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Belgrade Media Report 23 May

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LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Serbia’s stance on war in Ukraine clear, but excludes sanctions (TV Happy/Beta)
• Orban, Vucic herald rough winter (Beta)
• Biden congratules Vucic second mandate: I am sure we can deepen close ties (RTS)
• Hill: There’s only one path for Serbia to the West, and the EU (Politika/Beta)
• Vucic: We joined none of EU’s 23 declarations against Russia (Beta)
• Brnabic: Serbia fighting to protect its position, decide independently (B92/Tanjug)
• Selakovic: Serbia will not be alone in fighting Pristina’s CoE membership bid (Tanjug)
• Cuban Ambassador: For Cuba Kosovo is part of Serbia (RTV Panon)
• Djilas: Zero chance of Freedom and Justice Party joining Vucic’s government (Nova/Beta)
• Jeremic says hid party is no longer allied with Djilas after meeting Vucic (TV Prva/Beta)
• RIK confirms Vucic’s electoral victory, new vote in Veliki Trnovac (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Deadline for securing funds for organizing general elections in B&H expires (O Kanal)
• HR Schmidt: We will not allow that the elections fail; There is money in B&H (DW/Dnevni list)
• Deadline for political parties and independent candidates to apply for general elections in B&H expires, comments (Nova BH)
• B&H CEC: Application for participation in elections was submitted by 108 political entities (ATV)
• Seven opposition parties in FB&H announce Becirovic will be their joint candidate for Bosniak member of Presidency of B&H (Nova BH)
• Becirovic urges opposition not to underestimate ruling parties but to be cautious, serious and do everything that is required to ensure victory in 2022 general elections (Face TV)
• Becirovic assesses B&H’s relations with Croatia and Serbia, claims that both Croatia and Serbia must truly respect B&H’s sovereignty and not just profess commitment to its territorial integrity (Face TV)
• Izetbegovic, Covic meet with Michel in Sarajevo; Michel says he will help encourage further dialogue between all parties in B&H (Hayat)
• Stevandic on Izetbegovic’s statement that electoral reform will be discussed after elections: It is maneuvering to allow Bosniaks to elect Croat member of B&H Presidency, interfere with election of Serb member (RTRS)
• Dodik comments on his meeting with European Council President Michel (ATV)
• Komsic: President Milanovic acts on Russia’s instructions (Oslobodjenje)
Croatia
• Milanovic: Plenkovic only wants to show off and present himself as someone who cares for Croats in B&H, Michel does not decide on anything anyways (HRT1)
• Milanovic sends Stoltenberg a letter, does not mention vetoing Finland, Sweden bids to join NATO (Jutarnji list)
• Plenkovic meets Hahn, speaks about need to change Law on Elections of B&H (Jutarnji list)
• Covic: It would be wrong for HNS B&H to choose between Milanovic or Plenkovic (Hina)
Montenegro
• Montenegro celebrates 21 May – Independence Day (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Bulgarian parliament speaker announces that the veto against Macedonia will stay in place (Republika)
• Hopes for full EU membership evaporate with the latest Macron – Michel initiative (Republika)
Albania
• Stoltenberg telephone conversation with Rama: Finland and Sweden in NATO would strengthen the alliance (Radio Tirana)
• EU membership/ Meta makes an appeal to politics for urgent reflection! Focus on the resolution! (Radio Tirana)
• Durres port project / Rama: The extension in Prishtina makes us the gateway to the whole (Radio Tirana)
• Sali Berisha re-elected Chair of DP with 99% of votes (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 20 May 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 20 May 2022

