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Belgrade Media Report 4 August 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Wedne​sday 4 August 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Imposed decisions are never good, all three peoples in B&H must agree with all decisions (RTS)
Stefanovic: Operation Storm not an operation to liberate, but shameful expulsion of Serbs (FoNet)
Vulin: Operation Storm was biggest ethnic cleansing since WWII (Beta)
Vulin says FBI not involved in breaking up crime group (N1)
Stefanovic denies saying FBI helped in bringing down crime clan (N1/B92)
Popovic: The plan is to weaken us (Novosti)
Tegeltija: Moves of RS were extorted (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Schmidt meets B&H Presidency members, Dodik fails to attend the meeting; Schmidt: We will return B&H to international agenda (O Kanal)
Dodik: B&H does not have High Representative (RTRS)
Sarovic welcomes Schmidt’s decision to look for compromise (RTRS)
Kalabukhov: Russia advocates respect for norms of international law and absence of consent of UN SC to Schmidt’s appointment deprives him of necessary legitimacy to be HR in B&H (BHT1/Srna)
Starovic says Schmidt’s thanks to Inzko for imposing of prohibition of genocide denial was not friendly gesture (Srna/Glas Srpske)
Linta: Certain Western power centers are responsible for crisis in B&H because they supported Inzko’s decision and Schmidt’s appointment (Nezavisne)
Tabakovic: Bosniak Caucus does not believe RS CC will grant its motion regarding RS parliament’s conclusions on Inzko’s decision (Hayat)
Petkovic says only Constitutional Court of RS can examine legality of law adopted by RS parlaiment on non-implementation of Inzko’s prohibition of genocide denial (Srna/Nezavisne)
Vulic: Izetbegovic is leading retaliatory policy aimed against RS and Serbs (Glas Srpske)
Cikotic: SIPA is active all over B&H, will continue its work in interest of all citizens of B&H (Dnevni list)
HNS on SDA’s conclusions: 18 unitary demands for continuation of discrimination, for taking control over judiciary and for elimination of non-Bosniaks from all elements of B&H society (Dnevni list)
Izetbegovic says SDA will not one-sidedly accommodate proposals of HDZ B&H, reminds SDA too has its own demands (Dnevni list)
HNC Assembly adopts amendments to HNC Constitution on constituency of Serb people and Bosnian language (N1)
Schmidt welcomes decision of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton to amend Constitution to recognize equality of Serb people and Bosnian language (FTV)
It is still unclear if Open Balkans initiative will be accepted by all countries in the region (Nezavisne)
Kosarac: Open Balkans initiative is opportunity for prosperity of entire region (Glas Srpske)
Croatia

Grlic Radman: High Representative in B&H remnant of past (Hina/FAZ)
Bosniak wartime internees resent Milanovic’s decision to decorate HVO units (Hina)
Montenegro

Krivokapic and Rama open joint border crossing between Montenegro and Albania (Gov. Press Service)
Republic of North Macedonia

Serbia sends four helicopters to extinguish fires in parts of the country; Serbian Interior Minister Vulin visits fire-hit municipality (Republika)
Albania

Rama: Open Balkans is a comprehensive initiative that targets all countries in the region (Radio Tirana)
Grenell: Kosovo was wrong for not taking part in the Open Balkans. I support Rama’s vision for the Balkans. I love Albania and I invite US investors in the country (Radio Tirana/News24)

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Belgrade Media Report 3 August

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LOCAL PRESS

Selakovic: If Pristina violates obligations, we know what we need to do (RTS/Tanjug)
Petkovic: Kurti directly undermining dialogue and everything agreed (RTS/Politika)
Election dates leaked from ruling coalition-opposition meeting (N1)
570 attorneys to defend Serbs from persecution! (Novosti)
Inzko violently stamps over law (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Schmidt: I am pleased to have opportunity to serve citizens of B&H (Hayat)
Reception on occasion of official takeover of duty by newly-appointed HR Schmidt held (FTV)
Dodik: RS does not trust either HR or western part of international community (RTRS)
Viskovic: If you have HR, you have protectorate and that means you have no sovereignty (RTRS)
Sarovic: SDS will not accept any use of Bonn powers (BN TV)
Izetbegovic, Osmanovic welcome arrival of new HR Schmidt (FTV)
Niksic hopes that Schmidt’s mandate will be marked by active work (FTV)
SDA Presidency welcomes Inzko’s decision on amending Criminal Code of B&H (Hayat)
Okic: Bosniak Caucus in RS CoP to invoke mechanism for VNI protection (Hayat)
Cikotic and Berger discuss improving of security situation (Dnevni avaz)
HNC Assembly adopts amendments to HNC Constitution giving equality to all peoples with constituent status (Hayat)
Montenegro

