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Belgrade Media Report 26 June 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 26 June 2019

LOCAL PRESS

• Djuric: Serbia will find a way to supply Serbs in north Kosovo (Pink TV)
• Three messages that Macron will deliver to Serbia (RTS)
• Vucic: Serbia will stay militarily neutral (RTS)
• The Serbian Parliament formed a parliamentary friendship group with Albania (Vecernje novosti)
• SzS Excludes possibility of stopping boycott of parliament prior to fulfillment of opposition’s requests (Danas)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: OSA puts several media outlets from B&H and region under surveillance, Bosniak side obstructs formation of B&H CoM insisting on NATO (RTRS)
• Covic: Kristo has revoked her motion to B&H CC regarding process of appointment of delegates in Federation of B&H HoP (BHT1)
• Norwegian FM Soreide pays visit to B&H (Oslobodjenje)
• RS President meets Maryland officials Wobensmith, Jones and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Cooper (ATV)
• United States has decided to finance modernization of armies in region (Nezavisne)
Croatia
• Grabar-Kitarovic: Croatia was exposed to the Great Serbian aggression (Hina)
• State Department: Croatia faced with rise in religious intolerance (Hina)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Pendarovski: Our Plan B is start of accession negotiations by the year-end (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Stoltenberg: Would be great if ratification of NATO’s protocol could finish by December
• (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Political crisis in Albania deepens as Electoral College turns down presidential decree (Radio Tirana)
• President Meta comments on the decision of the Electoral College, no elections in June 30 (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

• A new approach to Serbia and Kosovo (Emerging Europe, by Ben Hodges)

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Belgrade Media Report 25 June 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 25 June 2019

LOCAL PRESS

• Norway’s Foreign Minister visits Serbia (Beta)
• Gojkovic thanks El-Sisi for not voting against Serbian interests (RTS)
• Venice Commission: Church property seizures only with court ruling (Beta)
• Dacic: We expect Montenegro to respect Serbs’ rights (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: Thaci was not invited to SEECP summit as Kosovo President but rather as representative of Pristina, Kosovo remains unrecognized (ATV)
• RS MoI announces withdrawal of proposal on establishing reserve police unit; RS PM Viskovic: If we cannot have reserve unit, we will create gendarmerie (ATV)
• B&H HoP’s urgent session not held due to lack of quorum since SNSD and HDZ B&H delegates failed to come (Hayat)
Croatia
• Analysts comment on two announced presidential candidates (Hina)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Visegrad Group offers strong support to North Macedonia (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Greek PM Tsipras: Our neighbor meets the required criteria for starting the accession process (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Postponing start of accession negotiations was unfair, says Hungarian FM Szijjarto (Nezavisen vesnik)
• French Ambassador Thimonier bluntly lists areas where Macedonia falls short (Republika)
Albania
• President: Only Constitutional Court can turn down my decree (ADN)
• Electoral college adjudicates the complaint of NUP party to be deregistered from elections (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 24 June 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 24 June 2019

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: U.S. wants main role in Belgrade Pristina mediation (Beta)
• Dacic: U.S. sees Paris meeting delay as proof that it’s indispensable (Pink TV)
• Dacic: not realistic to expect only US to join in dialogue (RTS, Beta)
• Djuric: Representatives of Pristina acted arrogantly towards the host in Berlin (RTS)
• Jeremic: Move to cancel meeting in Paris is a circus show directed by Belgrade and Pristina (Danas)
• Vucic: Medvedev told me Russia would protect Serbia’s territorial integrity (Beta)
• Russian Ambassador: Russia has not and will not trade with Kosovo issue (Politika)
• State Department: Belgrade and Pristina must remove obstacles and return to negotiations (Beta)
• US Ambassador: The US will not lead the Belgrade-Pristina process (FoNet)
• Canak would solve Kosovo issue by recognizing Kosovo (Blic)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Covic says there are no more obstacles to formation of state-level authority; Dodik says he is not optimistic; Izetbegovic: It is necessary to find compromise (BHT1)
• Komsic: Contesting of ANP by political representatives from RS is absolutely unnecessary (Fena)
• Commander of NATO Bissel welcomes B&H’s aspirations to become member of EU and NATO, says delivery of ANP could help strengthen cooperation with NATO (Oslobodjenje)
Croatia
• Miroslav Skoro announces presidential run (HRT)
• Slovenian President: Border arbitration ruling will be implemented (Hina)
Montenegro
• Ambassador Reinke: Montenegro has the right to its own choices (Dan)
• Chepurin: Djukanovic will end up as Poroshenko (N1)
• PM Markovic: Venice Commission confirmed our freedom and independence (CDM)
• Brajovic: Montenegro will be first new EU member state (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Tevdovski out, Zaev names himself Finance Minister (Republika)
Albania
• United opposition held its 9th national protest (Radio Tirana)
• Zaharieva: Historical mistake if accession negotiations won’t kick off with Albania and North Macedonia (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 21 June

