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Belgrade Media Report 28 February 2018

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights
Wednesday 28 February 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic on Kosovo: We are playing chess without the queen and rook (RTS)
• EU enlargement strategy encouraging for region (Beta)
• Strengthening dialogue of Serbia, Italy, Albania (Beta)
• Recognition of Kosovo independence big mistake of Czech Republic (Beta/Politika)
• Dacic responds to Pacolli: Yeah, we’re offering a-bombs (Beta/B92)
• Kocijancic: Dialogue passes in constructive spirit, new steps necessary (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Covic and Zvizdic submit answers to EC’s Questionnaire (NAP/RTRS/Srna)
• Juncker and Hahn meet B&H Presidency members and addresses both Houses of B&H parliament (Klix/Fena)
• EU senior officials are coming with positive message (Dnevni list)
• Without changes to Law on Elections, we are going into dead-end or something like Mostar (Vijesti.ba)
• Dodik: European path is RS’ goal (RTRS)
• Primorac sends open letter to Wigemark, asks him to protect Croats in B&H (EuroBlic)
• Bosic files motion for review of constitutionality of provisions of cantonal constitutions in the Federation of B&H that do not recognize constituent status of Serb people, Serbian language and Cyrillic alphabet (Hayat)
• Zvizdic invites May to visit B&H (Fena)
• Merkel and Vucic talk about B&H too (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia
• Opposition planning no confidence vote against Deputy Prime Minister (Hina)
• Croatian and Serbian ministers discuss minority education (Hina)
• Izetbegovic: Dodik is calling for war, it would be better for Croats not to mention third entity (Globus)
Montenegro
• Juncker: I did not come to Montenegro to give empty promises (CDM)
• Brajovic prevented us from contacting Juncker (RTCG)
• Gegaj: Border demarcation with Montenegro opens the EU path for Kosovo (CDM)
• DIK accepts DPS’ objections: Elections to be repeated in five polling stations in Berane (CDM)
• Kascelan is the new mayor of Cetinje (CDM)
fYROM
• Government denies Reuters report that Zaev presented four options for resolving name dispute with Greece (MIA)
• Protest in Skopje for defending Macedonia’s constitutional name (MIA)
• Kotsias will arrive in Skopje this week carrying a proposal with seven points (Meta)
• Zaev – May: UK supports Macedonia in its Euro-Atlantic aspirations (Meta)
• Government appoints Lazar Elenovski for its special representative for NATO integration (Meta)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Bosnia’s Absurd Response to the EU’s Questions (BIRN)

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Demarcation session postponed for next week (Lajmi)

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Demarcation session postponed for next week (Lajmi)

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Political parties’ caucuses reached a consensus to postpone voting on the Agreement on demarcation of the border with Montenegro for the next week, in order to give a little more space for reflection to the Vetevendosje Movement and the Serbian List. Sources from the Assembly told the news portal that all political party caucuses, including […]

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Kosovo leaders meet with representatives of Serbian List (RTK)

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Kosovo leaders meet with representatives of Serbian List (RTK)

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The key leaders of Kosovo politics, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, Kosovo Assembly President Kadri Veseli and Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj are currently at a meeting with the MPs from the Serbian List. The meeting is being held at the government of Kosovo. They are trying to convince Serb MPs to vote for the Agreement on […]

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Thaci: Kosovo requests from Serbia to apologize for crimes in Kosovo (RTK)

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Thaci: Kosovo requests from Serbia to apologize for crimes in Kosovo (RTK)

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The President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci, spoke at the memorial academy for the 20th anniversary of the Likoshan and Qirez massacre, about the sacrifice of all those who fell for the freedom and independence of Kosovo. “These sacrifices, KLA resistance, resistance of the citizens, orientation toward civilized values, made Kosovo gain the support of the […]

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Ruling coalition secures needed votes to ratify border deal (Indeksonline)

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Ruling coalition secures needed votes to ratify border deal (Indeksonline)

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Citing sources in the Kosovo government, the news website reports that the ruling coalition has secured enough votes to ratify the border demarcation agreement in the Assembly. According to the source, there are over 80 votes in favor of the deal. “Everything ended successfully after today’s meeting with the Serbian List, but it is not […]

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KLA crimes court prosecutor “made to leave due to US” (The Guardian, Serbian media)

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KLA crimes court prosecutor “made to leave due to US” (The Guardian, Serbian media)

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Serbian media widely re-run The Guardian article saying that David Schwendiman, chief prosecutor of a war crimes court for Kosovo, said he was “made to leave the job at a critical stage of the tribunal’s work.” Schwendiman also added he has “no designated successor – largely due to inertia in the US State Department,” the […]

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Kosovo Assembly to resume session at 17:00? (Klan Kosova)

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