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Belgrade Media Report 21 September

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LOCAL PRESS

Dacic: By defending sovereignty, territorial integrity, we defend international law, UN Charter (RTV)
Odalovic: Opening of archives of international forces would shed light on fate of missing (RTS)
Madrid: Spain does not recognize Kosovo, deal with Belgrade is the solution (Beta)
Stoltenberg: NATO has no problem with Serbia’s weapon procurements (Kurir/FoNet)
Richard Grenell is coming to Belgrade (Tanjug/B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: Meeting with Croatian officials yielded many positive results and can be assessed as successful (RTRS)
Covic: Division of B&H has never been on my agenda (Vecernji list)
Dodik says he wrote letters to Trump on several occasions and reason for that is current US’ policy of non-interfering in internal affairs of other countries (BHT1)
Lajcak: With new EC and high officials of EU, there is clear commitment Western Balkans will be in center of EU attention (Nezavisne)
Djukanovic again accuses Belgrade of interfering in Montenegro’s internal affairs (Face TV)
Abazovic claims that ‘URA’ will end talks with its partners if basic principles of their agreement are violated, completely rules out possible talks and cooperation between ‘URA’ and DPS (Face TV)
Zdravko Krivokapic’s interview for Face TV (Face TV)
Montenegro

Tensions between the three main opposition blocs, discussion over composition of new govt (CdM)
Abazovic doesn’t want Mandic, Medojevic, Knezevic and Milacic in the new govt (Pobjeda)
Bosniak Party ready to negotiate on joining new govt (Dan)
Picula: Moscow can’t overpower Brussels in the region (Pobjeda)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Next Year in Jerusalem: The Serbian Embassy and Kosovo Go On a Pilgrimage with Trump (Balkanist)

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Belgrade Media Report 18 September 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 18 September 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Djuric: ZSO prerequisite for dialogue (Tanjug/RTS)
Drecun: Pristina wants to play us out, Lajcak gives in under pressure (RTS)
Lajcak: New round of expert talks complete, to be continued (Beta)
Vulin: They want to break Serbia to pieces (Novosti)
Nabhan: Palestine won’t change policy towards Serbia – yet (N1 TV)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Presidency members disagree about Kosovo and relocation of B&H Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (N1)
Dzaferovic’s and Komsic’s moves are leading B&H into self-imposed self-isolation (Dnevni avaz)
FB&H President Cavara: Project of political elimination of Croats has not been given up on, there are open threats now (Vecernji list)
Croatia

Croatian President Milanovic: Komsic feeds off Croatian electorate like a parasite (HRT1)
FM: Croatia insists Croats in Bosnia elect their own government representatives (Hina)
Republic of North Macedonia

Osmani: First intergovernmental conference is already agreed (MIA)
Dimitrov: New methodology allows for more dynamic negotiating process, goal is to make full use of this (MIA)

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Belgrade Media Report 17 September

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LOCAL PRESS

Lajcak: Financial issues on agenda of Belgrade-Pristina technical talks (Beta)
Djuric: First topic on agenda in Belgrade-Pristina dialogue in Brussels will be the Community of Serb municipalities (Tanjug)
EU message to Pristina: You have commitment… (Tanjug/B92)
Vilan: Technically we haven’ recognized Kosovo, but that is part of the reached in Washington (Tanjug/RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik pays visit to Zagreb, meets with Milanovic and Plenkovic (RTRS)
Dodik: Croatia wants peace and stability in B&H, but it also wants to protect rights of Croats (ATV)
Dzaferovic: Move of Croatian officials will strain the relations between the two countries (Hayat)
Komsic: Besides Lukashenko, Milanovic is only president of one country that held bilateral meeting with Dodik (O kanal)
Izetbegovic: Dodik has been conducting policy of destabilization, divisions, secessionism, and blockade of Euro-Atlantic path of B&H (FTV)
Izetbegovic and Covic meet to discuss changes of Election Law, fail to reach concrete agreement (FTV)
Cavara: SDA wants to control Croat Caucus in FB&H House of Peoples (Vecerlji list)
US and Germany support the initiative of ‘Mini Schengen’; Dzaferovic says initiative cannot get ‘green light’ (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia

President: Croatia will not support unilateral revision of Dayton Agreement (HRT)
Montenegro

