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Belgrade Media Report 01 February 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 1 February 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic and Cerar no Kosovo (Tanjug)
• Vucic: Spain’s position logical, agreement on Kosovo does not imply recognition (Tanjug)
• Djuric: It is very difficult to say what is the legally-binding document (Tanjug)
• Kosovo in EU only as region of Serbia (Novosti)
• Vulin: We expect KFOR role not to reduce (Politika)
• Admiral Foggo: I am not worried for stability in Kosovo and Metohija (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H HoR rejects both HDZ B&H’s and SDA’s proposals of amendments to Election Law of B&H (FTV)
• Covic not surprised with the outcome of the voting on changes to Law on Elections, Bosniak parties’ tactics is to change nothing (Fena)
• Ivanic, Cormack discuss political situation, Election Law (Oslobodjenje)
• Zvizdic: All answers to EC’s Questionnaire harmonized (BHT1)
• Izetbegovic: Vucic demanded from me to respect the Inter-Entity Boundary Line and borders of RS (RTRS)
• Ivantsov announced a visit of the delegation of the Russian Duma to Banja Luka and Sarajevo (Nezavisne)
• Canton 10 Assembly adopts Declaration denying ICTY’s verdict in case ‘Prlic et al.’ (TV1/N1)
• Possible consequences because of failure to cooperate with EUROPOL (Oslobodjenje)
• Court of B&H confirms indictment against four members of Vlasenica Brigade for Srebrenica genocide (BHT1)
• Eleven Bosnian Croats indicted for war crimes in Mostar area (Hina)
Croatia
• Croatian Prime Minister criticizes Serbia’s behavior (Hina)
• Croatian government wants to deal with open issues with Serbia (Hina)
Montenegro
• Orav: We want to see Montenegro in the EU (CDM)
• Djukanovic invited to Trump’s National Prayer Breakfast (Pobjeda)
fYROM
• Nimetz: After Athens, I expect good discussions in Skopje (MIA)
• Self-proclaimed ‘patriotic’ associations stage protest, call on UN name mediator to resign (MIA)
Albania
• Donald Lu message to politicians, police and prosecutors (ADN)
• Denmark supports Albania’s European integration (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• EU to map out membership path for western Balkan six (Financial Times)

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German FM to visit Kosovo (RTK, Gazeta Express)

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Germany’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, will be visiting Kosovo on 7 February. He will meet the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj. Avni Arifi, Chief of staff at the Office of the Prime Minister, confirmed the news. He said that they will discuss relations between Germany and Kosovo, integration processes in Balkans and […]

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Thaci: Kosovo does not forget Serbia’s genocide, but we are committed to peace (RTK, HRT)

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Thaci: Kosovo does not forget Serbia’s genocide, but we are committed to peace (RTK, HRT)

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The President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, told Croatian national broadcaster HRT that Kosovo-Serbia agreements advance the European perspective of entire Balkans. “Any new hostility between Kosovo and Serbia means stagnation for both countries, but also for the region, because Kosovo-Serbia relations do not mean only relations between the two countries since reflection is wider,” Thaci […]

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Vucic: Stance of Spain logical (Tanjug, KIM Radio)

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Vucic: Stance of Spain logical (Tanjug, KIM Radio)

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, considers the decision of the Spanish Government to exclude Kosovo from the EU enlargement process as logical, adding that according to the European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, legally binding agreement with Kosovo “does not include recognition,” Tanjug news agency reported. “There are proposals that our disputes with Albanians are resolved prior […]

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Pacolli on breach of coalition government (RTK)

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Pacolli on breach of coalition government (RTK)

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The leader of the New Kosovo Alternative (AKR) has not set a deadline to the governing coalition when threatening that he would leave the government. He stated last night that the coalition risks breaching being that Haradinaj’s government is leaving Kosovo citizens without visas. Contacted by Lajmi.net, Pacolli said he welcomes a constructive solution. “I […]

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Government without position on  Special Court (RTK)

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Government without position on  Special Court (RTK)

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The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, said the government that he leads does not have at the moment a position of the Law on the specialist chambers and that this will be known in the future. He made these comments today during a joint press conference with the Minister of Justice, Abelard Tahiri. “We […]

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Lavrov: OSCE should engage more on Kosovo issue (Sputnik)

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Lavrov: OSCE should engage more on Kosovo issue (Sputnik)

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Russia would like to see greater engagement of the OSCE in Kosovo, in order to resolve all remaining issues in line with the UN SC Resolution 1244, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov said, Sputnik reported. Lavrov said he has agreed with the Italian Foreign Minister, Angelino Alfano, who is also the Chairperson of […]

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