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Belgrade Media Report 3 October

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Serbia to align visa policy with EU by end of year (Tanjug/RTS)
Brnabic: Serbia committed to principles of freedom, respect for international law (Politika/Tanjug/RTS)
• Vucic to German envoy: There will be no independent Kosovo as Berlin plans (Beta)
• Bulgaria-Greece gas interconnector put into operation (Tanjug)
• Serbia remains committed to European path, values (Tanjug/RTS)
• Vucic speaks with Donfried (Tanjug/Politika)
• Brush: All ambassadors were disappointed with Vucic; Brnabic: that statement shows that Serbia changed (VoA/RTS/Politika)
• Petkovic: Single-digit number of re-registered vehicles in one month (RTS)
• Serbian opposition in Washington: Serbia needs to align foreign policy with EU’s (Beta)
• Hill: Serbia too dependent on Russian energy (Nova S)
• Konrad: Serbia should join sanctions against Russia (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Schmidt imposes amendments to B&H Election Law to prevent blockades in formation of authorities and to ensure functionality of FB&H (FTV)
• EUD comments Schmidt’s decision: Strengthening of functionality of B&H institutions is key priority on EU path (Dnevni avaz)
• US Embassy firmly supports Schmidt’s decision: This solves issues which have been burdening FB&H for years (Dnevni avaz)
• Ambassador Reilly: We support Schmidt’s decision, functional authorities are crucial to ensure progress and stability (Dnevni avaz)
• Plenkovic welcomes Schmidt’s decision to impose changes to B&H Election Law (Klix.ba)
• B&H politicians react to HR’s decision (Klix.ba/Dnevni avaz)
• B&H CEC publishes preliminary data on midnight; Becirovic, Komsic, Cvijanovic to enter B&H Presidency: Trivic and Dodik both declared victory (Oslobodjenje/Glas Srpske)
• Becirovic addresses public expressing gratitude for support (Oslobodjenje)
• Niksic: For first time Bosniak member of Presidency is not from ethno-nationalistic party (Oslobodjenje)
• Izetbegovic admits defeat, says SDA improves its scores (Oslobodjenje)
• Komsic declares victory (Oslobodjenje)
• B&H CEC: Dodik has the most votes for the president of the RS (Nezavisne)
• Kristo: Election results from local communities with Croat majority show that HDZ B&H convincingly won the elections; Cavara insists Kristo is legitimate representative (Oslobodjenje)
• Sarovic admits he lost race to Cvijanovic; Cvijanovic: My victory demonstrates support of citizens to SNSD (Glas Srpske)
• Arnautovic: I am pleased how election day has passed, I hope irregularities will undergo adequate sanctions (Hayat)
• Media on irregularities registered in Doboj including incident with OSCE observer (ATV)
• International, regional officials on general elections 2022 (ATV)
Croatia
• Croatia’s foreign ministry condemns Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian regions (Hina)
Montenegro
• Shortest session ever! Djukanovic did not get a word (Kurir)
• Djukanovic: I won’t dissolve the parliament, re-examination on proposed PM-designate is unconstitutional (VoA/CdM)
• Djurovic: Parliament shows it works, Djukanovic shouldn’t creatively interpret Constitution, I won’t resign (CdM)
• Djurovic responded to former ruling majority concerning their initiative for Djukanovic’s dismissal (CdM)
• Radunovic: We have majority for new govt, Djukanovic should invite Lekic for consultations (CdM)
• Djukanovic: I defeated many more serious opponents than Dritan Abazovic (CdM)
• Djukanovic: Goal is to return Montenegro to Greater Serbia, Abazovic a contractor (MINA)
• Djukanovic: Montenegro strongly condemns any attempt to appropriate parts of Ukrainian territory (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Bulgarian President Radev reminds of the bilateral obligations (MIA/Telma)
• Sofia’s rhetoric toward Skopje calmer now, Pendarovski says after meeting Radev (MIA)
• EC Head: I welcome positive momentum between Bulgaria, North Macedonia (MIA)
• Pendarovski and NATO’s CEE presidents reject Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian
• Land (MIA)
Albania
• President Begaj reacted to the annexation of Ukrainian territories by Russia (Radio Tirana)
• UN, Albania-US resolution against referendums in Ukraine, Russia vetoes (Radio Tirana)
• Senator Jeanne Shaheen meets President Begaj, Rama and govt & opposition representatives (Radio Tirana)
• American senator: We greatly appreciate Albania’s support regarding the war in Ukraine and the help to resettle Afghan refugees (Radio Tirana/VoA)

