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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 13, 2019

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 13, 2019

Albanian Language Media:

• Hoti: We rejected a similar model to the Mini-Schengen in 2016 (media)
• Maas: Germany remains opposed to Kosovo-Serbia change of borders (DW)
• Lebet: Border changes do not create sustainable peace (Koha)
• Kurti: We have harmonized eighty percent of our governing program (media)
• Mustafa: Prior to certification of results, we can meet with Kurti only for coffee (RTK)
• Kosovo NGOs request from EC not to elect Alexei Kondratiev rapporteur for Kosovo (RTK)
• Kurti: As PM, I will work with communities to remove prejudices (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Dacic: Only compromise solution ensures lasting peace (RTS, TV N1)
• Self-determination ‘fights’ in favour of votes from Serbia, appeals to Supreme Court (KoSSev)
• Simic: Kurti is not defending Serbian List but his three mandates (Kosovo-online)
• Kosovo prosecution still without official information on “poisoning” case (KoSSev)
• Vucic’s remarks on Macron, Thaci meeting, elections in Kosovo (Prva TV, B92, Tanjug)
• Vucic: Serbian heritage in Kosovo needs protection (RTS)
• “Western Balkans six would save € 3.5 billion by implementing “mini Schengen”” (B92)
• Detention of Zlatan Krstic extended for two more months (Radio KIM, Kosovo-online)

Opinions:

• What does Macron really want on Western Balkans? (EUobserver)

International:

• Kosovo’s Thaci Insists On Resuming Dialogue With Serbia ‘Without Conditions’ (RFE)
• Ghana Withdraws ‘Premature’ Kosovo Recognition (RFE)
• Montenegro Rejects Balkan ‘Mini Schengen’ Proposal (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo Warns Council of Europe about Russian Rapporteur Candidate (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Roof of newly constructed Basic Court in Gracanica collapsed (Gracanica-online, KoSSev)

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Belgrade Media Report 13 November 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 13 November 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Dialogue can be continued if Pristina lifts taxes (Tanjug/TV Prva)
• Vucic: UNESCO charter must be respected (Tanjug)
• Dacic: Only compromise solution ensures lasting peace (RTS/Tanjug/Beta)
• Ghana confirms it withdraws recognition of Kosovo (RTS/Tanjug/Beta)
• Serbia signs cooperation agreement with Eurojust in fight against cross-border crime (Tanjug)
• Rama: Pristina threatens Albania’s foreign policy (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• RS parliament adopts 20 conclusions calling for consistent implementation of DPA, rejecting of Bonn Powers and requesting abolition of OHR (Hayat)
• Opposition fails to support conclusions adopted by RSNA, say they are not result of joint acting (BN TV)
• RS parliament session and adopted conclusions spark reactions of Federation of B&H (N1)
• Izetbegovic: RS parliament’s conclusions represent unconstitutional and non-implementable attempt to impose entity on state of B&H (FTV)
• PIC SB to discuss RS parliament conclusions next Tuesday (Nezavisne novine)
• Komsic meets Macron in Paris, tells him B&H is not a time bomb (BN TV)
• Dodik: Komsic stated personal opinion in Paris, not official stance of B&H Presidency (N1)
Croatia
• Croatia’s Presidency can advance relations between EU and Russia (Hina)
Montenegro
• Rakocevic: Technical government is not acceptable (Dan)
• Brajovic: Idea of technical government should be rejected once and for all (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Pendarovski and Macron meet in Paris (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Paris Peace Forum- President Meta met with French President Macron (Radio Tirana)
• Rama: Chinese tourists will not need visas for the “Balkan Schengen” (Radio Tirana)
• Merkel: EU should do more to open negotiations on Albania and North Macedonia (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• EU’s gatekeeper laments bloc’s message to would-be Balkan members (Financial Times)

