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Belgrade Media Report 25 June

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Problems will be solved in peace, I’ll address nation (RTS)
• Mogherini on the talks: Intensifying of work agreed (B92)
• Dacic: The issue of Kosovo is not a done deal (RTS, Tanjug)
• Mihajlovic: It is important to intensify dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina (Tanjug)
• Ljajic: It’s no secret that Serbia is absolutely ready for a compromise (RTS, Tanjug)
• Serbia to open two more chapters in EU accession talks (B92)
• Interview with Zoran Zaev: I believe referendum will succeed (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Serb political parties from RS reach agreement on joint Serb list for upcoming general elections in Federation of B&H (FTV)
• Dodik: I am not interested in election of Bosniak member of B&H Presidency, each people should have its authentic representative (Dnevni list)
• Council of Europe delegation to visit B&H and urge politicians to find way to hold local elections in Mostar (Vecernji list)
• Dodik: British who arrived in B&H are specialists for destabilization (ATV)
• Assistant Secretary of State Mitchell: Common goal of USA and EU is to reform Western Balkans (Dnevni list)

Croatia
• Pope Francis, Trump, Putin and others congratulate Croatia’s Statehood Day (Hina)

Montenegro
• Brajovic: Opposition should tell us about its plans (Pobjeda)

fYROM
• Macedonia expects EU talks date, NATO invitation following Greece’s consent (MIA)
• Sekerinska sends letter to NATO counterparts asking support for Macedonia’s membership invitation (MIA)
• Greece to send letters to EU and NATO today (MIA)

Albania
• Albania-Greece ready for a maritime agreement (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Kotzias: Europe must keep its word to North Macedonia and Albania (EURACTIV)

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Belgrade Media Report 22 June 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 22 June 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic says will go to Brussels, not optimistic due to statements from Pristina these days (Beta)
• Djuric and Arifi today in Brussels, mediator Angelina Einhorst (RTS)
• Vucic thanks Liberia for decision on Kosovo, invites President Weah to visit (Beta)
• Dacic: At least 10 countries reexamining their recognition (Tanjug)
• German Ambassador: We support both sides in Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta)
• Tadic: In Vucic’s Serbia it is no longer possible to tell the truth from the lies (Danas)
• “Now what” – Serbian minister asks Europe (TV Pink)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Federation of B&H HoR adopts amendments to Law on Constituencies and Number of Mandates in Federation of B&H Parliament (TV1)
• Operational HQ for Issue of Migrations in B&H discusses activities and measures in dealing with influx of migrants (TV1)
• RS President Dodik: RS will not accept stationing of migrants who were intentionally let into B&H (N1)
• Covic: I consider that EU will not adopt any decision that would result in creating migrant centers on B&H territory (TV1)

Montenegro
• Montenegro must face the migrant crisis bravely (CDM)

fYROM
• May: Agreement with Greece opens doors to EU and NATO for Macedonia (Meta)
• Athens Mayor Kaminis to visit Skopje today (MIA)
• Sugareski: No refugee camps will be built on Macedonian soil (MIA)

Albania
• Netherlands blocks Accession Talks for Albania (ADN)
• Fleckenstein: Germany will say ‘yes’ to the opening of negotiations (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• VMRO-DPMNE calls for a coup (IBNA)

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Belgrade Media Report 21 June 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 21 June 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Frozen conflict “no solution for Kosovo” (B92)
• MPs in the Parliament comment statement by the PM regarding KiM (RTS)
• Vucic: There’s no stick that can make me listen to rubbish (B92)
• Djuric: We are going to Brussels to fight for Serbia (RTS)
• Djuric: Kosovo isn’t Thaci’s to give away (Tanjug)
• Liberia annuls letter of recognition of Kosovo (B92)
• Dacic: Thaci wants to set borders because they do not exist (Beta, Tanjug)
• Objections to Serbia in the EU Progress Report (RTS)
• Dacic: We have not congratulated Macedonia because there is nothing to congratulate (Beta)
• Vucic with Croatian envoy: Missing persons most important humanitarian issue (B92, Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Federation of B&H HoR adopts amendments to Law on Constituencies and Number of Mandates in Federation of B&H Parliament (N1)
• Izetbegovic: Opportunity for temporary solution missed because of HDZ B&H’s rejection (Dnevni list)
• RTRS claims to have documents of foreign intelligence agencies which prove that foreigners meddle in internal politics in B&H (RTRS)
• Ivantsov: Opinions about Russian influence in B&H are just malicious (RTRS)
• EC submits more than 600 follow-up questions to B&H (TV1)