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Belgrade Media Report 30 September 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 30 September 2022

LOCAL PRESS
• Vucic with Bilcik: Serbia on the EU path, but as an independent country (RTS)
• Bilcik with parliamentary groups in the Serbian Parliament
• Lajcak on the dialogue with Scholz’s adviser, Jens Ploetner (RTV)
• Germans work on drafting CSM statute, the document is secret; How did that happen? (Novosti)
• Lajcak and Germans drafting statute for Community of Serb municipalities (Novosti)
• U.S. Officials: Agreement between Serbia, Russia step in the wrong direction (Beta)
• Vulin: Serbia is not a reserve, we make our own decisions (N1)
• Oath keepers oppose sanctions against Russia (Beta)
• MEP Groselj: Nobody Is Forcing Serbia to Join EU (N1)
• Vucic at the reception marking China’s National Day: “Steel friendship” (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• General elections in B&H scheduled for Sunday, October 2 (Hayat)
• HR Schmidt sends letter to 20 prosecutors in B&H: Fair and democratic elections must be protected (Dnevni avaz)
• HR Schmidt: I have not given up on changes of electoral legislation; B&H is too close to elections for major interventions (Nova BH)
• Ambassador Sattler calls on citizens of B&H to vote: There is chance on October 2 (Dnevni avaz)
• OSCE PA Charalambides meets Genjac in Sarajevo: There is big interest of international officials for general elections in B&H (Nova BH)
• SNSD’s Dodik says he does not need to prove his patriotism, notes SNSD has clear program for strengthening of RS: I want to see RS on its own, stable and proud (Glas Srpske)
• Cvijanovic: I will represent interests of RS and work to preserve its autonomy using all available means; I want to crrate conditions for prosperity and development of both entities if possible, but I will not hesitate to use mechanisms to protect RS (Nezavisne)
• Sarovic: SNSD has nothing to offer except staged crises, Dodik run away from B&H Presidency sessions and hid behind false patriotism; I do not have to prove my patriotism, we will focus on progress and EU path (Nezavisne)
• PDP’s Trivic rejects accusations on receiving financial aid from USA, lists measures which she plans to implement if she is elected RS President (Glas Srpske)
• Covic calls on Croat voters to go to the polls in mass numbers, says it is hard to predict when election results will be implemented (Vecernji list)
• Orban expresses support for Dodik at general elections (RTRS)
Croatia
• Croatia’s PM: EP initiative to suspend negotiations with Serbia “logical” (Hina)
• Croatian Prime Minister Plenkovic says it is very important for Croats to be represented by legitimate representatives (Vecernji list)
Montenegro
• Several people suspected of collaborating with Russian secret serviceꓼ no one arrested yet (CDM)
• Abazovic: Several people arrested, their names can only be revealed by SDT; Prosecutor Radonjic: No one currently arrested (CDM)
• Montenegro declared six Russian diplomats persona non grata; Embassy of Russia: Hostile behavior of the Montenegrin authorities, we are suspending the work of the consular department until further notice (CDM)
• Djukanovic: Montenegro strongly condemns any attempt to appropriate parts of the territory of Ukraine (CDM)
North Macedonia
• What should Macedonia expect from the elections in Bulgaria? (Libertas)
Albania
• Four regions seek union with Russia! USA and Albania, resolution against Moscow referendums (Radio Tirana)
• President Bajram Begaj receives the US Ambassador to our country, Yuri Kim, in the Presidency (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 29 September

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LOCAL PRESS
• Vucic: I will address the citizens on October 8 and I will talk about all important issues (RTS)
• Djuric with Escobar: We are continuing agreements to improve cooperation (RTS)
• Now quite precisely, compiled by Picula: Either sanctions or negotiations’ suspension (Tanjug)
• Healthy Serbia Party proposes referendum on Serbian sanctions against Russia (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: EU produces more problems than solutions (ATV)
• Dzaferovic: B&H does not recognize referendum in Ukraine (BHT1)
• Dodik: No one is asking B&H whether it will recognize referendums in Ukraine (ATV)
• EU Delegation calls on B&H citizens to vote in elections; Sattler sends message to B&H citizens: Do not miss your chance (BHT1)
• Dodik: We will create wide coalition; There are good people in PDP and SDS, but their current leaderships are not good (Nezavisne)
• Trivic: My key promise is to return institutions to the framework of law and to oust corruption from institutions; all elements of statehood that make RS state within state remain in our hands (Nezavisne)
• Pendes says she is convinced Kristo will be elected Croat member of B&H Presidency (Dnevni avaz)
• Komsic: Zagreb wanted amendments to Election Law that would enable permanent participation of HDZ B&H in FB&H and B&H authorities (Hayat)
• Komsic: Visits of Milanovic and Vucic to specific places in B&H are attempt to mark borders of future division of B&H territory (Hayat)
Croatia
• Plenkovic: There is still time for the HR to impose changes to B&H Election Law (N1)
Montenegro
• Kovac: Djukanovic does not have the authority to shorten the Parliament’s mandate, unless it does so itself (RTNK)
• Krivokapic: Serbia’s creeping aggression on Montenegro can turn into a more active one, legal actions need to be taken (CDM)
Albania
• Rama: Russians who do not want to go to war are welcome in Albania (ADN)
• Hoxha responds to the Russian delegation at the UN: You cannot compare the war in Ukraine with Kosovo (Radio Tirana)
• Nikolla: It’s high time Indonesia recognized Kosovo as an independent state (Radio Tirana)
• Tabaku, meets Sarraz: We welcome the return of the Berlin Process (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 28 September

