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Belgrade Media Report 10 January 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 10 January 2018

• Brnabic: Finding permanent solution to Kosovo issue (Economist Radio/Beta/Tanjug/RTS/B92)
• Patriarch Irinej: Vucic fighting to preserve Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug/B92)
• Jovanovic: Vucic should state whether binding agreement with Kosovo and UN membership is acceptable to him (fakti)
• US visa denied to General Dikovic (Danas)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Ivanic: Denying 9 January cannot produce results (Srna/BNTV)
• Dodik: Fight for RS not over yet (Srna)
• Stefanovic: Serbia, RS share same people (Srna)
• US Embassy: Disrespect for decision of B&H CC on unconstitutionality of RS Day is violation of rule (Al Jazeera)
• Ivantsov: Fact about establishment of RS should not be denied (Srna)
• EUD to B&H: EU attaches great importance to undisturbed functioning of democratic institutions (BHT1)
• Erdogan and Grabar-Kitarovic discuss situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Vecernji list)
• Markovic defends Brnabic: Amfilohije tries to revive retrograde times (CdM)
• Analysts: Amfilohije to resign, anti-Montenegrin hysteria fueled by Serbian tabloids (CdM)
• Hoyt Yee: Protests can occur if governments fail to keep their promises too (Vijesti)
• New round of name talks to take place in New York on 17 January (MIA)
• Macedonia faced with historic opportunity to close name issue, says Osmani (MIA)
• Mickoski: MPs won’t return to ‘undemocratic’ parliament (MIA)
• Talking points with Athens unveiled (ADN)


• Western Balkans backsliding on democracy, says Lords committee (The Guardian)
• Balkan Terror Trials Reveal Links to Western Europe (BIRN)
• The Greek diaspora and the Macedonia issue (ekathimerini)

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Demarcation deal with Montenegro in the Assembly next week (RTK)

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A member of the Kosovo Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee told RTK today that the committee will discuss the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro and will then submit it to the Assembly. Time Kadrijaj, deputy chair of the committee, said: “with our without the approval of the committee this issue will be proceeded. If there are […]

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LDK’s position on Special Court unchanged (Indeksonline)

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Kosovo Assembly MP from the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), Arben Gashi, told the portal that his party has not changed position on the Special Court. “There is no confusion; LDK was always clear when the Special Court is concerned. It is an evil that happened to Kosovo, but which is now unchangeable,” Gashi said. […]

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Lasting solution for Kosovo could be found in 2018 – PM Brnabic (The Economist, B92)

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Prime Minister Ana Brnabic has said in a radio interview with The Economist that 2018 is a year in which a lasting solution for Kosovo could be found. “What we are doing now is looking for a lasting solution, so as not to leave a frozen conflict for those who will come afterward. We have […]

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Yet another arson of haystacks belonging to Serb returnees (RTK 2)

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Huge quantity of haystacks was set on fire last night, owned by Milorad Dubic in the village of Suvi Lukavac in Istok municipality, RTK2 reported today. Police and firefighters responded to the scene, but did not manage to preserve the haystacks. This is the second incident in the last couple of days, in which haystacks […]

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Kosovo War Victims Slam MPs’ Bid to Stop Court (Balkan Insight)

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Survivors of the 1999 Kosovo war and rights campaigners criticised attempts by MPs in Pristina to stop the new Specialist Chambers, which will try former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters. War victims’ groups and Pristina-based rights campaigners criticised recent attempts by MPs in Pristina to revoke a law which allows the new Kosovo Specialist Chambers to […]

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“We are grateful to Lord for giving us Vucic” – SOC Patriarch (Tanjug, B92)

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People can say this or that, but we see how President Aleksandar Vucic is fighting to preserve Kosovo and Metohija, said Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej. The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) spoke during liturgy he served in Banja Luka on the occasion of Serb Republic (RS) Day – and days after one […]

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UNMIK Headlines 10 January

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• Delawie welcomes Veseli’s statement on Special Court (media)
• Veseli’s withdrawal silences the PDK (Koha)
• Tahiri: Special court is operational (Telegrafi)
• British Ambassador comments on relation with President Thaci (Klan Kosova)
• Haradinaj blames Assembly for demarcation (Zeri)
• Osmani: Demarcation in the Assembly on January 15 (Koha)
• Citaku: Russian-Serbian Center in Nis is everything but humanitarian (media)
• Brnabic: This year with a long-term solution on Kosovo (Zeri)
• Albin Kurti, sole candidate for Vetevendosje leader (Zeri)
• Qendron Kastrati resigns from all leading positions at Vetevendosje (media)
• President Thaci doesn’t know if he will attend National Prayer Breakfast (Koha)

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