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LOCAL PRESS

• Serbian, Kosovo representatives hold meeting in Berlin (Beta)
• Djuric says hazardous chemicals stored in Kosovo Serb village (Beta)
• Kosovo justice minister visits Bujanovac in southern Serbia (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Slovakian FM and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Lajcak pays official visit to B&H (FTV)
• Lajcak: Other regional countries are in focus of EU more than B&H, Brussels feels B&H can wait (Dnevni avaz)
• Covic claims new convocation of B&H CoM could be appointed within next seven days (TV1)
• Dodik and Roumas discuss improvement of cooperation between B&H and Belarus (ATV)
Croatia
• Prime minister and president tipped as candidates for top EU positions (HRT)
Montenegro
• Serious accusations against president are groundless and unacceptable (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev and Rama warn of bad things to come in the Balkans if they are not given a date to open EU accession talks (Republika)
• Bulgarian Prime Minister Borisov says Macedonia will have to mature before it gets the EU accession date (Republika)
• Koumoutsakos says Macedonia and Albania will be evaluated separately (Republika)

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Belgrade Media Report 19 June

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LOCAL PRESS

• EU foreign ministers call for Pristina to immediately lift 100 percent tariffs on Serbian goods (Beta)
• Han: It’s hard to motivate Belgrade and Pristina to return to negotiations (Tanjug)
• Brnabic: EU and regional stability are Serbia’s priorities (Tanjug)
• Brnabic in Paris on relations with France and the upcoming Belgrade and Pristina meeting (Tanjug)
• Djuric: Taxes have destroyed the possibility for negotiations (RTS)
• Serbia protests over Kosovo without a footnote in Brussels (RTS)
• Western Balkans still threat to United States, Donald Trump says (Beta)
• The European Union’s General Affairs Council conclusions on Serbia (Tanjug, VIP)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Political Directors criticize the fact that executive authorities at levels of B&H and Federation of B&H still have not been formed (BN TV)
• Reactions of B&H politicians to conclusions adopted by the PIC SB (FTV)
• Dodik meets Orban in Budapest; EU path of B&H and cooperation with RS discussed (ATV)
Croatia
• Zoran Milanovic launches his presidential campaign (Hina)
• Grabar-Kitarovic comments on Milanovic’s candidacy for president (Hina)
• HDZ Expects Grabar-Kitarovic to run for second term (Hina)
Republic of North Macedonia
• EU ministers begin discussion on membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Zaev: The conclusion will turn into complete success in October (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• President Meta calls on institutions to take necessary measures regarding the visa-free regime (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 17 June

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic calls on Trump to exert influence on Pristina to lift tariffs, return to dialog (Beta)
• Jeremic: Vucic must not be allowed to broker demarcation deal (Beta)
• Tadic: Vucic promised Kosovo to foreigners (Blic)
• Belgrade and Prishtina soon to receive the guidelines for KiM from the West (Vecernje novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• RS President Cvijanovic denies she ever said RS can secede (Vecernji list)
• Palmer meets with RS officials, points to importance of cooperation with NATO (BN TV)
• HDZ B&H supports B&H’s path towards NATO, but that it is necessary to initiate process of appointment of B&H CoM (N1)
• Dodik reelected as SNSD leader; says RS is most stable part of B&H (RTRS)
• Meeting of PIC SB scheduled to address lack of formation of authorities in B&H (N1, ATV)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev: I expect EU accession talks by the end of the year (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Angry at the prospect of EU “decoupling” from Macedonia, some Albanians call for Greater Albania (Republika)
Albania
• OSCE has drafted an interim report on June 30th local elections (Radio Tirana)
• Tsereteli: Parties should sit down for talk (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Rama reacts to Northern Macedonia’s President declaration about “decoupling

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Belgrade Media Report 14 June