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LOCAL PRESS

• Drecun: Prishtina is trying in every way to destabilize the situation (RTS)
• Hill: With the consultation plan, Russia wants to justify the war in Ukraine (FoNet)
• Russian Embassy: Hill’s statement is inappropriate (FoNet)
• Russia at the UN Security Council: What about Kosovo? “Double standards of the West” (Tanjug)
• KFOR held the “Golden Sabre” exercise (RTS)
• Djilas pays visit to U.S., says Serbia must not make the mistake of disconnecting from civilizational trends (Beta)
• MP: Either we will impose sanctions on Russia, or sanctions will be imposed on us (N1)
• Brnabic: Serbia is not neutral regarding the war in Ukraine, we condemned the aggression (Beta)
• Selakovic: Vucic’s address to the nation will most likely be on October 8 (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Croatian Government admits that proposals of changes to B&H Election Law from July this year are the result of secret negotiations between the leaders of Croatia and HR Schmidt; OHR did not confirm Croatia’s involvement in changes to B&H Election Law (FTV)
• Komsic comments on Croatian Government’s admitting that it negotiated changes to B&H Election Law with HR: Things have finally come to surface (Nova BH)
• HDZ 1990’s Cvitanovic expects OHR will make necessary interventions into Election Law (Vecernji list)
• Dodik: Bosniaks want political domination and elimination of Serbs and Croats; Croats should have their own third entity in B&H (Glas Srpske)
• RUGIPP: Constitutional Court decision refers to property registered as property owned by B&H, there is no such property in RS (Glas Srpske)
Croatia
• Croatian Parliament’s Committee for Croats outside Republic of Croatia holds theme session ahead of general elections in B&H (HRT1)
• Head of Istria County: Italian far-right’s election victory is due to turmoil (Hina)
Montenegro
• Picula: Former ruling majority offers unsustainable options; U.S. Embassy reiterates that DF is not their partner (Gradski portal)
• Malliotakis presented Abazovic with a special award from the US Congress (CDM)
• Local elections in 14 municipalities, the main battle for Podgorica (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Kovacevski says talks being held with Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey on gas, electricity purchases (MIA)
Albania
• Homman meets Celibash: EU will continue to support the strengthening of Albania’s electoral process (Radio Tirana)
• Sarrazin in Tirana: Germany by Albania’s side in this reform process (Radio Tirana)
• Exports to Kosovo increase by 1.5 billion ALL (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 27 September 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 27 September 2022

