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Belgrade Media Report 27 November

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LOCAL PRESS

Stefanovic thanks China for supporting Serbia’s territorial integrity (Beta/Politika)
Joksimovic, Portuguese Ambassador on Portuguese chairmanship (Beta)
Petkovic: Vucic’s visit to Kosovo and Metohija not banned but canceled over Patriarch’s death (TV Pink/Tanjug/RTV)
Comic: What I am doing now is DS policy (NIN/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Istraga.ba in possession of recording showing how HJPC’s Tegeltija gave promise to former HJPC member Buha that he will appoint her sister as judge in Banja Luka District Court (Al Jazeera Balkans)
OSCE calls on competent bodies to conduct swift and detailed investigation on all allegations concerning corruption and inappropriate behavior of any member of HJPC (Nova BH)
US Embassy: Integrity of High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council and other judiciary institutions is crucial (FTV)
Russian Ambassador Ivantsov holds farewell meeting with RS officials (ATV)
Cvijanovic: Dodik’s address to UN SC was opportunity to hear truth about situation which RS is in (ATV)
Zvizdic warns that he will leave party if those responsible for defeat in local elections do not resign (Al Jazeera Balkans)
Izetbegovic and Zvizdic enter open conflict about responsibility for party’s poor results in local elections (O Kanal/Dnevni avaz/TV SA)
Montenegro

Krivokapic presents composition of the government (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

During a mass rally, Mickoski calls on Zaev to resign (Republika)
VMRO-DPMNE will initiate a vote of no confidence in the Zaev government (Republika)
Today protests in Kumanovo, Tetovo, Veles, Kavadarci, Prilep, Ohrid and Bitola (Republika)

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Belgrade Media Report 26 November

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LOCAL PRESS

Brnabic: Improvement of overall cooperation with US foreign policy priority (Tanjug)
Brnabic: Government resolved to intensify reforms on EU path (RTV/RTS/Tanjug)
Petkovic: Haradinaj Stubla’s statements political violence and violation of agreement (RTS)
Dacic: Stubla’s statement culmination of Pristina’s hypocrisy (RTV/Tanjug)
GRECO Report: Serbia has only partially implemented most of anti-corruption recommendations (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik addresses UNSC: OHR and HR must leave, there is no state property, no room for foreign judges, cooperation with NATO is possible but not membership; Covic criticizes the role of Inzko and policy of SDA (RTRS)
US, France, Germany and the UK condemn Dodik’s speech in UNSC, express support to Inzko (O kanal)
Komsic and Dazaferovic comment on Dodik and Covic’s speech before UNSC (N1)
Izetbegovic: Dodik and Covic showed their true colors with statements during UNSC online conference (Hayat)
Biden listed his priorities; Cooperation with EU in the Western Balkans (Dnevni avaz)
B&H marks its Statehood Day (Hayat)
Pompeo, US Embassy to B&H, Head of EU Delegation to B&H Sattler congratulate B&H Statehood Day (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia

Kohorst: The United States would like Croatia to opt for its F-16 aircraft (HRT)
Montenegro

Leaders of the three winning coalitions prepare new agreement (Dan)
Medojevic: Krivokapic’s government is weak, it’s a dangerous experiment (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev faces criticism from all sides over his BGNES interview (Republika)
Pendarovski has no comment on Zaev’s shocking BGNES interview (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Zaev: Good neighbourliness continues – there is no turning back (BGNES)
North Macedonia PM’s Remarks About History Hit a Nerve (BIRN)
Bulgaria – North Macedonia, a short-sighted veto on the road to the EU (Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso)

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Belgrade Media Report 25 November

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Serbia has no problem to find every missing person (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Vucic, Botsan-Kharchenko on Patriarch, cooperation and joint projects (RTS)
Dodik: High Representative can no longer do any harm to RS, although he is constantly trying to do so (TV Happy)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik and Covic address UN Security Council (RTRS)
Inzko, Covic and Dodik make concluding remarks before UN SC (RTRS)
NATO Parliamentary Assembly adopts report on Balkans which calls on member countries to help B&H overcome political stalemate (Nezavisne)
B&H Presidency members Komsic and Dzaferovic jointly extend their congratulations to citizens on occasion of Statehood Day of B&H (Nova BH)
Radoncic congratulates Statehood Day: Thousand-year state continuity of B&H is unquestionable (Dnevni avaz)
EC recommends opening of negotiation between EU and B&H on Eurojust membership (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia

Croatian PM’s special advisor Granic: Dayton agreement has been changed to detriment of Croats (Dnevni list)
Montenegro

Abazovic has received threats from Keljmendi’s clan (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

Albania

Kamberi worried on trials against Albanians in Presevo Valley (ADN/RTK)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Bosnia and Serbia plan joint military exercise (Radio Free Europe)

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Belgrade Media Report 20 November

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LOCAL PRESS

Patriarch Irinej passes away (RTS)
Brnabic sends condolences over death of Patriarch Irinej (RTS/Tanjug)
Serbian government: Albanian citizens allowed to enter Serbia with ID card (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Varhelyi tells MEPs Western Balkans are a priority (N1)
Lajcak: EU does not agree with the philosophy that whatever the two sides agree should be accepted (VoA/N1/RTS/RTV)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Presidency adopts harmonized, joint statement on DPA (FTV)
EU High Representative Borrell to visit B&H (Hayat)
UK Ambassador Field: DPA can be changed as it was not set in stone (Dnevni list)
Dodik: RS will not perish to save something that does not want to be saved (Glas Srpske)
Clark: We always knew that DPA was not perfect, but it was the best we could do at the time (Al Jazeera Balkans)
US will return focus on constitutional changes in B&H (Dnevni avaz)
B&H politicians comment 25th anniversary of DPA (Nezavisne novine)
Inzko: Agreement on construction of hydroelectric power plant can be signed only with the state (Dnevni avaz)
B&H CEC processes 96.05 percent of ballots for assemblies in RS, FB&H and Brcko District, passes conclusions on election process in Travnik, election irregularities in Doboj, Srebrenica (RTRS/BHT1)
Croatia

Grlic Radman informs EU Foreign Affairs Council about situation in B&H and need to reform B&H Election Law (HRT1)
Borrell’s op-ed: Future of B&H is in EU, we cannot change the past, but we can shape the future – together (Vecernji list)
Montenegro

Varhelyi: The first official visit of Krivokapic will be a positive signal (Vijesti)
Knezevic: New government will be voted on 2 December (Dnevne novine)
Republic of North Macedonia

State of crisis about to be declared (Republika)
Zaev removed nine SDSM party local chiefs (Republika/IPortal)
Artan Grubi named in an Albanian political dispute over the “Yellow house” organ harvesting investigation (Republika)
Albania

EU Council fails to agree over negotiating framework for Albania and North Macedonia (Tirana Times)

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Belgrade Media Report 19 November

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LOCAL PRESS

Odalovic: Mortal remains discovered at Kizevak location near Raska (RTS/Tanjug/KoSSev)
EU expects Belgrade and Pristina not to move embassies to Jerusalem (N1)
EP worried by Serbia’s ruling party dominance during June general elections (N1)
RTS chiefs meet opposition officials (Beta/RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: I really admit that Mister Radojicic’s defeat took a toll on me (Nova BH)
Dodik: RS institutions will invest in every part of RS including Banja Luka (RTRS)
Stanivukovic: Dodik is afraid of me because he cannot buy me (Dnevni avaz)
Newly-elected Bijeljina Mayor Petrovic says he will offer hand and cooperate with everyone in order to build better life for all citizens of Bijeljina (BN TV)
B&H CEC updates preliminary election results bringing certain changes to results in some municipalities including Ilijas and Novi Grad Sarajevo (Hayat)
Political subjects in Mostar sign pledge, promise to ensure fair elections in Mostar (Dnevni list)
Dodik: There is still no agreement on manner of marking 25th anniversary of DPA in B&H on 21 November (BHT1)
Zvizdic: SNSD opposes EU HR Borrell addressing Collegium and Heads of Caucuses of both Houses of B&H parliament (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia

President Milanovic lays wreath at Ovcara memorial (Hina)
An estimated 10,000 walk in Vukovar Remembrance Procession (Hina)
Pupovac pays respects to Skabrnja and Nadin victims in Zagreb (Hina/HRT)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski: Bulgaria is acting outside the 2017 treaty, violates common sense and democratic norms (Republika/ORF TV)
Zaev calls Bulgaria’s veto “failure to approve” (Republika)
State Department: Skopje and Sofia to resolve the dispute outside accession process (Republika/VOA)
Albania