Picula: EU won’t tolerate government’s irrationality (Vijesti)
Medojevic: EU should bring Krivokapic and Becic to senses (CdM)
Krivokapic and seven ministers fined (Vijesti)
Konjevic: Krivokapic’s government, a joint project of SPC and Vijesti, seems to be dying out (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski-Radev phone call: Bulgaria to send firefighting units to Macedonia (Republika)
Albania

Meta meets Grenell: Promoter of economic cooperation in the region (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 2 August 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 2 August 2021


LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Open Balkans is an historic step for the region (Politika)
Vucic: Open Balkans initiative historic (RTS)
Zaev convinced more countries from region will join Open Balkans in spite of negative reactions of Montenegro, B&H and Kosovo (Tanjug/Novosti)
Selakovic: Germany very important political, economic partner of Serbia (Tanjug/RTV)
Visegrad Group welcomes Open Balkans initiative (N1)
Petkovic and Berger on situation in Kosovo and Metohija and Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (RTS)
Dacic: Inter-party dialogue can only succeed if proposals are realistic (RTS)
Medieval monuments in Kosovo remain on UNESCO World Heritage List in danger (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Newly appointed HR Schmidt arrives in B&H, says joint efforts can help B&H return to path of progress (Nova BH)
Dodik: Schmidt is not High Representative (RTRS)
Dodik: Schmidt is not legitimate and not welcome here; RS will not accept new High Representative and will offer strong answer (RTRS)
RS parliament adopts amendments to RS Criminal Code and law on non-implementation of HR Inzko’s decision in RS (RTRS)
RS parliament laws enter into force day after publishing in RS Official Gazette; Bosniak Caucus in RS CoP expected to invoke protection of VNI (N1)
Cubrilovic: Laws adopted by RS parliament are forced solutions for decision made by HR Inzko (ATV)
OHR reminds that HR’s decisions must be implemented, Bosniak Caucus in RS CoP expects from new HR to react before B&H CC is asked to assess constitutionality of RS parliament’s law (BHT1)
PIC SBA strongly condemns escalations of tensions and actions undertaken by RS parliament; Russia does not agree (AJB)
Sarovic: PIC SB exceeds its competences with comments to RS parliament conclusions; PIC should not give lectures to anyone (BN TV)
Vukanovic: Dodik should end coalition with SDA in Srebrenica and remove Durakovic from post; Dodik announces Durakovic’s dismissal (BN TV)
Izetbegovic: Entity parliament cannot impose its will neither on state of B&H nor on OHR (Hayat)
Dzaferovic: Unity of Serb parties is not surprising (O kanal)
Reactions in FB&H: Decisions of RS parliament are legally-groundless and non-binding (N1)
100,000 citizens of RS so far signed petition rejecting imposed decision of outgoing HR Inzko (ATV)
Berger meets B&H Presidency members Dzaferovic and Komsic, members of B&H CEC; Significance of OHR in implementation of new reforms highlighted (AJB)
Izetbegovic attends unveiling of monument in Fazlagica Kula, says they will do everything possible to ‘get revenge in our own way’ (Nezavisne)
Croatia

Inzko’s law: Initiator of changes or road into a bigger chaos? (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Croatia’s PM: Croatia and Kosovo act together in accidents (Hina)
Montenegro

Papovic: Abazovic agreed with Serbian World creators (Vikend novine)
Populism swallowing our reforms, EU silent about Serbian World (Dnevne novine)
Democrats to DF: Go on, overthrow the government, if you dare (CdM)
Krivokapic: I call on all majority parties to elect a non-political Prosecutorial Council (CdM)
Albania

Berisha accuses US Ambassador for racist language (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 30 July