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: All crucial issues discussed with Michel (Tanjug/RTS)
• Michel: We want to deepen cooperation with Serbia, accelerate EU accession (Tanjug/RTS)
• Vucic: Science and technology parks reflect our change for better (Tanjug/Politika)
• Agreement for financing Serbian start-up community signed (Tanjug/Politika)
• Selakovic: Legally inadmissible and unacceptable request of Pristina (RTV/Tanjug)
• Serbia builds bridges of cooperation with all neighboring states (Tanjug)
• Pristina refuses six years to return land to Visoki Decani (RTV/Tanjug)
• Porfirije: After 55 years, the wound of schism with the Macedonian Church has been healed (Tanjug/Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H CEC cancels number of public procurement procedures due to lack of funds; It calls on authorities to ensure funds by midnight on Thursday (Hayat)
• OHR calls on B&H Council of Ministers to allocate funds (AJB)
• Covic: Someone deliberately wants to create crisis in B&H (ATV)
• SDA: Blocking of elections is criminal offense, judicial institutions must react (N1)
• Dodik: Agreement on changes to Law on Elections of B&H will happen when Bosniaks want it (Nova TV)
• Dodik: B&H will not impose sanctions on Russia (Sputnik/RTRS)
• Russian Federation: B&H is friendly country as far as Russia is concerned; Kalabukhov: B&H is not on Russia’s list of enemy states (RTRS)
• Dodik comments constant attacks on RS authorities done by RS opposition and international community officials (RTRS)
Croatia
• Plenkovic: Milanovic’s threats that he will block NATO accession of Finland and Sweden not helpful (HRT1)
Montenegro
• Abazovic & Bilcik: Positive energy in Brussels for Montenegro (CdM)
• Abazovic: Montenegro has a historic chance (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Mickoski on the Macron initiative – If it includes the Bulgarian demands, it would lead to our full capitulation and assimilation (Republika)
• Nikoloski: Bulgaria needs to give us guarantees before we amend the Constitution (Republika/Makfax)
Albania
• European Parliament approves report on Albania, Santos: Time to move ahead with the accession negotiations (Radio Tirana)
• EP urges EU to start opening negotiations on Albania, Foreign Minister welcomes decision: Time to show strategic vision (Radio Tirana)
• Nikolla welcomes EP vote: Albania unwavering towards the European family (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 19 May

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LOCAL PRESS

• Regional cooperation first priority of Western Balkan countries (Tanjug)
• Kovacevski: Open Balkans boosted trade with Serbia (Tanjug)
• Petkovic with Hill: Pristina persists in its efforts to close door to dialogue (Tanjug/RTV)
• Patriarch welcomes Macedonian church’s decision to restore unity with Serbian church (Beta)
• Michel: European geopolitical community should include Western Balkans as well (Politika/Tanjug)
• Dzaferovic attacks Serb ministers as well (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Tegeltija calls for preparations for elections not to be suspended: Unnecessary insisting on securing funds by a specific date brought us to this situation (Nova BH)
• Covic says that pressure on HDZ B&H is unfounded and that he is not afraid of sanctions (Nova BH)
• Djolnagic calls on HR Schmidt to resolve issue of securing funds for general elections (Hayat)
• Sepic: In the end, the OHR will solve issue of securing funds for general elections (Hayat)
• Hadzikadic expects that international community will engage more actively in issue of securing funds for elections (O Kanal)
• Dodik: I support idea to hold RS parliament session in order for RS to give its share of funds for elections (FTV)
• OHR: Citizens must be enabled to exercise their democratic right to free, fair and democratic elections (O Kanal)
• EU Delegation to B&H: Elections should take place on 2 October in accordance with law and Constitution (N1)
• US Embassy: HDZ B&H’s decision to block financing of elections is irresponsible and unjustified (Hayat)
• UK, German Ambassadors and OSCE comment financing of elections (FTV)
• Boskovic: International community is allowing that the elections are held in line with unconstitutional Law on Elections (Dnevni list)
• Dzaferovic’s claims about blockade of sanctions against Russia disprove accusations of RS opposition that Dodik allowed imposing of sanctions; Comments (RTRS)
Croatia
• Milanovic calls on Plenkovic to follow Turkey’s example and get favor for B&H by blackmailing Sweden and Finland (AJB)
• FM: Finland and Sweden’s NATO aspirations have Croatia’s “unreserved” support (Hina/Croatian Radio)
• PM: Croatia looks forward to deepening political and economic ties with China (Hina/Xinhua)
• State Department: At this moment we have nothing to announce, and we are not discussing sanctions against politicians in B&H (Vecernji list)
Montenegro
• Djukanovic: Relations between Montenegro and Kosovo exemplary, we support political dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Serbian PM meets N. Macedonian counterpart, economic cooperation on focus (MIA)
• Macron intervention in the dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria (Republika)
• Bulgaria dismisses Osmani’s statement that the ball is in their court – this is not a football match (Republika)
• Kovacevski blasts Bulgaria for holding Macedonia and Albania hostage (Republika)
Albania
• Election of the President/ The opposition will bring the names of candidates in the second and third round (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 18 May 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 18 May 2022

