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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 12, 2019

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: There can be no border changes of Kosovo (DW)
• Kurti: No meeting with Mustafa today (media)
• LDK’s Avdyli optimistic a coalition agreement with LVV will be reached (Telegrafi)
• EU: Corruption remains a serious challenge in Kosovo (Kosovapress)

Serbian Language Media:

• Brammertz: Balkans deny crimes and glorifies criminals (RTS)
• “It would be great if Serbia wanted to join NATO” (Tanjug, Blic, B92)
• Djuric: Initiators of conflict and biggest criminals in Kosovo present themselves as Albanian leaders in Kosovo (Danas)
• Serbian List: ”Albanian politicians to stop hating Serbs” (RTV Pulse, Vecernje Novosti, Radio Mitrovica North)
• Silvana Arsovic discharged from hospital (RTS)

Opinion:

• Baton Haxhiu: It appears the U.S. Embassy has received pledge of future PM (Klan)

International:

• Hopes Rise in Kosovo for Deal on New Government (Balkan Insight)
• Nine EU Members release a new proposal for the reform of enlargement process (European Western Balkans)
• Kosovo declares Peter Handke ‘persona non grata’ (Deutsche Welle)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Kosovo Doctor’s Exhibition Documents Wartime Refugees’ Journey (Balkan Insight)
• International Mountain Day: We did not protect nature (KoSSev)

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Belgrade Media Report 10 December

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LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic with Sola: Argentina will not change its position on non-recognition of Kosovo (RTS/Tanjug)
• Vucic thanks Pavlopoulos for Greece’s support for Serbia’s territorial integrity (Tanjug)
• Pavlopoulos: Balkan wars, conflicts and differences to be left behind (Beta)
• Dacic: Greece’s non-recognition of so-called Kosovo is key for Serbia (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Tegeltija receives names of ministers and deputy ministers in B&H CoM from RS and HDZ B&H (RTRS)
• Election proposals for Mostar: With agreement on the city on the Neretva River, HDZ and SDA will unblock the process of changes to the Election Law (Vercernji list)
• Bosnia Presidency Chairman’s instruction to boycott Nobel Prize award ceremony (N1)
• Turkey, Albania, Kosovo to boycott Nobel ceremony in protest against Handke (Hayat)
Croatia
• Croatia joins Literature Nobel Prize boycott in protest over Handke (Hina)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Venice Commission publishes its opinion with strong criticism of the Albanian language law (Republika)
• Venice Commission ignites political debates in North Macedonia (Nezavisen vesnik)
• North Macedonia profits after Kosovo imposed 100% customs tax (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Albania to boycott Sweden Literature Nobel Prize Ceremony (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Borrell urges EU to be foreign policy ‘player, not the playground’ (Politico)
• Balkans addition ‘priority’ (The Budapest Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 09, 2019

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Albanian Language Media: German Ambassador symbolically calls for formation of new government (Kallxo) “Formation of Assembly not dependant on LVV – LDK agreement” (RFE) YIHR Kosovo and YIHR Serbia condemn Vucic’s denial rhetoric (media) No decision on President’s post a week after Kurti-Mustafa meeting (G Express) Veseli leaves for The Hague: Proud to have been […]

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Belgrade Media Report 09 December

