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Belgrade Media Report 13 June

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LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic: Kosovo, biggest security challenge (Beta)
• Gojkovic: Serbia committed to policy of military neutrality (Tanjug/Beta)
• Hlavsova: Czech Republic strongly supports continuation of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta)
• EP: EU to open new chapters, Serbia makes considerable progress in talks with Pristina (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Tegeltija: Political pressures on work of judiciary in B&H has never been stronger (BHT1)
• B&H HoR CLAC refuses to adopt information on situation in B&H judiciary (EuroBlic)
• Two-day conference on terrorism underway in Sarajevo (BHT1)
Croatia
• Foreign Minister Stier resigns (Jutarnji list)
• Marija Pejcinovic Buric to be named Foreign Minister (HRT)
fYROM
• Hahn: Firstly a positive report by the EC is necessary and then approval from all 27 member states will be needed for negotiations to start (Meta)
• Stoltenberg: NATO remains on the stance from Bucharest – firstly, the dispute with the name has to be solved (Meta)
Albania
• MoFA hails Kosovo elections: A fair and competitive process, solid proof of consolidated democracy (ATA)
• Basha hails elections in Kosovo: Further consolidation of democratic standards (ATA)
• Judicial reform in Albania will move forward, states U.S. Embassy in Tirana (ATA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Macedonia considers using provisional name to join Nato (The Financial Times)
• New Macedonian government boldly demands Brussels’ attention (DW)

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Haradinaj: Mutual recognition a condition for the dialogue; Dačić: You know what Serbia thinks of Haradinaj (media)

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Most online media in Kosovo and Serbia reported on an interview of Tirana based Top Chanel with Ramush Haradinaj, candidate for Prime Minister, saying that when it comes to Kosovo-Serbia talks there is one condition and that is Belgrade’s recognition of Kosovo’s independence. He further argued that the framework of talks was wrong because it […]

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EU observation mission: Elections in Kosovo, generally peaceful (media)

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The EU observers said in a press conference today that 11 June elections in Kosovo were generally peaceful. Head of the observers’ team, Alojz Peterle, however noted that a number of problems were present in these elections, namely inaccurate lists of voters, family voting, an increased presence of political party observers, voting of diaspora members, […]

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Daka: Many reasons behind invalid ballots (Koha/RFE)

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Valdete Daka, head of the Central Election Commission (CEC) said in an interview for Radio Free Europe that all election votes have been counted except for conditional ones and those from the Diaspora. She said the final results would be announced after review and verification of all election material and of complaints filed with the […]

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How may Kosovo elections affect demarcation with Montenegro? (European Western Balkans)

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The issue of demarcation between Montenegro and Kosovo will remain at a standstill for a time, after the Kosovo elections. However, later on, a way would be found for the Demarcation Agreement to be ratified in the Kosovo parliament, said political analyst from Kosovo Azem Vlasi, CdM reports. See more at:https://europeanwesternbalkans.com/2017/06/13/how-may-kosovo-elections-affect-demarcation-with-montenegro/

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Advice to the diplomats of Prishtina (Pristina Insight)

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Unsolicited advice to Prishtina’s real elite huddling at the Arberia White House. Anguished and despairing, last night the diplomats bilateral and multilateral of Prishtina asked for my advice. I saw them this morning in the US embassy. This is what I told them. http://prishtinainsight.com/advice-diplomats-prishtina/

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Kosovo Faces Dilemma If Ex-Warriors Cannot Form Govt (Balkan Insight)

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If the grand coalition led by former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters fails to form a new government, President Hashim Thaci must decide whether to award a mandate to the opposition or push for new polls. http://bit.ly/2rVRqYp

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In Kosovo, too, there’s a future for a leftist party of economic and social justice (The Guardian)

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The UK is not the only country to have experienced a snap election in June. In Kosovo, a coalition between the Democratic party of Kosovo, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and the Initiative for Kosovo has finished in first place with 34% of the vote. A victory, but not enough to form a […]

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OSCE Hails ‘Orderly’ Kosovo Election Process; EU Calls For Swift Formation Of Government (RFE)

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The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) says Kosovo’s snap parliamentary elections were held in an “orderly” manner and took place “without major irregularities or incidents.” http://bit.ly/2sXzX0j

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EU Hopes Kosovo Can Form Government Swiftly After Election (RFE)

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A senior European Union official has expressed hope that Kosovo will soon get a new government following snap parliamentary elections that left no party in a position to govern without what could be tough efforts to build a coalition. http://bit.ly/2siO0PW

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Serbian Right-Wingers Protest Against Kosovo Film (Balkan Insight)

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Dozens of far-right activists in the Serbian city of Novi Sad tried to stop the showing of a film about life in Kosovo, but police ousted them from the building after they forced their way in. http://bit.ly/2swAN6E

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Slavko Simić: We have achieved the main political goal (KIM radio, Kontakt plus radio)

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President of the Serbian List Slavko Simić said yesterday in North Mitrovica that the party achieved the main political goal in the elections held Sunday.  According to the last data, Serbian List won 9 out of 10 seats reserved for Serbs, reported KIM radio. The Serbian List received over 40,000 votes, which broke the record […]

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