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Pressure on Serbia over Kosovo and Metohija extremely high (Tanjug/RTS/RTV/B92)
• Brnabic: UN SC resolution does not apply only in Serbia’s case (Tanjug/RTS)
• Growing interest of French companies in investing in Serbia (Tanjug/Politika)
• Hill, Amcham President: Washington will continue to support Serbia in improving business environment (Beta)
• Vucic receives credentials from newly appointed Ambassador of Ukraine (Tanjug/RTS)
• Cadez welcomes Abazovic’s statement on Open Balkans (Tanjug/Politika)
• Mihajlovic: Talks on gas supplies underway with Russia (Tanjug)
• Djilas expects regime change after new Belgrade elections (Nova/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik demands Dzaferovic’s resignation accusing him of presenting personal stances at international events (ATV)
• Dzaferovic denies Dodik’s statement regarding sanctions to Russia: B&H joined EU statement on sanctions (Oslobodjenje)
• RS ruling authorities claim B&H did not introduce sanctions against Russia; Russian Embassy to B&H says B&H is not on list of enemy countries (RTRS)
• Viskovic says RS is leader in European integration in B&H, expresses support to Open Balkans (Serb Diaspora TV/Glas Srpske)
• B&H CoM fails to approve allocation of funds for General Elections/Reactions (BHT1)
• HDZ B&H and other parties reply affirmatively to Milanovic’s inquiry whether he should resume with his activities related to B&H (FTV)
Croatia
• Plenkovic: It’s unacceptable for the “Moscow Man” in the president’s office to incite for a month (HRT1)
• Croatian FM: Nobody is bypassing Croatia, they unfortunately bypass its President (RTL TV)
• McAllister: Plenkovic takes piece of paper, draws a map and explains problem in B&H in 10-15 minutes (Vecernji list)
• Covic rejects claims of Voice of America that he is pro-Russian player (Vecernji list)
Montenegro
• Djukanovic on the Open Balkans initiative: We need EU membership rather than an alternative (CdM)
• Omeragic: We are against the Open Balkans (CdM)
• Michel with Abazovic: Montenegro has shown that it is with the EU when imposing sanctions on Russia (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Silence is not an option, VMRO-DPMNE says as the party announces a large protest on 18 June (Republika)
Albania
• Borrell: Membership negotiations with Albania and NM should be opened during the French presidency (Radio Tirana)
• Pompeo: Goodwill is needed from every political spectrum to defend democracy (Radio Tirana)
• Meta receives on an official meeting with Ambassador of Bulgaria Raytchevski (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 17 May

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LOCAL PRESS

• Serbian Orthodox Church establishes full canonical communication with North Macedonia’s (Beta/Politika)
• Brnabic: Pristina’s CoE membership bid comes amid greatest violations of Serb rights (TV Pink/Tanjug)
• Borell: Close ties to Putin regime no longer compatible with EU integration (Beta)
• Selakovic: Szijjarto called for offering Serbia EU membership immediately (Tanjug/RTV)
• Dacic: Pristina’s membership against international law (RTS/Tanjug)
• Dacic, Bakoyannis discuss Kosovo (Beta/Politika)
• Vucic to Orban: Dear friend, Serbia will remain a reliable, loyal and sincere partner (B92)
• Serbia, France partners in implementation of Green Agenda (Tanjug)
• Is German Bundestag preparing resolution of support to Sarajevo (Politika)
• Berlin attacks Dodik, targets Belgrade (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Western Balkans meet Borrell in Brussels; Turkovic: No one mentioned reform of B&H Election Law but Croatian Minister Grlic Radman (FTV)
• B&H HoP fails to discuss proposal for reduced VAT rate and laws important for B&H’s path to EU (O Kanal)
• B&H CEC: We said all we had regarding matter of financing of elections; If funds are not secured by 19 May it is up to judicial institutions to act (Oslobodjenje)
• OHR: B&H CoM should fulfil its obligation and secure funds for holding elections (O Kanal)
• Kavalec: B&H CoM must secure funds for elections (FTV)
• Koenig: It is of outmost importance to secure fair, free and inclusive elections (Dnevni avaz)
• Varhelyi sent letter to Bevanda regarding funds for holding elections (Istraga.ba/O Kanal)
• Uebber calls for securing of free, fair and inclusive elections; Germany regrets agreement on electoral reform was not reached (Dnevni avaz)
• Radoncic: Milanovic did a good thing for Croats, he managed to get US Administration’s attention to their problems (N1/Dnevni avaz)
• Washington: Tegeltija calls on US officials to visit B&H to talk with political representatives of constituent peoples on all important issues; Tegeltija: US officials were the most interested to discuss the upcoming elections (BN TV)
Croatia
• Milanovic: Hangnail of Croats in B&H is more important for me than entire Finland (N1)
• Plenkovic comments on Milanovic’s initiative that Croatia should block entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO until Election Law in B&H is changed (HRT1)
Montenegro
• Djukanovic with Dvorak: Full agreement on the necessity of geopolitical observation of the EU enlargement policy (CdM)
• Abazovic with the Ambassador of Finland: Montenegro supports Finland’s request to be a member of NATO (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• VMRO will hold a large protest on 18 June (Republika)
• Nikoloski: A serious number of EU countries are not convinced that Macedonia should be allowed to open its accession talks (Republika)
• Borrell sees 30 June as deadline to resolve the dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria (Republika)
• Serbian church welcomed return of the Macedonian church to canonical unity, but did not offer full independence (Republika)
• Russian church endorses the Serbian response on the dispute with Macedonia (Republika)
Albania
• Countries that have embraced sanctions against Russia will benefit a wider political inclusion with the EU, dialogue Kosovo-Serbia should continue (Radio Tirana)
• Borell: EU should start negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia before the termination of the French presidency (Radio Tirana)
• Xhacka and Varhelyi: The decision for first inter-governmental conference should be taken in June (Radio Tirana)
• Applying for NATO membership, Ambassador of Sweden meets with Rama (Radio Tirana)
• The first round for election of President of Republic failed, both political sides did not propose names (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 16 May 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 16 May 2022

