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Belgrade Media Report 26 October 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 26 October 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Brnabic: I am committed to constitutional reforms and safety of journalists (RTS)
Vucic, Schmid discuss OSCE involvement in Serbian reforms (Tanjug/Politika)
Vucic, MacLeod discuss strengthening of Serbia-UK relations (Tanjug/RTV)
Giaufret: EC report a sincere and factual assessment of Serbia’s efforts in EU integration (Tanjug/RTS)
Petkovic meets Kharchenko (RTV)
Drecun: Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija want full coordination with Belgrade (RTS)
Djilas: If we decide on boycott, it will be different (Beta)
Property of displaced in Kosovo and Metohija increasingly usurped by Albanians with the help of false contracts (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik meets with Dacic in Banja Luka: RS is only self-sustainable entity in B&H (ATV)
Cvijanovic meets Dacic and Pasztor; Cvijanovic: We agree institutional relations of Serbia and RS are at their highest level ever (FTV/ATV)
Opposition parties in RS meet in Banja Luka: They announce new protests, joint candidate at elections in Prijedor, say they will not attend session of HoR on Tuesday (N1)
Citizens gather in front of OHR; Protesters content with meeting in OHR and announce more protest activities in upcoming period (N1/Nova BH)
Magazinovic calls participants of conference in Paris to express support to imposing of sanctions against Dodik (Dnevni list)
Escobar: There will be no war in B&H; US relation with Serbia is neither good nor bad, it is complex (AJB/FTV)
Cvijanovic: RS authorities willing to talk with everyone on current crisis in B&H (AJB)
RS officials: We are ready for talks with EU, US officials but not to detriment of RS (RTRS)
30th anniversary of RS parliament marked with solemn academy in Banja Luka (ATV)
Croatia

Croatian Embassy sharply condemns attacks on Croat symbols in B&H (Hina)
Covic expresses optimism there will be agreement on changes to Law on Elections, says impositions and sanctions would be counterproductive (Vecernji list)
Montenegro

The committee is questioning Abazovic, Katnic, Vuksic (CdM/RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: The government coalition is stable; this is not the time for early parliamentary elections (Nezavisen vesnik/Sitel TV)
Albania

Rama meets the Prime Minister of Bavaria: A determined ally on the European path (Radio Tirana)
Albania-UN renew commitment to work together for sustainable development over next five years (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 25 October

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LOCAL PRESS

Selakovic: All nations must enjoy equal rights and dignity (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Selakovic: OSCE in Pristina most significant status-neutral international presence implemented in keeping with UNSCR 1244 (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Vucic: Serbia will not support sanctions against Republika Srpska (Tanjug/RTS/Politika/Novosti)
Continuous communication with EU on further reforms (Tanjug/RTV/RTS/Beta)
Dacic: Everyone mostly happy with document for improving electoral conditions (RTS/Beta/Politika)
Giaufret calls for return to inter-party dialogue (Beta)
Djilas tells MEPs that dialogue on election rules failed (FoNet)
Kosovo’s ‘decisions’ have no legal force (TASS/Tanjug/Politika)
Kosovo team prevented from participating in World Boxing Championship (RTS/EuroNews)
Is there way out of dead-end street in B&H (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Vucic announces meeting with Izetbegovic in upcoming period (O Kanal)
Dodik meets Vucic in Belgrade (N1)
Djokic: Vucic takes care of the RS; Sarovic: All that Vucic said after meeting Dodik are things that SDS is fighting for; Borenovic: Serbia worries about the RS, unlike Dodik (BN TV)
Komsic: Dodik cannot be saved by Vucic, only by adoption of changes to B&H Election Law according to wishes of HDZ B&H (N1)
SDP, Nesic, Salkic comment Vucic-Dodik meeting (Dnevni avaz)
Tabakovic on meeting of Dodik and Vucic: This was just waste of time (Hayat)
RS MoI Holds Tactical Exercise/ Reactions (RTRS/Nova BH/Dnevni avaz)
Schmidt asks to address B&H parliament (Dnevni avaz/N1)
Izetbegovic, Jenca talks about current situation in B&H during meeting in Sarajevo (Hayat)
Niksic calls on Quinta and Russia Ambassadors to motivate Schmidt to prevent violation of DPA (FTV/Dnevni list)
Cavara: Inzko partially responsible for current crisis, I understand RS representatives who want to protect its interests (Nezavisne)
EUD: Eichhorst holds phone conversations with Dodik, Izetbegovic, Covic and Turkovic raising EU’s concerns over political situation in B&H (BHT1)
Patriarch Porfirije pays two-day visit to Banja Luka Eparchy (Nova BH)
Croatia

