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UNMIK Headlines 31 May

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Political parties to officially launch election campaign today (Telegrafi)
CEC criticized for “unjustifiable failures” (Koha Ditore)
Slovenian Peterle to lead EU election observing mission (Koha Ditore)
Apostolova would like to see TV debate between leading candidates (Kallxo)
U.S. Embassy to engage observers on Election Day (Koha Ditore)
Around 4,000 citizens from Serbia to vote in Kosovo elections (Zëri)
European Parliament allows Kosovo’s participation in EU programs (Epoka)

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OSCE Broadcast 30 May

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• A number of online media do not respect Code of Ethics (Most monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• ‘Fragile’ situation in north involves OSCE in 11 June elections (KTV)
• EU deploys Election Observation Mission to Kosovo (Most monitored broadcasters, RTK1)
• PDK-AAK-Nisma coalition conditions participation in media debates (KTV)
• Tahiri refutes Vucic regarding Police in Kosovo north (KTV)
• CEC and MEST sign Memorandum of Cooperation on elections (Most monitored broadcasters, TV21)
• Lunacek: EP gives green light to Kosovo for participation in EU programs (KTV)

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Belgrade Media Report 30 May

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LOCAL PRESS

• Special parliament session scheduled (Beta/Tanjug)
• Vucic holds last news conference as prime minister (B92)
• Vucic: Three options for prime minister (TV Pink)
• Dacic: Dedication to European integration, good neighborly relations (RTS/Beta)
• Macedonian ambassador to Serbia to be summoned (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Cubrilovic: DNS will not support removal of RS government (ATV)
• B&H Constitutional Court to meet in early June, official agenda does not include Bosniak VNI (Vecerjni list)
Montenegro
• A demarche to Gritsay: Montenegrin diplomat was hardly allowed to help Vukovic (CDM)
• Brajovic expects Moscow to apologize for detaining Vukovic (CDM)
• Russian Embassy admitted: There is a list of Montenegrin officials declared persona non grata (CDM)
• Moscow brings down opposition agreement in Herceg Novi (Pobjeda)
fYROM
• President Ivanov meets EU diplomats, calls for opening of EU accession talks (Republika)
• Xhaferi opened parliament session in Albanian language (MIA)
• Xhaferi held a coordination meeting with the exception of VMRO-DPMNE (Republika)
• Gruevski says new government created to satisfy ambitions of party leaders (Republika)
Albania
• Council of Europe will support free and fair elections in Albania (ATA)
• CEC, lot drawn for parties ranking in ballot paper (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Trump’s Presidency Keeps US Balkan Policy Unchanged (BIRN)
• Could Balkan nations become the new hotbeds of Islamist extremism? (DW)
• Albania Socialist Party Launches Election Program to Bring EU Membership Closer (PRNewswire)

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Could Balkan nations become the new hotbeds of Islamist extremism? (DW)

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Muslim communities in the Balkans are facing a growing problem – Islamist radicalism. Both the US and Germany have voiced concerns about extremism taking root in a region still struggling to heal war wounds. http://bit.ly/2rAyMWY

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PDK promises visa liberalisation in 2018 (Insajderi)

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Deputy leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Enver Hoxhaj, said in an interview aired on Klan Kosova that he believed visa liberalisation will happen in 2018. “I don’t wish to mention dates but I believe that in January of 2018 citizens will be able to travel without visas,” Hoxhaj said.

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Haradinaj reaffirms promise for visa liberalisation in 90 days (Koha)

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Candidate for prime minister from the coalition between the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) and Initiative for Kosovo (NISMA), Ramush Haradinaj, reaffirmed his promise that if elected, Kosovo would gain visa liberalisation in 90 days. He said in a Facebook post that he stands by his promise […]

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Citizens with Serbian documents face problems in Kosovo (Kontakt plus radio)

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Deputy Kosovo Interior Minister Milan Radojević says that Kosovo border police, at some crossings, do not recognize Serbian documents. Radojević told Kontakt plus radio that dozens of citizens with these documents, late last and early this month, submitted a complaint to the Kosovo Ministry of Internal Affairs because they were refused entry to or exit […]

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OSCE conference discusses challenges of online media in Kosovo (Kosovapress)

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The OSCE organised a conference on the state of online media in Kosovo where panelists identified misleading news and hate speech as being the main challenges, Kosovapress reported. Xhevahire Izmaku, chair of the assembly commission on media, said there are hundreds of online media in Kosovo whose ownership and funding are unknown. She also said […]

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Vučić: I will not give up Kosovo, but… (Serbian media)

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Outgoing prime minister and elected president of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić answered question during interview with Belgrade based TV Pink about the Government, Kosovo, NATO, Kalabić, Stepinac, labour costs, Clinical Center Niš, inauguration and protests … Among other things, he said last night that Serbia’s EU path is very important but there are no aspirations to […]

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Dačić: Government to continue to fight for sovereignty, integrity (B92)

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The government will “continue to fight to preserve sovereignty and territorial integrity,” First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić said on Monday, reports Belgrade based B92 portal. Dačić said during the marking of Serbian Diplomacy Day in Belgrade that Serbia remains commitment to EU integration, good neighbourly relations, and military neutrality. According to remarks […]

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Shots fired at the office of the mayor of Leposavić/Leposaviq (Danas, KoSSev)

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Shots were fired on Monday night about 22 hours on the building of the Center for Social Work in Leposavić/Leposaviq, in which cabinet of the mayor Dragan Jablanović is placed, reports portal kossev.info. Shots were fired and on offices of the Party of Kosovo Serbs, say Jablanović’s cabinet and announce that the mayor will have […]

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Kosovo Serb Pleads Not Guilty to War Crimes (Balkan Insight)

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Zoran Vukotic, a Kosovo Serb extradited from Montenegro last year and charged with war crimes against ethnic Albanian civilians in 1999, pleaded not guilty at the first hearing on Monday in Mitrovica Basic Court. http://bit.ly/2rOoum0

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