Abazovic: Krivokapic as prime minister is acceptable to me (CdM)
Krivokapic: New agreement in preparation, it will encompass abolition of the Law on Freedom of Religion (TVCG/Njezagaj)
Djeka: We were in coalition with URA (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev-Tsipras: Prespa Agreement not only solved name row, ensures long-term strategic partnership (MIA)
Dimitrov: Expecting support and assistance from Greece on European path (MIA)
Grubi, Tahiri discuss North Macedonia-Kosovo motorway and border crossings (MIA)
Albania

Rama: Greece has a right to expand its territorial waters (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

S&D MEPs and opposition parties in Serbia call for renewal of EP-mediated dialogue (EWB)

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Belgrade Media Report 15 September

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Serbs, united and unanimous, can overcome all adversities (Tanjug/RTS/B92)
Vucic and Patriarch Irinej discuss Kosovo (Tanjug/RTS)
Vucic to Nabhan: Serbia supports lasting peace and stability in the Middle East (RTV/Tanjug)
Trump spoke about Serbia (Tanjug/B92)
Djuric: Belgrade most sincere advocate of eliminating economic barriers in the region (Beta)
Djuric with Schieb about the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (FoNet)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Plenkovic visits Mostar, meets Covic to discuss elections and political situation (Hayat)
Our Party’s Baralija slams Plenkovic’s statement about Mostar elections (Dnevni list)
RS and Serbia to mark Day of Serb Unity, Freedom and National Flag on Tuesday (RTRS)
Viskovic says relations of RS with Russia are at highest possible level, thanking Russian officials for preventing future negative influence of High Representative (RTRS)
Parliamentarians from RS dismiss Dzaferovic’s statement about B&H’s NATO path as unrealistic (Glas Srpske)
Dodik: Every language is named after people and I do not see why Bosniak language would be exception (ATV)
B&H CEC publishes preliminary lists and names of candidates for upcoming elections (Nezavisne novine)
Montenegro

EU has no comment on the announced lifting of sanctions against Russia (RTCG)
Reinke: US looking forward to partnership with the new government (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Parliament’s working bodies established (MIA)
State Department official: Democracy in North Macedonia is alive (MIA)
Albania

Electoral reform talks, no consensus in sight (ADN)
Soreca calls on Albanian politics to finalize appointments to the Constitutional Court (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

How Donald Trump Used the Kosovo Conflict to His Advantage (The National Interest)

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Belgrade Media Report 11 September

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: I said ‘no’ at the toughest place in the world (RTS)
Vucic and Visegrad Group ambassadors: EU plays key role in Belgrade-Pristina dialog (Beta)
Borrell: Serbia expected to act in line with its aim – EU membership (RTS)
US envoy: Serbia faces many burdensome political decisions (FoNet)
Stano: Kosovo and Serbia should deal with arrangements for non-majority communities (Beta)
Varhelyi: Dialogue should continue, EU monitoring situation in Serbia (Beta)
Moscow decorates Serbia’s Defence Minister for military-technical cooperation (FoNet)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

US Special Representative for Western Balkans Matthew Palmer visits Mostar (N1, FTV)
SDS leader Sarovic: It is clear that Palmer was not interested in Dodik’s and Komsic’s initiatives (BN TV)
SDA leader Izetbegovic announces possibility of revision of lawsuit against Serbia for genocide (Nezavisne novine)

Montenegro
Agreement of the new parliamentary majority provokes controversy (Pobjeda)
Nimanbegu: We can’t forget what DF said (Pobjeda)
Medojevic: Movement for Changes supports the agreement (CDM)
New government is under magnifying glass of Brussels and Washington (Antena M)

North Macedonia
Dimitrov: Statements that cause insult or anxiety with neighbors not helpful (MIA)
MoFA: North Macedonia resumes heightened communication with Bulgaria through dialogue (MIA)

Albania
Corruption in Albania remains top concern for U.S. investors (Tirana Times)
Albania assists Kosovo with experts on justice system reform (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 10 September