Bulgaria approves opening of negotiations for Albania, closes the door to North Macedonia (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Serbian President A.Vucic and Gazprom Neft CEO A.Dyukov launched new complex at the NIS refinery (Neftegaz.RU)

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Belgrade Media Report 17 November

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LOCAL PRESS

UNMIK’s engagement continues to be necessary in Kosovo and Metohija (srbija.gov.rs)
Selakovic: Serbia highly appreciates India’s principled position regarding Kosovo and Metohija (RTV)
Stankovic: Dismissal of Serbs in Bujanovac may be interpreted as provocation (Politika/Novosti)
EU sources: No reason why change in Washington should affect Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta)
Majority of Serbians opposed to NATO membership (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CEC: 96.22 percent of ballots processed so far (RTRS)
Media carry names of newly elected Mayors and Heads of Municipalities (Hayat)
Future convocations of municipal councils already outlined (Dnevni avaz)
Media bring preliminary results of elections in RS (N1)
SNSD, United Srpska, SP are content with preliminary results of elections; Dodik: We win 48 out of 63 local communities (RTRS)
SNSD wins most votes for posts of mayor and municipality head in 42 local communities in RS; DNS loses its stronghold in Prijedor (ATV)
SNSD’s Jerinic reelected as Doboj Mayor (ATV)
HDZ B&H wins local elections in majority of municipalities predominantly inhabited by Croats (BHT1)
Irregularities reported during local elections 2020 (Hayat)
Dodik announces financing of Banja Luka from RS level will cease due to election result (O kanal)
Croatia

PM sending message of reconciliation with delegation to Vukovar (Hina)
Montenegro

Meeting between representatives of the Socialist People’s Party and Krivokapic (CdM)
I think the parties will get seats in the government (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

Dimitrov: At the moment we have negative stance from Bulgaria (Telma)
Mickoski to call leaders’ meeting with Sela and Gashi, invite Ahmeti, Thaci and Kasami as well (Republika)
Albania

White House deal, a farce (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 16 November

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LOCAL PRESS

Brnabic: Importance of unity of Serbia, Republika Srpska (Tanjug/RTS)
Petkovic: Regardless of outcome of trial, the West will not change position on Kosovo and Metohija (RTS)
Petkovic condemns billboards with insignia of co-called KLA (Politika/Tanjug/Beta)
KFOR change of command in Pristina (N1/RTV/Politika/Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Local elections in Bosnia and Hercegovina (BHT1/N1/FTV)
Pandemic makes B&H election complicated, claims a candidate’s life (N1/Srna)
SDA registers huge debacle in Sarajevo, SNSD lost Banja Luka and Bijeljina (Dnevni avaz)
Kojovic: Citizens declared in what kind of B&H they want to live; Mandic: This is beginning of new B&H (Dnevni avaz)
Izetbegovic: We lost Sarajevo, but we remain strongest party in B&H (Dnevni avaz)
PDP’s Stanivukovic wins elections in Banja Luka, Micic loses in Bijeljina, comments (Oslobodjenje)
Both Grujicic and Tabakovic claim election victory in Srebrenica (Oslobodjenje)
SNSD’s Cosic wins post of Istocno Sarajevo Mayor (Oslobodjenje)
SDP’s Imamovic re-elected Mayor of Tuzla (Oslobodjenje)
Kasumovic re-elected Mayor of Zenica (Oslobodjene)
Ogresevic, Fazlic re-elected in Cazin and Bihac, big fight in Velika Kladusa between Husic and Abdic (Oslobodjenje)
SDA’s Ganci wins post of Visoko Mayor (Oslobodjenje)
HDZ B&H’s Boskovic re-elected Head of Municipality of Stolac (Oslobodjenje)
HDZ B&H maintains number of posts; Loses Tomislavgrad and Prozor-Rama (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia

Sanader, Barisic, Pavosevic sentenced to prison; HDZ fined in Fimi Media case (Hina)
Montenegro

Knezevic: We will support the new government; despite the injustice we are faced with (Dnevne novine)
Politicians in Montenegro must not allow resurrection of nationalism (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zakharieva: Macedonia is not ready for EU accession talks (Republika)
Zaev is off to Berlin for a last-minute push on the Bulgarian veto (Republika)
Albania