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LOCAL PRESS

Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania sign three documents for better regional cooperation (Tanjug/RTS)
Vucic: Kurti is wrong, but I have nothing against it (Tanjug/B92/Politika/RTS)
Vucic: Belgrade expects Berlin’s support in dialogue with Pristina (Beta/RTV)
Cadez: Economies got strong political support (FoNet)
Dveri: Union with Montenegro, RS in Serbia’s interest (Beta)
EC denies access to document about non-paper on Western Balkan borders (Beta/APA/N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CoM’s session cancelled due to Serb political representatives’ boycott (O kanal)
EU officials from Brussels warn that blockade of B&H institutions is unacceptable (AJB)
B&H institutions faced with blockade as RS representatives in B&H institutions continue to boycott their work; Izetbegovic comment on current situation (N1)
Sarovic: Srebrenica should be place of reconciliation, we will never be opposition to RS (Dnevni list)
Stevandic says survey on 10,000 citizens of RS show that 95.7 percent of them do not support HR’s decision (RTRS)
Inzko says reactions from RS to his decision to prohibit genocide denial were even milder than expected (Dnevni list)
Covic: Inzko came to B&H as friend yet he is leaving as someone who significantly set back projects in B&H (FTV)
Dodik: I am willing to resign from post of B&H Presidency member but I demand that new Serb member is not elected (Nova BH/ATV)
Dodik causes uproar with statements about police and acting against SIPA (Nova BH)
RS government approves two law proposals ahead of RS parliament session (BN TV/BHT1)
Dzaferovic says facts established by courts cannot be punishable under any law (BHT1)
Ahmetovic: RS is genocidal trophy which lives on (Oslobodjenje)
Borenovic: Opposition does not wish to be part of SNSD-led government (BN TV)
Impact of HR’s decision on judiciary, journalists, security agencies (FTV/BHT1)
HR’s decision to impose law banning genocide denial causes confusion in B&H judiciary (RTRS)
Croatia

Grlic-Radman: Everyone ‘can be happy’ with Peljesac Bridge, including B&H (Hina)
Montenegro

Krivokapic: Staying in the Prime Minister armchair it not my interest (RTCG)
Janjic: I expect DF to stage political rebellion and overthrow the government (Dnevne novine)
Republic of North Macedonia

“Open Balkans” aims to contribute positively to the common future of citizens and the entire Western Balkans (Republika)
Mickoski: Mini Schengen can’t be an alternative to EU integration (Republika)
Macedonian parliament adopts the VMRO proposed resolution that draws red lines in the negotiations with Bulgaria (Republika)
Albania

OPEN BALKANS: no borders between three countries as early as 2023 (Tirana Times)
Economic Forum/ Vucic: “On 1 January 2023 we will have no borders” (Radio Tirana)
Balkans Schengen, DP’s Chair: Hypocrisy must end for free movement to work (ADN)
Mini-Schengen, SMI accuses premier of selling Albania and hating Kosovo (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 29 July 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 29 July 2021

LOCAL PRESS

If we succeed, from 1 January 2023, no borders for Serbian citizens; Mini Schengen becomes Open Balkans (Tanjug/B92/RTS)
Whoever thinks decisions can be imposed, does no good to anyone (RTS/Tanjug)
Serbia-US friendship & alliance in 140 years of diplomatic relations (FoNet/N1)
Petkovic: We will ask for additional security for Dragic Gasic (RTS/Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

HR explains he waited for final verdicts to Karadzic and Mladic after which he informed PIC about intention to impose the law (O Kanal)
Zvizdic welcomes amendments to Criminal Code: B&H joined group of civilized countries (Oslobodjenje)
Marinkovic-Lepic: Inzko’s decision is not aimed against Serb people (Oslobodjenje)
Serbian parliamentary majority assesses that Inzko’s decision raised tensions in B&H, but that RS will have Serbia’s support (Glas Srpske)
Prosecutor’s Office of B&H confirms some cases related to Inzko’s decision on amendments to B&H Criminal Code have already been formed (Nova BH)
Dodik confirms he filed report with Prosecutor’s Office of B&H against himself (Nezavisne)
Dodik: RS MoI will be instructed to protect RS citizens from SIPA, OSA and arrests (ATV)
RS parliament to discuss amendments to RS Criminal Code sanctioning persons who show public disrespect for RS, and Law on non-implementation of decision by Inzko (RTRS/ATV)
Dodik proposed formation of RS government of National Unity, but got rejected by opposition (Oslobodjenje/BN TV)
Crnadak: After our appeals Dodik gave up on several radical proposals, such as banning SIPA from working in RS (Dnevni list)
Sarovic says all should jointly participate in protection of RS’ interests (RTRS)
Dodik says over 40,000 RS citizens signed petition against Inzko’s decision (ATV)
Novakovic-Bursac says if Inzko already dared to pass laws, then let him interfere in everything else; Osmanovic says if blockade of institutions by representatives, delegates and ministers from RS continues, that would mean serious violation of Constitution, Dayton Agreement and law (Nezavisne)
Kalabukhov: Russia can in no way be considered threat to B&H, because it is committed to all-round development of equal and mutually beneficial relations with B&H (Glas Srpske)
Croatia

