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Belgrade Media Report 20 November 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 20 November 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Kosovo’s bid to join Interpol fails again (B92)
• Vucic: Victory of a small, defiant and proud country (RTS/Tanjug)
• Scott: Pity Kosovo hasn’t joined Interpol (FoNet)
• Vucic confirms Gruevski fled through Serbia (TV Happy)
• Brnabic requests better treatment of Serbian convicts (Tanjug/RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• RS parliament holds inaugural session, Cvijanovic and Dodik take oaths (RTRS)
• Newly-elected members of B&H Presidency Dodik, Dzaferovic and Komic to take oath at inaugural session of B&H Presidency (RTRS)
• Date of Federation of B&H HoR inaugural session to be determined this week (Oslobodjenje)
• B&H CEC to decide on whether to apply 1991 or 2013 census in formation of Federation of B&H HoP by end of this week (EuroBlic)
• EU FAC discusses situation in B&H (N1)
Montenegro
• Darmanovic: Montenegro will vote for Kosovo’s Interpol membership (CDM)
fYROM
• Turnout in the presidential election also uncertain (Nezavisen vesnik)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• EU must recognise new force for Balkans destabilization (EUobserver)

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Belgrade Media Report 19 November 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 19 November 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Concern over increasingly complex situation in Kosovo and Metohija (Beta/Tanjug/RTV/Politika)
• Brnabic: Pristina’s tax discriminates everything Serbian (RTS/Tanjug/B92)
• Ljajic calls EC to pressure Pristina regarding CEFTA (TV Pink/Beta)
• Vucic thanks China for support in Interpol (RTS)
• Stefanovic: Politicization of Interpol General Assembly continues (Tanjug/RTS)
• Macareg: We are ready to respond to violent acts (Tanjug)
• Lavrov: Russia to consider any option of Kosovo settlement acceptable for Serbia (Srpski Telegraf)
• Dodik: If they fail to fill Serb Caucus in Federation of B&H, we will initiate constitutional changes and abolish Council of Peoples of RS (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Serbian Prime Minister Brnabic’s statement sparks numerous reactions in B&H (N1)
• Izetbegovic: I see Dodik and Covic as my partners at the level of B&H (N1)
• Lavrov: Russia, Serb leadership and Dodik are among most consistent protectors of DPA (TV1)
• Dodik awards Russian MP Dorokhin (RTRS)
Montenegro
• Montenegro’s frontrunner status indisputable, says Kurz (Pobjeda)
fYROM
• Hahn: All EU member states should respect the rule of law in Macedonia (Meta)
• Kocijancic: EU does not want to interfere in the case with Gruevski (Meta)
• Zaev concerned about parliamentary majority for constitutional changes (Meta)

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Belgrade Media Report 16 November 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 16 November 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic thanks Bulgaria for its vote in Energy Community (Tanjug)
• Brnabic hands over to Tsipras letter intended for heads of government (Tanjug/Novosti)
• Stefanovic: Kosovo Interpol membership would give terrorists access to databases (Tanjug)
• Stefanovic: All security services have their tasks (B92/TV Prva)
• Detailed plan of work for all security services agreed (RTS)
• Scott: Higher duties danger to Balkan stability (N1)
• Russia on Kosovo: International law, and it must suit Serbs (B92/Beta/Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Zvizdic reacts to Serbian PM Brnabic’s denial of Srebrenica genocide (TV1)
• Lukac calls on Minister Mektic to vote against Kosovo’s membership in Interpol (ATV)
• B&H CEC fails to pass decision on manner of distribution of mandates in Federation of B&H HoP (TV1)
• Dunovic: Applying 2013 population census could lead to annulment of multi-ethnicity of B&H (FTV)
• Cvijanovic hands over her duty to Deputy RS PM Golic ahead of inauguration as RS President on Tuesday (ATV)
• Leader of SDS Govedarica expels Jerinic from party (ATV)
fYROM
• The cousins are the only untouchables left (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Public Prosecutor’s Office launches pre-trial investigation over Gruevski’s escape (Meta)
• US: Gruevski should serve his jail term in Macedonia (Meta)
Albania
• Gruevski traveled from Albania to flee to Hungary (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Gruevski’s Escape Casts Dark Shadow Over Macedonia’s Govt (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 15 November 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 15 November 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic: We need compromise, not imposed solutions (RTS)
• Dacic: Situation in Kosovo far from safe and stable (RTS/Politika)
• Who was in Serbia’s corner, and who wasn’t (B92/Beta/Tanjug)
• Chepurin: Russia’s stand on Kosovo is clear, we oppose artificial deadlines (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Authority formation in B&H (TV1/BHT/Hayat/Dnevni avaz)
Croatia
• President Meets with Serbian Prime Minister Brnabic (Hina)
• Bosnian elections still a topic for Croatia’s politicians (Hina)
fYROM
• Orban: We received Gruevski, but we won’t interfere in Macedonia’s internal affairs (Meta)
• Zaev: We expect Hungary to show that it won’t protect criminals (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Dimitrov: It is hard to digest that Gruevski is seeking refuge from an EU member state (Meta)
Albania
• Mogherini hopeful that 2019 will be Albanian year of success (ADN)
• Bushati: Government open for dialogue with political forces (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Talks Between Serbia, Kosovo Must Be Backed by Previously Agreed Trust-Building Measures, Special Representative Tells Security Council (UN News)