EU accession negotiations postponed until second half of 2021 (Tirana Times)

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Belgrade Media Report 12 November

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Better that we reach solution with Pristina sooner than later (RTS/Tanjug/B92)
Vucic meets with Quint Ambassadors, Fabrizi (RTS/Tanjug/Beta)
Simic: Serbs consider leaving Kosovo government (FoNet/Politika)
Revised budget for 2020 adopted by Serbian parliament (RTS/Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CEC expects epidemiologic measures to be respected in polling stations, presidents of local election commissions say this instruction is opposite to Law on Elections of B&H as it limits right of political parties to have observers (Dnevni avaz)
PIC SB and BoP issues joint statement calling for transparency and integrity of election process (Dnevni avaz)
Head of EUD to B&H Sattler and Head of EU Member Countries Missions to B&H write joint column, call on people to vote in Sunday’s local elections (Dnevni list)
OSCE Mission to B&H issues statement, supporting free, fair and safe elections (Dnevni avaz)
Inzko: Ball in Dodik’s court, he has opportunity to remove plaque which carries name of Radovan Karadzic (Hayat)
Montenegro

Prime Minister-designate to present division of positions (Dan)
Becic: We want to avoid divisions (CdM)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Bozovic: We are not going to allow the rewriting of our history; The Embassy of Serbia canceled laying the wreath (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

No enlargement if settlement of historical disputes becomes precondition for EU accession negotiations (Republika/Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
Karakachanov gives an ultimatum to the government: Zaev is silent about the non-paper and the language that should get a footnote (Republika)
Zaev hopes to reach a deal with Bulgaria by Tuesday (Republika)
Taravari: Zaev will push for early general elections in 2021 (Republika)
Albania

Minister Cakaj receives Kosovo Ambassador, discuss over KLA (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 11 November

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LOCAL PRESS

Serbia marks Armistice Day (Beta/RTS/Tanjug/RTV)
Deserving citizens, institutions decorated on occasion of Armistice Day(Tanjug/RTS/B92)
Brnabic signs declaration on joint market (RTS/Tanjug)
Borrell: Preparation for EU (Beta)
Varhelyi says guarantees to help Serbia, Pastor says EU attitude unfair (FoNet)
Selakovic: Serbia to intensify political dialogue with the UK (Tanjug)
Dacic: Budget to be rebalanced because government wants to help citizens and businesses (TV Prva/Beta)
GRECO report: Serbia again “globally unsatisfactory”, calls for publication of report (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Berlin Process 2020: Western Balkans leaders sign plan for formation of common market (Hayat)
CEFTA on summit in Sofia: We will directly lead main activities related to trade sector (O kanal)
SDA’s Osmanovic calls on OHR to implement sanctions against Dodik immediately, SNSD’s Novakovic Bursac accuses SDA of using dictatorship methods to shape political relations (Dnevni avaz)
Analyst Davidovic, professor Solaja unsure whether threats with sanctions against Dodik would have support of EU member states (EuroBlic)
Croatia

Plenkovic hopes for compromise between Bulgaria and North Macedonia (Hina)
Inquiry launched into EC over Croatian police’s treatment of migrants (Hina)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: Stable, economically and democratically developed WB is a geopolitical imperative (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

If Bulgaria blocks Macedonia, it will be a shared failure, Zaev’s office tells the press (Republika)
Mucunski: Bulgaria claims it supports us, but in reality, is blocks us (Republika)
Albania

Albanian-American Civic League pleased and ecstatic that Joe Biden won (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Sofia Summit Conclusions: Western Balkans Leaders remain dedicated to regional cooperation (EWB)

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Belgrade Media Report 10 November

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LOCAL PRESS

Petkovic: More difficult position of Serbia with Biden, but it is not the end of the world (TV Happy/RTV)
Godfrey: Special thanks to Minister Comic (N1/Beta/RTS)
Without investment and stronger engagement gap between EU and Western Balkans will widen (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Western Balkans leaders to meet at Summit in Sofia as part of Berlin Process; Leaders to sign documents on establishing of common regional market (Dnevni avaz)
B&H CoM adopts Information on Berlin Process Summit and tasks all relevant authority levels in B&H to fully engage in activities stemming from Berlin Process (BHT1)
Cvijanovic: ‘Mini-Schengen’ project is good idea and its implementation will improve many things in Western Balkans (ATV)
UN Security Council extends mandate of EUFOR/ALTEA military force in B&H (Dnevni list)
Croatia