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: I won’t give territorial integrity of Serbia at any cost, period (TV Prva/B92)
• Dacic: Number of derecognitions of so-called Kosovo to grow (Tanjug)
• Petkovic: Pristina’s CoE membership bid burden on dialogue (Tanjug)
• Petkovic expects more states to withdraw Kosovo recognition (RTS)
• Lajcak: No agreement on license plates (Tanjug)
• Selakovic: Region needs encouragement (N1)
• G7 ministers urge Serbia to harmonize its foreign policy with the EU (Beta/Politika)
• Djilas: Serbia can’t choose whether to impose sanctions against Russia (Beta)
• State Department: Kosovo, Serbia are sovereign states that determine their own priorities alone (VoA/Beta)
• West fears “second frontline” in Balkans (Politika)
• They took away Kosovo from us, yet they want us to respect Ukrainian borders (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H CEC: Deadline for ensuring funds for general elections expires on 19 May (AJB/N1)
• Dodik says he is against postponement of general elections (O Kanal)
• Izetbegovic: We are too far away from agreement regarding Law on Elections (Faktor.ba)
• PDP Main Board endorses candidacy of Trivic for post of RS President (BHT1)
• Kristo: HNS will participate in election because we can fight for rights of Croats only through institutions (Dnevni list)
• Kovacevic: SNSD is not afraid of CEC prohibition, we are ready to win elections; Strika: RS could implement elections on its own (ATV)
• Ljubic: Third entity does not violate principles of DPA (Dnevni list)
• Members of Croat People’s Assembly announces realization of HNS conclusions on territorial reorganization; Reactions (FTV)
• Izetbegovic: Croats already have more power that guaranteed by Constitution, territorial reorganization is not possible (Hayat)
• G7 Foreign Ministers: We will not tolerate secessionist policy of RS, which endangers future of B&H and stability in the region (Dnevni avaz)
• HR Schmidt sends letter to USC authorities, calling for revision of laws related to state and public property (N1)
Croatia
• Croatian President accuses Finland of ignoring Croatia’s interests (HRT1)
• President pushes for veto on NATO expansion (HRT)
• Grlic Radman asks for additional US engagement regarding B&H Election Reform (Hina)
Montenegro
• Abazovic: I’m ready to sign Fundamental agreement with SPC; Open Balkans in line with Berlin process (DW/Nova S)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Nikoloski: Today VMRO will announce its next, tougher steps (Sitel TV)
• Macedonia and Bulgaria call off planned joint meeting of the two governments (Republika)
Albania
• Berlin Ministerial, Xhacka: NATO should open its doors to the Western Balkans and Kosovo! (Radio Tirana)
• Berisha attacks Open Balkans initiative (ADN)
• Mike Pompeo comes to Tirana on the 100th anniversary of Albania-US diplomatic relations (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 13 May