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Belgrade Media Report 12 November 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 12 November 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Withdrawal of Kosovo’s recognition victory for Serbia’s policy (Tanjug/RTS)
• Vucic: Talks with Macron in three parts (Tanjug/RTS)
• As for Macron, we knock on an open door and there is no dilemma (Tanjug/B92)
• Djuric: Serbs brutally denied right to vote (RTS)
• Borisov: Gas supplies from Bulgaria to Serbia to begin by May 2020 (TV Prva)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: Rights, competences and obligations of RS need to be defended (RTRS)
• Salkic: RS parliament session represents continuation of separatist activities (FTV)
• Dzaferovic: If DPA is questioned, so are B&H entities (FTV)
• Other reactions to RS parliament special session (N1)
• SDP Presidency: Whole country is in crisis, directed by SDA and HDZ B&H with help of their partner SNSD (Oslobodjenje)
• Mektic: Serb Ministers in B&H CoM will ask for removal of ANP from agenda of Tuesday’s session of CoM (BHT1)
• Turkey starts deporting former ISIL soldiers to their countries of origin; Mektic: B&H will accept only individuals that one unambiguously identifies as B&H nationals (BHT1)
Croatia
• Foreign Minister says NATO role beyond question (Hina)
Montenegro
• Montenegro has to think carefully about ‘mini-Schengen’ (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Pendarovski meets with Macron in Paris (Republika)
• Zaev: We agreed in Ohrid on measures to improve movement of people, goods and services through the region (Nezavisen vesnik)
• DUI does not want early elections in April (Sloboden pecat)
Albania
• Ruci calls on the EU countries to verify the reforms our country has undertaken (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Von der Leyen locks horns with Macron over EU enlargement (EurActiv)
• What does Macron really want on Western Balkans? (EUobserver)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 12, 2019

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 12, 2019

Albanian Language Media:

• Tripartite meeting between Macron, Thaci and Vucic (Lajmi)
• Thaci: Balkans integration in NATO and EU, the only perspective for peace (media)
• Vjosa Osmani reacts to Vucic’s claims (media)
• Why Kosovo fears the Balkans “Mini-Schengen”? (Radio Free Europe)
• Kurti: Ohrid summit should not have taken place (RTK)
• Vetevendosje appeals ECAP decision before the Supreme Court (Koha)
• Egyptian Liberal Party has a condition for Kurti (Indeksonline)
• EU: Dialogue must resume and import tariff lifted (Telegrafi)
• Rama furthers ties with Vucic, while Dacic convinces Ghana to retract Kosovo recognition (Express)
• Kurti: Government will be more active in supporting Presevo Valley Albanians (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic on meeting Macron and Thaci today: I was realistic and open (RTS)
• Vucic after meeting Macron last night: With Armagnac from 1914, we ended very good one-hour conversation” (Tanjug, B92)
• Vucic: Thaci didn’t tell Macron what he really meant (Tanjug, B92)
• Novosti: Kosovo has lost majority in the UN (Vecernje Novosti, Tanjug, B92)
• Djuric: Kurti clearly opted for past (RTS)
• “Free flow of goods, services and people more important than withdrawing recognition” (Tanjug, B92)

International:

• Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ): Macron’s gift to the Russian authorities (NZZ, Sputnik, B92)
• Belgrade Condemns Kosovo’s Invalidation of Votes from Serbia (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 11, 2019

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 11, 2019

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: We will establish the Commercial Court (Kosovapress)
• Thaci to meet Macron, will speak about visa liberalisation (media)
• Kosovo Foreign Ministry reacts to Dacic’s claims: Filthy propaganda (media)
• Missing persons families: New government to condition talks with Serbia (Koha)
• Serbian officials threaten state of Kosovo (Zeri/Gazeta Express)
• Lushi: Those who want Kosovo to join Mini-Schengen are fools (media)
• ECAP gives right to NISMA requests recount of votes at over 1400 polling stations (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Ghana: Decision to recognise Kosovo was premature (Tanjug)
• Ghana revoked recognition of Kosovo (B92)
• Ohrid Agreement: Open borders, labor and student exchange, travel with ID cards only (B92, Tanjug)
• RCC welcomes idea of creating a single market in the region (Beta, N1)
• Matthew Palmer: “Mini Schengen has US support” (B92)
• Officials in Pristina, Belgrade trade insults (N1, KoSSev)
• Billboards on Armistice Day placed in northern Kosovo (Vecernje Novosti)
• Assistant Director of the Office for KiM: Kosovo Government cannot be formed without the Serbian List (Radio Beograd, Radio Mitrovica Sever)
• New EC President: Keep enlargement in Western Balkans sustainable (SRNA, N1)
• “EU’s decision is a disaster” (Tanjug, B92, Blic)