Peljesac Bridge joined together (Hina)
Montenegro

Montenegro needs compromise (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: Balkans is our common European home (Republika)
MPs to discuss Resolution on red lines in negotiations with Bulgaria (Republika)
Election code changes stuck in parliament committee (Republika)
Albania

Rama meets with Zaev, here is the agenda of the Economic Forum for Regional Cooperation (Radio Tirana)
OSCE-ODIHR final report/ US Embassy: We urge all relevant institutions to review the final report and its recommendations (Radio Tirana)
US Embassy on the side of the Supreme Court: Reduce the backlog of High Court cases, Albanians waiting for justice! We support the Reform (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 28 July

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LOCAL PRESS

Stefanovic: Grateful for Indonesia’s consistent stand on Kosovo and Metohija (Novosti)
Economic cooperation between Serbia, Azerbaijan to be upgraded to higher level (RTS/Tanjug)
Dacic: Inzko’s decision is aimed against interests of Serb people (TV Pink/Tanjug)
Fabrizi on Serbia’s path to EU: It takes time (RTS/B92)
Lompar: Government has created monstrous concoction of elitism, primitivism; the national facade serves to abandon national interests step by step (Beta)
It takes three for happiness in B&H (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Criminal Code amendments published in B&H Official Gazette (Nova BH)
B&H HoR’s session cancelled due to Serb representatives’ boycott of work of state institutions (Nova BH)
OHR comments blockade of B&H institutions (Nova BH)
Komsic: I understand difficult emotions that hit parties from RS because some of their basic ideas are defeated (Hayat)
Dodik will not attend sessions of B&H Presidency (RTRS)
Niksic asks Inzko to suspend salaries for RS representatives who boycott state institutions (Dnevni avaz)
RS parliament set to hold special session (Nova BH/RTRS)
Inzko: RS representatives will start work in B&H institutions soon (AJB)
US Embassy in B&H says US fully supports essential role and mandate of OHR and looks forward to working with new HR Christian Schmidt (FTV)
Croatia

Plenkovic: Croatia will do everything to help B&H (HRT)
New location announced for Operation Storm celebrations (HRT)
Plenkovic: Not all cabinet members will go to Knin this year (Hina)
Montenegro

DPS and SDP: Two extraordinary own goals (CdM)
SDP and URA silent about the Serbian World in Tivat (Gradski portal)
Meeting of ruling majority unlikely to happen until mid-August (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

Rift between VMRO and Levica grows wider (Republika)
Zaev denies claims from Sofia that he is violating the rights of ethnic Bulgarians in Macedonia (Republika)
Government meets to prepare the events marking the Ohrid Framework Treaty (Republika)
Meeting of the three Mini Schengen countries in Skopje (Republika)
Albania

Ruci received the Ambassador of Kosovo: Albania is by your side to face today’s and future challenges; the EU is the only destination (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 27 July 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 27 July 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: We cannot leave the RS without support (B92/Tanjug)
Mutual support with Azerbaijan for preservation of territorial integrity and sovereignty (RTS)
Potentials for strengthening cooperation with Azerbaijan in numerous areas (RTS)
Dacic ready to work on strengthening parliamentary cooperation with Iran (Beta)
Verbal offense from Racak to Srebrenica (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