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LOCAL PRESS

• Four countries derecognize Kosovo, two other states helping Pristina (Tanjug/RTS)
• Vucic: Serbia will not recognize so-called Kosovo (Tanjug)
• Vucic: Pristina has trampled Washington agreement (Beta/Politika/RTS)
• Brnabic: Move to join CoE is culmination of Pristina’s cynicism (Novosti/Tanjug)
• Vulin: If Pristina becomes member of CoE, Serbia should declare political neutrality (Tanjug)
• Selakovic: If Pristina becomes member, CoE violates its own postulates (Tanjug)
• CoE: Kosovo has submitted candidacy, committee will be considering it (Tanjug)
• EU urges against unilateral action after Pristina’s application for CoE membership (Beta/Politika)
• Cooperation of Serbia, Morocco to be placed on path of strategic partnership (Tanjug)
• Brnabic signs cooperation agreement in Dubai (FoNet)
• Botsan-Kharchenko: Sanctions hostile step, I have firm and well-founded hope that Belgrade will not impose them (RTV)
• Hill: Major changes in Balkan’s energy sector (Beta/Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: Even though he spoke at UN SC session, as far as the RS is concerned, Schmidt is still a former German diplomat; UN SC’s session was anti-Serb (RTRS)
• Alkalaj denies Dodik’s claim that UN Security Council session was anti-Serb (FTV)
• Tegeltija: Schmidt’s report will in no way bring anything good to B&H (Nova BH)
• Tegeltija meets Ambassadors Jun and Nebenzia: Jun and Nebenzia do not want centralization of B&H (RTRS)
• Novakovic Bursac on Dzaferovic’s address before UN SC: Bosniak politicians are destroying foundations of B&H (EuroBlic)
• HNS: HR’s report manipulated and debatable (Nova BH)
• Dzaferovic with UK, French Ambassadors to UN; Discuss crisis in B&H, blockade of B&H institutions and Russian influence in B&H and region (Dnevni avaz)
• Covic on arrival of European officials in B&H: European administration needs to motivate Bosniak parties (RTV HB/BHT1)
• Murphy meets Covic; HDZ insists there are no conditions for holding of elections (Oslobodjenje)
• 30th anniversary of formation of RS Army marked (BHT1)
• Court of B&H confirms indictment in ‘Dobrovoljacka’ case (O Kanal)
• Zvizdic condemns confirming of indictment in ‘Dobrovoljacka’ case (FTV)
Croatia
• Milanovic announces he will order Croatian Ambassador to NATO Nobilo to veto NATO enlargement until Election Law issue in B&H is resolved; Grlic Radman: We do not want to be state that causes incidents (HRT1)
• Foreign Minister clarifies support for NATO expansion (HRT1)
• Croatian Ambassador with UN Simonovic: Milanovic tries to emphasize that issue of Election Law of B&H is matter of peace and security (HRT1)
• Secretary of State of Holy See, Cardinal Parolin visits Croatia: Vatican supports equality of peoples in B&H (Jutarnji list)
Montenegro
• Abazovic after meeting with Porfirije: I want this government to put an end to the story of the Fundamental Agreement (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• US pressure on Bulgaria over Macedonia seems to be having effect (Republika)
• Nikoloski calls for support to open EU accession talks with Macedonia (Republika)
• SDSM won’t support election reform because of pressure from DUI (Republika)
Albania
• Majority dismisses DP’s Resolution against Srebrenica massacre (ADN)
• Rama ‘attacks’ Berisha after Resolution for Srebrenica massacre (ADN)
• Berisha: Majority rejected resolution on Srebrenica by order of Vucic (ADN)
• President criticizes majority for voting against Srebrenica Resolution (ADN)
• MP uncovers reason why Rama rejected resolution for Srebrenica (ADN)
• Why majority dismissed DP resolution on Serbian genocide (ADN)
• Rama: We expect Open Balkans to work better and better; No time to lose (Radio Tirana)
• Ex-DP leader greets Kosovo’s application for CoE membership (ADN)
• Rama after the meetings in Brussels: Our image is completely different today, Albania is considered a model for the region (Radio Tirana)
• Kim meeting with the Ambassador of Ukraine and Xhacka / We will continue to impose serious consequences on Russia (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 12 May 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 12 May 2022

