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Kosovo election winners fail to elect parliament speaker (The Washington Post)

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PRISTINA, Kosovo — The nomination of Kosovo’s new prime minister has been delayed after the winners of the June 11 election failed to gather enough votes to elect the new parliament speaker. Former leaders of Kosovo’s war of independence from Serbia, who have won 39 seats, on Thursday told the parliament so far they have […]

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Belgrade Media Report 24 August

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LOCAL PRESS

• Former ruling party denies claims by Vucic and Serbian intelligence officer (VIP)
• Kocijancic: EU welcomes dialogue between Belgrade and Skopje (Beta)
• Foreign Ministry: Staff returns to Skopje embassy today (Tanjug)
• Joksimovic with UN Team Coordinator on Serbia’s bid to join EU (Beta)
• Stefanovic to Head SNS soon, Irena Vujovic candidate for Belgrade Mayor (Kurir)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H Presidency discusses B&H’s progress related to Euro-Atlantic integration (FTV)
• Dodik: RSNA should declare its stance on NATO (Srna, RTRS)
• B&H Presidency members Covic, Ivanic respectively meet with delegation of NCAFP (FTV)
• Russian Ambassador Ivantsov: Russia is interested in stable and peaceful development of all countries in the Balkans, including B&H (Vecernji list)
• Former Chief of Czech Army’s General Staff Sedivy: B&H and Kosovo are oases for terrorists’ rest and training (Glas Srpske)

Croatia
• PM announces continuation of talks on border issues with Slovenia (Hina)

fYROM
• President Ivanov’s Office denies the statement of Serbian diplomat Zivaljevic (MIA)
• President’s aide says he’s not authorized to approve visits to Parliament, claims Zivaljevic’s looking for alibi (MIA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Kosovo’s destiny: Which path Serbia’s breakaway region may take (Sputnik)
• Mass grave found near Koricanske Stijene, Bosnia (BIRN)

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Assembly chair concludes session, Assembly constitution fails (media)

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Most online media report that Kosovo Assembly chair, Adem Mikullovci, has concluded the sixth constitutive session of the Assembly, after the PDK-AAK-NISMA (PAN) coalition has asked for ten more days to vote the Assembly Speaker. PAN representatives admitted they lack the sufficient number of votes to elect an Assembly President.

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Hoxhaj: We have the candidate but not the majority, we need more time (Koha)

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Deputy leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Enver Hoxhaj, said today at the Assembly of Kosovo, that the PAN coalition has the candidate for Assembly leader but not the majority. “As agreed at our last meeting, we are here at the session today. I want to thank political parties that participated, because our […]

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Haradinaj: We need more time (Koha)

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The nominee for the prime minister of Kosovo by the PDK-AAK-NISMA (PAN) coalition, Ramush Haradinaj, as that as announced on Wednesday, the Assembly session will not resume today. He said that they have requested a few more days, and assured that they will come up with results soon.

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Petrović: SLS ready for the position of deputy Assembly speaker (RTK2)

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Slobodan Petrović, the Independent Liberal Party (SLS) leader, said today that the party expressed readiness for the position of deputy chairman of the Assembly of Kosovo. There is no ambiguity regarding the possibility, the Kosovo Constitution allows the Serbian community to have a guaranteed vice-speaker position – said Petrović, who is also the only deputy of the SLS […]

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Kosovo will not join UNESCO, Dacic is certain (Blic, B92)

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“If they apply, the voting will take place at the Executive Board in October, if it passes there, then in November at the General Conference,” Serbian Foreign Minister, Ivica Dacic said to the Serbian daily Blic. The FM also thinks that Pristina will not succeed. “I have been dealing with this issue continuously, we are […]

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Gnjilane: Russian journalists released (RTV Puls)

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The three journalists of the Russian nationality, the Kosovo police arrested in Partes yesterday, were released from the custody in the afternoon and no criminal proceedings were initiated against them, the Serbian local TV station RTV Puls reported this morning. “Foreign citizens brought in yesterday, were released around 17.00 hrs from the police station in […]

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Abbess Makarija: It is an absurd that Albanians seek to join UNESCO (Blic, Tanjug, Kontkat Plus Radio)

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The Abbess of Sokolica Monastery, Makarija said to the Serbian media, it is an absurd that Albanians seek to join UNESCO. “What do they have to protect? They have no cultural monuments. Except, Sultan-Murat Turbe (Sultan, who led Turkish forces in the Kosovo battle in 1389) and Sinan Pasha Mosque in Prizren, that was made […]

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Bosnia, Kosovo Dismiss Austrian Claim About ‘Paid’ Veils (Balkan Insight)

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The Austrian Foreign Minister’s claim that women in Bosnia and Kosovo are being paid to wear full veils has drawn criticism from political and religious leaders there. Religious and political authorities in Bosnia and Kosovo have dismissed a statement of Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz that women in Bosnia and Kosovo are being paid to […]

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Belgrade Media Report 23 August

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 23 August 2017

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic talks about Macedonia, Kosovo and internal dialog (RTS)
• Vucic-Zaev call statement doesn’t mention Kosovo, or spies (B92)
• Provoking conflicts will spin out of control once, Jankovic warns (Danas)
• President Vucic with British Ambassador (Beta)
• President Vucic and German Ambassador discuss internal dialogue on Kosovo (Beta)
• President Vucic with UAE Ambassador (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Vucic meets Govedarica (Oslobodjenje)
• Parliament of B&H to face crisis after SNSD MPs have left parliamentary commissions (Dnevni list)
• SDA’s Dzaferovic: Proposals of amendments to B&H Election Law adopted in B&H HoP is unacceptable and it will not be adopted in HoR (Hayat)
• OHR calls for talks, all parties obliged to implement B&H CC’s decisions (Hayat)
• Izetbegovic and Moore: Patient work for better relations between the peoples in B&H (Klix)
• Austrian FM Kurz expresses concern over increasing influence of Muslim countries on Western Balkans (RTRS)

Croatia
• Covic and Plenkovic meet in Zagreb, discuss changes to Law on Elections of B&H, construction of Peljesac bridge (Vecernji list)

fYROM
• Dimitrov: The government did not give orders for any intelligence activities against Serbia (Meta)
• Zaev to attend informal meeting with the Western Balkans leaders on Brach (Meta)
• Dimitrov will ask for help in Berlin for starting the EU negotiations (Meta)
• Macedonian consul delivered a speech against the backdrop of a map showing Great Macedonia (MIA)

Albania
• New Government’s structure, Ministries that will change (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES
• EU calls for calm after Macedonia, Serbia diplomatic incident (BIRN)
• NATO “closes its Adriatic doorstep” while turning Montenegro into puppet state (Sputnik)

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UNMIK Headlines 24 August

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• PAN without an agreement, calls for all-inclusive government (media)
• Pacolli denies media reports about meeting with Veseli and Haradinaj (media)
• Two foreigners arrested in Kosovo (media)
• Serbian media: Daut Haradinaj, first to be indicted by Special Court (Kosova Sot)
• Vucic and Zaev agree to overcome crisis (RTK)

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