of what Dodik thinks about it (TV1)
• Dodik says Croatia has right to construct Peljesac bridge (EuroBlic)

fYROM
• There is still no official information from Belgrade why Serbian Embassy staff was withdrawn (MIA)
• Gov’t: Macedonia promoting friendly relations with all its neighbors (MIA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Stop Poking the Russian Bear (National Interest)
• The heavy bag for the European Union: Turkey (hurriyetdailynews.com)

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Belgrade Media Report 18 August

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 18 August 2017
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Broad consensus needed for constitutional amendments (Tanjug)
• Miscevic: Chapter 35 is not about status (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H Ministry of Defense and B&H Public Attorney Office expected to make next move in case of registration of military property in Han Pijesak (BHT1)
• Dodik: People in RS should decide whether B&H should enter NATO (RTRS)
• Ambassador Ivantsov on registration of military property: HR Inzko is twisting facts (Srna)
• Zvizdic meets US Ambassador Cormack, discusses regional cooperation and EU, NATO integration (Nezavisne)
• Pence’s presence at Adriatic Charter Summit shows US will increase activities aimed at strengthening NATO’s position in the Balkans (Dnevni list)
• US Embassy in B&H deeply disappointed that authorities in Sarajevo named school after anti-Semite who glorified Hitler (Srna)
Croatia
• Hasanbegovic rejects US State Department’s allegations (Vecernji list)
Montenegro
• Sabovic: SDP to go independently (Dan)
fYROM
• Parliament dismisses Marko Zvrlevski (Meta)
• Sweden will help the Macedonian government realize the reform agenda (Meta)
• Dimitrov-Soini: Finland backs Macedonia’s EU integration bid (MIA)
Albania
• Morina case-Croatian court ruling is not final, Morina’s lawyer says (ATA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Trump Budget Plan Is Bad News for Eastern Europe (Bloomberg)

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Belgrade Media Report 17 August

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 17 August 2017
LOCAL PRESS

• Fierce debate in United Nations Security Council (RTS/Tanjug)
• US for gradually ending UNMIK’s mandate; Russia and China against (Beta/RTS/Tanjug)
• Dacic: Guterres and Vucic to discuss Kosovo (RTV/Tanjug)
• Djuric: UNMIK is an unpleasant witness, they are trying to remove it (RTS)
• Jankovic, Jeremic cease cooperation with DS (Beta/B92)
• DS: Jankovic confusing citizens (Beta)
• DSS also criticizes Sutanovac (RTS)
• Obradovic: DS and SNS policies are the same (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• CC B&H: Military property can be registered to state of B&H (TV1)
• Reactions of RS officials to the decision of the CC of B&H (RTRS/Srna)
• Officials in Federation B&H see B&H CC decision as step towards NATO (Hayat)
• Amendments to B&H Election Law will not receive support from B&H HoR (TV1)
• Conflict between Izetbegovic and Radoncic escalated because Izetbegovic’s wife intention to run for Bosniak member of Presidency of B&H (EuroBlic)
Croatia
• US State Department warns about pro-Ustasha and anti-Serb sentiments in Croatia (Vecernji list)
fYROM
• Parliament wraps up debate on dismissal of Public Prosecutor Zvrlevski (MIA)
• Osmani asked Roth for Berlin’s involvement regarding the solution of the name dispute (Meta)
Albania
• Technical ministers resign, deputy foreign minister follows their resignation (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Post-election Kosovo entering period of uncertainty that will demand strong leadership – UN envoy (UN News Centre)
• “We all recognise the important work that UNMIK has done over many years for the benefit of Kosovo. But it’s time for the Mission to shrink, not grow” (Foreign & Commonwealth Office)
• Serbian president gives citizenship, scholarship to Afghan boy (1TV Afghanistan)

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Belgrade Media Report 16 August

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 16 August 2017
LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic represents Serbia at UN Security Council session in New York (Beta/Tanjug/RTS)
• Vulin asks Russian Ambassador that Russia blocks Kosovo’s admission to Interpol (Beta/RTS)
• Raskovic Ivic: Dialogue on Kosovo will make sense if Vucic voices concrete proposal (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• New conflict erupts between SDA and SBB B&H (Hayat)
• Osmani: Balkan countries need to have joint platform for performing before EU (FTV)
Croatia
• US Senators visit Croatia (Vecernji list)
fYROM
• SDSM asks VMRO-DPMNE to end its blockade of parliament session on Public Prosecutor Zvrlevski (MIA)
• Zaev- Baily: US support for Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations (MIA)
• Russia’s Foreign Ministry denies Bloomberg article accusing Moscow of interfering in Macedonia’s internal affairs (MIA)
• Shekjerinska doesn’t want to comment Moscow’s requests for interview transcripts (Meta)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Athens slams Skopje ‘irredentism’ after Toronto event (Ekathemerini)

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Belgrade Media Report 15 August