LOCAL PRESS

• Kosovo applies for membership in CoE; Vucic: Our answer must be smart (B92)
• Vucic from Brussels: It won’t be so easy for those who think they can blackmail us (B92)
• Serbia actively involved in fighting terrorism, radicalism, extremism (Politika)
• Selakovic with Spanish colleague on situation Western Balkans (RTV)
• Dacic thanked Mexican Ambassador for Mexico’s principled position on issue of Kosovo (Beta)
• Brnabic begins her working visit to Dubai (Tanjug)
• Improving economic cooperation with United Kingdom (Tanjug)
• Serbia wants to be part of Saudi Vision 2030 investment plan (Politika/Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• HR Schmidt presents Report on situation in B&H before UN SC (BN TV)
• HR Schmidt has several meetings prior to his UN SC address: Security and integrity of states is not negotiable (Dnevni list)
• Dzaferovic addresses UN SC: International community’s support is necessary in relation to RS authorities’ activities that undermine DPA (Nova BH)
• Tegeltija does not address UN SC; Office of Chairperson of B&H CoM: Mission of B&H to UN refused to send requested note, confirming it is directly involved in obstructing Tegeltija’s address (Nova BH)
• Dodik: Schmidt’s address before UN SC and UK Ambassador to UN Woodward’s accusations against RS are result of West’s lack of power to control processes in Balkans (RTRS)
• Ruling parties in RS condemn Arnautovic’s statements and Dzaferovic’s address before UN SC (ATV)
• Viskovic: RS government’s reports to UN SC on situation in B&H changed stereotype about B&H, which was represented by OHR and some other centers of power (Glas Srpske)
• Avdovic: Schmidt did not convey any strong messages or political instructions to independent political institutions in B&H, such as B&H CEC (FTV)
• Brussels and EU administration confirm that there are no plans to open new round of negotiations on changing B&H Election Law (Dnevni list)
• Covic with HDZ of HNC: HDZ B&H must convincingly get the trust in general elections in Croat majority areas (Dnevni list)
• Cavara; Agreement on electoral reform is possible if good will exists, despite the fact elections are announced; HNS conclusions remain in force (Oslobodjenje)
• Members of B&H CEC Bjelica-Prutina and Rogic distance themselves from views of Arnautovic, emphasizing that many issues he raised were not discussed at B&H CEC Collegium and at CEC session (Nezavisne)
• Borrell organizes informal dinner for leaders of Western Balkans in Brussels; Dodik among participants of event (N1)
Croatia
• Milanovic reiterates he will veto NATO membership of Finland with aim to protect Croats in B&H (N1)
• Economy Minister: Croatia wants stability and progress of B&H (Hina)
Montenegro
• Djukanovic: We desperately need message that all WB countries have a place in EU (CdM)
• Djukanovic: More intensive integration is the only answer that the Balkans would not be a source of instability due to influence of anti-European policy (CdM)
• Djukanovic met with Lajcak in Brussels (CdM)
• Djukanovic met with Vucic, Varhelji, Rama… (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Misajlovski: Parliament blockade is only way to raise awareness to crises we are facing (Republika)
• Mickoski offers an immediate vote to amend the electoral model (Republika)
• VMRO-DPMNE will win 61 seats in next elections, and will not allow DUI to control Macedonian politics any longer (Telma TV)
Albania
• Rama meets Borell before informal dinner in Brussels (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 11 May

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LOCAL PRESS

• Guterres congratulates Vucic (RTS)
• Vucic meets Sarrazin; Says imposed solutions cannot bring prosperity and stability in B&H, Serbia advocates consistent, full implementation of DPA (N1/RTS)
• Vucic: The West logically demands that Serbia align with their foreign policy (Beta/Tanjug)
• German Envoy: Berlin backs region’s EU membership, active engagement with Serbia (Beta)
• Sarrazin: EU path only right path for Serbia (Tanjug)
• Mihajlovic: Germany important partner of Serbia in energy transition (Tanjug)
• Selakovic: Terrorism is the most serious threat to peace (Beta)
• Opposition leader calls state TV to open up (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Chollet thanks Schmidt for Report on situation in B&H: US remains committed to implementation of DPA and HR’s mandate (O Kanal)
• Dodik: Dzaferovic’s visit to New York is not authorized (ATV)
• Zakharova: Christian Schmidt is a fraud (ATV)
• HNS: Croat political parties will participate in elections but will not give up on territorial reorganization of B&H; Magazinovic: Current HDZ B&H’s conditioning may mean complete institutional blockade after elections (O Kanal)
• Following new threats with third entity and reorganization of B&H, daily researches whether Bosnian and pro-Bosnian representatives have adequate response; SDA officials underline responsibility of Prosecutor’s Office of B&H (Oslobodjenje)
• Issue of financing of general elections in B&H still unresolved (Hayat)
• Sattler meets MEPs: Great to see strong engagement from MEPs (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia
• Plenkovic announces new visit of EU officials to B&H and new talks on Election Law (Vecernji list)
• Croatian bishops and Plenkovic seek equal position for Croats in B&H (Vecernji list)
Montenegro
• Abazovic: I stand for the Open Balkans – an initiative made for six countries; Issue of demarcation with Kosovo is over for Montenegro (CdM/Klan Kosova)
• Mandic: We call on the opposition to organize big protests together (RTNK)
• Elections in Podgorica and another 13 municipalities to be held on 23 October (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• VMRO began its full blockade of parliament (Republika)
• Another small coalition partner threatens to bring down the government (TV21)
• EU says still no change to the accession process, even after Macron outlined a radical vision (MIA)
Albania
• First round for the election of the new president set on 16 May (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 10 May 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 10 May 2022

LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: EU most important political, trade partner of Serbia (Tanjug/RTS)
• Giaufret: Russia starts a war, strong EU required, able to defense itself (Beta)
• Vucic meets with Sarrazin (B92)
• Dacic meets with German Ambassador (Tanjug/Politika)
• Mihajlovic: Serbia must defend its energy stability even if it would require changing ownership structure in oil and NIS (Beta)
• Macron: Western Balkans should continue its path towards EU membership (RTS)
• RIK confirms Vucic election win (N1)
• GIK adopts results of Belgrade elections (Tanjug)
• Will Dodik be prohibited to participate in elections (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• May 9 as Victory Day, Europe Day and Day of ‘Golden Lilies’ of RBiH Army marked with protest walk in Sarajevo in support of Ukraine; Dzaferovic: B&H has condemned Russian aggression on Ukraine despite internal disagreements (Hayat)
• Cvijanovic: RS celebrates and observes two days of victory – 9 May and 9 January (RTRS)
• Komsic and Dzaferovic’s statements on Victory Day spark reactions of Dodik (N1/ATV)
• MEPs Schieder, Koster and Reuten arrive in B&H; Schieder says MEPs and especially Social Democrats will do everything they can to ensure B&H obtains status of candidate for membership in EU as soon as possible (AJB)
• Dodik says that he will be candidate in general elections in B&H despite messages coming from Sarajevo (ATV)
• Kosarac slams Arnautovic, warns of dangerous intentions of leading Bosniak politicians (Dnevni list)
• Komsic announces he will run for Presidency again, Dodik accuses Komsic of preparing another electoral theft (Nezavisne)
• HNS Presidency and HDZ B&H Presidency hold separate sessions; HNS will participate in general elections (Hayat)
• Izetbegovic: New negotiations will not bring any significant results because political atmosphere is bad; Dzaferovic: It is too late for changes election changes (Nova BH)
• Granic: Big number of EU states do not understand problem in B&H (Dnevni list)
Croatia
• Grlic Radman: Elections in B&H are implemented against constitution due to failure to implement verdicts of ECHR and B&H CC (HRT1)
• Croatia will continue to assist Ukraine, says PM (Hina)
• Croatia understands best what Ukraine is going through, FM says (Hina)
Montenegro
• Elections put off to autumn (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia
• EU and US diplomats call for quick opening of Macedonia’s accession talks (Republika)
• War in Ukraine last call for EU decision on enlargement (MIA)
• Macron raises prospect of a two-tier Europe, that would likely leave Macedonia on the outside (Republika)
• Political leaders welcome the church decision – Mickoski says it supports the Macedonian national identity (Republika)
• The Russian church dismisses Bartholomew’s move, says it still considers Macedonia under jurisdiction of the Serbian church (Republika)
Albania
• Meta meets with Bundestag MP: Germany is an important partner and constant supporter of our country (Radio Tirana)
• Romania in support of Albania’s EU integration process (Radio Tirana)