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LOCAL PRESS

Lajcak: Time to finish Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (N1)
Grenell: We have put the question of borders aside (Tanjug)
EU officials: Talks focus on final Serbia-Kosovo agreement (Beta)
Lavrov: Moscow supports any agreement on Kosovo reached voluntarily (FoNet)
Vucic to Putin: Serbia remains true Russian partner (RTS, B92)
Serbia won’t move its embassy to Jerusalem if Israel recognizes Kosovo independence (Beta)
Palestine ambassador to Serbia: I ask Vucic for audience and expect explanation (NIN)
Serbia to suspend military activities with all partners in the next six months (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Members of B&H Presidency meet with US’ Palmer (BHT1)
Tegeltija: US supports and calls on B&H for more commitment and work on reform path (ATV)
US’ Palmer meets reps of B&H HoP and HoR Collegium (Hayat)
US’ Palmer, HDZ B&H Covic: Euro-Atlantic integration is priority (FTV)
US’ Palmer and Nelson meet with ‘The Four’ to discuss B&H’s future and upcoming elections (FTV)
US’ Palmer for B&H dailies (Vecernji list)
Dzaferovic: Message that Pristina-Belgrade relations have nothing to do with B&H of key importance of meeting with US’ Palmer (FTV)
Dodik’s proposals on B&H joining the Mini Schengen Zone and relocation of the B&H Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to be discussed at special session of B&H Presidency September 17 (RTRS)

Montenegro
State symbols won’t be abolished, independence of Kosovo and cooperation with NATO are unquestionable (CDM)
Historical agreement or betrayal of DF voters? (Dnevne novine)
Medojevic: Masons from “Vijesti” are forming the government without me (Dnevne novine)

North Macedonia
VMRO-DPMNE stages protest (MIA)
Zaev-Varhelyi: EC to continue to help North Macedonia both in financial and HR terms (MIA)

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Belgrade Media Report 09 September

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LOCAL PRESS

Vasiljevic: Serbian security services warned Vucic (TV Prva)
Vucic’s media advisor: Moving embassy to Jerusalem not final; Grenell may come (TV Prva)
Stano: The Belgrade-Pristina agreement must cover all open issues (RTS)
Varhelyi: The EU continues to work on economic development and reconciliation (RTS)
Stoltenberg: Dialogue is the only way to reach a lasting solution (RTS)
Grenell: You can always count on Kurti being against the United States (RTS)
Mihajlovic: Washington agreement opens way for “four billion USD” worth of investments (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Avaz interview with Serbian President Vucic (Dnevni avaz)
Dodik requests extraordinary session of Presidency on relocation of B&H Embassy in Israel; Komsic wants special session on recognition of Kosovo; Dzaferovic says no special session will be held (FTV)
Kovacevic: RS does not and will not recognize self-declared Kosovo; Stevandic: Komsic’s request is way more unrealistic (Glas Srpske)
SDS leader Sarovic: Possible decision to relocate B&H Embassy in Israel should not be passed hastily (O kanal)
US Special Representative for Western Balkans Palmer to arrive in visit to B&H on Wednesday (Nova BH)
HDZ B&H’ Covic, SNSD’s Dodik reach agreement on joint participation in local elections in Canton 10 (N1)
US Embassy, EUD, OHR: Support to territorial integrity of B&H; No drawing of new B&H maps (Oslobodjenje)
B&H CEC President Bakalar announces that B&H CEC will continue cooperation with IFES regardless of RSNA conclusions (EuroBlic)
Foreign Ministry reached decision on forming Commission for NATO Integration (Dnevni avaz)

Montenegro
Opposition in Montenegro closer to forming government, signs agreement (Vijesti)
Carpenter: Western partners closely monitor rhetoric and actions of future govt (Nova M)
Husovic: BS would support the government without DPS and DF (RTCG)

North Macedonia
Mickoski is strengthening the opposition, Zaev is nervous (Republika)

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Belgrade Media Report 08 September

