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Belgrade Media Report 14 March 2018

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 14 March 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Serbia prepared to accept compromises but not humiliation (RTS)
• Dacic, Mitchell: US sees Serbia as backbone of stability in Balkans (Beta/RTS)
• Djuric: Vucic’s meeting with Mitchell should contribute to better understanding (RTS)
• Vasic claims his Kosovo proposal has support of official Belgrade (Danas)
• Juncker: No fixed dates for Western Balkans’ EU accession (Tanjug/Beta)
• Vucic’s New “Plan” for Kosovo (VIP commentary)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Covic meets Ambassador Cormack (Oslobodjenje)
• Lajcak comments harmonization of electoral legislation and use of Bonn powers (Nezavisne)
• Mostar City Boards of parliamentary parties discuss solutions for local elections in Mostar in presence of OHR, US and EUD representatives (N1)
• SDP B&H and DF agree framework principles for joint performance in general elections (Hayat)
• NDP is not satisfied with SDS’ and PDP’s choices for candidates for President of RS and Serb member of Presidency of B&H (Glas Srpske)
• Cavara hosts meeting aimed to unblock functioning of Federation of B&H authorities (N1)
• Izetbegovic: Crimes committed by our side were individual incidents, systematically stopped and sanctioned (Faktor.ba, Fena)
• Foreign Policy strategy of B&H 2018-2023 adopted (Oslobodjenje)
Croatia
• Croatia Chief advocate for Macedonia’s EU and NATO membership (Hina)
• Opposition supports Prime Minister’s position on Istanbul Convention (Hina)
• PM meets with coalition partners (HRT)
fYROM
• Ivanov meets Pejcinovic Buric (MIA)
• Zaev meets Pejcinovic Buric (MIA)
• State Department official: US supports Macedonia and Greece’s efforts to find name resolution (MIA)
• Osmani: Venice Commission to review law on languages (MIA)
Albania
• Xhafaj, unexpected meeting with EU Ambassadors (ADN)
• Basha, closed doors meeting with US Ambassador (ADN)
• Local elections, SMI in the opposition line (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Balkan Voters Cling to Governments They Don’t Love (BIRN)
• The EU as seen from Serbia (European Council on Foreign Relations)

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Mitchell Tells Serbia US Supports Kosovo Army (Balkan Insight)

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Mitchell Tells Serbia US Supports Kosovo Army (Balkan Insight)

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Senior US official Wess Mitchell confirmed America’s support for the establishment of a regular army in Kosovo during his visit to Serbia – which strongly opposes the idea. US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell reaffirmed Washington’s support for the establishment of a Kosovo army after a meeting with Serbia’s […]

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“West sick of Kosovo story, wants speedy solution” (BETA, Sputnik, B92, TV Most)

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“West sick of Kosovo story, wants speedy solution” (BETA, Sputnik, B92, TV Most)

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Leader of Peoples Party (Vuk Jeremic) told Sputnik that Pristina’s allies got sick of Kosovo story and want to reach a solution as soon as possible. Jeremic added, membership of Kosovo to the UN is not as much important to Pristina as it is important to its allies in the international arena, who would like […]

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Haradinaj: We did not have prior agreement with Serbian List on demarcation (Klan Kosova)

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Haradinaj: We did not have prior agreement with Serbian List on demarcation (Klan Kosova)

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Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, said coalition parties did not have a prior agreement with Serbian List on the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro. “We still don’t have one, we are waiting for a voting option that is credible, in the interest of the country,” Haradinaj said today at the Assembly. Haradinaj also spoke […]

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Croatian FM speaks of need for Kosovo and Serbia to reach legally-binding agreement (Koha)

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Croatian FM speaks of need for Kosovo and Serbia to reach legally-binding agreement (media)

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In a visit to Kosovo, Croatian Foreign Minister, Marija Pejcinovic Buric, said her country would continue to support Kosovo in its efforts to join all international mechanisms and that Kosovo and Serbia need to reach a legally-binding agreement on normalization of relations. Kosovo Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacollli said after meeting Pejcinovic Buric that Kosovo is […]

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Specialist chambers publish names of approved defence lawyers (Koha)

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Specialist chambers publish names of approved defence lawyers (Koha)

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Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) has published the list of attorneys approved to represent suspects, accused or victims. The list contains names of 40 lawyers addmittee to the Lists of Counsel making them eligible to appear before the specialist court and represent anyone entitled to legal representation, a statement issued by the KSC states. President of […]

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Mitchell: Kosovo has right to establish forces, it is not threat (BETA, B92)

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