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Belgrade Media Report 30 June

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LOCAL PRESS

• Serbian cabinet helmed by Ana Brnabic voted in (B92, Beta)
• Dacic: EU more popular in Serbia than in some EU member-states (Tanjug)
• Vucic and Scott discuss visit to U.S., region and cooperation (Beta)
• Vucic: Continuous dialogue at all levels necessary for Serbian – Russian relations (Vecernje Novosti, Beta)
• Djuric: “Let’s make ‘Balkans for Balkan people’ our slogan” (B92)
• Vucic, Grabar-Kitarovic, Thaci to be at same table (Tanjug)
• Former PM Zivkovic announces pressing charges for unauthorized publishing of his personal information (Danas, VIP)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Constitutive peoples must have proportional representation in institutions (Srna)
• Covic: Bosniak side will attempt to divide Croat electorate (Nasa TV)
• Regional leaders to discuss different projects at Trieste Summit (Dnevni avaz)
• Mogherini announces that she and Stoltenberg might visit Western Balkans in autumn (RTRS)

Croatia
• Arbitration: Slovenia gets three-quarters of Piran Bay (24sata.hr)
• Croatian and Slovenian Prime Ministers agree not to make unilateral moves (CN, Hina)

Montenegro
• No initiative for NATO bases in Montenegro (RTCG)

fYROM
• The SPO filed 17 indictments but the “Thaler” case will have to wait (Meta)
• Gruevski: Aim is to break VMRO, to weaken Macedonia (MIA)

Albania
• Vasili resigns as SMI head, proposes Monika Kryemadhi to take over (ATA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• US Senate: Russia interfered with Montenegrin elections (Voice of America)
• John McCain: Montenegro coup proves that Russia threat is serious (USA Today)
• Ousted Macedonian PM Risks Years Behind Bars (BIRN)

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“Stronger efforts to find missing persons” (Danas, KIM Radio)

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Authorities in Belgrade and Pristina must undertake stronger efforts to shed light on the destiny of the missing persons during the war in Kosovo, International Committee of the Red Cross Committee warned at a round-table discussion in Geneva. The years are passing by, but the time does not ease the pain of the families. Many […]

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“EU more popular in Serbia than in many EU member-states” (B92)

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Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic says that his country will maintain its “the road toward the EU” foreign policy course. Speaking a day after Serbia’s new government was elected, he said the EU integration was being carried out “for the sake of citizens, not for EU’s sake.” The minister took part in the opening of […]

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AFP: Political blockade in Kosovo after the election, re-vote possible (Blic, Beta, AFP)

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The official results of the parliamentary elections in Kosovo “suggest a political blockade,” the French news agency AFP assessed last tonight. AFP explained that “no one can form the government independently, and different political forces look deeply divided.” According to political scientist Bekim Kupini, Kosovo is “at the brink of a knife”, and, in his opinion, […]

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Simić: Serbian List will file a complaint due to the election results in Kosovo (NMagazin, Blic, Beta)

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According to the final results, the Serbian List has won nine out of ten seats in the Assembly guaranteed for the Serb community. President of the Serbian List Slavko Simić said late last night that they will complain about the final results of the early parliamentary elections in Kosovo, because, as he said, they think […]

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EU and NATO “strongly coordinating on messages to Balkans”

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The EU and NATO are coordinating very strongly on different messages they are sending, including in the Western Balkans. EU foreign policy and security chief Federica Mogherini said this in Brussels on Thursday, after arriving at the NATO defense ministerial meeting. Mogherini also announced that she and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg could visit the […]

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Human trafficking continues in Kosovo (K 2.0)

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New report suggests some progress from previous years. The U.S. State Department released its 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report this week, which indicates that Kosovo has a long way to go to tackle the phenomenon. As with last year, Kosovo has been categorized as a Tier 2 country, meaning it has “not fully met Trafficking […]

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Konjufca: LDK is raising stakes over Prime Minister post (media)

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Vetevendosje senior member Glauk Konjufca told Tribuna Channel that the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) is making tactical moves to raise the stakes for the post of Prime Minister. “Best thing would be for the LDK to understand that we don’t bargain,” he said. Konjufca said that if Vetevendosje and LDK reach a coalition agreement, […]

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Both blocs are eyeing LDK (Radio Free Europe)

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After the Central Election Commission announced the final election results, representatives of political parties say they have not formed post-election coalitions to form a new government. The winning coalition consisting of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) and Nisma, which won 39 seats in parliament, and the Vetevendosje […]

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Vucic, Grabar-Kitarovic, Thaci to be at same table (Tanjug, B92)

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The South-East European Cooperation Process member countries is being held in Dubrovnik today, which will be attended by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. The president of Croatia will give the introductory speech at this meeting, after which, Tanjug learned, the situation in the region will be spoken about first by President Vucic, and then his Slovenian […]

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Wolfgang Petritsch – To establish Community of Serb Municipalities as soon as possible (Tanjug, Blic)

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Former the EU Envoy for Kosovo, Wolfgang Petritsch considers Kosovo, at the moment, goes through difficult phase and it is necessary to continue the dialogue of Belgrade and Pristina at the highest level. Petritsch stated to Tanjug that Kosovo economically does not progress much, it faces huge unemployment rate in particular among young population, and […]

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“Albanian gangs control drug trafficking in UK” (B92, BBC)

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Violent Albanian criminal groups have “considerable control” over drug trafficking in Great Britain. At the same time, Serbians and Turks “dominate high volume maritime cocaine logistics.” This is according to a BBC report, published under the headline, “Albanian gangs ‘controlling’ UK drug trafficking market,” that cited the National Crime Agency (NCA) annual assessment document. The […]

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