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LOCAL PRESS

Lajcak: Leaders of Serbia, Kosovo make full progress in negotiations (Beta)
The Patriarch: The absolute position of the church is the one in which Kosovo is part of Serbia (Nova.rs)
Dacic: It’s important for trump to see Kosovo’s embassy in Jerusalem (Happy TV)
Jeremic: With Washington document Serbia weakens position in talks with Kosovo (Beta)
Tadic: Vucic’s promise to move Tel Aviv embassy against UN & EU (FoNet)
EU warns Serbia, Kosovo about moving embassies to Jerusalem (B92)
Vucic denies dispute with Russia, says it’s only “an indecent post” by Russia’s FM spokeswoman (Pink TV)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Turkovic welcomes signing of agreement on normalization of economic relations between Belgrade and Pristina (Hayat)
Dodik: Memorandum between B&H CEC and IFES interferes with sovereignty of elections (RTRS)
B&H CEC President Bakalar comments RSNA session (Dnevni avaz)
Montenegro
Pisonero: The EU expects political dialogue and acceleration of reforms in Montenegro (CDM)
North Macedonia
VMRO-DPMNE to stage protest on Wednesday (MIA)
Zaev says protests show opposition’s frustration (MIA)

INTERNATIONAL
A new “apple of discord” in the US – EU relations lies in the Washington Agreement (Sputnik)

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Belgrade Media Report 07 September

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LOCAL PRESS

Agreement signed in the White House (RTS)
Economic Normalization document (B92, VIP)
The agreement ensures the progress of the entire region (RTS)
Vucic: Bilateral agreement with the USA, I am extremely satisfied (RTS)
Telephone conversation between Lavrov and Vucic (Beta)
Grenell: We did not do typical political thing (N1)
EU: All deals between Belgrade and Pristina must be in line with bloc’s rule (FoNet)
Sparks between Moscow and Belgrade? (VIP)
Peskov: Misunderstanding in Zaharova’s post, Serbs are a brotherly people (Tanjug)
Opposition in Serbia blasts Vucic in Washington (Beta)
Dacic: Important for Israel, U.S. that Kosovo opens embassy in Jerusalem (Tanjug)
Moving of embassy contrary to international law (Beta)
Vucic optimistic that talks in Brussels will yield results (RTS)
Vucic: Very good meeting with Varhely (Beta)
Vucic and Hoti to Borell: Belgrade and Pristina common goal is EU integration (N1)
Vucic: The most important and most difficult questions are coming to the table (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

US Special Representative for the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer to pay visit to Sarajevo and meet B&H officials (Dnevni avaz)
Dodik: I will send request to presidency to relocate B&H Embassy to Jerusalem (Srna)
Dodik’s request for the relocation of the Embassy of B&H to Jerusalem, sparked the reaction of Croat Presidency member Komsic (N1)
Dodik: Foreign political agencies should not interfere in election process in B&H (BN TV)
Lukac sends letter to Sattler: RS MoI will not accept arrangements for defining of NCP for cooperation with EUROPOL (RTRS)

Montenegro
Djukanovic: Serbia pretends to secure some kind of compensation for lost Kosovo and there is Montenegro as first target that Greater Serbia nationalism wants (MNE News)
Tensions in Montenegro do not calm down after elections (N1)
Thousands of Montenegrins protest against announced ruling coalition (CDM)

Albania
Ruci hails the agreement reached between Kosovo and Serbia (Radio Tirana)
Meta decrees the date of the 2021 Parliamentary elections, April 25 (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL
There will be geopolitical consequences, Moscow warned Vucic (Kommersant)

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Belgrade Media Report 4 September 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 4 September 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Serbian Government adopts declaration of support to Vucic (RTS)
Mali: Belgrade asked to recognize Kosovo’s independence; Grenell: Not true (Tanjug)
Dacic: Vucic brutally snubs recognition of Kosovo in Washington (FoNet, Pink TV)
Vucic from US: Kosovo’s recognition not on agenda anymore; O’Brien: Good talks (Tanjug)
Brnabic: Vucic is not the kind of person to be served ultimatums, we are a little concerned (Beta, Pink TV)
The meeting between Vucic and Trump has been confirmed if economic agreements are signed (RTS)
Grenell: Serbia, Kosovo deserve vibrant economies (Nova.rs)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: It is clear from Vucic’s statements Serbia wants peace and compromise (ATV, RTRS)
Ambassador Nelson: USA remain dedicated to Dayton peace, but every constitution needs to be changed and adapted to new circumstances from time to time (Nezavisne)
B&H CEC organizes draw of political entities to determine order on ballot for local elections (Nova BH)
Dodik: Instead of sending congratulatory note with wish to cooperate with future Government of Montenegro, crying can be heard from Sarajevo in recent days due to the choice people of Montenegro have made in elections (ATV)
SPS leader Selak: Media and politicians in Sarajevo are undermining stability of Montenegro (Nezavisne)
Izetbegovic, SDP condemn incidents in Montenegro (FTV)