LOCAL PRESS
• Petar Petkovic was banned from visiting the KiM (RTS)
• Serbia prepared a fierce response to Brussels, Vucic addresses public within 72 hours (Novosti)
• No accession talks if Serbia doesn’t align with sanctions on Russia (N1)
• Giaufret: Signing agreement with Russia sends contrary message (Beta)
• Ambassador Konrad: Germany expects of Serbia to introduce sanctions to Russia (VIP)
• “Hysterical” reaction to the signing of a technical document, says Brnabic (TV Pink)
• Vulin: Unprecedented EU pressure on Vucic (Beta)
• Freedom and Justice Party travels to U.S. to discuss Kosovo, Serbian foreign policy (Beta)
• Grlic-Radman: Recognition of the so-called Kosovo by Serbia “inevitability” (RTV)
• Selakovic: Croatia has left the framework of EU policy (RTS)
• Dodik about the conversation with Putin and the elections in B&H (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• US blacklists Prosecutor Kajmakovic to corruption and undermining of democratic processes or institutions in the Western Balkans (FTV)
• B&H Presidency member Dodik: RS to pass new law on immovable property, B&H CC is inquisition court (Hayat)
• HNS’ Kristo: Possible imposition of political representatives to Croats would lead B&H into no way out and bad situation; Institution of legitimate representation must be respected (Vecernji list)
• HDZ B&H’s Bradara: There are no conditions for implementation of election results (Glas Srpske)
Croatia
• Croatian Government tweets: We discreetly discussed electoral reform in B&H (Hina)
Montenegro
• Deputies on September 30 about Djukanovic’s proposal to shorten the mandate of the Assembly (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Osmani: North Macedonia ready to assist in Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (N1)
• North Macedonia will not recognize the manipulative referendums in Ukraine, Osmani said (Libertas)
• Pendarovski: War in Ukraine ushered energy crisis and security challenges (Republika)
Albania
• Rama for The Washington Post: Why Iran picked up Albania and failure to destroy state cyber-structure (Radio Tirana)
• Screening Process, next meeting of Albania and North Macedonia with the EC on Tuesday (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 26 September

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LOCAL PRESS
• Petkovic: The incursion of members of the so-called KSF into Zubin Potok is contrary to all agreements (RTS)
• Brnabic: The government and the president will not remain silent on the injustices against the Serbs (RTS)
• Head of the EU in Pristina: It is high time to implement the decision on the property of the Visoki Decani monastery (RTS)
• Vucic at the end of his visit to New York: We will not renounce territorial integrity, nor the European path (Tanjug)
• Selakovic: The Serbian delegation had 100 meetings in New York and signed 12 agreements (RTS)
• Selakovic: Serbia does not accept the results of the referendum in Ukraine (Tanjug, RTS)
• Brnabic: Serbia is under the greatest pressure since 1999 (TV Pink)
• MEPs criticise signing of Consultation Plan between Serbia and Russia (Nova S)
• US Ambassador wants explanation of Serbia-Russia document (N1)
• What did Serbia and Russia sign – a scandal or something else? (N1)
• The leader of Healthy Serbia, Ukrainian Embassy exchange accusations (VIP)
• Serbian Right leader is an observer at the separatist referendum in Ukraine (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• RS Government plans to propose new law on immovable property (ATV)
• SNSD: Schmidt has contacts with RS opposition and not with RS authorities; Dodik: RS authorities do not recognize Schmidt as HR, Trivic meets with Schmidt in Banja Luka (ATV)
• Dodik: Russia remains dedicated to DPA and is not ready to withdraw from it; Putin is friend of all peace-loving people (Oslobodjenje)
• FM Lavrov speaks about problems in B&H and Kosovo at UN General Assembly (Dnevni list)
• Kristo: B&H Constitution needs to ensure equality of all three peoples; B&H Election Law needs to be changed (HRT1)
Croatia
• PM Plenkovic: Those in B&H who believe it is late for the Bonn powers want status quo (Dnevni list)
• Milanovic says Plenkovic’s call to Schmidt to carry out electoral reform in B&H comes too late, adds he is starting to like idea of having Croatia participate in ‘Althea’ Mission to B&H (Dnevni list)
• Croatian PM Plenkovic says he expects large number of Croats to vote in general elections in B&H and support legitimate Croat parties, with goal to ensure legitimate representation of Croats at all levels of authorities in B&H (HRT1)
• Croatia will not act on Serbia’s request to deliver summons to pilots charged with war crimes (Hina)
Montenegro
• Djukanovic submitted an amended proposal for a decision to shorten the mandate to the Assembly (CDM)
• Krivokapic: Crisis should be solved through elections, Montenegro a hot spot in Balkans (CDM)
• Abazovic: I think that we should back the initiative for Djukanovic’s dismissal (CDM)
• Bogdanovic: This is not only institutional, but also existential threat to state (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Kovacevski – Chollet: We are focused on deepening bilateral partnership (Republika)
• Osmani meets Cavusoglu in New York (Republika)
• Kovacevski meets American Jewish Committee delegation (Republika)
Albania
• World must continue to help Ukraine, hold Russia accountable, Albania says at U.N. Security Council (Tirana Times)
• Rama speaks at the UN Assembly: Dick Marty’s report is a failure! Accept the request for a new report (Radio Tirana)
• Xhacka: Albania has made huge steps in foreign policy (Radio Tirana)
• Minister Xhacka at the SEECP meeting: Regional cooperation, key for our European future (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 23 September 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 23 September 2022

