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Belgrade Media Report 04 May

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic responds to Haradinaj’s threats: “I know who you are” (B92)
• The Russian MFA “took note of the aggressive remarks made by infamous Kosovo Albanian leader Ramush Haradinaj” (Tanjug)
• Vucic: I am not conducting a nationalist policy (Beta)
• Tadic: Macedonia should be left to solve its own problems, tone things down (Beta)
• Dacic: Even if I was next PM – I wouldn’t tell you (Tanjug)
• VBA Seizes a Cargo of Arms for Macedonia (Blic)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H HoP to discuss amendments to B&H Election Law proposed by HDZ B&H (FTV)
• Covic: We have prepared response in case that Election Law is not adopted (Nezavisne)
• SDA believes UN SC will ignore Dodik’s report; Cvijanovic: SDA is disruptive factor in B&H (Oslobodjenje, RTRS)
• Renegade four create caucus (Glas Srpske)
• In Srebrenica victory snaps over chairs (EuroBlic)

Croatia
• FinMin survives no-confidence vote, ex-SDP member Saucha votes against Maric’s dismissal (Hina)

Montenegro
• Montenegro a member of NATO once it submits its ratification to the USA (Pobjeda)

fYROM
• Xhaferi has sent a letter to Ivanov and expects him to act in accordance with the Constitution (Meta)
• VMRO-DPMNE does not recognize Talat Xhaferi as Speaker of the Parliament (MIA)
• Gruevski: The election of Xhaferi as Speaker is a dictatorial act; SDSM reacted (Meta)
• Ambassadors reassured Ahmeti of their support for the formation of the new government (Meta)
• Stoltenberg: Macedonian parliamentary majority has the right to form Government (Meta)
Albania
• Albania’s leaders end three-hour meeting on political deadlock (ATA)
• Basha: Speaking after the meeting on dialogue with PM Edi Rama (ATA)
• SMI elects new leadership (ATA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Andreja Mladenovic likely to become Belgrade’s new mayor (Sputnik)

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We Need to Putin-Proof the Balkans Now (Observer)

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Southeastern Europe is entering renewed crisis—and Moscow is fomenting more chaos at a dangerous time Friday brought good news for those who want Europe’s troubled Southeast to join Western security and political structures. Montenegro’s parliament officially approved the country’s invitation to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It wasn’t a slam-dunk—approval got 46 votes in […]

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Despite pressure, Kosovo hesitates to set border vote (Balkan Insight)

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Despite mounting international pressure on Kosovo to ratify the controversial border agreement with Montenegro, the government has yet to set a date for a vote in parliament. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-under-international-pressure-on-demarcation-agreement-05-04-2017#sthash.hPnO8868.dpuf

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Nationalist and religious ideologies want to use EU’s vacuum in Balkans (Lajmi)

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The President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci, said after his meeting with the Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, that nationalist and religious ideologies want to use EU’s vacuum in Balkans. “We understand that EU is tired with enlargement. However, the aspiration of Western Balkans countries to become part of the EU, should not suffer due to […]

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Blic: Weapons transported to Macedonia seized in Serbia (B92)

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Serbia’s Military-Security Agency (VBA) has seized a large quantity of weapons in the southern parts of the country. According to the daily Blic, the weapons were being transported illegally to Macedonia. It is assumed that the weapons were intended for “the party infrastructure of the biggest Albanian parties” whose officials took part in armed conflicts […]

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Rakic: International community to react to Haradinaj’s threats (KiM radio)

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North Mitrovica Mayor Goran Rakić says on the occasion of the latest threats of Ramush Haradinaj that it is not in the interest of the Albanian people also to be represented by those who advocate hatred and violence and called on the international community to respond to threats of Albanian leaders, which do not contribute […]

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KSF aims to increase community representation (Kosovapress)

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Kosovo Security Force Ministry presented a strategy today aimed at increasing participation of non-majority communities. KSF Minister, Haki Demolli, said on the occasion that their goal is to have a multiethnic force and that at present KSF has an 8 percent community representation. The strategy, he added, is supported by international partners, including the U.S., […]

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European Commission does not comment on new proposal for demarcation (Indeksonline)

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The European Commission does not comment on a recent proposal to add an annex to the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro, according to which the agreement would be reviewed after one year. Katarzyna Kolanko, from the Office of the European Commission, told the news website today that the Commission is aware about the importance of […]

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Vucic responds to Haradinaj’s threats: “I know who you are” (B92)

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Prime Minister and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday reacted to Ramush Haradinaj’s latest threats to say that he “knows very well who Haradinaj is.” The Kosovo Albanian politician and former KLA leader, wanted by Belgrade on war crimes charges, earlier advised Vucic not to “mess” with him or “play with Albanians.” “They are attacking us […]

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New Macedonian speaker brings Albanian flags to his office (B92)

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The newly elected Macedonian Assembly President Talat Xhaferi has received the keys to the cabinet where the seals for certification of documents are located. The new president of the parliament in Skopje can therefore officially take office and inform President Gjorge Ivanov that there is a new majority in parliament. Immediately after entering the cabinet, […]

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OSCE Broadcast 3 May

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• Seven cases of pressure and threats against journalists marked in 2017 (Most monitored broadcasters, TV21)
• Threats against journalists in Kosovo, still a concern (All monitored broadcasters, RTK1)
• AAB research: Kosovo media partly free (TV21)
• O’Connell: Freedom of expression and free press – basis of democracy (KTV)
• Judiciary urged to be more efficient in treating cases of attacks against journalists (RTK1)
• Stojanovic promises to return over 19.000 Serbs in Kosovo (Klan Kosova)
• There are doubts that citizens of other Kosovo parts are paying electricity bills of north (KTV)
• Kurti: Police is intentionally not arresting me (KTV)
• Hoxhaj: Demarcation with Montenegro is a matter of days (All monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• Minister of European Integration does not allow journalists’ questions (Most monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• Judiciary, prosecution and public procurement key areas of corruption (KTV)
• Albanian school in north attempted to be set on fire (Klan Kosova)

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UNMIK Headlines 4 May

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• Demarcation not included in the Assembly agenda (media)
• PDK’s election scenario (Zeri)
• Zemaj: Voices for coalition breakup have no decision-making powers (Epoka)
• Montenegro ready to support Kosovo in integration processes (Zeri)
• Freedom of the media in Kosovo is deteriorating (Koha)
• Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström to visit Pristina today (media)
• Kosovo not recognising Serbia-issued passports for Kosovo Serbs (RFE/RTK)
• Azemi: Situation in the north could escalate (Klan Kosova)
• Prosecutor doesn’t appeal, Haradinaj won’t be arrested in France (Lajmi)
• Xhaferi: If Ivanov refuses, Parliament will elect government (Koha)

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