RS parties launch boycott of institutions over HR’s decision (RTRS)
RS parties adopt conclusions and platform for joint reactions towards HR’s decision (Glas Srpske)
Two opposing petitions – one on rejection of Inzko’s decision and other calling for Dodik’s arrest – currently being signed in B&H (N1)
OSCE calls for zero tolerance for inflammatory and divisive rhetoric (Fena)
No representative of RS shows up at session, but B&H HoR Commission for Finance and Budget adopts proposal of budget for 2021 (N1)
MPs in B&H HoR from FB&H expect a good part of their colleagues from the RS to come to B&H HoR’s session on Tuesday and be constructive (Oslobodjenje)
Izetbegovic: Collective annual leave of B&H institutions commences on 1 August and RS representatives just started with vacation seven days earlier; Serb World idea presents threat for entire region (Hayat)
Komsic, Izetbegovic, Kojovic: RS parties will calm down, Dodik is responsible for Inzko’s decision (Oslobodjenje)
Initiative launched in FB&H parliament to start implementing Inzko’s decision to ban genocide denial at lower authority levels in FB&H (Nova BH)
UN’s Nderitu welcomes Inzko’s decision on Criminal Code (Oslobodenje)
HNV welcomes decision of Inzko to amend B&H Criminal Code (FTV)
Croat Party of B&H commends Inzko’s decision to amend Criminal Code (Dnevni list)
RS political representatives, legal experts: Outgoing HR Inzko imposes decision that cannot be implemented and lacks legal grounds (RTRS)
RS officials, Kristo criticize Inzko’s latest decision (EuroBlic)
Croatia

SNV leader says ‘Ustasha will not be allowed to enter Srb’ (Hina)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: Serbia trying to prove that Montenegro is Serbian state (Pobjeda/TA3)
Republic of North Macedonia

Dimitrov: Deepening cooperation for a more stable region (MIA)
Radev in Austria: Bulgaria is strongest supporter of EU enlargement (Republika)

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Belgrade Media Report 26 July

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LOCAL PRESS

Brnabic: Inzko’s decision further complicates the situation in B&H (Tanjug/RTS/Politika/Novosti)
Vucic: I am not supporter of imposed decisions, we have to build brotherly relations with Bosniaks (TV Pink)
Selakovic favors stability in B&H after law on banning genocide denial (Beta)
Selakovic thanks Azerbaijan on clear position of non-recognition of Kosovo’s independence and support in international organizations (RTS/Tanjug/Beta/Politika)
Vulin: Inzko decided to take revenge on all in B&H and to create tensions and divisions (Beta/RTV)
Jovanovic: Unitarization of B&H is goal (Blic/RTV)
Serbian human rights activists welcome ban on genocide denial imposed in B&H (N1)
Bosniaks call Inzko to suspend Dodik (Politika)
Revenge (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: RS will reject all decisions that were imposed (N1)
Dodik starts petition against Inzko’s decision (ATV)
Dodik and SNSD present video calling for citizens in RS to gather and defend themselves (O Kanal/BN TV)
Dodik: B&H can return to previous situation only in case of withdrawal of HR’s decision (ATV)
Sarovic: I see no future for B&H without urgent abolition of High Representative (Nezavisne)
Judge Blagojevic resigns after Inzko imposed amendments to Criminal Code, stresses OHR cannot impose laws (Dnevni list)
Viskovic: RS institutions will undertake number of moves that will make it clear B&H can no longer function in this way; Cvijanovic: B&H that functions on dialogue is unsuitable for HR (ATV)
Izetbegovic says relativizing truth, attempts to equalize sides in war is preparation for linking rights of Albanians in Kosovo with rights of Serbs in B&H (Hayat)
Head of B&H’s Islamic Community welcomes ban on genocide denial (N1)
US Embassy to B&H: Threats related to dissolution of B&H are unacceptable and contrary to DPA and B&H Constitution (O Kanal)
EU: Revisionism and genocide denial are contrary to fundamental European values (Oslobodjenje)
German Embassy to B&H: Denial or even glorification of war crimes and genocide are unacceptable (N1)
NATO HQ in Brussels: Denial of genocide is unacceptable; support to territorial integrity of B&H and urged B&H leaders to refrain from divisive rhetoric (Fena/N1)
Zakharova: We are disturbed with interference of HR in internal issues of B&H as sovereign and independent country (N1)
World media report about Inzko’s decision and remind of genocide committed in Srebrenica (N1)
Schmidt: I am going to B&H with clear expectation to restart development process that stopped (Oslobodjenje/FAZ)
IAWG holds session, discusses changes to Law on Elections proposed by HDZ B&H and DF (BHT1)
Croatia

Grlic Radman and Schallenberg both express support to Inzko’s decision (HRT1)
Serb National Council commemorates Serbs killed by Ustasha in 1941 (Hina)
Montenegro

Krivokapic: I reckon I will be prime minister by 2024 (RTCG/BBC)
Djonovic: “Becic’s resolution” immoral because it brings discord (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

State Department warns potential investors in Macedonia about high level corruption (Republika)
Zaev’s government pledges to get serious about fighting corruption after the highly critical State Department report (Republika)
Albania