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 15 August 2017

LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic on Kosovo: We should do what we can do while we can, there is no time (RTS)
• Rama: I feel Vucic’s pain and resoluteness to resolve the Kosovo problem (Blic)
• What does the Athos model imply for temples (Novosti)
• Stankovic: No parallels with Serbia’s south (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Covic: Vucic and Kitarovic to visit B&H in August or September (N1/Vecernji list)
• Covic: Dodik has understanding for position of Croats (Nezavisne)
• Prosecutor’s Office of B&H forms the case regarding revision of B&H’s genocide lawsuit against Serbia (BHT1)
• SBB B&H leader Radoncic announces vote for dismissal of Zvizdic and lawsuit against Izetbegovic (Dnevni avaz)
• Disagreements over construction of Peljesac bridge continue (TV1)
• Film about Alija Izetbegovic means forging his biography (Srna)

Croatia
• Plenkovic: Peljesac Bridge Project will continue (Vecernji list)

fYROM
• Today the session for Zvrlevski’s dismissal continues, there is little chance of a solution (Meta)
• “The king of prostitution” Dilaver Bojku – Leku murdered on a beach in Struga (Meta)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Macedonia Urged to End Parliamentary Paralysis (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 14 August

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 14 August 2017
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Kosovo, Russia crucial in EU accession negotiations (Beta)
• Dacic: Massacre of innocent children message there is no room for Serbs in Kosovo (RTS/Tanjug)
• Dacic: Delineation with the Albanians, churches like on Mt. Athos (Novosti)
• Dacic: Putin will also agree to delineation of Kosovo (Alo)
• Djuric: Serb List – project of national interest (RTS/Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Izetbegovic welcomes Vucic’s upcoming visit to Sarajevo (Glas Srpske)
• Durakovic’s proposal of declaration on recognition, tolerance and protection of cultural identity and mother languages of Bosniaks and Serbs arrives to Vucic’s address (TV1)
• Dodik: RS authorities will do everything to prevent violence (Srna)
• Dodik: RS interested in how issue of Kosovo will be resolved (RTRS)
• Izetbegovic: B&H Presidency reacted on time when it comes to Peljesac Bridge (Hayat)
Croatia
• Kovac says only Bosniaks voiced their opinion about Peljesac Bridge, claims this is not official policy of B&H (Hina)
• Farmers protest against government’s capitulation in trade dispute (Vecernji list)
Montenegro
• Vladimir Jokovic new president of SNP (CDM)
• Montenegro remains a regional stability promoter (CDM)
fYROM
• Osmani: The road to Brussels leads through the Ohrid Framework Agreement and the Law for languages (Telma)
• VMRO-DPMNE files no-confidence motion against Culture Minister Alagjozovski (MIA)
Albania
• President Meta receives US Senate fact-finding delegation (ATA)
• Albania-Macedonia police cooperation model for other countries (ATA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Kosovo Partition May Solve Historic Dispute, Serb Deputy PM Says (Bloomberg)
• Serbia Has No Desire to Join NATO, Urges Partners to Respect State’s Neutrality (Sputnik)

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Belgrade Media Report 11 August

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 11 August 2017
LOCAL PRESS

• Selakovic: We have what to protect with the Declaration (TV Pink/Tanjug)
• Ljajic: SDPS to present platform on Kosovo on 1 September (RTS/Tanjug)
• Kurti: Dialogue with the Serbs, ZSO conceived as RS (Ekspres/Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Reactions to Croatia’s decision to reduce fees (Al Jazeera)
• Magazinovic: I believe that Vucic chose his side and his side are EU and USA (TV1)
• Durakovic calls on Vucic to continue working on inter-ethnic dialogue between Bosniaks and Serbs (TV1)
• Moore: RS Ministry of Education started denying Bosnian language for no reason (Hayat)
Montenegro
• Nikolic: Opposition missed a chance to present itself as an alternative to the government (Mina)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Kosovo Albanians, Serbs Fear for Trepca Mine’s Future (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 10 August

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 10 August 2017
LOCAL PRESS

• Government welcomes decision of Croatia (RTS/Tanjug)
• Vucic: Not enough courage for amending the Constitution (B92/Beta/TV Pink/FoNet)
• Vucic: I will present my opinion on Kosovo and Metohija by end of year (RTS)
• Markovic: Montenegro can be a leader in the Western Balkans (Novi Magazin)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Sarovic: I expect agreement with Croatia will be reached soon (Nezavisne)
• SDA and HDZ B&H get in conflict over construction of Peljesac bridge, Serbs do not want to get involved (EuroBlic)
Croatia
• Croatia has given in and is returning the old prices for the control over the fruits and the vegetables (T-Portal)
fYROM
• VMRO-DPMNE requests no-confidence vote against Dimitrov (MIA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Bosnia’s Muslims, Jews, Christians chide politicians (Reuters)

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Belgrade Media Report 9 August