Croatia
• US and Croatia discuss global security and Europe’s energy diversification (Hina)

Montenegro
• Hahn welcomed Becic and Abazovic (CDM)
• Becic and Abazovic want radical reform of the election law (Pobjeda)

fYROM
• Parliament sends name deal to Ivanov (MIA)
• Dimitrov: President is obliged to sign bill after second Parliament vote (MIA)
• Ivanov: I stick to my position on name agreement, initiate impeachment procedure (MIA)
• Macedonia’s invitation to be officially discussed at the NATO Summit in Brussels (MIA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• EU Ministers approve Albania’s accession negotiations (Top Channel)

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Belgrade Media Report 20 June 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 20 June 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: “Vucic made brave move – before, Kosovo was Serbia, period” (Tanjug)
• DSS: Brnabic’s statement scandalous (Danas)
• Vucic wonders if Albanians would like piece of Hungary, too (Tanjug)
• Ljajic: Hoti’s adventurous border mapping (RTS)
• The new format of Kosovo dialogue includes America and Russia, Germans looking for a special negotiator instead of Mogherini (Blic)
• Vulin: KFOR is Serbia’s sole partner in securing administrative line between Serbia and Kosovo (Beta)
• Idea to build migrant camp in Balkans “taken off table” (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Representatives of SDA, SBB, SDP and DF in Federation of B&H HoR sign proposal of law on constituencies and number of mandates in Federation of B&H Parliament (FTV)
• Croat politicians slam Proposal of Law on Constituencies in Federation of B&H (Vecernji list)
• CEC of B&H organizes conference ahead of elections (Hayat)
• B&H Minister of Security Mektic informs EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs about migrant crisis in B&H (N1)
• Map with placement of 34,000 migrants (Dnevni list)

Croatia
• PM applauds EC’s decision to remain neutral on Slovene lawsuit (HRT)
• Prime Minister hosts Dragan Covic in Zagreb (HRT)

Montenegro
• “We will not be in the working group of the US Embassy” (RTCG)
• Becic and Abazovic with Han today (RTCG)

fYROM
• MPs give green light for the fast-tracking of Agreement with Greece (Meta)
• Zaev: Citizens to have the final say; If necessary, impeachment of Ivanov (MIA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Serbia Fails to Welcome Macedonia-Greece Name Deal (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 19 June 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 19 June 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic and Thaci on Sunday in a new round of dialogue in Brussels (RTS, Tanjug)
• FM says Serbia is aware of Pristina’s “secret list” (TV Prva, B92)
• Hoti stirring up Fascist dreams of a Greater Albania (B92)
• Kosovo problem should be solved quickly – German ambassador (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• RS President Dodik and Serbian Minister of Defense Vulin discuss improvement of cooperation in field of defense (TV1)
• Komsic: Serbia is ‘arming’ Dodik’s separatist regime (TV1)
• HDZ 1990, HSP B&H and HS sign agreement on joint participation of these parties in upcoming elections (FTV)
• SDP Presidency welcomes Venice Commission’s opinion that election of Federation of B&H HoP delegates can be regulated at entity level (Dnevni list)
• SDS sends proposal of amendments to Law on Excise Duties through urgent procedure (BN TV, TV1)