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LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic: Pristina’s behavior doesn’t give optimism for continuing dialogue (RTS/Tanjug/Beta)
• Djuric: Albanian politicians’ careers built on lies (Tanjug)
• Petronijevic: Verdict to Todosijevic is a performance of the Kosovo judiciary (RTS)
• Government proposes members of Supervisory Board for monitoring pre-election activities (Tanjug)
• EU, Serbia to open chapter on free flow of capital on 10 December (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: Program of Reforms is not secret document, many people saw it, including certain members of RS opposition (Vecerji list)
• Tegeltija to continue consultations with political parties on formation of future B&H CoM (RTRS)
• Radoncic claims that he had to accept offer to cooperate with SDA amid difficult situation in B&H (Face TV)
• Diplomatic offensive on Mostar continues; SBB, SDP, SDA welcome IC engagement and US proposals (Dnevni avaz)
• Picula: B&H should be focused on implementing needed reforms (Oslobodjenje)
Montenegro
• It’s not good to change rules mid-game, Fayon says (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia
• VMRO maintains a solid lead over SDSM in the latest IPIS poll (Republika)
• Pendarovski says he’s not certain elections will take place in April, as planned (Republika)
• Albanian parties reject the ruling of the Venice Commission (Republika)
Albania
• Albania will receive the presidency of OSCE for 2020 (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Athens takes lead to ensure Western Balkans EU path (EurActiv)

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Belgrade Media Report 02 December

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LOCAL PRESS

• Pristina’s attempt to join ERGP thwarted (RTS/Tanjug)
• Vucic meets Grushko ahead of meeting with Putin (Tanjug/Novosti/Politika)
• Relations between Serbia, Russia at highest level (Tanjug/Beta)
• US expects Russia to respect Serbian strategic goals (Politika)
• Odalovic: “Hot winter” awaits us (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: I will not act like Ivanic and I will deliver Program of Reforms to RS parliament (Hayat)
• Dzaferovic: Sending of Program of Reforms to Brussels does not depend on decision or discussion in any body in B&H (Hayat)
• Inzko: B&H needs to act in line with its laws and strategies when it comes to relations with NATO (Nezavisne novine)
• Inzko: Russia wants to expand its influence, which is why Putin found time to hold 10 meetings with Dodik and even more meetings with Vucic (Face TV)
• Inzko claims that there is 60 percent chance B&H CoM will be formed as there may be additional obstacles or new ideas (Face TV)
• Transcript from recent session of Commission for Preparation of B&H CoM Appointment denies Borenovic’s claims that Tegeltija said that decisions and conclusions of RS parliament are not binding for him (ATV)
• Grabar-Kitarovic pays tribute to convicted war criminal Praljak (Hayat)
Croatia
• Croatian and Serbian Intelligence Services trade accusations (Hina)
Montenegro
• Djukanovic re-elected as DPS leader, Markovic as vice-president (CDM)
• Markovic, Zaev: EU integration has no alternative (CDM)
• Rood: Poor rule of law and Russia’s malign influence are main threats (Pobjeda)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Greece champions EU Enlargement in the Western Balkans (New Europe)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 02, 2019

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Albanian Language Media:

• Borell’s spokesman: Kosovo among his top priorities (RTK/Tanjug)
• President Thaci travels to Brussels, to attend Friends of Europe summit (media)
• Veseli’s interview by specialist chambers postponed to December 10 (media)
• Prosecution indicts six persons for Oliver Ivanovic’s murder (Telegrafi)
• Arrest warrant issued for Zvonko Veselinovic (RTK)
• Haradinaj expects good news for visa liberalisation before Christmas (media)
• Special Prosecution responds to Kurti’s criticism of its performance (Kallxo)
• Kurti does not consider agreement with Mustafa a done deal (Express)

Serbian Language Media:

• An indictment has been filed for the murder of Oliver Ivanovic against six persons (KoSSev)
• Kosovo prosecution filing the same indictments against Serbs that UNMIK closed (Vecernje novosti, Kontakt plus radio)
• Pristina issues international warrant for arrest of Kosovo Serb (N1, Kosovo online)
• Rama thanks Vucic and other leaders for assistance they sent to Albania (N1, Srna)
• Embassy: US policy towards Serbia has never changed (N1, Beta, Politika)

International:

• Germany’s AKK warns of Russian, Chinese influence in Balkans (DW)

Humanitarian/Development:

• United Nations Climate Change Conference (B92, Beta, AP)
• Air quality unhealthy but improving as December arrives (Prishtina Insight)
• Belgrade association calls for help to people of Albania (N1)
• Book of Sorrows: Kosovo War Rape Survivors Tell Their Stories (Balkan Insight)
• Cadez calls on Serbian companies to help Albania after earthquake (Beta, Kontakt plus radio)

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Belgrade Media Report 29 Novembar

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Serbia economically progresses four times faster than European countries (TV Pink/Beta)
• Dacic: Two thirds of African countries support Serbia in preserving its territorial integrity and sovereignty (RTV/FoNet)
• Vulin: Greater Albania will not pass (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Bissel: B&H Presidency’s Program of Reforms represents continuation of reforms with B&H (N1/Dnevni avaz)
• Kavalec: Agreement on formation of authorities in B&H is good news; OSCE will support and respect B&H’s decision on its NATO path (FTV)
• Dzaferovic thanks Mattarella on Italy’s support to European and NATO path of B&H (FTV)
• Ivantsov and Dodik discuss agreement on formation of state authorities (ATV)
• Abolish immunity to Americans for sake of path to EU (EuroBlic)
Croatia
• Plenkovic and Orban open Hungarian student dormitory in Osijek (Hina)
Albania
• Rama’s future daughter-in-law is among dozens killed in earthquake (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Serbian, Chinese police demonstrate joint anti-terrorism capacities (Xinhua)
• Kosovo’s Kurti Set to Shake up Relations with Albania (BIRN)
• Turkey Urged to Send Special Envoy to Balkans (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 27 November

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LOCAL PRESS

• Serbia sends aid to Albania in earthquake relief (Politika)
• Dacic thanks Iraq for support for Serbia’s territorial integrity (Beta)
• Djuric: Kurti fell into the trap of his own blurred reasoning (RTV/Tanjug)
• Stojanovic: Many appoint relatives, friends to control arms exports (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Commission for Preparation of Appointment of B&H CoM confirms candidacy of Tegeltija for new Chairman of B&H CoM (BN TV)
• RS parliament rejects request to discuss Program of Reforms of B&H (RTRS)
• Viskovic: ‘Program of Reforms of B&H’ does not prejudge final decision on NATO membership (Glas Srpske)
• Grabar-Kitarovic to pay visit to Mostar; HDZ B&H offers its full support in her pre-election campaign (Dnevni avaz)
• Media report that Lajcak will be appointed as Special Representative of EU for WB; Dodik says B&H does not need such representative (N1)
Montenegro
• Only one process should happen in WB – EU accession (CDM)
• “Odupri se” movement set to hit streets again (TMN)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Dendias in Skopje, Tsipras in Paris to support the European prospects of North Macedonia
• (Nezavisen vesnik/MIA)
Albania
• Deadly quake claims at least 22 lives (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• European Parliament confirms von der Leyen Commission (Politico)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 27, 2019

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Albanian Language Media:

• Supreme Court rejects Vetevendosje’s request on diaspora votes (media)
• Election results to be certified at 16:00 hours (Express)
• President Thaci travels to Durres, in solidarity with families of earthquake victims (media)
• Excavation for a suspected mass grave in Pristina continue (RFE, RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• New European Commission selected: We will share the same fate with the Balkans, along with culture and history (B92, Tanjug)
• EU to get new government today? (B92, Tanjug)
• Trendafilova: Individuals will be accountable for the crimes committed, not peoples (Danas )
• Presevo: Reciprocity is the minimum requirement, joining Kosovo is the maximum (KoSSev)
• Serbian List offers its condolences to the families of those who perished in the earthquake in Albania (Kosovo Online)

International:

• Trump, the EU and the Kosovo conundrum (Aljazeera)
• Balkan States Show Solidarity after Albanian Earthquake (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Albanian Earthquake: Rescue Efforts Continue as death Toll Rises (Balkan Insight)
• The Latest: UN sends disaster assessment experts to Albania (AP)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 26, 2019