LOCAL PRESS
• Big powers are ready to resolve the “Kosovo knot”? Vucic: Do we have a choice? (B92)
• The EU denies the authenticity of the “non-paper” dialogue framework between Belgrade and Pristina (RTS)
• EU Rapporteur: Calls for mutual recognition between Serbia and Kosovo not politically useful at present time (TV Insajder)
• Vucic with Victoria Nuland: We discussed the most important global and regional geopolitical issues (RTS)
• Vucic with Raisi: Serbia appreciates Iran’s consistent position on non-recognition of Kosovo’s independence (RTS)
• Vucic and Nahyan on projects of mutual interest in New York (RTS)
• Foreign Minister’s 18 bilateral meetings with ministers in New York (Beta)
• Ponos says: Vucic’s speech in UN “quite all right” (Danas)
• Healthy Serbia Leader supports staged “referendums” planned in occupied regions of Ukraine (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik reveals new details of talks with Putin: Russia stands by DPA (RTRS)
• Dodik: Dzaferovic presents his own views at UN GA (RTRS)
• Ambassador Vujic: I will talk with US Senators to tell them that it would be damaging if bill of US Congress’ House of Representatives was adopted (Nezavisne)
• Dodik: B&H joining NATO is impossible (Dnevni list)
• Constitutional Court of B&H puts out of force RS Law on Immovable Property Used for Functioning of Public Authority (Hayat)
• Dodik: Immovable property in B&H belongs to the entities exclusively (AJB)
• Cubrilovic: B&H CC’s decision is politically motivated (BHT1)
• B&H HoR Speaker Radmanovic: B&H CC put itself above B&H Constitution; Kovacevic: Instead of protecting B&H Constitution, B&H CC took over the role of the lead grave-digger of B&H (Glas Srpske)
• Sarovic: B&H CC’s decision was expected, but it is still completely unacceptable (BN TV)
• Borenovic: RS property remains its property, and it will be managed by the entity institutions (BN TV)
• PDP’s Trivic strongly criticizes B&H CC after decision on Law on Immovable Property Used for Functioning of Public Authority (BN TV)
• Komsic argues High Representative Schmidt’s intention to impose changes to Election Law of B&H is attempt to ‘put out fire with gasoline’ (Oslobodjenje)
• Dodik: I share some positions about B&H with Milanovic (Dnevni list)
Croatia
• Croatian 2021 Census: Less inhabitants, less men, less Catholics (Hina)
Montenegro
• Djukanovic: No elections, no legitimate government (Pobjeda)
• Blazic: President has the last word, he can dissolve Parliament (RTCG)
• Vucurovic: Constitution violated because not all parties received the invitation to consultations; Krapovic: Like the majority, we could not leave room for Djukanovic (TVCG)
• Lekic: I have no right to give up, the Assembly will not accept Djukanovic’s instructions (Pobjeda)
• The Democratic Front started collecting signatures for the dismissal of Djukanovic (CDM)
• Djurovic returned the initiative to Djukanovic (RTCG)
• Abazovic with Biden: You are a great friend of Montenegro (CDM)
• Krivokapic at a working dinner with transatlantic partners at Blinken’s invitation (CDM)
• Abazovic and Guterres: Overcoming global crises with joint forces (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Kovacevski-Guterres meeting: Cooperation with UN continues, strategic development goals priority (Republika)
• Kovacevski attends reception hosted by U.S. President Biden (Republika)
Albania
• Rama: Serbia should recognize Kosovo and apologize (Radio Tirana)
• Rama meets Biden at the UN General Assembly (Radio Tirana)
• Kim: We support all efforts, including the Open Balkans (Radio Tirana)
• Albania – Croatia, first round of social security negotiations achieves agreement (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 22 September