Charges pressed against 171 policemen (ADN/Abc news)

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Belgrade Media Report 23 July 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 23 July 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic on Kosovo, cooperation with Albania and North Macedonia (Beta)
Twenty-two years since the murder of 14 Serb reapers (RTS/RTV/Tanjug)
Serbia, Cyprus for strict respect for international law (Tanjug/RTV)
Joksimovic: Slovenia friend of Western Balkans region (Tanjug)
Lutovac: Citizens have a right to rebel if there are no free elections (Nova/Beta)

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Bosnia & Herzegovina

UN SC rejects resolution on closure of OHR proposed by Russia and China (BHT1)
B&H officials presented their expectations from UN SC’s session before session took place on Thursday; Sattler welcomes arrival of Schmidt (Nova BH)
Izetbegovic explains to Chinese Ambassador Ping why OHR is still needed in B&H (Nova BH)
Dodik says he will come to meeting with new HR to tell him that he is irrelevant for RS (FTV)
High Representative in B&H imposes ban on genocide denial (N1)
Inzko explained: Why I decided to use the Bonn powers (OHR Press service)
B&H prosecution announces case against anyone who denies genocide (N1)
Tegeltija: Inzko’s decision is a revenge on the new HR (Srna)
Dodik: Inzko’s decision on genocide denial is the last nail in B&H’s coffin; RS has no other option but to start the process of dissolution (N1)
Dodik: I am ready to declare independence next week (Nezavisne)
Izetbegovic: Inzko is leaving B&H with dignity (Fena)
Sarovic: Inzko’s decision is an introduction to strengthening the OHR (Nezavisne)
Borenovic: A politically disastrous move by the outgoing High Representative (Srna)
Niksic: Inzko’s decision is correct and necessary for reconciliation in B&H (N1)
Politicians in FB&H: A great day for B&H (N1)
US Embassy welcomes HR’s decision: Srebrenica genocide is historical fact (N1)
Weber: I think it’s a personal decision of Inzko, it will not yield expected results, a deeply counterproductive move (N1)
HDZ B&H presents its proposal of amendments to Election Law of B&H focusing on election of B&H Presidency members from FB&H and formation of FB&H HoP (Hayat)
Komsic: HDZ B&H’s proposal of Election Law is twilight of democracy, its ultimate goal is to block holding of general elections in 2022 (Hayat)
Mahmutovic: HDZ B&H’s proposal of amendments to Election Law of B&H
tricks key international obligations of B&H to implement ECHR rulings and creates new type of discrimination (FTV)
Other B&H politicians comment on HDZ B&H’s proposal (BHT1)
DF submits its proposal of amendments to Election Law of B&H into procedure defining elimination of all discriminations related to ethnic affiliation, place of residence and value of vote (Hayat)
Sattler: EU will support amendments to Election Law that fully and adequately implement ECHR rulings (Hayat)
OSCE Mission to B&H: Amending Election Law of B&H is necessary in order to ensure integrity of election process and remove previously identified shortcomings (O Kanal)
Dodik: I will advocate implementation of ‘Serb World’ idea, which is very attractive (FTV)
International Independent Commission on Suffering of All Peoples in Srebrenica Area from 1992 to 1995 concludes that there was no genocide in Srebrenica (ATV)
Croatia

NBS objects to Croatia’s intention to put Tesla on Euro coins (Hina)
Montenegro

Pisonero: Professional education system in Montenegro’s interest (RTCG)
Medojevic: Protests should prevent unprecedented betrayal and voter fraud (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

North Macedonian, Albanian and Serbian Presidents hold virtual meeting (MIA)
Vucic wants to rename the Mini Schengen initiative (Republika)
Parliament will discuss the “red lines” resolution next week (Republika)
Ruling majority gives up on its attempt to push ahead with the identity cards bill (Republika)
Albania

Rama, Vucic and Zaev meet online, ”This is the new Balkan” (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 22 July

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LOCAL PRESS

If they make a decision on recognizing Kosovo, we will launch a derecognition campaign (Tanjug/B92)
Office: Persecution of Serbs continues (RTS)
Dacic: We are grateful for Italy’s support in EU integration (RTS/RTV/Tanjug)
Attempts of Sarajevo to prevent construction of hydropower plant Buk-Bijela (Politika)
He is “buying” Bosniaks by attacking Serbia (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

