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Belgrade Media Report 17 May 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 17 May 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Serbia, China political relations at highest point (RTS/Tanjug)
• Vucic: I haven’t received a plan for Kosovo (Tanjug/RTS)
• Scott: No Western plan for Kosovo (Blic)
• Dacic and Keefe discuss preparations for Summit on Western Balkans in London (RTS/Tanjug)
• Joksimovic: Important that Serbian arrived at the Sofia Summit (RTS)
• EU expects definitive progress in normalization between Belgrade, Pristina (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Covic’s announcement of HDZ B&H’s plan ‘B’ for post-election coalition sparks harsh reactions (TV1)
• Tusk says EU-Western Balkans Summit will be opportunity to affirm Euro-Atlantic perspective as geostrategic option of Western Balkan (ATV)
• Court of B&H renders first-instance acquittal in case Radoncic et al. (TV1)
Croatia
• Prime Minister defends his position on Agrokor affair (Hina)
• Croatian and Slovenian presidents meet (Hina)
• Croatia supports EU enlargement to Western Balkans (Hina)
• Six arrested for displaying fascist and Nazi symbols at Bleiburg commemoration (Hina)
fYROM
• Macron commends Macedonia, Greece commitment to settling name issue (MIA)
• Zaev: WB countries should take part in building a stronger EU (MIA)
• Baily: We expect Macedonia’s progress towards NATO (MIA)
• Mickoski meets Hahn, Kurz and Tusk in Sofia (MIA)
Albania
• Protest escalates, demonstrators throw eggs against Interior Ministry (ADN)
• Accession talks, Ruci gets support from Greece, Bulgaria and Romania (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• EU urges Balkans reform but cool on accepting new members (AP, by Lorne Cook)
• Sofia Declaration, 17 May 2018 (European Western Balkans)

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EU reaffirms support for Western Balkans (Serbian media)

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EU reaffirms support for Western Balkans (Serbian media)

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The European Union today welcomed the commitment of the Western Balkans to shared European values, including democracy and the rule of law and reaffirmed its unequivocal support for the region’s European perspective. “The EU welcomes the shared commitment of the Western Balkans partners to European values and principles, and to the vision of a strong, […]

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No western plan for Kosovo, US ambassador Scott says (Blic, FoNet, TV N1)

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No western plan for Kosovo, US ambassador Scott says (Blic, FoNet, TV N1)

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There is no Western plan for Kosovo, no coordinated proposal by the members of the Quint and no 11-point plan, US Ambassador to Serbia Kyle Scott told Belgrade-based daily Blic today. According to Blic, claims have appeared in the public about the countries of the so-called Quint – the US, Great Britain, Germany, France and […]

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EU – Western Balkans Summit: The Sofia Declaration – full text (The Sofia Globe)

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EU – Western Balkans Summit: The Sofia Declaration – full text (The Sofia Globe)

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At the European Union – Western Balkans summit in the Bulgarian capital on May 17, EU leaders agreed on the Sofia Declaration, with which the Western Balkans partners have aligned themselves, the Council of the EU said. This is the full text of the Sofia Declaration: We, the leaders of the European Union (EU) and […]

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Milic: West to think about division of Kosovo (Tanjug, Radio kontakt plus)

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Milic: West to think about division of Kosovo (Tanjug, Radio kontakt plus)

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The western international community should think about division of Kosovo as least bad solution, treating it as a unique case, Centre for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS) Director, Jelena Milic said, Serbian media reported. Milic told Tanjug news agency if the West is that much afraid of Russian influence, then unresolved Belgrade-Pristina issue “is one of the […]

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Police arrest four persons in the north, weapons seized (media)

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Police arrest four persons in the north, weapons seized (media)

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Kosovo Police have raided three different locations in the north this morning, arrested four persons and seized weapons and other material during the operation. Police confirmed to Kosovapress that the raids were carried out in two locations in Mitrovica North and in a village in Zvecan municipality. The four suspects have been put in 48-hour […]

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Thaci calls for Kosovo’s equal treatment and visa liberalisation (media)

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