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Belgrade Media Report 15 March 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 15 March 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Compromise solution for Kosovo and Metohija important for Serbia (RTS)
• Brnabic: Serbia cannot be blackmailed (B92/Tanjug/TV Pink)
• Jankovic to Mitchell: Misconception that Kosovo issue can be resolved under dictatorship (Beta)
• Jovanovic: Compromise solution possible, but government is incompetent (N1)
• Initiators of the Appeal: Agreement with Pristina over EU and not to get rid of the burden (FoNet)
• Russia opposed to creation of army in Kosovo (Beta/RTS/Tanjug)
• GRECO: Serbia has not implemented any of recommendations (Tanjug/B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Mektic: RS leaders are fear-mongering and threat security in the RS; fierce reactions (RTRS)
• Haradinaj: Mektic and I share same values (Srna)
• OSCE: Equality of all three constituent peoples and the Others does not mean depriving any ethnic group in B&H of constituent status (Dnevni list)
• Embassies express their deep concern due to inability of B&H authorities to adopt set of amendments to Law on Criminal Procedure and Law on OSA (Klix.ba)
• SNSD, SBB B&H officials comment their new proposals for elections in Mostar (Oslobodjenje)
• There are seven proposals for local elections in Mostar (Dnevni list)
• Covic: There is no Croat issue, there is issue of B&H (Dnevni list)
• Dodik: Croat entity would help strengthen role of Croats and stabilize situation in B&H (Vecernji list)
Croatia
• Croatian FM: Kosovo and Serbia need reach legally-binding agreement (Hina)
• President under fire for controversial WWII remarks in Argentina (Hina)
Montenegro
• Bojanic participated in protests, he’s against NATO and speaks Serbian, Mandic (Pobjeda)
• Becic and Abazovic finally show their true colors, claims Nikolic (CDM)
fYROM
• Tense atmosphere in parliament: Physical altercation prevented between Gruevski and Xhaferi (Meta/MIA)
• President Ivanov once again refuses to sign language law (MIA)
• Albania and Kosovo commend Macedonian parliament for adopting language law (MIA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Serbia eyes chance to sell on Russian gas (Neftegaz.RU)

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Burglaries and thefts in Stanisor village (KIM Radio, RTV Puls)

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Burglaries and thefts in Stanisor village (KIM Radio, RTV Puls)

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Inhabitants of Stanisor village, Novo Brdo municipality, reported to the police, early this morning that eight burglaries and thefts occurred in the village, KIM Radio reported. According to KIM Radio, three vehicles and professional music instruments were stolen, while in four burglaries nothing was stolen. Inhabitants from the village found two stolen vehicles that stayed […]

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Kosovo special court issues lawyers’ list, no cases yet (The Washington Post)

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Kosovo special court issues lawyers’ list, no cases yet (The Washington Post)

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A court established to prosecute crimes committed during and immediately after Kosovo’s war for independence has issued the list of lawyers who will represent suspects, victims and others appearing before the tribunal. The Kosovo Specialist Chambers on Wednesday said the 40 lawyers included on its list would ensure “effective and professional legal representation” before the […]

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President Vucic Says Serbia Ready For Compromise Over Kosovo (RFE)

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President Vucic Says Serbia Ready For Compromise Over Kosovo (RFE)

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on March 14 that his country is ready for a compromise over its dispute with Kosovo, which is key to Serbia’s bid to join the European Union. The EU insists that the normalization of ties between Belgrade and Pristina, which fought a war in the 1990s, is a key condition […]

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Fehmi Mehmeti, new governor  of Kosovo Central Bank (RTK)

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Fehmi Mehmeti, new governor  of Kosovo Central Bank (RTK)

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Fehmi Mehmeti, was elected during today’s Assembly session the new governor of Central Bank of Kosovo. Sixty MPs from 110 present voted for his election. Mehmeti will be replacing Bedri Hamza, who left the position to become Minister for Finance at the government of Kosovo.

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Kurz: Austria will contribute on Kosovo-Serbia relations (RTK)

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Kurz: Austria will contribute on Kosovo-Serbia relations (RTK)

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Western Balkans will be one of Austria’s priorities during its presiding at the European Union. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz gave hope that official Vienna will contribute on approximation of Belgrade and Pristina. He made this statement after his deputy, Heinz-Christian Strache said that “Kosovo is part of Serbia.” Kurz’s statement was a response to the […]

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Vlajić: Lawyers ready for beginning of work of Special Court (RTS)

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