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic surprised by Montenegro’s reaction (Tanjug)
• Dacic: Does someone really think that they will also occupy Ostrog (RTS)
• Kuburovic: Constitutional amendments do not include Kosovo (Novosti)
• Markovic: Summit in Paris opportunity for setting framework for resumption of dialogue (Beta)
• Djilas: Palmer did not ask us to take part in elections (Beta)
• Keefe: I wish Serbia energy and courage in facing challenges (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H Presidency member Dzaferovic: ANP is first step towards NATO integration, Dodik knows that talk of dissolution would only lead to disappearance of RS (Oslobodjenje)
• SNSD and its coalition partners from RS announce they will boycott urgent session of B&H HoR (TV1)
• MEP Soltes disappointed that the European Parliament’s Resolution on Srebrenica was not widely accepted; Many obstacles to an agreement between Kosovo and Serbia (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia
• Plenkovic condemns assault on Serb workers on Brac (Hina)
Montenegro
• The government of Montenegro responded to Vucic (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev’s government says Merkel promised him EU accession talks in September (Republika)
• VMRO calls on Zaev to resign after his failure to open EU accession talks in June (Republika)
Albania
• Parliament votes resolution against President Meta (ADN)
• Basha warns that Albania is near coup d’etat (ADN)
• OSCE urges for dialogue after President cancelled municipal elections (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Montenegro’s attack on church property will create lawless society (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 13 June

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: It there is no Paris meeting, the region will be in mud even more (Tanjug)
• Djuric: Vampire ball in Pristina (Beta/RTS/Tanjug/Novosti)
• Joksimovic: Chapter 35 is not a replacement for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (RTS/Tanjug)
• Vukoslavljevic seeks UNESCO protection (FoNet)
• Palmer called opposition to take part in elections (Danas)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik and Vulin discuss migrant crisis and security situation in B&H (ATV)
• Wigemark sends letter to Zvizdic noting that proposed location for migrants does not meet criteria for EU assistance (FTV)
• Dodik says it is unacceptable to allow Croatia to ignore demands and rights of B&H citizens and simply lease their property; Dzaferovic and Komsic agree (Oslobodjenje)
Croatia
• Grabar-Kitarovic: I don’t regret having invited Vucic to Croatia (Hina)
• Plenkovic says EU Court has no jurisdiction over border dispute (HRT)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Pendarovski: The enlargement fatigue the EU has mentioned is also felt by North Macedonia (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Tusk: There can only be one decision – to launch negotiations, question is not ‘if’ but ‘when’ (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Mogherini: North Macedonia and Albania should get a date in June or July (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Reeker: North Macedonia did a great job, EU negotiations should start as soon as possible (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Prime Minister accuses President for trying to block judicial reform (ADN)
• German delegation: Who obstructs the integration process hampers those who believe in democratic values (Radio Tirana)
• 13 member countries of the EU express support in a common declaration for Albania’s negotiations opening (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Iran, Serbia Discuss Closer Ties on All Fronts (IFP)

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Belgrade Media Report 12 June

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Merkel mentioned no plan, dismisses White House criticism (Tanjug)
• Palmer meets Serbia’s opposition leaders in Belgrade, no comments afterwards (Beta/N1)
• KFOR Commander: Kosovo is a state that differs greatly from the one it was 20 years ago (Beta)
• Obradovic: Parliament boycott to continue (FoNet)
• Ninamedia poll: 89 percent of citizens against NATO membership (Beta)
• Macron in Serbia on 15 and 16 July (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Police of one entity is not entitled to cross into territory of another without consent (Srna)
• Dodik: B&H AF will not be deployed at border with Serbia and Montenegro (N1)
• Dodik congratulates Putin on Russia Day (Srna)
• Ivantsov: Russia does not accept interference into internal affairs of others (Srna)
• Czech Minister Petricek visits Sarajevo and holds meetings with members of B&H Presidency (BHT1)
Montenegro
• Cerovic: SPC wants a ‘Greater Serbia’, plans mayhem (CDM)
• Vucic is calling a meeting with his people in Montenegro (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Debates in North Macedonia over early elections (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Boycott of the census – a disaster for the state (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• President Meta in a press conference: I invite the parties to understand the indispensability of dialogue and finding solutions (Radio Tirana)
• Juncker believes Albanians should vote (ADN)
• Kocijancic: Parliament is legitimate, Albanians should be guaranteed the right to vote (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Kosovo decorates Bill Clinton with a ‘freedom medal’ (AFP)
• Idolatry much? Kosovo honors Clinton, Albright on 1999 war anniversary (RT)

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Belgrade Media Report 10 June