Montenegro
First discords within Montenegrin Opposition around the character of the new government (RTCG)
Challenges of the new government (CDM)
Djukanovic says his party is ready to be opposition in Montenegro, he will cooperate with new government (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

DUI’s Ahmeti leaves Pristina after testifying at Kosovo’s Special Court (MIA)
Our duty is to serve the citizens, PM Zaev tells ministers (MIA)
Gov’t will prioritize EU integration, implementation of reforms, PM Zaev tells EU ambassadors (MIA)

Albania
EU: Discussions on regulatory framework for Tirana and Skopje in September (Radio Tirana)
Rama: There is no sea agreement with Greece without the approval of the President (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 3 September 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 3 September 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Two-day meeting on Serbia, Kosovo begins at white house, on Sept. 3 (Beta)
O’Brien: Dialogue will promote peace, leaders’ commitment to both Belgrade and Pristina (RTS)
Dacic: The success of the meeting in Washington depends on the expectations (RTS)
Brnabic: It will be difficult in Washington, but there’s no one better for the job than Vucic (Happy TV)
Dveri: Vucic has no authority to negotiate about Kosovo’s status (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Presidency Chair Dzaferovic calls on Djukanovic to exert efforts to protect Bosniaks in Montenegro (BHT1)
Dodik: Stances Dzaferovic presented in conversation with Djukanovic are not stances of Presidency (ATV)
Post-election incidents in Montenegro continue; SDA: This whole situation resembles policy from 1990s; Other reactions from B&H (N1)
SDS sees outcome of Montenegrin elections as motive for political mobilization of supporters of RS opposition bloc, SNSD: SDS engages in mere politicking (RTRS)
Krivokapic: Attack in Pljevlja ordered by those who want to create ethnic tensions (O kanal)

Montenegro
Abazovic: Tensions are suitable for those who lost elections (CDM)
Coalition partners agree to get their act together to preserve fundamental values of Montenegro (CDM)
Djukanovic: Great Serbian national project has been revived (CDM)
DPS calls on citizens to rally in Podgorica on Sunday (CDM)
Milo calls Dritan, Dritan answers (Vijesti)
The European Commission expects calm and restraint in Montenegro (Dan)
CEMI: All actors of the election process have accepted election results (CDM)

Republic of North Macedonia

DUI’s Ahmeti testifies at Kosovo’s Special Court in Pristina (MIA)
Albania
President Meta: Only free and fair elections will clean the country from corrupt politicians (Radio Tirana)
Kosovo seeks labor market agreement in Tirana (Radio Tirana)
Former Interior Minister lobbied U.S. for silence about trial (Tirana Times)

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Belgrade Media Report 2 September 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 2 September 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic, Russian ambassador discuss Putin’s visit to Serbia, Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta)
Djuric: Washington meeting to deal exclusively with economic issues (Prva TV)
Grenel: Nobody knows what will happen (Tanjug)
Serbian officials react to Djukanovic’s statement (RTS)
Serbian PM says Djukanovic targeting Vucic (TV Happy)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Zunic: Komsic is not hiding discontent with fact his political partner lost elections in Montenegro (ATV)
IZ B&H Head Kavazovic: Situation after elections in Montenegro resembles return of ideologies that led to crimes and genocide in 1990s (FTV)

Montenegro
Several people injured in clash between supporters of opposition and ruling parties in Montenegro (CDM)
Djukanovic: We saw an outburst of intolerance, aggression and primitivism (Newsmax Media)
Abazovic forms government with enemies of Montenegro (Dnevne novine)
Abazovic to the citizens after the incidents: You can feel completely safe in Montenegro (CDM)
They expect Montenegro to continue on its path to the EU (RTCG)

Republic of North Macedonia

Ahmeti to testify at Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (MIA)
Police arrest three men planning to attack targets in North Macedonia (MIA)

Albania
Yuri Kim’s letter to leaders of political parties (Radio Tirana)

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