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Belgrade Media Report 19 March 2018

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 19 March 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Compromise for Kosovo or nothing (Novosti/Politika/Beta/RTS/Tanjug)
• Brnabic, Vucic congratulate Putin on victory (RTS/Tanjug/B92)
• Chepurin: Result is a good message for Serbian-Russian friendship (RTS)
• Јаnkovic: Kosovo problem needs to be resolved in a democratic manner (FoNet)
• Jevtic: Formation of ZSO is an issue of political courage and will (RTS)
• Expert level Kosovo dialogue resumes in Brussels (Tanjug)
• GIK established final results; Belgrade mayor by mid-June (RTS/Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Foreign affairs ministers of Western Balkan countries meet in Sarajevo (TV1)
• Minister Crnadak, UK’s Duncan meet in Sarajevo (TV1)
• PM’s of RS and the Federation of B&H met with Duncan and Ferguson (FTV)
• Chairman of Irish Senate O’Donovan: Ireland provides full support to B&H on country’s EU path (FTV)
• B&H Presidency adopts country’s Foreign Policy Strategy 2018-2023 (Nezavisne)
• Dodik rejected the proposal of SDP, SBB and DF, related to introduction of scanners and cameras at polling stations (Oslobodjenje)
• RS should consider reestablishing its army (RTRS)
• US Embassy in B&H responds to Dodik’s statements about B&H AF and parallel between Kosovo and RS (TV1)
• Pacolli: It would be in B&H’s interest to recognize Kosovo (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia
• Serbian Prime Minister: No seats for Croats in parliament (HRT)
• Croats in Vojvodina still insist on guaranteed seat in Serbian parliament (Hina)
• President speaks with German Chancellor Merkel; Merkel welcomed Vucic’s recent visit (Hina)
Montenegro
• Vujanovic called for local elections in 12 municipalities (CDM)
• Opposition’s presidential candidate best suits Zeleznjak, DPS says (CDM)
• DEMOS to support Draginja Vuksanovic in presidential elections (CDM)
• Krivokapic thanks McCain and Turner for their support in joining NATO (CDM)
fYROM
• Zaev: Government reshuffle and rising parliamentary majority (MIA)
• Zaev: Ivanov’s decision is a fragrant violation of the Constitution (Meta)
• Gruevski: I had no intention of causing an incident, Xhaferi should apologize to the public (Meta)
• Protest in Skopje against language law (MIA)
• US Embassy: Macedonia parliament to focus on necessary reforms (MIA)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Macedonia: Naming a Country Is Harder Than It Looks (The National Interest)

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About 800 people from the Western Balkans fought for ISIS (RTK)

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About 800 people from the Western Balkans fought for ISIS (RTK)

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The cooperation between Europol and the Western Balkan countries has significantly improved, but the picture is still mixed, Europol Executive Director Rob Wainwright said at the meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol (JPSG), in Sofia, Bulgaria. He said that around 800 individuals from Western Balkans fought on the side of the Islamic […]

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Government spent half of state reserve funds (RTK)

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Government spent half of state reserve funds (RTK)

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Even though this is only the third month of this year, the government of Kosovo has spent almost half of reserved funds from the budget of Kosovo. This concern was raised by the Minister of Finance himself, and it is also being criticized by opposition and experts of economic matters. According to them, this can […]

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Hoxhaj: Kosovo has not applied at CoE yet, it should happen as soon as possible (RTK)

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Hoxhaj: Kosovo has not applied at CoE yet, it should happen as soon as possible (RTK)

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Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj said that after the European Union, Council of Europe (CoE) is the most important organization in Europe. According to him, Kosovo should apply for COE membership as soon as possible. “Application for CoE should happen as soon as possible, as Kosovo has never had a more suitable context within the […]

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“Numbers assured, demarcation to be voted tomorrow” (Indeksonline)

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“Numbers assured, demarcation to be voted tomorrow” (Indeksonline)

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Deputy leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, Pal Lekaj, confirmed to Indeksonline that numbers for ratification of the Agreement for demarcation of the border with Montenegro are already reached. He added that new agreement between Presidents Hashim Thaci and Filip Vujanovic created a new reality. “We have said that the session will […]

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Haradinaj meets Thaci to discuss demarcation (Koha)

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Haradinaj meets Thaci to discuss demarcation (Koha)

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The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, visited today the President of Kosovo, to discuss demarcation of the border with Montenegro. Halil Matoshi, official at the Office of the Prime Minister confirmed the news. “Yes, the meeting is a regular one, as part of inter-institutional cooperation. They discussed all the priority matters of Kosovo, therefore […]

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Đurić: Not even outlines of legally binding agreement are known (Radio Kosovska Mitrovica, Der Standard)

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