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Belgarde Media Report 9 May

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: After Putin’s statement, our situation has changed for the worse (B92)
• Serbia’s goal to enter EU as soon as possible (Tanjug/Politika)
• Brnabic meets with Borrell (Tanjug/RTS)
• Selakovic: Serbia seeks sustained partnership with US (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
• Selakovic thanks Brazil for support on Kosovo and Metohija issue (Politika/Tanjug)
• Selakovic: We must fight together for Serbia to pass less damaged through unfavorable times (RTS)
• Stefanovic: EU is where Serbia sees its place (Tanjug)
• Joksimovic: Non-introduction of sanctions against Russia will not stop EU path, but will slow us down (RTS)
• Botsan-Kharchenko: The West is putting incredible pressure on Serbia (Politika)
• On what kind of faith are foreign troops in B&H facing (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Ambassador Kalabukhov writes editorial on occasion of Victory Day (Glas Srpske)
• RS government’s report to UN SC states that RS categorically rejects violence and fully accepts European values of democracy and rule of law built into DPA (ATV)
• Media on second part of 27th report sent by RS government to UN SC: There is orchestrated campaign aimed at strengthening of foreign intervention in B&H (ATV)
• Dzaferovic: If there is no European action, then way is opened for Russian influence, and we do not want that (Nova BH)
• Dodik on Dzaferovic’s statement on B&H and Ukraine: B&H is destabilized by Muslims helped by several Western embassies, while everything else is product of Dzaferovic’s fantasy; other reactions (ATV)
• Podzic: Scenario in which Dodik causes conflict in B&H with help of Putin is possible, but other countries like Moldova and Georgia are in much worse position (Oslobodjenje)
• Covic announces new attempt at agreement on changes to Election Law; Izetbegovic thinks it will be in vain (Nova BH)
• Sattler says problems must be solved in B&H parliament, calls politicians to respect existing Election Law of B&H (BHT1)
• Kofod welcomes decision to hold elections in October (FTV)
• Arnautovic threatens Dodik and Covic’s nominations will not be verified if Schmidt states before UN SC that they violate B&H Constitution and DPA (FACE TV/FTV)
• Komsic says Milanovic’s activities cannot be called friendly or good-neighborly policy (Hayat)
• Plenkovic says rights of Croats as one of constituent people in B&H are currently jeopardized (Dnevni list)
Croatia
• SDA’s Izetbegovic confirms that he expects another EU mediation attempt to change B&H Election Law soon, but says it will not yield results in current circumstances (HRT)
• Milanovic says HDZ B&H’s announcement on third entity in B&H is extreme, but that he will have to support it (N1)
• President of SDP of Croatia Grbin says SDP supports admission of Finland and Sweden to NATO, confirms SDP of Croatia would not support Covic’s idea on territorial reorganization of B&H (Jutarnji list)
• Plenkovic visits Ukraine, visits Kyiv, meets with Zelensky (TCN)
• Plenkovic: Croatia admires resistance of Ukrainian people (Hina)
• Bozinovic comments on case of Croatian national taken prisoner in Ukraine (Hina)
Montenegro
• Djukanovic: We are facing difficult time, time of strategic decisions, Montenegro is determined to regain reform enthusiasm (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Kovacevski calls on EU to finally keep its promise an allow Macedonia to open its accession talks (Republika)
• Xhaferi calls on Bulgaria to lift its veto (Republika)
• Byrnes wants to see Macedonia join EU as soon as possible, says strategic partnership with the US is no substitute (Republika)
• Kovacevski refuses to discuss holding early elections – I will not accept blackmail from VMRO-DPMNE (Republika)
Albania
• Rama: Our continent celebrates today under the sign of Ukraine (Radio Tirana)
• Open Balkans agreement, Minister Krifca receives counterpart from the Republic of Northern Macedonia (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 06 May 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 6 May 2022
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: We will be Germany’s ally, but we have right to our own stance (Tanjug/Politika)
• Lambrecht: Germany dependable partner of Serbia on EU path (Tanjug/Politika)
• Stefanovic meets with Lambrecht (Tanjug/RTS)
• Serbia to donate humanitarian aid for endangered population in Ukraine (Tanjug/RTV)
• Vucic meets with Brammertz (Tanjug)
• Improvement of cooperation between Office of Prosecutor of Residual Mechanism and judicial organs of Serbia (Tanjug)
• Selakovic: Serbia firmly determined for further improving overall cooperation with India (RTV)
• Drecun: I am not an optimist in regard to continuation of dialogue on 13 May (Tanjug/RTV)
• Cochard: Serbia’s position on war in Ukraine needs to become clearer (Beta)
• Giaufret: It would be great if Serbia joined sanctions against Russia (RTV/Beta)
• US Ambassador: No one is an expert on the Balkans (N1)
• Israeli Ambassador says Serbia is neighbor (FoNet)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• HR Schmidt identifies major threats to stability and integrity in his report to UN Security Council; Report says RS is seriously violating DPA and Cavara is blocking Constitutional Court of FB&H (O Kanal)
• Dodik: Schmidt’s report on B&H is false report, he is main culprit for situation in B&H (Srna/ATV)
• RS government adopts 27th RS’ report to UN SC emphasizing full commitment to DPA and calling on international members to respect DPA and rule of law (ATV)
• EU Delegation urges politicians to secure funding for 2022 General Elections (Glas Srpske)
• B&H CEC changes Rules of Procedures on Holding of Elections to prevent election thefts (EuroBlic)
• Dodik: CEC follows policies of Komsic and Izetbegovic; Dodik criticizes Arnautovic’s statement (ATV)
• OHR responds to Covic’s letter by saying that elections must be held according to existing Election Law; Funds for the elections have to be secured (O Kanal)
• SDA Presidency: Covic’s threats related to territorial reorganization of B&H are direct attack on DPA; Izetbegovic: Insulting statements and moves of Milanovic damage relations between B&H and Croatia (Hayat)
• Dzaferovic advises B&H’s neighbors, including Croatia, to leave B&H alone (Hayat)
• Komsic: It is high time to say no and that is enough to official Zagreb (Hayat)
Croatia
• Croatian President: Pressure on NATO is crucial for B&H (N1)
• Plenkovic and Von der Leyen discusses elections in B&H (HRT1)
• Croatian officials react to Milanovic’s proposal to convene National Security Council’s session in relation to CEC’s decision to call general elections in B&H (HRT1)
• Covic calls on Milanovic and Plenkovic to try to prevent harsh and organized outvoting of Croat people in B&H while there is still time (HRT1)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Pendarovski: Mickoski is right when he demands guarantees from Bulgaria before we amend the Constitution (Republika)
Albania
• Xhacka meets her Lithuanian counterpart: Albania is pursuing all the necessary reforms to join the EU (Radio Tirana)

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