Croatian Minister attends Berlin Process meeting on ways to strengthen cooperation (Hina)
Jewish official calls on PM to finally outlaw Ustasha symbols (Hina)
Montenegro

Attempts to undermine Montenegrin identity must be resisted (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Berlin non-paper leaked: Macedonia accepted concessions on the language and minority rights, but it wasn’t enough for Bulgaria (Republika/ORF)
Albania

Biden’s victory is huge relief in Europe (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Kosovo Specialist Chambers activities (Russian Foreign Ministry)
Law ratifying EAEU-Serbia agreement on a free trade zone (The Kremlin)

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Belgrade Media Report 9 November

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Travel to Northern Macedonia and Albania with an ID card alone, and vice versa (Tanjug/B92)
Vucic congratulates Biden on winning presidential elections (Beta/RTS)
Brnabic: Serbia’s all but divided, as all elections show (TV Happy/Beta)
Dacic certain good relations between Serbia and US to resume (FoNet)
Selakovic: Continuous commitment of Serbia to improvement of regional cooperation (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Inzko meets Guterres; It is high time to close open wounds (Oslobodjenje)
Inzko sets ultimatum to Dodik to remove plaque with name of Karadzic or else he will be banned from entering EU (N1)
Inzko: My report to UN SC is strictly based on facts (O kanal)
Inzko claims that state property belongs to B&H but certain exceptions can be made to avoid existing bans on use of state property (Face TV)
Inzko addresses international conference: Political parties are mired in system of patronage and corruption (Dnevni avaz)
Nebenzya calls for closing down of Office of High Representative in B&H (ATV/RTRS)
Biden’s document ‘Joe Biden’s vision for America’s relationship with B&H (Dnevni avaz)
Inzko congratulates Biden his election victory: Biden has great and longstanding understanding of situation in the Balkans (BHT1)
B&H officials, political leaders extend greetings to Joe Biden (Hayat)
B&H Ambassador to UN Alkalaj: With Biden’s election B&H gained a friend at helm of world power (Dnevni avaz)
President- elect Biden plans to appoint his special envoy for Western Balkans (Dnevni avaz)
Thirty-eight political parties and nine independent candidates running in Mostar elections (O kanal)
Balje proposes opening liaison office of Kosovo in Sarajevo; RS officials: No support for proposal to open office of self-declared Kosovo in Sarajevo (ATV)
Croatia

Croatia to continue building partnership with US (Hina)
Montenegro

Montenegrin officials comment on US elections (CdM)
Coronavirus among MPs: formation of the new government must be delayed (CdM/Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev had a crisis phone call with Borisov, their highly anticipated Sofia summit could be “Zoom only” (Republika)
Albania

Albanian politicians react to Biden victory (Tirana Times)
Rama, Basha trade barbs over Dick Marty Report (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 06 November 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 6 November 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Dacic: Regardless of who will be the US president, Serbia will continue to have good relations with the US (TV Kopernikus/FoNet/RTV)
Dacic, Godfrey: Whatever election results they would not change excellent bilateral relations (Beta)
Selakovic to Turkovic: Serbia wants to advance regional cooperation (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

HR Inzko presents his regular report to UN SC (FTV)
Dodik: Biased HRs will be ones who will bury B&H; Cvijanovic: Inzko has been signing reports for years, but someone completely different is making them (RTRS)
HNS B&H rejects Inzko’s Report, argues that many lies were stated in it (FTV)
SDA welcomes stances expressed by USA, UK and Germany, rejects stances of Russia (Oslobodjenje)
Dodik welcomes readmission agreement signed between B&H and Pakistan (ATV)
Dzaferovic supported stances of Pakistani PM Khan who criticized the west (Dnevni avaz/VoA)
Interview with Ambassador Sattler (Oslobodjenje)
Montenegro

Krivokapic nominates Abazovic as Minister of Defense (CdM)
Abazovic: I am surprised by Krivokapic’s nomination (CdM)
Albania

SMI leader declares support for Kosovo’s Thaci (ADN)
Vienna shooting, 3 Albanians arrested (ADN)

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