Plenkovic: Croatia advocates B&H’s integrity, sovereignty and quality functioning (HRT1/AJB)
Biden is sending the mighty five to solve crises of Western Balkans (Jutarnji list)
Montenegro

UN Secretary-General Guterres hosts Abazovic and Radulovic in New York (Gov. Press service)
Maddocks: I advised the government to carry out investigation into Cetinje events (Pobjeda)
Montenegro out of function, state blocked over positions (CdM)
Picula: Montenegro’s place in EU, government missed a year for reforms (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

Dimitrov: There is an obligation for Bulgaria not to interfere in the internal Macedonian affairs (Nezavisen vesnik/RFE)
Albania

Peleshi to NATO counterparts: Greater attention to Kosovo (Radio Tirana)
Nikola: Austria, strong support for the opening of negotiations (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Reprot 22 October 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 22 October 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Dacic: Greece giving assurances it will not recognize Kosovo (Tanjug)
Petkovic: Bislimi’s statement that it would not form ZSO is height of irresponsibility (Beta/Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
Starovic on resumption of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue: We are approaching the moment of truth (RTS)
Giaufret: EC report on Serbia cautiously optimistic (N1)
Biden is raising Balkans wall for Russia and China (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Schmidt claims Dodik’s actions are serious attack on integrity of B&H (AJB/N1)
Dzaferovic: We need to be prepared to defend sovereignty and territorial integrity of B&H by all possible and available means (FTV)
SDA sets deadline to HR to annul RS parliament’s new law by 28 October (N1)
MEPs send letter to Borrell and Schmidt, request reaction against Dodik’s activities; Serbia a common denominator in all the tensions (FTV)
Cerimagic says responsibility of Serbia and Croatia for current crisis and processes in B&H very significant (N1)
RS representatives reacts to letter of MEPs saying that they will not give in to blackmails (RTRS)
Dodik says US Embassy in Sarajevo represents epicenter of instability in B&H (RTRS)
Cubrilovic: RS parliament special session on return of competences to RS will be held at beginning of November (ATV)
Escobar stresses there is no constitutional possibility for RS’ secession (N1)
Nelson: Do not fall for provocations (Oslobodjenje)
Sattler and UN’s Jenca discuss current situation in B&H (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia

Picula: Partnership relation between Washington and Brussels would foremost help B&H get out of crisis (Vecernji list)
Johansson: Borders need protection, but violence is unacceptable (Hina)
Montenegro

President of the UN General Assembly hosts Abazovic and Radulovic in New York (Gov. Press service)
Radulovic: US has sent clear messages of support to Montenegro (Gov. Press service)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: 31 October crucial for me, no one is eternal, but that does not mean new parliamentary elections (Libertas/TV 21)
Mickoski: The new future is within reach, only one more step is needed – 31 October (Republika)
Albania

Kim: Accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia should start without delay (Radio Tirana)
German MPs: We encourage positive decision-making for the integration of Albania (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 21 October 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 21 October 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Serbia and Spain have understanding on international scene (RTS/Tanjug/Politika)
Von Cramon: Kosovo police operation was necessary (N1)
Petkovic: Does Von Cramon truly advocates EU values (Tanjug/RTV)
Djuric: Completely contrary to UN report (Tanjug/RTV)
Borell, Blinken call for “sustained de-escalation” in Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Brnabic: Great importance of Germany’s support to Serbia’s EU path (RTS/Tanjug)
Improving cooperation, exchanging experiences in field of defense with Austria (RTS/Tanjug)
Brnabic: Covid passes as of 23 October in closed areas (Tanjug/RTS)
Belgrade-Pristina working group on registration plates meets in Brussels (Tanjug/RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