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic’s address at the UN: What is the difference between Ukraine and Serbia? (B92)
• Vucic told Newsmax: Putin is not bluffing, that’s all I can say (B92)
• Vucic: We changed our speech nine times, we took care of every word (Tanjug)
• Senior KFOR officer says reserves deployed in Kosovo (N1)
• Vucic met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of China (RTS)
• Selakovic in New York at a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (RTS)
• Serbian Foreign Minister has a series of fringe meetings during U.N. General Assembly Session (Beta)
• PM Brnabic explains delay in formation of new Government (FoNet)
• Opposition leader: Aggression on Ukraine threatening humanity, sanctions necessary (Beta)
• Russians are coming to Belgrade (Nova S)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik supports referendums in occupied parts of Ukraine (O kanal)
• Head of RS Representation Office in New York Kesic on Dodik-Putin meeting: This exceeds expectations (ATV)
• Komsic: Russia’s position regarding EUFOR expected with anxiety, because if it does not support continuation of the mission, it could complicate things in B&H (N1)
• EUD: We expect leaders of B&H to take clear moral stance and unequivocally condemn Russian actions in Ukraine instead of meeting with Russian president (Nova BH)
• Nezavisne novine learns that EU will increase pressure on Western Balkan countries to join EU foreign policy and support Ukraine (Nezavisne novine)
• B&H Presidency Chairman Dzaferovic addresses 77th session of UN General Assembly: IC and OHR made huge contribution to peace building; It is not time to close OHR (BHT1)
• Chairman Dzaferovic with UN SG Guterres: International units have the right to be present in B&H (Dnevni list)
• US House of Representatives adopts bill on B&H: Prevent destabilization and undermining of Dayton with sanctions; Reactions (O kanal)
• HR Schmidt: Politicians like Komsic do not contribute to improving the situation (Dnevni avaz)
• HDZ B&H’s Covic: B&H cannot be classic civic state because it would lead to domination (Dnevni list)
Croatia
• Milanovic: One should be louder when it comes to the status of Croats in B&H (Dnevni list)
• Milanovic: I warn from the beginning, this is a terribly dangerous situation. The main problem is not nuclear weapons, but something else (Jutarnji list)
• Croatian fighter held by Russia freed in prisoner swap (HRT)
Montenegro
• Blazic: President has the last word, he can dissolve Parliament (RTCG)
• Uljarevic: Djukanovic’s decision has at least two foundations in Constitution (CDM)
• Djukanovic with Popa: The pro-European commitment of political actors must be accompanied by pro-European action (CDM)
• Djukanovic: The increased discussion on the Western Balkans within NATO is encouraging, our partners are seriously following the events in Montenegro (CDM)
• Abazovic with The President of The UN General Assembly (CDM)
• Announced package of financial assistance to Montenegro (CDM)
• Konjevic – General Cavoli: Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is a threat to European security (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Osmani meets Reeker in New York (Republika)
• Roth: The EU has wasted a lot of time in the Western Balkans, the candidates should immediately feel the benefits of membership (MIA)
Albania
• PM Rama for Der Spiegel: When it comes to EU membership our patience is endless (ADN)
• The Deputy Assistant Secretary of NATO in Tirana reacts to the attacks from Iran: Albania is not alone (Radio Tirana)
• Balluku meets Goldberg: Canada’s experience and expertise in energy and cyber security is a great help for us (Radio Tirana)
• Hohmann: Albania’s EU membership depends on Albania itself (Vizion Plus TV)
• The former Albanian presidents travel to The Hague, they will visit the leaders of the KLA (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 21 September 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 21 September 2022

LOCAL PRESS
• Vucic: Another note on the derecognition of Kosovo; difficult decisions ahead of us (B92)
• Brnabic: Pressure on Vucic and Serbia never greater (TV Pink)
• Vucic at the UN: Numerous meetings with world leaders (B92)
• Another dynamic day of Serbian diplomacy in New York (RTS)
• Vucic at the lunch organized by Borrell for the leaders of the Western Balkans (RTS)
• Serbia again fails to align with EU measures over Ukraine (Beta)
• The new summit of the leaders of the EU and the Western Balkans in December, for the first time in one of the countries of the region (RTS)
• Piperni: KFOR is ready to intervene if the situation in Kosovo worsens (RTS)
• Putin: I talk to Vucic on a regular basis (FoNet)
• Belgrade hosts regional conference on labor trafficking (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Moscow: Dodik meets Russian President; Dodik says energy issues were in focus of the meeting; Putin wishes Dodik success in upcoming elections in B&H (ATV)
• Dodik on meeting with Putin: If there is no agreement on Russian investments, I will not be prepared to support projects in other part of B&H; I informed Putin that there is no reason not to support continuation of EUFOR mission ‘Althea’ (RTRS)
• Viskovic claims Dodik’s latest visit to Moscow will bring economic and political benefits to RS (EuroBlic)
• UN General Assembly session begins on Tuesday; Erdogan talks about stability in Western Balkans; Dzaferovic meets with Trudeau and Scholz (FTV)
• HR Schmidt: Those who think that they can influence the voting and manipulate the results, will deal with state prosecutors and with me (Dnevni avaz)
• Komsic: Citizens expressed their will in protests outside OHR, DF is greatly responsible for stopping electoral reform based on ethnic principle (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia
• Croatia reportedly wants Hungary-EU dispute to be settled through agreement (Hina)
• Parliamentary committee votes to open public debate on changes to constitution (HRT)
Montenegro
• President refuses to appoint new PM Designate, proposes holding of new parliamentary elections (RTCG)
• Strong opposition to the announcement of new elections (CDM)
• Former Montenegrin Prime Minister Forms Party (CDM)
• Abazovic: EU integration is not an issue of one government, but a process that must be the focus of the entire society (CDM)
• Abazovic at a working lunch with Borrell, Lajcak and the leaders of the Western Balkans (CDM)
• Krivokapic at a briefing with Stoltenberg (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Osmani – Kasoulides meeting in New York (Libertas)
Albania
• Lajcak meets Rama in New York: We discussed the situation in the Western Balkans (Radio Tirana)
• Borrell pledged support to Balkan leaders in the energy challenge, cyber security, war consequences (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 20 September