US Embassy expresses full support to newly appointed HR Schmidt (Nova BH)
Cvijanovic says Russian resolution on OHR’s closure is solution that could save reputation of international community (RTRS)
Borenovic says key goal of everyone is to close down OHR in B&H as soon as possible (BN TV)
Dodik: With his statement Izetbegovic attempts to restore political influence that SDA has lost; Other RS officials condemn Izetbegovic’s statement (RTRS)
Dunovic to Vulin: Leave B&H alone (Dnevni list)
Statements of politicians from region cause new tensions in B&H (EuroBlic)
HDZ B&H presents proposal for changes to B&H Election Law in IAWG (FTV)
Komsic: HDZ B&H proposal is discriminatory (FTV)
Colak: ‘Civic B&H’ as advocated by Bosniak parties is unacceptable (Dnevni list)
Media carry comments to Covic’s announcement of blockade of elections (Oslobodenje)
RTRS investigates why Erdogan lobbies for Kosovo; Dodik: Key to solution on this issue lies in dialogue – not in interference by foreign factors (RTRS)
Golic, Petrovic from Elektroprivreda RS and Serbian Mrdak meet to discuss issues related to construction of hydropower plant Buk Bijela (Nezavisne)
SDA: B&H CC confirmed SDA’s stance regarding concessions for construction on Drina River (Oslobodjenje)
Report of Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Sufferings of All People in Srebrenica Region between 1992 and 1995 published online (ATV)
Croatia

Croatia’s Euro coins to feature Nikola Tesla (Hina)
Montenegro

Bratic’s Ministry accuses public of unfair treatment: Dismissed headteachers should seek justice in court (CdM)
Protest: We want neither fascism in Montenegro, nor Serbian World through our children (CdM)
Is wide-eyed Brussels turning a blind eye to unprecedented revanchism in Montenegro? (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Mickoski: The resolution should be accepted by all parties without excuses and conditions, thus we will strengthen the state positions (Republika)
Zaev: I wish Albania good luck on its EU path if Bulgaria’s blockade continues (Republika/DW)

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Belgrade Media Report 21 July 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 21 July 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: We will oppose lobbying for recognitions of Kosovo (TV Pink/Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
Vucic: I thought it was impossible to have a worse meeting than the previous one (RTS/Tanjug/TV Pink/B92)
Vucic: Pristina came up with 11 points seeking recognition (RTS)
Petkovic: We remain devoted to dialogue with Pristina (Beta/RTV)
Borrell: Some progress in continued Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta)
Lajcak: Only agreement between Vucic and Kurti to continue dialogue (Beta)
Dacic: Kosovo wants recognition of independence to be formalized (TV Prva/Beta)
Vucic briefs Dacic on Brussels meetings (RTS)
Presidential, legislative elections to be held in April 2022 (Politika/Beta)
Dacic says Vucic will attend inter-party dialogue next week (TV Happy/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Statements by Vulin spark strong reactions of B&H politicians; Vucic fails to distance himself from Vulin’s statements (O kanal)
B&H politicians strongly condemn statements of Serbian Minister Vulin about creation of “Serb world”; Dzaferovic: Statements on “Serb world” are reminiscent of the 1990s; Izetbegovic: “The Serb world” is another name for Greater Serbia (N1)
Komsic takes over as Chairman of B&H Presidency (Nezavisne)
Ahead 2022 General Elections announcement of candidates for B&H Presidency starts (O Kanal)
EU extends mandate of EUSR in B&H Johann Sattler for two years (Hayat)
EU expects OHR to continue working on meeting of ‘5+2 Agenda’ set as condition for closing down of the OHR in 2008 (Dnevni list/RFE)
Russia requests UN SC to vote on Resolution on OHR in B&H by July 31, 2022 (RTRS)
Tegeltija: B&H ready to be part of Mini Schengen (BHT1)
Kovacevic: We will not give up on Law on CC B&H and replacing foreign judges with domestic experts (Glas Srpske)
B&H CC’s decision on ‘Buk Bijela’ causes reactions; Petkovic: Legitimacy of B&H Concessions Commission questionable; Other reactions (ATV)
Collective funeral for 12 Prijedor victims held at Memorial Center ‘Kamicani’ in Kozarac; Izetbegovic: There was no unfortunate conflict, but aggression, genocide and ethnic cleansing committed by Serb side; Dzaferovic: Crime in Prijedor has elements of genocide (O Kanal)
Croatia

