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Belgrade Media Report 22 May 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 22 May 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Relations between Serbia, Croatia important for stability of region (Beta/RTS)
• Odalovic: Quint’s message does not fit anywhere (RTS)
• Kuburovic: No extradition discussed with Brammertz (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Croat ministers boycott B&H CoM session (FTV, RTRS)
• Covic: HDZ B&H is not conditioning formation of B&H CoM and Federation of B&H government (Dnevni avaz)
• After SDA accepted Dodik’s request on IPAP, DF threatened it would call off coalition with SDA (Dnevni list)
• Russia sees RS as main political and economic partner in B&H (ATV)
Republic of North Macedonia
• North Macedonia receives positive signals about the launch of accession talks (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Zaev and Ahmeti meet to plan their purge of corrupt government members (Republika)
Albania
• Basha warns again: Local elections will not be held (ADN)
• Rama-Thaci meeting (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• US Wants Kosovo Army to Be in Control of the Disputed Territory – Analyst (Sputnik)
• Frontex launches first joint operation outside EU, in Albania (EurActiv/AFP)

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“Indecent proposal” that Angela refused (Tanjug, B92)

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Several EU leaders were trying to persuade Angela Merkel at a summit in Romania on May 9 to accept a leading position in the EU, but she refused. Three people were familiar with the situation who wanted to remain anonymous told this to Bloomberg, after conversations on that topic took place behind closed doors. They […]

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Drecun: Quint attempt to undermine results of Srpska Lista (TV Most, Tanjug)

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The international community must respect the electoral will of the Serbian people in Kosovo, Chairperson of the Serbian National Assembly Committee for Kosovo and Metohija Milovan Drecun said, TV Most reports. Drecun added that the joint statement of Quint member states on mayoral elections in the four northern Kosovo municipalities is an attempt to undermine […]

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Srpska Lista fined: EUR 2000 per poster (Tanjug, B92, RTK 2, RTS)

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Srpska Lista, whose candidates won mayoral elections in the four northern Kosovo municipalities was fined in total EUR 6000 for the three electoral posters, Tanjug news agency reported. Srpska Lisa was fined for breaching the rules in electoral campaign as it placed the posters and leaflets on the places not foreseen for that, including public […]

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Decision on confirming ownership over 24 hectares of land to Visoki Decani Monastery not implemented yet (KoSSev)

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The US Ambassador in Pristina Philip Kosnett and EU Office Head Nataliya Apostolova sent an appeal to the Kosovo authorities to implement the 2016 decision of the Constitutional Court which confirmed ownership of Visoki Decani Monastery over 24 hectares of land, KoSSev portal reports. Following 16 years long dispute the Constitutional Court made decision in […]

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Vucic reacts to Quint statement on elections in northern Kosovo (Tanjug, B92)

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said he is surprised by the Quint statement following mayoral elections in the four northern Kosovo municipalities, Tanjug news agency reports today. He added the only conclusion from that statement would be that some were displeased the elections were completed in peace and order. “I want to congratulate them for their […]

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“Russia will always support Serbia – especially on Kosovo” (Tanjug, B92)

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President Aleksandar Vucic has received Leonid Slutsky, the chairman of the Committee on International Affairs of the Russian Federation’s State Duma. They met in Belgrade and discussed further development of Serbia-Russia cooperation in all areas, the president’s press service announced on Tuesday. Vucic said that he was honored to meet with President Putin in Beijing […]

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BIRN Launches New Cross-Border Reporting Platform (Balkan Insight)

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BIRN’s new Reporting Democracy platform seeks to unleash investigative journalism to examine the state of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network launched a cross-border journalism platform on Monday aimed at shining a light on issues affecting the health of democracy across a swathe of Europe vulnerable to […]

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Western Diplomats Raise Concerns about Democracy in North Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

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The US, French, German, Italian and British embassies in Pristina expressed concern about the level of democracy in Serb-majority north Kosovo after mayoral elections in which only one Serb party participated. See at: https://balkaninsight.com/2019/05/21/western-diplomats-raise-concerns-about-democracy-in-north-kosovo/  

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Serbia to open embassy in Ghana this year (RTS)

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Serbian Foreign Affairs Minister Ivica Dacic, who is paying an official visit to Ghana announced that Serbia would open an embassy in this country this year, RTS reports. Dacic also urged all the countries to wait for the end of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and maintain the status-neutral position thus supporting the dialogue. Dacic recalled that over […]

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Srpska Lista officials to meet President Vucic (TV N1)

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Serbian Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija Director Marko Djuric said on Monday that President Aleksandar Vucic would meet with officials of Srpska Lista and heads of all Serbian institutions in Kosovo on Friday to discuss the next steps following the elections for mayors in four Serb-majority municipalities in northern Kosovo, TV N1 reports. “Those […]

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Djuric: Western countries found strange way to congratulate (Tanjug, B92)

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Office for Kosovo and Metohija Director Marko Djuric thinks the “Quint’s” statement was as “a strange way to congratulate on a clean and convincing victory.” The “Quint” countries are the US, Germany, Italy, the UK, and France, and their statement concerned Sunday’s local elections in four Serb municipalities in northern Kosovo, won by the Serb […]

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