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LOCAL PRESS
• Vucic: Belgrade will not accept that KiM becomes a member of the UN, I rejected the paper (Tanjug, B92)
• Hill: U.S. Supports EU efforts to arrive at solution in Serbia Kosovo dialogue (Beta)
• EU declines to comment alleged Serbia-Kosovo agreement (B92)
• Grubjesic: Non-papers are trial balloons used to check the mood of the public (RTS)
• Vucic met with congresswoman Claudia Tenny in New York (RTS)
• Selakovic spoke with 20 foreign ministers in New York (RTS)
• Commander of the Ohio National Guard: We respect Serbia’s neutrality, cooperation is expanding (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik for Russian media about upcoming meeting with Putin: RS is grateful to Putin for maximal consistency in preserving of Dayton Peace Agreement; Dodik compares Ukraine and Russia issues with issues between ‘Serbs and Muslims’ (RTRS)
• Dodik: RS is state of Serb people; An independent state remains our goal (RTRS)
• Turkovic speaks to Biden during funeral of Queen Elizabeth II; Biden expresses interest in situation in B&H (Nova BH)
• Dzaferovic to address UN session on Wednesday (BHT1)
• OHR: Only state of B&H can dispose of state property (FTV)
• Constitutional law expert Popovic: B&H Constitutional Court is violating Constitution instead of protecting it, all its decisions are ridiculous and it does not have jurisdiction to decide on RS Law on Immovable Property (Glas Srpske)
• ‘Combined Effort 22’ exercise starts at Manjaca range (N1)
Croatia
• PM Plenkovic to attend UN General Assembly, meet Croatian community in the US (Hina)
• Croatia continues contributing troops to peacekeeping missions abroad (Hina)

Montenegro
• Lekic։ Big step made (Antena M)
• URA gives its support for Lekic to be prime minister designate, but not its signatures (CDM)
• Mandic: We’ve agreed, Lekic prime minister designate (CDM)
• Mandic writes to Djukanovic: I expect you to give Lekic a mandate (CDM)
• Krapovic: We still don’t have 41 signatures, we have verbal support for Lekic (CDM)
• Milo keeps silent (Vijesti)
• Krivokapic: Geopolitical stage significantly shaken with war in Ukraine, it’s a threat to small countries (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Vucic: Macedonians can also count on Serbian gas this winter (Republika)
Albania
• UN General Assembly / Rama and Xhacka travel to the USA (Radio Tirana)
• Borrell gathers the leaders of the Western Balkans in New York (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 19 September 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 19 September 2022