Croatia
• EU remains neutral in Croatia-Slovenia arbitration dispute (Hina)
• US Assistant Secretary of State to visit Croatia (Hina)

fYROM
• Macedonia in EU remains fYROM: spokesperson (MIA)
• Berlin urges all sides to support Athens-Skopje agreement (MIA)
• FM Dimitrov: EU’s political focus on region shouldn’t be sidelined (MIA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Slovenia to sue fellow EU member Croatia over border ruling (Reuters)

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Belgrade Media Report 18 June 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 18 June 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Mogherini expects Vucic, Thaci to join dialogue on community of Serb municipalities, final agreement (Beta)
• Hahn: Positive development in atmosphere in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina (Tanjug)
• Pristina is shunning dialogue, says Serbian official (Tanjug)
• Vulin: Slovakia’s decision not to recognize Kosovo’s independence a token of friendship (Beta)
• France wishes the EU-brokered talks between Belgrade and Pristina to continue as soon as possible (Beta)
• Brnabic: EU should pressure pristine into applying Brussels agreement (Tanjug)
• Vucic accuses Jeremic of undermining Serbian authorities before talks with Kosovo (VIP)
• Dacic: Goal of false news is to destabilize and weaken Serbia’s position over Kosovo (RTS)
• Dacic: We must see Trump – but it’s going to cost us (B92)
• DS decided to participate in the formation of the “Alliance for Serbia” (RTS)
• EU deliberately hinders Serbia’s progress? (Vecernje Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• RS President Dodik and Serbian President Vucic meet in Belgrade (RTRS)
• Comments on the “Position of US with regard to MAP Activation for B&H” (RTRS)
• SDA, SBB B&H, SDP, DF, ‘Nasa Stranka’ to propose to Federation of B&H Parliament law on constituencies and number of mandates in Federation of B&H Parliament (TV1)
• Croat officials reject agreement reached by SDA, SBB B&H, SDP, DF and Our Party (Dnevni list)
• Political parties in RS fail to reach agreement on formation of single Serb list in Federation of B&H for upcoming general elections (N1)
• Prices of fuel in B&H will decrease (FTV, RTRS)

Montenegro
• Return to the Parliament (CDM)

fYROM
• Macedonia, Greece sign historic deal ending long-running name dispute (MIA)
• The implementation of the Agreement with Greece begins (MIA)
• Zaev: The country proud of choosing ‘uniting’ solution (MIA)
• UN’s Nimetz: Name deal required wise leadership and strategic vision (MIA)
• EU’s Mogherini: Name agreement ‘an inspiration’ for many in the region (MIA)
• VMRO-DPMNE stages rally in Bitola against name agreement (MIA)
• Hahn: It is inappropriate for the president to refuse a conversation with the prime minister, responsibility is needed (Meta)
• Borisov and Zaharieva cancel meetings with Ivanov (Meta)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Erdogan’s “Trojan Horse” In Macedonia (MEO)

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Belgrade Media Report 14 June 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 14 March 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Serbian opposition accuses Vucic of preparing unrest in Kosovo (VIP)
• Brnabic: Vucic is fighting for the compromise and security of citizens (RTS)
• Vucic pleads with Germans to “hear Serbia out” (Tanjug)
• Czaputowicz: Both Serbia and Kosovo should be EU members (Beta)
• EP draft report calls for advancing rule of law, media independence, aligning foreign policy (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: 40 UK intelligence officers come to B&H masked into military unit and will be tasked to wiretap, monitor and draft information for media (RTRS)
• Ivanic too votes for path to NATO (Vecernje Novosti)
• Fuel prices expected to be reduced both in Federation of B&H and RS (N1)

Croatia
• President wants to chair EU together with Prime Minister (Hina)

fYROM
• Address of President Ivanov over Macedonia-Greece name agreement (MIA)
• Government: Citizens, not Ivanov, deciding on Macedonia’s future (MIA)
• PM Zaev: Government obliged to enable citizens to present their opinion on name agreement (MIA)
• FM Lavrov hopes name deal will be supported by the people of Macedonia and Greece (MIA)
• Joint press statement by NATO Secretary General and European Council President on solution to name dispute (MIA)
• Austria’s Kurz says sees clear prospect for Macedonia in EU (MIA)
• Slovenia’s President Pahor hails Macedonia name deal (MIA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Main opposition escalating attack on government deal with Skopje (IBNA)
• Macedonians Protest Against Name Deal with Greece (BalkanInsight)