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic, Palmer: Taxes obstacle to Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Tanjug/Beta/RTS)
• Vucic asks Merkel to help revive dialogue with Pristina (Beta)
• Dacic: Russia’s support for Kosovo at UN Security Council session (RTS/Tanjug)
• Drecun: One more UN SC session, not “D Day” (RTS)
• Gojkovic at opening of National Convention session (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Covic: We need formation of B&H CoM and proposal for changes to Election Law, only then we can discuss formation of FB&H government (Avaz.ba)
• Covic addresses ceremony marking 29th anniversary of HDZ B&H in Zepce (Vecernji list)
• FB&H MoI: Preliminary draft amendments to Law on Internal Affairs prepared to form reserve police unit in FB&H (BHT1)
• Reactions of RS’ officials to FB&H MoI’s initiative (ATV)
• Participation of Dodik and Cvijanovic in economic forum in St. Petersburg result in agreed gasification of RS (RTRS)
• Dzaferovic: Dodik’s agreements with Russia regarding gasification of RS is not official stance of state since these issues were not discussed in Presidency (Hayat)
• Migrant crisis in USC at critical level (Klix.ba/Vecernji list)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Parliament cancels debate on the new census law after objections from the opposition, boycott is now an option (Republika)
Albania
• President unveils main reason of elections cancelation (ADN)
• Borchardt: Cancellation of elections an internal affair of Albania (ADN)
• Germany supports Meta’s decision to cancel local elections (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Enlargement, going back to square one (New Europe)
• Montenegro football coach Tumbakovic fired over Kosovo game (DW)

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Belgrade Media Report 07 June

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LOCAL PRESS

• Stefanovic: How will Pristina respect Interpol when it beats up UN representatives (RTS/Beta)
• Antic: Gas pipeline through Serbia to be completed as planned (Tanjug)
• Kosovo Assembly delegation visits southern Serbian municipalities (Beta/Novosti)
• Joksimovic with ambassadors of EU Member States, Head of Delegation on EC Report (Beta/RTS)
• Keefe: Serbia and UK have complex relations, but share values (Beta/RTV)
• Dacic: Serbia will always fight against a fake state (FoNet/Sputnik)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Hahn: B&H should not waste any more time on EU road, politicians must agree on authority formation soon (Dnevni avaz)
• Wigemark: Failure to form authorities hinders progress on European road (Srna)
• SNSD spokesperson Kovacevic accuses SDA and SDS of preparing conspiracy so that SDS’ Sarovic would replace SDA’s Zvizdic at post of B&H CoM Chairman (ATV)
• Economic arrangements of Russia, RS and B&H discussed with Lavrov (Srna)
Montenegro
• DF is coming back to the parliamentary committees (Dnevne novine)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Netherlands sees Macedonia as “not there yet” regarding the EU accession talks; German parliament deeply divided (Republika)
• Austrian MEPs demand opening of accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania (Nezavisen vesnik)
• VMRO-DPMNE demands Zaev’s resignation, a technical government and early elections (Republika)
• Zaev says early elections are possible if EU won’t allow opening of accession talks (Republika)
• Austrian paper suggests creating a Balkan union instead of bringing Balkan countries into the EU (Republika/Die Presse)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Federica Mogherini met with Gent Cakaj, Acting Foreign Minister of Albania (EEAS)
• Germany: Maas recruits for the extension of the Bundeswehr mission in Kosovo (AFP)

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Belgrade Media Report 06 June

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: I will ask assistance from the US for abolishment of taxes (TV Prva)
• Moscow launches investigation into beating of Krasnoshchekov, expects Serbia to do the same (Tanjug/RTV)
• Kosovo Serb delegation meets Hellbach in Berlin (Beta)
• SzS: Experts’ recommendations are platform for talks with government (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: Meeting with Lavrov will be opportunity to discuss cooperation between the RS, B&H and Russia, as well as regional and global issues (ATV)
• Izetbegovic holds telephone meeting with Erdogan (Dnevni avaz)
• Radmanovic discusses authority formation with Wigemark (Dnevni avaz)
• Crnadak: I discussed cooperation and importance of authority formation with Palmer (Dnevni avaz)
• Dodik: Bosniak political elite cannot stand that RS exists and that there is Serb political will (TV1)
• Dzaferovic: Croatia should respond to B&H’s protest note regarding ‘Salafi’ affair (BHT1)
Montenegro
• Montenegro has allies always willing to help (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev: Germans fear my friend Edi Rama could initiate unification with Kosovo, I do not believe in those things (Republika)
• Zaev: Government may collapse if there is no date for accession talks with the EU this summer (Nezavisen vesnik)
• The name change was not a condition for enlargement, but only for NATO membership (Republika)
Albania
• Basha: Despite the crisis in the country, everything will be done to open the European path of Albania (Radio Tirana)
• Balla meetings with the Bundestag MPs on Albania’s negotiations opening with EU (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Freedom House Report on Serbia

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