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Belgrade Media Report 14 November 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 14 November 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Chepurin: UNSCR 1244 legal framework for resolving Kosovo issue (Tanjug/RTV)
• Schieb: Germany opposes delineation (N1)
• Ljajic: If nothing else, then let EC admit that CEFTA doesn’t exist (Politika)
• Serbia was humiliated in Paris, France messed up (Tanjug/B92/Le Figaro)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H HoR Collegium fails to reach consent on scheduling inaugural session (N1)
• Dzaferovic: SDA will be part of parliamentary majority, and not only at B&H level (BHT1)
• Milovan Bjelica says that signing of petition for early party elections in SDS will start soon (ATV)
• Bosic comments on division within SDS: This is attempt to ruin opposition in RS (TV1)
Montenegro
• Djukanovic: Progress in the Balkans is at stake (CDM/Le Figaro)
fYROM
• Gruevski calls from Hungary, he asks for political asylum (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Xhaferi: Gruevski’s MP status to be re-examined in parliament (Nezavisen vesnik)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Dacic: I will protest at Security Council session over Pristina’s decision on army (Sputnik)
• The name deal and Kammenos’s endgame (ekathimerini.com)

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Belgrade Media Report 13 November 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 13 November 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Solution for Kosovo in compromise of two sides (RTS/Tanjug)
• Vucic: Serbia grateful to Greece for not changing stance on Kosovo (B92/Tanjug)
• Drecun: No need to rush with a solution (RTS)
• EU: Mogherini wants dialogue to lead to comprehensive agreement (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik and Covic agree on joint participation of SNSD and HDZ B&H at all authority levels (RTRS)
• Pro-Bosnian bloc has majority over SDA in both Federation of B&H Parliament and Parliament of B&H (Dnevni avaz)
fYROM
• A warrant has been issued for Gruevski (Meta)
• The court has temporarily frozen the property of those accused in the Empire case (Meta)
• Parliamentary committees vote in favor of the four constitutional amendments (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Osmani: Macedonia will succeed to finalize EU accession talks by 2025 (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Kosovo and Albania to sign customs unification (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Kosovo’s President Says Agreed With Trump On Need For Comprehensive Agreement With Serbia (RFE/RL)

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Belgrade Media Report 12 November 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 12 November 2018

LOCAL PRESS
• Vucic on his meetings in Paris (RTS)
• France puts Thaci next to Putin WW1 ceremony scandal in Paris (B92/TV Prva)
• French ambassador offers apology to Vucic and to Serb nation (TV Prva/RTS/Tanjug)
• Dacic: Preparations for Putin’s visit underway (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• RS President Dodik expects from new parliamentary majority in RSNA to pave way to constitutional reforms (TV1)
• Presidency of B&H needs to be epicenter of political activities (Nezavisne)
• SDS boards in Bijeljina, Doboj, Zvornik, Teslic and Sarajevo-Romanija expect leadership to resign and support cooperation with SNSD (ATV)
• SDS leader Govedarica: Someone is attempting coup within SDS (BN TV)
• HR Inzko sends letter to B&H CoM asking them to ignore laws and parliamentary procedure and implement grant funds for Ganic’s private university (RTRS)