LOCAL PRESS
• Brnabic and Ziadeh on the situation in Kosovo and Metohija and the continuation of the dialogue (RTS)
• Petar Petkovic: Political representatives of Albanians in Kosovo constantly cause crisis situations (FoNet)
• Vucic: He threatened me, Kurti’s errand boy (B92)
• Vucic with Hill about the UN General Assembly and the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina (RTS)
• Starovic: Serbia’s highest-level present at UN General Assembly (RTS)
• Vucic’s marathon in New York: The President of Serbia on the East River with 30 world officials (Novosti)
• Brnabic: There will be more countries that would withdraw Kosovo recognition (Politika)
• Parliament Speaker Claims Council of Europe Principles Do Not Permit for Kosovo Membership (VIP)
• Lajcak, Escobar: Future of Serbia, Kosovo lies in European union (Kurir)
• Germany, France, Poland support Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, visa-free regime for Kosovo (Beta)
• Varhelyi: The Western Balkans is a geostrategic priority more than ever (Tanjug)
• Vucic with Radev on strengthening energy cooperation in the region (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Vucic, Dodik and Orban discuss global energy crisis and challenges Europe will face in upcoming period; They confirm commitment to continuation of mutual cooperation (RTRS)
• Dodik: I will propose to Putin that Russia supports extension of Althea mission in B&H (RTRS)
• Dodik’s Advisor Trisic-Babic: Dodik will discuss energy situation with Putin and will inform him on progress regarding Serbia-RS gas pipeline; There is chemistry and understanding between Dodik and Orban in relation to the situation in the world and Europe (ATV)
• Former Yugoslav diplomat Jovanovic: Germany openly supports Bosniak parties, claims about Russian interference serve purpose of providing alibi for interventions of West (Glas Srpske)
• B&H Presidency member Dodik: EC seems to be willing to divide B&H and conditioning of unblocking of EUR 600 million for construction of Corridor 5C through RS by resolution of political crisis proves that (ATV)
• HR Schmidt: Electoral frauds will not be tolerated (N1)
• Borrell to meet Western Balkans leaders in New York on Monday (Glas Srpske)
• Statement by Croatian President that it is possible that Croatian troops are deployed in military missions in B&H if needed causes reactions in B&H (Nova BH)
Croatia
• Kosovo PM Kurti: There cannot be war in Balkans without Serbia and peace without Albanians (Vecernji list)
• Milanovic: Croatia is prevented from being present, at least at headquarters level, in EUFOR mission in B&H (Nova)
Montenegro
• Djukanovic: New elections most likely option, I hope we’re having them in two or three months (Pobjeda)
• Mandic: Concrete power distribution got stuck, DF ready to give in maximallyꓼ Krapovic: We’ll be in Parliament all day, URA shouldn’t undermine agreement (CDM, Pobjeda)
• Konjevic: Abazovic gets a clear message what he can and can’t do (Pobjeda)
• Montenegro closer to new parliamentary elections after all (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Government delegation led by Kovacevski at the 77th UN General Assembly in New York (Libertas)
Albania
• New agreement between Kosovo and Serbia ready, Mutual recognition of independence ahead of joining EU in 2033 (Albanian Post)

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Belgrade Media Report 16 September

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LOCAL PRESS
• Vucic presented Viktor Orban with the medal: This is your second home (Tanjug, RTS)
• Vucic promises Serbia won’t recognize Kosovo as long as he is president (VIP)
• Kosovo minister to Vucic: Hard times are coming (N1)
• Media: Lajcak says there is no ‘new framework’ (FoNet)
• Saracin: Important meetings in Belgrade, Germany remains committed to Serbia’s path to the EU (RTS)
• Serbian officials congratulate Day of Serb Unity (Vecernje Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Serb Day of Unity marked by RS and Serbian officials in Bijeljina; Vucic: We must jointly defeat madness that threatens to bring new conflicts to the region; Dodik: Serbs today have two countries – the RS and Serbia; Serbs must always fight for unity (BN TV)
• Serbian President Vucic pays visit to Bijeljina on occasion of start of construction of Raca-Bijeljina highway section; Dodik to Vucic: Mr. President welcome to your land and among your people (BHT1)
• B&H HoP delegate Becirovic reacts to Dodik’s messages conveyed while welcoming Vucic (Nova BH)
• Exclusive interview with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic (BN TV)
• Dodik’s statement on wiretapping of US Ambassador sparks reactions (N1)
• Delegation of Ukrainian Government visits B&H (Oslobodjenje)
• Russia Calls for Mladic’s Release on Humanitarian Grounds/Reactions (RTRS)
Croatia
• Milanovic: Those in RS who attack Dodik represent problem (HRT1)
• Milanovic’s Office: Croatia will send soldiers to EUFOR or NATO missions in B&H (HRT1)
• Milanovic: Genocide must be discussed, there must be no taboos (HRT)
Montenegro
• Negotiations to be continued today (CDM)
• Abazovic: I will not sign for Lekic to be a mandate holder because it is a trap, I would not like his government to be formed by other parties (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Prime Minister: N. Macedonia’s team ready for screening (MIA)
• Mickoski: The referendum is the way out of the harmful agreement with Bulgaria that leads to assimilation, the government runs away from the people’s declaration (Fokus)
Albania
• NATO certifies the Albanian AF Infantry Battalion: Ready to be used by the Alliance at any time (Radio Tirana)
• Interview with Ilir Meta (Tirana Times)
• Erion Veliaj meets Speaker of the American Congress, Nancy Pelosi in Washington (Radio Tirana)
• Spiropali meets the chairman of the Internal Security Committee in the US Senate (Radio Tirana)

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