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: I will not fall into Vucic’s trap (europeanwesternbalkans.com)
• KSF Commander: We’re ready to send additional troops to Albania (media)
• Bajqinovci: Kurti will annul Haradinaj’s decision for new intelligence chief (media)
• Haradinaj on appointment of Head of KIA: I stand by the decision (RTK)
• Kosovo government allocates 500,000 euros for the tragedy in Albania (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Dacic: Haradinaj and Kurti showed to entire world that Pristina is problem (RTS)
• Six people will be charged with Ivanovic’s murder – Radoicic is not one of them (B92, KoSSev)
• Vucic sends condolences to Albania, offers help (Beta, N1)

International:

• Kosovo Intelligence Chiefs’ Appointment Sparks Criticism (Balkan Insight)
• 3 Women Repatriated From Syria Face Terror Charges in Kosovo (VoA)
• Kurti Edges Closer to Becoming Kosovo’s Next PM (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo government allocates 500,000 euros for the tragedy in Albania (media)

Humanitarian/Development:

• KoSSev: Mitrovica North – Inhabitants of single block residence alone in their misery (KoSSev)
• ‘The Last Story’ installation puts domestic violence in the public eye (Prishtina Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 26 November

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: We are not close to a solution for Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug/TV Happy)
• Dacic: Haradinaj and Kurti should the entire world that Pristina is the problem (RTS)
• Brnabic thanks Slovakia for principled position on non-recognition of Kosovo ‘s unilaterally declared independence (Tanjug)
• EU considering appointment of EU Special Representative for Western Balkans (RTS)
• Mustafa: We will demand unification of Presevo valley with Kosovo (FoNet/Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Statehood Day marked in Federation of B&H only (FTV)
• Covic: It is yet to be seen when internal agreement on joint holidays will be reached in B&H (FTV)
• Dodik: November 25 is not a holiday in RS (BHT1)
• Izetbegovic says nothing in B&H is Serb, except name of RS; Dodik responds by saying that RS is property of Serb people and other citizens who live in it (RTRS)
• SDA’s Izetbegovic thanks SNSD’s Dodik for leading B&H towards NATO (BN TV)
• RS opposition demands from RS parliament to discuss Program of Reforms of B&H at session on Tuesday (BN TV)
Croatia
• 20,000 gather in Zagreb to support teachers’ strike (HRT)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Kurti: I will not fall into Vučić’s trap (European Western Balkans)
• Berlin and Paris outline plan for EU makeover (Politico)

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Belgrade Media Report 25 November

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: We did not export weapons to Ukraine, Russian notified of possible re-exports (Beta/Politika)
• Ukrainian Embassy: Reports of Serbia’s arms sale to Ukraine are staged provocations (Beta)
• Dacic: We are forcing Pristina to compromise with campaign of withdrawals of recognitions (TV Happy/Tanjug/RTV)
• Youth key driver of social change in region (Tanjug)
• Godfrey: Both sides must reach solution for Kosovo on their own (RTS/Beta)
• Fabrizi: Mini Schengen not an obstacle but stimulus to EU membership (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• SNSD Executive Board accepts information provided by Serb member of B&H Presidency Dodik on Program of Reforms of B&H (ATV)
• Chairman Komsic says that B&H has been in MAP since December 2018 (Fena)
• NATO is looking forward to cooperation with B&H based on Program of Reforms, still has not received this document (TV1)
• Interview with Chief of Joint Staff of B&H Armed Forces (Oslobodjenje)
Croatia
• Border dispute with Slovenia should be settled bilaterally (Hina)
Montenegro
• Sheikh Mohammed Al Nahyan: I’ll do everything to build bridges that will permanently connect us (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Sassoli: Blocking North Macedonia and Albania’s accession talks as an example why EU rules need to change (Nezavisen vesnik)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• ‘I Would Probably Be Hanged in Brussels’ (Der Spiegel)
• Dodik: I will continue to prevent adoption of ANP and B&H’s NATO membership in the future (RT)

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