Montenegro
• Did Becic and Abazovic deceive Hahn? (CDM)

fYROM
• Dimitrov: Being part of NATO does not mean bad relations with Russia (Nezavisen vesnik)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Vucic, Thaci Exchange Angry Statements After Brussels Meeting (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 09 November

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Dialogue to resume when Pristina withdraws illegal decisions (RTS/Beta)
• Brnabic: International community to be made aware of conduct of Pristina (Beta)
• Dacic: Pristina doesn’t want dialogue, they want us to accept ultimatum (RTS)
• Drecun: Pristina’s unilateral moves destabilize the dialogue (RTS)
• Ambassador Scott: Serbia and NATO have same strategic goal – free Europe (Beta)
• Russia speaks on EU mediated Kosovo dialogue (B92/Sputnik)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• So-called civic parties are forming political alliances without Croats and SDA in Zenica and Sarajevo (Vecernji list)
• Representatives of six parties in ZDC agree on forming parliamentary majority without SDA (BHT1)
• SDP B&H, DF, NS, NIP, SBB B&H and NBL discuss formation of authorities in SC without SDA (BHT1)
• Izetbegovic: Excluding SDA’s from talks on formation of authorities at different levels is by no means good (TV1)
• Izetbegovic calls for national reconciliation, most political leaders dismiss his statement and continue to reject possibility of coalition with SDA (Dnevni avaz)
• Newly-elected Serb member of B&H Presidency Dodik says priority in his work at new post will be departure of HR (RTRS)
• Dodik: RS reps will attend manifestations of Austrian Embassy when its reps start attending manifestations on RS Day (ATV)
Montenegro
• Tannock: I’m disappointed in the Democrats, URA (Dnevne novine)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Federica Mogherini hosted a meeting of the High Level Dialogue with President Thaçi of Kosovo and President Vučić of Serbia (EEAS)

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Belgrade Media Report 08 November 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 8 November 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• UN welcomes Thaci’s and Vucic’s determination (Beta)
• Vucic: Belgrade expects EU to stop Pristina’s CEFTA violation (Beta)
• Brnabic thanks Comoros for support to territorial integrity of Serbia (Tanjug)
• Dacic: KFOR mandate to be in line with UNSCR 1244 (Tanjug)
• Stefanovic: Pristina in Interpol as an arsonist in a powder mill (RTS)
• SPC: Against division of Kosovo and Metohija (RTV/Tanjug)
• Vucic: I disagree with SPC stands, but this will not change my opinion (Tanjug/RTV)
• Committee for Kosovo and Metohija: Possible new unilateral actions by Pristina (FoNet)
• Milivojevic: Dialogue continues because of Kurz (B92/TV Prva)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik refuses to meet with Austrian Ambassador Pammer (TV1)
• Dzaferovic sends protest letter to RS government over report to UN SC (TV1)
• NDP leaves Alliance for Victory, Cavic confirms he will participate in talks with SNSD (ATV)
• SDS leader Govedarica decides to expel Doboj Mayor Petrovic from SDS (ATV)
• EU wants to keep its troops in B&H (N1)
• Officials condemn Kosovo’s tax increase on B&H goods (N1)
Croatia
• Croatia supports Kosovo on its journey to NATO (Hina)
fYROM
• Second stage of constitutional revision begins in parliament (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Committee proposes that Gruevski’s mandate be abolished (Meta)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Balkans deal on war missing an ‘investment in peace’ (AFP)