Opinions:

• EU’s ‘no’ to Western Balkans could spark conflict (DW)
• “As for Macron, we knock on an open door and there is no dilemma” (B92, Tanjug)

International:

• Macron questioning NATO in Economist interview raises eyebrows about his methods (euractiv.com)
• Europe risks losing strategic clout in Western Balkans (euractiv.com)

Development/Humanitarian:

• Kosovo miners on strike over conditions and pay (Beta, KoSSev, N1)
• Nobel laureate commends Kosovo for addressing conflict-related sexual violence (media)

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Belgrade Media Report 11 November 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 11 November 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Western Balkans need clear and precise indications of European future (Beta/RTS)
• Vucic on ‘mini Schengen’: Nothing better created in Balkans over past 30 years (Beta)
• Palmer: Mini Schengen has US support (B92)
• India has understanding for our principled position on territorial sovereignty and integrity (Tanjug/RTS)
• Continuity of Serbia-US dialogue assessed positively (FoNet)
• Dacic: Ghana withdraws recognition of so-called Kosovo (TV Prva)
• Dacic demands apology from Albania over Cakaj’s statement (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Ohrid: Serbia, Albania, North Macedonia sign agreement on entering countries with IDs, call on B&H, Montenegro to join them; Zvizdic: Vucic and Rama guarantee that this is not attempt to replace European integration of Western Balkan (FTV)
• Komsic summons French Ambassador to discuss President Macron’s statement on B&H (TV1/BHT1)
• Bosniak officials criticize Macron’s statement as unfounded (TV1/RTRS/N1)
• Mektic: B&H has not had any serious terrorist threats for years (TV1/BHT1/FTV)
• Dodik thanks Macron for revealing truth about B&H (TV1/ATV/RTRS)
• SDS and PDP launch initiative to enable temporary formation of commissions in parliament to unblock work of B&H HoR (Hayat)
• Mektic deems main problem of migrant crisis is lack of accommodation capacities and lack of coordination at all levels (BNTV)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev says the “Mini Schengen” will be good for the region, as Vucic insists it will not be a “new Yugoslavia” (Republika)
• Mickoski on the Mini Schengen initiative: For us, the only option is to join the EU (Republika)
• Zaev asked Alexander Soros for money and Edi Rama for more Albanian votes (Republika)
Albania

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Von der Leyen: EU path for Western Balkans is of ‘great strategic importance’ (Politico.eu)
• Brussels casts Zaev a thin lifeline (New Europe)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 7, 2019

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 7, 2019

Albanian Language Media:

• Kosovo’s Election Commission announces final election results (media)
• Pacolli: Inclusion of votes from Serbia is scandalous and a grave mistake (media)
• Shala: CEC has fabricated the votes – we will appeal today (media)
• Reporters want ballots from Serbia to be annulled (Indeksonline)
• Kadri Veseli summoned for interview by specialist chambers (media)
• Kurti: The dialogue without principles with Serbia must be replaced (RTK)
• Serwer supports Albin Kurti’s reciprocity towards Serbia (media)
• Haradinaj speaks about the reasons of Maxhuni’s resignation (RTK)
• Two Turkish nationals arrested in Kosovo sentenced to seven years imprisonment (Prishtina Insight)
• Kurti is visiting France (Klan Kosova)

Serbian Language Media:

• Djuric: Kosovo Serb representatives will not go to government that does not accept “will of Serbian people” (KoSSev, N1)
• Jevtic: Serbian List has right to be part of institutions (RTS)
• Serbian List responds to Albin Kurti (Tanjug, B92)
• Djuric: Kurti’s talk about reciprocity euphemism for rejecting dialogue (BETA, TV N1, Kosovo-online)
• CI SDP: Kurti’s statement that Oliver Ivanovic was a war criminal inhumane (Radio KIM)
• Kurti: Belgrade does not recognize diplomas from Kosovo, Kozarev denies claims (TV N1, RTK)
• Dacic says Zarzecki will visit Serbia (Politika, TV N1)
• Balkan is an arms race (DW, B92)
• Special Court in the Hague will continue work also after end of five-year mandate (Radio KIM)
• N1: New incident during Kurti interview to N1
• Johannes Hahn sharply criticizes Macron’s move, fears of consequences for Balkan (Serbian media)

International:

• Kosovo’s Demographic Destiny Looks Eerily Familiar (Balkan Insight)
• Emmanuel Macron warns Europe: NATO is brain-dead (The Economist)
• Left-Wing Party Wins in Kosovo, Creates Ruling Coalition (The New York Times)
• Kosovo set for two-party government coalition – final election results (Reuters, National Post)
• Kosovo Final Election Result Confirms Vetevendosje Victory (Balkan Insight)

Development/Humanitarian:

• Prishtina ‘18th most polluted capital’ (Prishtina Insight)
• Primary School “Vuk Karadzic” in Priluzje marked 154th anniversary (RTK 2, KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 6, 2019

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 6, 2019

Albanian Language Media:

• CEC: Election results to be announced tomorrow, if no complaints filed (Telegrafi)
• EP Rapporteur for Kosovo: No reason to delay visa liberalisation (Express)
• Haradinaj: Kurti to be careful in relations with Serbia (EO)
• Maliqi: Border correction idea could be brought back to the table (Zeri)
• Kurti: I cannot treat Bosnia the same as Serbia (N1, RTK)
• Albin Kurti to resign from the post of the leader of Vetevendosje Movement (Lajmi.net)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: If I promised something to the West on Kosovo, why didn’t I fulfil it so far? (RTS, B92)
• Molina: Spain will not change its stance on Kosovo (RTS)
• “We are disappointed with EU, let them make it up with Serbia and Montenegro” (Tanjug, B92)
• Dacic: Palmer didn’t mention sanctions over Russian military equipment (N1, Danas)
• Vecernje Novosti daily on Zarzecki’s visit to Serbia (Vecernje Novosti, B92)
• Trajkovic on Palmer’s visit to Belgrade and Pristina: (Non)achieving the lasting solution (Radio KIM)

International:

• Can Kosovo Get Payback for Wartime Devastation? (Balkan Insight)

Development/Humanitarian:

• Lluka: Kosovo to become energy regulatory area as of next year (Kallxo)

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Belgrade Media Report 06 November 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 06 July 2019

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: If I promised something to the West on Kosovo, why didn’t I fulfill it so far? (RTS)
• Vucic opponents, supporters face off in front of RTS (N1, VIP)
• Serbia’s opposition: Vucic suspends institutions, sends criminals against people (N1)
• Palmer calls on opposition to desist from election boycott (N1)
• Palmer meets with the opposition leaders (VIP, Beta)
• Vucic discusses EU integration, dialogue with Kosovo and the environment with Fabrizi (Beta)
• “Special” American representative coming to Belgrade, sanctions threatening us? (Vecernje Novosti)
• Dacic: Palmer hasn’t mentioned sanctions over Russian military equipment (Danas, FoNet)
• Visegrad Group prime ministers disappointed with EU’s negative signal to the Western Balkans (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• HR Inzko addresses UN SC (BHT1)
• UN Security Council: EUFOR to oversee peace in B&H for another year (Srna)
• B&H HoR Collegium fails; Zvizdic: Blockade in Parliament continues, we were unable to reach consensus (BHT1)
• Dodik: I will not be convening meetings on formation of state-level authorities (Glas Srpske)
• Head of RS Representation Office in US Kesic: Bosniaks recently organized network of lobbyists to convince US Congress to adopt resolution against RS (RTRS)
Croatia
• EU will not leave Balkans to Turkey and Russia (Vecernji list)
Montenegro
• Minister Darmanovic: No land has been surrendered to Kosovo (CDM)
• Djukanovic, Etgen: Closing the EU door is not a good message (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Palmer: We will try to convince the EU to change its position on the Western Balkans before the Zagreb Summit (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Conway-Mouret: France will give the green light for North Macedonia’s NATO membership (MIA)
• Zaev’s advisers are jumping ship (Republika)
• Zaev endorses proposal to radically change the electoral model (Republika)
• DUI is not interested in a pre-election coalition with SDSM, Bujar Osmani says (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