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Belgrade Media Report 13 June 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 13 March 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• President Appeals: Do not join the Army of Kosovo (MONDO, Tanjug)
• Vulin: Setting up Kosovo army is unacceptable for Serbia (Beta)
• Vucic’s Cabinet: We did not get a call for dialogue (Tanjug)
• “Angry at himself” for allowing highway blockade” (VIP)
• Vucic wishes happy Russia day to the country’s citizens, President (RTS, Tanjug, VIP)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Head of OSCE Berton: Crisis is not inevitable, Election Law can be resolved within an hour (Dnevni list)
• OHR stances are in collision with Federation of B&H Constitution and Election Law (Vecernji list)
• Federation of B&H Minister Vujanovic and fuel distributors agree on reducing fuel prices in Federation of B&H no later than by end of week (FTV)
• Protests over increased fuel prices continue in RS, RS Government to discuss this issue on Thursday (BNTV)

Montenegro
• They respect and value Vujanovic’s work (RTCG)

fYROM
• Zaev: No longer fYROM, the name Republic of Northern Macedonia has been agreed on (Meta)
• Zaev: Implementation of the name deal (MIA)
• Zaev refers to minority issue in name deal, possibility of early elections (MIA)
• Republic of North Macedonia with Macedonian language and identity (MIA)
• No one has the right to hinder Macedonian future: Zaev and Dimitrov tell Ivanov (MIA)
• UN’s Nimetz welcomes name deal (MIA)
• EU’s Mogherini: EU to open accession negotiations with Macedonia (MIA)
• Leaders and officials congratulate Athens and Skopje over name agreement (MIA)
• MEP Vajgl: Name deal opens Macedonia’s road to EU, NATO membership (MIA)
• Mickoski: Opposition VMRO-DPMNE views the name deal as ‘capitulation’ (MIA)
• VMRO-DPMNE’s Mickoski calls for urgent meeting with Ivanov and Zaev (MIA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Greek PM faces domestic backlash over Macedonia name deal (Reuters)

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Belgrade Media Report 12 June

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic discusses attacks on Serbs in Kosovo with U.N. official (Beta)
• UNMIK will continue in Kosovo, say UN officials (B92)
• Djuric meets with U.N. representatives (Beta)
• Chepurin: Crimea is Russia; Kosovo is Serbia (Politika)
• Protests against fuel price increase continue (VIP)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Talks of political leaders on Election Law of B&H expected to continue this week (N1)
• SNSD’s Petrovic: SNSD, DNS and SP RS launch initiative for formation of joint Serb list in Federation of B&H (RTRS)
• Izetbegovic announces ‘purge’ in SDA’s membership; Bringing Kosovo and RS in connection is merely a message for the IC (Dnevni avaz)
• Dodik popular, Ivanic moderate (EuroBlic)
• Drivers block traffic in Banja Luka, Mostar out of protest against high fuel price (N1)

Croatia
• Dacic says developing good bilateral relations in interest of Serbia, Croatia (Hina)
• Deadline approaching for EU’s response to Slovenia’s complaint against Croatia (Hina)
Montenegro
• Support for reforms and upcoming membership (RTCG)
fYROM
• Agreement on Northern Macedonia, signing over the weekend in Prespa (MIA)
• Construction of Macedonia-Kosovo border crossing kicks off (MIA)
Albania
• Fleckenstein: Five key priorities have been fulfilled (ADN)
• Wadephul: Albania has not fulfilled priorities (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES
• Greek coalition partner will not back name deal that includes term ‘Macedonia’ (Ekathimerini)

