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Belgrade Media Report 08 June

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LOCAL PRESS

• Hahn-Vucic press conference (RTS/B92)
• Hahn talks with Dacic upon arrival in Belgrade (Tanjug)
• Vucic: I hope the EU will understand who wants dialogue (RTS/Beta)
• Drecun: Unity of Kosovo Serbs important more than ever (RTS)
• Brammertz: Regional cooperation heading in wrong direction (Tanjug/Beta/RTS)
• Backovic: Serbia committed to fight against impunity of crimes (Tanjug)
SNS Presidency: Support to prime minister designate proposed by Vucic (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• PIC SB calls on B&H authorities improve overall political atmosphere in the country (FTV)
• Zvizdic held a meeting with Head of the EP Delegation for Relations with B&H and Kosovo (Hayat)
• Zvizdic met with US Deputy Assistant Secretary Hoyt Brian Yee (Hayat)
• Dodik and Radojicic meet Eichhorst (RTRS)
• Hellbach: We want to save Western Balkans from political elites (Nezavisne)
Croatia
• HNS changes mind on entering into coalition with HDZ (N1)
• HNS demands three ministries (Hina)
Montenegro
• Austerity measures or debt crisis (RTCG)
• Indictment against Mandic and Knezevic validated (Dan)
• NATO and EU mustn’t allow Balkans to be Europe’s “soft underbelly” (Dnevne novine)
fYROM
• Zaev to visit Brussels on Monday for talks with Mogherini, Hahn (MIA)
• Tsipras and Zaev in telephone call (MIA)
• Baily says US will support Macedonia in reaching a mutually acceptable solution to the Greek issue (MIA)
• DM Sekerinska meets US, Croatian Ambassadors in separate meetings (MIA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• US Balkan Policy Will Eventually Catch Up With Reality (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 07 June

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LOCAL PRESS

Dacic: We’ll apologize to Haradinaj if he doesn’t get fed in jail (B92/Sputnik)
Dacic: Serbia expects the EU to value it adequately (RTS/Beta/Tanjug)
Vucic: Belgrade to resume dialogue with Pristina (Beta)
Ederer: EU not to import unresolved bilateral problems (RTS/Beta)
Relations with France on upward trend (Beta)
Joksimovic: Serbia viewed and assessed positively (Tanjug)
Hahn announces opening of two new chapters ahead of visiting Belgrade (RTS/Beta/Tanjug)
Vucic wraps up consultations; Pasztor, Zukorlic under impression that Vucic is under pressure (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
Members of B&H HoR Collegium address media after meeting PIC SB Ambassadors (Klix.ba)
PIC SB unanimously condemns announced concert of support to ICTY indictees (TV1)
Representatives of IC comment announced concert of support to Croat ICTY indictees in Mostar (TV1/Vijesti.ba)
Delegation of Vojvodina meets with RS President Dodik (RTRS)
B&H CoM adopts Platform for Peace (Hayat)
“Berlin Plus” to save B&H and the Balkans (Dnevni list)
On Balkans behind closed door (EuroBlic)
Croatia
Party chief says HNS won’t enter government (Hina)
Montenegro
NATO membership does not have anti-Russian nature (RTCG)
fYROM
Government initiates procedure for dismissal of Public Prosecutor Zvrlevski (MIA)
Hahn to send group of independent experts to Macedonia (MIA)
Albania
Basha: Mandate of technical minister is functioning properly (Klan)
Vetting process –Ad hoc Committee holds hearing session (ATA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

The Case For US Engagement In The Western Balkans (Huffington Post)
Montenegro’s accession to NATO a purely geopolitical project, won’t boost security – Lavrov (RT)
Russia: Moscow to respond to Montenegro’s NATO membership (Sputnik)
McCain: Powerful message that Russia will not determine the fate of the free peoples (VOA)

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Gorani seek dismissal of Adem Hoxha (KIM radio)

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Citizens’ Initiative of Gorani seek from the President of Serbia and the Government to dismiss president of the Interim body of the Government of Serbia for the municipality of Gora Adem Hoxha, because, as they say, abuse of the office and threats to Gorani, report KIM radio. KIM radio reports that the announcement of the […]

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Kosovars weary of politicians’ promises in election run-up (Reuters)

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Safet Tasholli, 46, earns seven euros a day selling wrapping paper to burger vendors in the eastern town of Ferizaj and hopes to join the one million Kosovars who live and work abroad. http://reut.rs/2rYW7B6

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Thaci concerned over incidents in the north (Klan Kosova)

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President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, expressed concern over reports of voter intimidation in the northern part of Kosovo in a meeting he had today with the chief observer of the EU Election Observation Mission in Kosovo, Alojz Peterle. Thaci thanked the EU for accepting his invitation to deploy an observation mission for Kosovo parliamentary elections […]

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Albanians in Skopje condemn PM’s stance on Kosovo’s UNESCO bid (Koha)

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The statement of Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Zoran Zaev that his country would opt to remain neutral regarding Kosovo’s bid to join UNESCO, has caused reaction among the Albanian community, reports Koha. Ejup Alimi, coordinator of the Democratic Union for Integration (BDI) parliamentary group, commented on Zaev’s statement saying […]

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Vucic “disagrees” Pristina is engaged in “campaign rhetoric” (B92)

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President Aleksandar Vucic met on Thursday in Belgrade with EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, reports Belgrade based B92. Vucic thanked Hahn for his dedication to the process of enlargement, and said several important tasks were ahead of Serbia. “I told our friend Hahn that several important tasks are ahead of […]

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Lunacek: PDK, LDK to tell their coalitions they’ve accepted demarcation deal (media)

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Ulrike Lunacek, the European Parliament’s Rapporteur on Kosovo, said in an interview to Deutsche Welle that whoever wins the upcoming national elections in Kosovo they will have to meet the two remaining criteria for visa liberalization. What do you expect from the upcoming elections in Kosovo? I expect that all candidates, regardless of their party […]

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EU hopes for Western Balkan common market deal by mid-2018 (EurActiv)

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The European Union hopes six Balkan countries will agree at a summit on July 12 in Italy to create a regional common market that could be working within a year, a top EU official said on Tuesday (6 June), in the bloc’s latest step to re-engage the region. http://bit.ly/2siKVzF

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Higher Serb turnout expected in the elections (N1)

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Analysts expect a higher turnout in Serbian areas in comparison with the previous elections, because unlike some previous elections there is no pressure to boycott the elections, reported N1. From NGO AKTIV based in northern Kosovo say they expect a higher turnout because there are no more organized pressure not to vote, but on the […]

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US Balkan Policy Will Eventually Catch Up With Reality (Balkan Insight)

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At some point, Washington will be forced to re-engage with the Balkans and work out a new policy that is in tune with political reality. Not everything about Donald Trump is unpredictable. At least towards the Balkans, his policy so far has be­en entirely consistent in its general indifference. Not only is the region irrelevant […]

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OSCE Broadcast 7 June

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• Braathu calls for respect of everyone’s right to vote freely (Most monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• Jablanovic: Srpska List is a criminal list (RTK1)
• Vucic calls EU and U.S to intervene about Association (Klan Kosova)
• Best preparations made for a smooth election process (KTV)
• PDK asks citizens to pledge for their votes (KTV)
• Indictment for tragic death of Xheneta Gashi expected (KTV)

- Thaçi: Elections will be fair, transparent and democratic
(Summary of Komiteti show – RTV Dukagjini)

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