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 9 August 2017
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic meets with UNMIK Head Tanin; Security Council on Kosovo on 16 August (Tanjug/RTS)
• Dacic and UNMIK Head on political and security situation in Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug)
• Zukorlic: RS issue opens Sandzak issue (Danas)
• New and old proposals on resolving the Kosovo problem (Blic)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Sarovic confirms certain progress was achieved in talks with Tolusic (BHT1)
• Dodik: Aim for national unity where possible (Srna)
• Opposition parties in RS express their support to development of joint declaration of Serbia and RS (EuroBlic)
• US Embassy, EU Delegation: Support to territorial integrity and sovereignty of B&H (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia
• Plenkovic wants import tax dispute resolved as soon as possible (HRT/Hina)
• Nobody supports Tolusic’s trade war (Jutarnji list)
fYROM
• VMRO-DPMNE blocked the rostrum and the session on Zvrlevski’s dismissal (Meta)
• Kanceska-Milevska: Zaev signed the agreement with Bulgaria to change the name based on the Greek model (Meta)
• Xhaferi – Glavchev: Agreement for Good Neighborly Relations is a start of the new history between the two countries (Meta)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Mostar, Bosnia’s Most Divided City (RFE/RL)

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Belgrade Media Report 08 August

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 8 August 2017
LOCAL PRESS

• Selakovic on announced Declaration with RS and Kosovo dialogue (RTS)
• Ljajic: We do not want a trade war with Croatia (RTS)
• EC on dispute with Croatia: Everyone must honor obligations (Beta)
• Stanojkovic pays visit to ICTY (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Ministers of region send letter to EC and ask it to get engaged in solving of this problem because SAA was violated (TV1/BHT1/Hayat)
Croatia
• Tolusic invites neighboring countries’ ministers to meet in Croatia (HRT)
• HGK and numerous Croatia’s companies are against Tolusic’s rules (Jutarnji list)
Montenegro
• They know each other so they exchange insults (Dnevne novine)
fYROM
• Greek FM Kotzias to visit Skopje on 31 August (MIA)
• SDSM: The refugee strategy is a continuation of the one that was adopted in 2008 (Meta)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Iranian regime’s Balkans-centered efforts under scrutiny (Iran News Update)
• Republic of Macedonia Eyes NATO to Ward Off Russian Interference (Bloomberg)

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Belgrade Media Report 07 August

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 7 August 2017
LOCAL PRESS

• Serbia marks Storm in Novi Sad (Beta)
• Selakovic: Serbia, RS preparing declaration on joint activities for survival of Serbian people (RTS)
• Brnabic: We do not understand how one can celebrate Storm (RTS/Tanjug)
• Stefanovic, Dacic react to Plenkovic’s statement (Beta/Tanjug/RTS)
• Dodik: Together with Vucic, I am writing plan for protection of all Serbs (Novosti)
• Djuric: We will do everything so that Kosovo is not admitted to Interpol (TV Pink)
• Serbia warns of possible counter-measures against Croatia (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Covic: I will confront those who might try to create unitary or state of one people in B&H (Glas Srpske)
• Dodik: B&H politicians must clearly say that the return process is over (Srna)
• Veritas: More than seven thousand killed in Croatian Army operations (Srna)
• Ivantsov: Conditioning such as ‘either EU or Russia’ is not fair (Nezavisne)
Croatia
• Grabar Kitarovic: 5 August one of most important dates for Croatia (Hina)
• Plenkovic: Storm prevented a new Srebrenica (Hina)
• Croatian Minister of Agriculture: Measures apply to 168 countries, not only the region (N1)
fYROM
• Government accepted text for the Law for the languages, what follow is a phase of consultations and explanations (Meta)
• Zaev: The law promotes the use of the languages of all communities in Macedonia (Meta)
• VMRO-DPMNE will not support the Law for languages as it is contrary to the Constitution (Meta)
• Xhaferi has called for local elections and has stated that all participants must obey the laws (Meta)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• In Balkans speech, Trump’s VP pledges allegiance to the swamp (RT)
• Macedonia’s Albanian Language Law Moves Towards Adoption (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 4 August

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 4 August 2017

LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic: It was West that drew our borders, not Moscow (Novosti)
• Drecun: Pristina a base for Albanian mafia (RTS)
• Admitting Kosovo in Interpol a dangerous precedent (Tanjug)
• SRS: Vucic needs to state what is the new path for Serbia (Beta)
• Sheholi: Dialogue leads to progress (Blic)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Croatia marks Oluja, while Serb(ian)s say operation is disgrace, crime (N1)
• Ivanic, Vucic meet in Belgrade (BHT1/TV1)
• Sarovic calls on EC to react to Croatia’s decision on increase of fees (TV1)
• Covic: We must meet obligations re Transport Community by end of this month and re Questionnaire by end of November (Dnevni avaz)
fYROM
• Taravari: The Law on Languages will pass during the first 100 days of this government (Meta)
• Baily: The Law on Languages should fall within the guidelines of the Ohrid Framework Agreement (Meta)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Russia urges US to stop vilifying its policy in Balkans (TASS)

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