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Belgrade Media Report 01 March 2018

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Daily Media Highlights
Thursday 1 March 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Serbs would beat me with frying pan because of Kosovo (TV Happy/B92)
• Dacic addresses Second Conference of Honorary Consuls (Beta)
• Vulin meets with Chepurin (Tanjug)
• Battle for Arandjelovac, Bor and Sevojno (Politika)
• Latest poll before election silence: Socialists stable, support for Djilas and Sapic declining (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Messages conveyed by EC’s Juncker in his address before B&H parliament spark reactions among political parties in B&H (FTV)
• RS President Dodik stresses importance of Coordination Mechanism in process of preparing answers to EC Questionnaire (TV1)
• EP’s Rapporteur Preda and MEP Fajon congratulate B&H (Hayat)
• B&H state officials convey messages on Independence Day of B&H (Dnevni avaz)
• Ivanic: 1 March will never be holiday to Serb people (Nezavisne)
• Dodik: 1 March is not, will never be and cannot be a holiday (Srna)
• Cubrilovic: Marking of 1 March as B&H’s Independence Day unacceptable for RS (Klix.ba)
• OSCE: Elections in B&H will be held without their foundation (Vecernji list)
• Interview with RS President Milorad Dodik (N1)
Croatia
• Opposition united against Minister Dalic (HRT)
• Government to allow limited use of Ustasha slogan? (Hina)
• NGOs concerned about Croatia’s treatment of refugees (Hina)
Montenegro
• Markovic and May: The UK shares a common vision for the region (CDM)
• Juncker: You welcomed us as if we were princes (Antena M)
• Becic’s open letter to embassies and international organizations: DIK is conducting legal violence (CDM)
fYROM
• Macedonia, Serbia in joint duty clearance at border crossings (MIA)
• Russian Ambassador: Macedonia, Greece entitled to name solution convenient for both countries (MIA)
• Zaev-Markovic: EU and NATO integration for regional stability and economic development (MIA)
Albania
• Organized crime, Albania’s most serious problem (ADN)
• 613 kg cocaine seized in Albanian Durresi harbor, reactions (ADN)

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PDK announces party elections, confirms demarcation vote (media)

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PDK announces party elections, confirms demarcation vote (media)

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Deputy leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Enver Hoxhaj, said in a press conference today that the party will head to internal elections this year. He said PDK elections process will begin in the coming days and weeks and will conclude late in the year. Hoxhaj said that at the end of the […]

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Kosovo President Thaci meets Serbia’s Vucic and Montenegro’s Markovic (media)

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Kosovo President Thaci meets Serbia’s Vucic and Montenegro’s Markovic (media)

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Several online media outlets reported that President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, met President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister of Montenegro Dusko Markovic at the sidelines of the EU-Western Balkans summit taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria. A picture of the meeting shows Vucic, Markovic, Thaci and his chief of staff, Bekim Collaku, sitting at […]

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EU’s Juncker Urges Kosovo To Reach Border Deal With Montenegro (RFE)

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has called on Kosovo to ratify a border demarcation agreement with Montenegro and seek better ties with Serbia. Juncker, together with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn, continued his tour of the six Balkan countries that remain outside the European Union with a stop in […]

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Vulin reacts to Montenegro sending army officers to Kosovo (Tanjug)

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Aleksandar Vulin says Montenegro’s decision to send two members of its military to KFOR in Kosovo is “a political message of support for Kosovo’s independence,” Tanjug news agency reported. The Serbian Defense Minister added that Serbia “cannot welcome that.” It is not aimed at enhancing the security of citizens in Kosovo and Metohija, Vulin said […]

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LDK and Vetevendosje oppose PM’s pay raise decision (Koha)

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The Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) and Vetevendosje have asked the government of Kosovo to urgently annul decision on increasing salaries for the cabinet members. Head of LDK parliamentary group, Avdullah Hoti, said the decision was in violation to the applicable laws in Kosovo and furthermore presents an open case of conflict of interest. “This […]

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Isufi: Text of the consensus agreement to remain unchanged (RTK)

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