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Belgrade Media Report 11 June 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 11 June 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Djuric: The international community to react due to the war rhetoric of Haradinaj (RTS)
• Vulin: You’ll have no army – now go back to fighting old ladies (Tanjug)
• New Rambouillet (Danas)
• Vucic: Location of conference on Kosovo not important, only proposal content (RTS)
• Vucic: I expect dialogue with Pristina to continue by June’s end (Beta)
• Scott: U.S. role in Belgrade – Pristina talks depends on other partners (Beta)
• Mihajlovic: Russia is in the heart, but Europe is in the head (Blic)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Announcement on deployment of UK troops to B&H ahead of general elections sparks reactions (RTRS)
• Ferguson: Politicians are hiding their incompetence by populism (EuroBlic)

Croatia
• Croatian President to Meet EU and NATO Officials (Hina)

fYROM
• Government united, committed to provide better future for citizens of Macedonia (MIA)
• Vice-Premier Osmani seeks support of opposition VMRO-DPMNE for new reform plan (MIA)
• NATO membership – recognition of Macedonia’s achievements (MIA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES
• Vucic will be ready to talk with Pristina after the National Museum opening (IBNA)

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Belgrade Media Report 08 June 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 8 June 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: You think Albanians won’t move to occupy North? (B92/Beta)
• Kocijancic: No date for Vucic-Thaci dialogue, 7 June technical meeting was not even scheduled (Beta)
• Joksimovic: EU seriously counts on Serbia (Beta/Tanjug)
• Vucic, Chepurin discuss Kosovo (Beta)
• Radojicic appointed Belgrade mayor (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Political parties fail to reach agreement on B&H Election Law (N1)
• Covic meets Cormack and Wigemark (Vecernji list)
• New round of negotiations on issue of local elections in Mostar held (TV1)
• B&H authorities meet to discuss influx of migrants (N1)
• B&H CEC ends process of verification of applications of political parties and independent candidates for participation in 2018 (FTV)
fYROM
• MoFA: Sustainable name solution far more important than any deadlines (MIA)
• Zaev: Name row settlement ‘anytime soon’ (MIA)
• Osmani: Preserving of Skopje-Athens confidence – vital for name row settlement (MIA)
• Kukan says constitution and language – most difficult issues in name talks (MIA)
• Baily: Name solution positive for Macedonia, Greece, entire region (MIA)
• Greek proposal Severna Makedonija, with no English translation, means completely new name of the state (MIA)
Albania
• US Ambassador meeting with Minister Xhafaj, what was discussed? (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• No Change Seen on Kosovo Under Spanish Socialists (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 07 June 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 7 June 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Tanin calls for stepped-up efforts to fight impunity (Tanjug/Beta)
• Kuburovic in UN: No open issue between Serbia and Mechanism (Beta)
• Selakovic: New date for resumption of dialogue today or tomorrow (RTS)
• If someone should join EU soon, it’s you, Serb brothers (Tanjug/B92)
• Ivanic: I take credit for biggest victory of Serb people before international judicial institutions (RTV)
• EU members regularly informed of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta)
• US Embassy: US did not submit any proposal related to Kosovo (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• PIC SB ends session in Sarajevo (N1/TV1/BHT1)
• Palmer: US vision about future of Western Balkans implies membership of Western Balkans countries in NATO and EU (BNTV)
• Ivanic: B&H Election Law is one of key issues that will burden political situation in B&H (BNTV/TV1)
• Operational HQ for Migration Issues in B&H convenes in Sarajevo (TV1)
• Galic: Migrant crisis – largest challenge since border police establishment (Srna)
fYROM
• Russia wishes for settlement of Athens-Skopje name issue (MIA)
• Mitchell: US applies ‘quiet diplomacy’ approach to resolving Athens-Skopje name dispute (MIA)
Albania
• Ruci receives Kosovo parliament delegation (ADN)
• Opposition warns further protests in parliament (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES
• Name talks push ahead as rallies in Greece protest compromise (ekatherini.com)

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