Grlic Radman for shedding light on fate of missing, killed Bugojno Croats (Hina)
Plenkovic meets with Bosnian Croat leader Dragan Covic (Hina)
Grlic Radman: Croat people in B&H is indigenous people and this will be reflected in new B&H Election Law (HRT1)
Maas, Di Maio send letter to EU HR Borrell underlining importance of EU integration of Western Balkans and implementation of limited constitutional and electoral reform in B&H (Vecernji list)
Montenegro

DPS returns to parliament (CdM)
Democrats don’t want to dismiss Kovacevic, although he denied Srebrenica genocide (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev is on collision course with Ahmeti over the mayoral race in Tetovo (Republika)
Sela’s party is also opposed to postponing the municipal elections (Republika)
Albania

Border Changes? WB would end up in mess (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 19 July

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic meets with Lajcak in Brussels (Tanjug/RTV)
Selakovic: Serbia committee to dialogue with Pristina (TV Prva/Beta)
Serbia will not have to give up Kosovo for the sake of joining the EU (APA/Tanjug/B92)
Dacic: No extremely important results will be achieved in Brussels (TV Prva)
Petkovic: Vucic will insist in Brussels on formation of ZSO (Tanjug/RTS)
Stano: 19 July round of dialogue to focus on progress to date (Tanjug)
Dacic: SPS oldest political brand (Beta)
Lazanski: Montenegro refuses Belgrade’s request to allow the use of its ports for weapons donation (TV Prva/Beta)
Neu: Serbs can never be victims (Novosti)
Turks get weapon for Albanians in B&H (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

EU officials confirm that Resolution proposed by Russia and China to UN SC will not change agenda of the EU for B&H (FTV)
Russia and China propose that mandate of Schmidt ends in 2022; Izetbegovic: Proposal of Russia and China will not be accepted; Other reactions (Hayat)
Cvijanovic says attempts to appoint new HR are not in line with procedures, she sees Russian-Chinese draft resolution on abolition of HR’s powers as chance (RTRS)
Hartmann: B&H’s road to EU will close OHR; Austria’s interest in B&H and region is strong (Nezavisne)
Tegeltija: There is absolutely insufficient EU interest when it comes to enlargement (RTRS)
Dodik: New US Ambassador needs to respect Dayton Peace Accords (ATV)
B&H CC rejects Dodik’s motion for disputing Law on B&H Flag, partly grants motion of 24 B&H MPs regarding ‘Buk Bijela’ (Nova BH)
Dodik announces lawsuits against judges of B&H CC for violation of B&H Constitution and misuse of office; Other reactions (ATV)
Hadziabdic: B&H CEC prepared document with series of improvements to B&H Election Law (Fena/Dnevni list)
There will be no progress in terms of talks Law on Elections, Constitution of B&H until second half of September at least (Dnevni list)
Komsic: I will put forward my candidacy for B&H Presidency member in the next elections if current situation does not change; Croatian policy towards B&H is senseless (FTV)
Trivic: Cvijanovic defends Dodik’s idea about merging functions of RS President and Serb member of B&H Presidency without supporting arguments (BN TV)
Cvijanovic responds to Trivic’s accusing her of political illiteracy (RTRS)
Govedarica: Idea about merging functions of RS President and Serb member of B&H Presidency perfidiously aims to improve Dodik’s rating (BN TV)
Dodik on Djukanovic’s statements in Slovakia: Djukanovic is personal towards SPC because it is one of the reasons he lost power (ATV)
Croatia

Covic: 2022 elections cannot take place if there were no changes to B&H Election Law (Vecernji list)
Biden on meeting with Merkel: We also talked about importance of further integration of Western Balkans in European institutions (Jutarnji list)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: There are attempts to revive 1990s’ nationalist policies in region, Serb Orthodox Church bears responsibility for genocide in Srebrenica (GLOBSEC)
Korcok: Djukanovic is fighting for Montenegro (CdM)
EC warned: Maritime border dispute between Montenegro and Albania still pending (Dan)
Abazovic-Rama meeting: Let’s not change boundaries, let them be invisible (RTCG)
Abazovic in the parliament of Albania: We want to promote a policy of peace and cooperation in the region (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)
Abazovic meets with President Meta (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)
Abazovic meets with opposition leader in Albania: Region needs to change its image (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)
Albania

Deputy PM of Montenegro on official visit in Albania (ADN)

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