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Belgrade Media Report 05 May

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LOCAL PRESS

• FM wants status of Russian-Serbian Center “solved” (Politika)
• Joksimovic, Djuric tell EU ambassadors that Serbia expects more active, clearer EU (Beta)
• Serbia delivers non-paper to EU regarding “Greater Albania” (Vecernje Novosti)
• Zaev: Macedonia will be neutral in vote on Kosovo’s admission to UNESCO (Prva TV)
• Nikolic: Serbia will back African union’s candidate for Director-General of WTO (Beta)
• Joksimovic discusses EU accession, reforms with U.N. Coordinator (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Members of Bosniak Caucus in B&H HoP invoke mechanism of protection of vital national interest because of amendments to B&H Election Law proposed by HDZ B&H (TV1)
• RS President Dodik: Only RS has legitimacy to function (Narodne novine)
• RS President Dodik meets Head of Srebrenica Municipality Grujicic, says SNSD will again form parliamentary majority in Srebrenica (RTRS)

Croatia
• The leader of the Bridge party, Bozo Petrov, stepped down (Hina)

Montenegro
• Germany’s instrument of acceptance Montenegro’s NATO accession deposited (CDM)

fYROM
• Mogherini-Xhaferi: The role of the Speaker needs to be above party and ethnic interests (Meta)
• Ahmeti – Zbogar: Now it’s up to Ivanov and there is no going back (Meta)
• USA: Those who committed organized or ordered acts of violence must be held accountable (Meta)
• SDSM leader Zaev meets US Ambassador Baily (MIA)

Albania
• Embassy of Netherlands: Elections should be held in line with international standards, with participation of all parties (ATA)
• Second Rama-Basha meeting at president’s office (ADN)
• Meta asks European Parliament to send observation mission for parliamentary elections (ATA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Political Parallels: Will Macedonia Repeat Ukraine’s Painful Mistakes? (Sputnik)

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Thaci meets urgently Veseli to discuss motion of no-confidence (gazetametro)

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 The President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci held an urgent meeting with the President of the Assembly of Kosovo, Kadri Veseli. Gazeta Metro reports that Thaci left immediately after his speech at the meeting with civil society representatives on the draft regulation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to meet Veseli and discuss opposition parties’ submission […]

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Vetevendosje protesters damage official vehicles (Lajmi.net)

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Activists of Vetevendosje movement are protesting in front of the Ministry of Justice, seeking justice for Astrit Dehari, who according to the official version, committed suicide in prison, six months ago. Activists of this movement have painted official vehicles with the inscription “Justice for Astrit.”

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Protection Demanded for Serb War Victims’ Memorial (Balkan Insight)

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An association representing families of Serbs killed during the Kosovo war said a display of victims’ photographs outside the Serbian parliament needed protection, and called for a permanent memorial. The Association of Families of Kidnapped and Murdered Civilians, Soldiers and Policemen in Kosovo from 1998 until 2000 will hang a black ribbon on the huge […]

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Serbia delivers non-paper to EU with four requests (Večernje Novosti)

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Minister without Portfolio in charge of EU integration Jadranka Joksimović and Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Đurić met with ambassadors of EU member-states in Belgrade on Thursday. The ambassadors were informed about the current situation in the region, positions of Belgrade regarding the open threats and negative reactions towards Serbia as […]

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President Thaci: We need to close the chapter of war (media)

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All media report on Kosovo President Hashim Thaci’s meeting with civil society representatives on the draft regulation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “Civil society has contributed to all these projects and has made valuable experience. It can provide valuable recommendations for the Project of the Commission for Truth and Reconciliation. Also encouraging is the […]

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Greater Albania – bogeyman or a pipe dream? (DW)

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The idea of Greater Albania – uniting all Albanians in one state – is once again a hot topic in the Balkans. While leaders in Pristina and Tirana deny pan-Albanian ambitions, their recent statements have caused alarm. http://www.dw.com/en/greater-albania-bogeyman-or-a-pipe-dream/a-38705227

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Opposition submits no-confidence motion against government (Kosovapress/Koha)

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Kosovo opposition parties officially filed the request for motion of no confidence against the government.  Representatives of the Initiative for Kosovo (NISMA), Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) and Vetevendosje submitted to the Assembly this morning the no-confidence motion containing signatures of 42 MPs, including several from the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK). […]

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Kosovo needs a new beginning (EurActiv)

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Kosovo Assembly President and leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Kadri Veseli, writes in an op-ed ahead of the Western Balkans Six summit set to take place in July that in Kosovo too much time has been spent on the border demarcation with Montenegro and the Association/Community of Serb-majority municipalities which, although agreed […]

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Belgrade expects EU’s “greater engagement” in region (media)

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Greater engagement from Brussels is expected regarding the situation in the region, Serbian officials have told EU ambassadors. Minister without Portfolio in charge of EU integration Jadranka Joksimovic and Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric met with ambassadors of EU member-states in Belgrade on Thursday. Joksimovic said at a press conference […]

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OSCE Broadcast 4 May

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• Assembly Committee recommends to Assembly adoption of the draft law on KSF (RTK1)
• Government announces new dialogue format, opposition calls for early elections (KTV)
• Sweden urges Kosovo to ratify demarcation (All monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• PDK and LDK MPs exchange accusations (All monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• All agree about early elections, only few take concrete steps (RTK1)
• Draft Law on Disciplinary Liability for Judges and Prosecutors amended (KTV)

- Only LDK against early elections
(Summary of Klan Kosova – Zona B show)

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UNMIK Headlines 5 May

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Kosovo wants dialogue to enter the final phase (Lajmi/RFE)
Swedish FM Wallstrӧm visits Kosovo (dailies)
Limaj: We have the signatures to bring down the government (Lajmi)
Lekaj: The government will be brought down, it is a done deal (Indeksonline)
Trendafilova: First indictments expected soon (Koha Ditore/DW)
Law on KSF to be sent to Assembly (Kosova Sot)

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