• Senate hearing blames Dodik for Bosnia’s stalemate (BIRN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 5, 2019

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 5, 2019

Albanian Language Media:

• Delays in announcing election results hurt decision-making processes (Telegrafi)
• Kurti: Astrit Dehari, symbol of battle for justice (Kallxo/Telegrafi)
• LDK leader Mustafa meets representatives of non-majority communities (media)
• Ramadani: ‘Imperial’ Russia returns as threat to Balkans (RTK)
• Haradinaj with a message for Kurti on reciprocity with Serbia (Gazeta Express)

Serbian Language Media:

• Palmer: If Belgrade and Pristina want our political support, the agreement must be acceptable to the US as well (RTV, KoSSev)
• Elections in Serbia between 22 March and 5 April, says Serbian president Vucic (RTS)
• Dacic with Palmer: Support to the continuation of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Serbian media)
• Serbian FM Dacic: By year end, four to five states to withdraw Kosovo’s recognition (NMagazin, TV Happy)
• Delo: Trump urgently needs his “Dayton” (Delo, B92)

International:

• US to push France on Western Balkans enlargement (EUobserver)
• New Format for Discussing Kosovo at the UN Needed, Russia Could Act as Mediator – Analysts (Sputnik)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 1, 2019

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 1, 2019

Albanian Language Media:

• VV-LDK government program to be finalised next week (ekonomiaonline)
• Haradinaj: Thaci, Rama, Citaku, Vucic supported Kosovo’s partition (Telegrafi)
• Munter: Trump wants to bring Kurti and Vucic to Washington for a deal (media)
• Incoming government may cancel 2020 budget projections (RFE)

Serbian Language Media:

• Dacic: Serbia strengthened its foreign-policy position (RTS)
• “Same message to Belgrade and Pristina from all ambassadors at UN SC session” (Tanjug, B92)
• A secret even for CEC members to which country were sent votes from Serbia for the analysis (Politika, TV Most, Kosovo Online)
• Concluded hearing of a witness in connection with the case of Nenad Arsic (Kontakt plus radio)
• Kosovo Special Prosecutor announces first indictments for murder of Oliver Ivanovic (KoSSev, N1)
• “If the borders within former Yugoslavia begin to change, it will be a disaster” (RTS, B92)
• Surlic to N1: How to believe in the final agreement on Kosovo when the agreed so far is not implemented

Opinions:

• Mustafaj: Vjosa Osmani as a stateswoman (Telegrafi)

Humanitarian and Development:

• Kosovo Failing to Protect Diaspora Rights and Tap Potential (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo rape: Teacher and policeman accused in teenager case (BBC)

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Belgrade Media Report 1 November 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 1 November 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• UN Security Council session on Kosovo and Metohija; UNMIK Chief criticized Chitaku (Beta/Tanjug/B92)
• Pristina sole culprit for no dialogue (Tanjug/Novosti/Beta/FoNet/RTV)
• SzS accuses EU of supporting Serbia’s regime (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Izetbegovic calls on B&H lawmakers not to tie work of B&H parliament to appointment of new convocation of B&H CoM (BHT1)
• Sarovic: Work of B&H parliament cannot be connected to process of formation of new B&H CoM convocation (BN TV)
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ plan of activities for 2020 includes activities related to activation of MAP (Glas Srpske)
Montenegro
• China’s ambassador: Montenegro isn’t China’s Trojan horse (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Palmer: The United States is a friend and partner of North Macedonia (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Zaev: Filling the NATO Ambassador post is a priority (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Rama-Conte joint press conference (Radio Tirana)
• Reeker: USA disappointed. Some EU leaders have 19th-century views (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Security Council: United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UN Press Release)

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