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Belgrade Media Report 07 November 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 7 November 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic: Union of the Comoros withdraws recognition of Kosovo (RTS/Tanjug)
• Dacic: No diplomatic effect from protest note (RTS)
• Mondoloni: Ceremony in Paris dedicated to peace and dead, and not to victors (RTV)
• Djuric: International community must react to Pristina’s decision, Brussels dialogue blocked (Beta)
• EU: Pristina to explain increase of taxes on goods from Serbia and B&H (RTS)
• EU announces that Vucic and Thaci will meet on Thursday (Tanjug/B92)
• Jerinic might take over position of SDS leader from Vukota Govedarica (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• HR Inzko presents report to UN SC (FTV)
• Reactions to Inzko’s report to UN SC (Nezavisne)
• Kosarac slams Inzko for asking B&H CoM to implement international agreement on grant of Saudi Arabia to Ejup Ganic’s University (EuroBlic)
• B&H CEC confirms final results of elections (RTRS)
• US Embassy: B&H CEC should act without political influence (Oslobodjenje)
• Austrian Ambassador Pammer: Authorities in B&H need to be established as soon as possible (Glas Srpske)
• Dodik: I will take oath in RS parliament on 19 November and then attend inauguration in B&H Presidency in Sarajevo (RTRS)
• Dodik visits Doboj, meets Petrovic who promises he will support him (RTRS)
• Govedarica: SDS will always work in interest of RS, we do not need some grand coalition or Serb unity with SNSD (Oslobodjenje)
• Kosovo decides to tax Bosnian products (N1)
Croatia
• Serb minority representatives warn about rise in hate speech (Hina)
fYROM
• Reconciliation body led by Remenski and Aleksandrova has been established (Meta)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Media freedom in Serbia: How serious the situation really is? (European Western Balkans)
• Slovenia to Arm Border Guards as Migrants Attempt to Break Through the Balkans (Breitbart)

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Belgrade Media Report 06 November

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LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic: Serbia will not lodge protest to France over Kosovo flag (Politika)
• Notre Dame: Kosovo flag based on government list (Beta/AFP/Politika)
• Fleckenstein: Kosovo key issue (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik and Dacic react to Komsic’s statement (N1)
• Vucic makes comparison between Kosovo and RS (N1)
• OSCE’s Berton meets HDZ B&H leader Covic (TV1)
• Novalic, Wigemark define three focus points (Fena)
• Inzko: Serbs are not yet constituent in all parts of Federation of B&H (Nezavisne novine)
• Dodik calls on Serbs in US to vote for Republican Party (RTRS)
Croatia
• President and Foreign Affairs Ministry at odds over Marrakesh Agreement (HRT)
Montenegro
• Markovic to Amfilohije: I am worried about Your constant efforts to divide (CDM)
• DF leaders sent letters to Putin, Vucic, Macron… (CDM)
fYROM
• Gruevski will keep his mandate, but not his freedom (Nezavisen vesnik)
• VMRO-DPMNE will appeal the decision on freezing the party’s property in Strasbourg (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Rama’s threats, Presidency reacts (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Serbia’s EU future requires solution for Kosovo: Austrian Chancellor (Xinhua)

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Belgrade Media Report 05 November 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 5 November 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic: Grenada ninth country that withdrew its decision to recognize Kosovo’s independence (Tanjug/Beta)
• Dacic: Commonwealth of Dominica suspends recognition of independence of “Kosovo” (Tanjug/RTS/Beta)
• Elections for National Councils end (RTS)
• Ugljanin declares victory (RTS)
• Komsic: Belgrade and Zagreb have to know that state border is on Drina River and Una River, respect that and you will not have any problem with me (Telegraf)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Statement of newly-elected Croat member of B&H Presidency Komsic sparks reactions (RTRS)
• Finci: Inzko needs to use ‘Bonn powers’ (Dnevni list)
• HR Inzko informs high-ranking US officials about situation in B&H (TV1)
• RS authorities send report to UN SC (Hayat)
• Coalitions excluding SDA about to be formed in five cantons (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia
• Grabar-Kitarovic dismisses accusations on interfering with regard to Election Law of B&H (Slobodna Dalmacija)
• Zagreb Mayor Bandic decorated by Russian President Putin (Hina)
Montenegro
• Hahn: Parliament is the only forum for political discussion (Pobjeda)
fYROM
• Zaev: Four amendments to the Constitution, Ohrid Agreement will be added in the Preamble (Meta)
• The court rejected Gruevski’s plea to postpone his jail sentence (Meta)
Albania
• President refused to decree, Lleshi will be deputy minister (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Serbian PM remains cautious on Kosovo peace settlement (Financial Times)

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