RS parliament adopts proposal of Law on Medicines and Medical Devices without presence of opposition representatives (ATV)
RS opposition criticizes Law on Medicines and Medical Devices of RS; Stanic: RS parliament became tool in service of one man (BN TV)
Continuation of attack on B&H (Dnevni avaz)
Schmidt comments on RS parliament’s decision: Entities are obliged to respect B&H Constitution and decisions made by B&H institutions (AJB)
Dodik: RS’ initiatives for restoring competences do not threaten security or stability, adoption of law on medicines in RS is legitimate; Schmidt’s behavior points to lack of seriousness and usurpation, B&H does not have HR (RTRS)
Dodik meets with UN’s Jenca and informs him that situation in B&H has been unstable due to imposed internationals’ decisions (Srna)
Blinken, Borrell issue joint statement, express strong support to territorial integrity of B&H (Dnevni avaz)
US Embassy: US ready to use all available sanctions against those who violate DPA (Dnevni avaz/RFE)
Komsic announces criminal report against Seranic; Seranic: Criminal reports have become part of daily politics of B&H and it is up to courts and judiciary to decide (FTV)
Komsic reacts to Kalbukhov’s statement: There will not be any dialogue about B&H AF since they are undisputable category just as other state institutions (Glas Srpske)
Konakovic: Economic sanctions for those who follow Dodik’s game are ready; Osmanovic announced filing of motion before CC of B&H (Nova BH/N1)
HJPC removes Tadic from post of B&H Chief Prosecutor and appoints Kajganic (O Kanal/RTRS/N1)
Montenegro

Pribilovic: Everything we warned about turned out to be true (Dnevne novine)
Djukanovic on EC Report: Depressing picture we urgently need to change (CdM)
MEPs are looking for an investigation, they also mention Djukanovic (RTCG)
Abazovic: Katnic wiretapped earlier, ANB to detect misconduct (RTCG/VoA)
Abazovic and Radulovic pay visit to Atlantic Council (Gov. Press service)
Republic of North Macedonia

Geer: The commission expects the first Intergovernmental Conference by the end of the year (Libertas)
Albania

Albania-Kosovo governments’ joint meeting to be held in the last week of November in Durres (Radio Tirana)
Rama: The EC is the fairest and most impartial judge! The guiding document for us! (Radio Tirana)
Soreca: Time for the EU to keep its promise! (Radio Tirana)
Joint statement Blinken-Borrell: Accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia should start without delay (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 20 October

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: We respect Dayton Agreement, but not what is contrary to it (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Selakovic: Despite pressure, Holy See’s position on Kosovo unchanged (Tanjug/RTS/Politika/RTV)
Brnabic: Serbia’s progress noted in European Commission report (RTS/Tanjug)
Varhelyi: Serbia has fulfilled benchmarks for opening Clusters 3, 4 (Tanjug)
European Commission says Serbia achieved limited progress in key areas (N1)
Bilcik: Western Balkans should focus on reforms (N1)
Petkovic: Belgrade-Pristina working group to meet in Brussels on Thursday (Tanjug/RTV)
Stano: Working group to seek permanent solution for registration plates (Tanjug/RTV)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Interview with Serbian President Vucic (Dnevni avaz)
RS parliament to discuss proposal of law on medicinal products and medical devices which stipulates formation of agency for medicinal products of RS on Wednesday (Nova BH)
Tegeltija: RS does not want war and it will respect territorial integrity of B&H (ATV)
Kalabukhov: DPA does not stipulate formation of B&H AF (RTRS/Izvestiya)
Crnadak requests from RS PM to make public record from Monday’s special session of RS government that was dedicated to preparation of new laws (BN TV)
RS opposition: It is inacceptable that return of RS’ competences comes in violent manner (O Kanal)
Izetbegovic: Dodik’s threats to abolish state institutions will not be implemented (N1)
Komsic, Dzaferovic and UN Assistant SG Jenca discuss current political situation and blockade of B&H institutions (BHT1)
Niksic informs PES and Socialist Interna about current crisis in B&H, accuses SNSD’s actions of threatening to cause new war (Oslobodjenje/Glas Srpske)
Vukanovic urges Vucic to bring Dodik to reason so that he stops with destructive policy (BN TV)
EC adopts 2021 Enlargement Package; B&H fails to achieve progress and even makes regression in certain fields; European Commissioner Varhelyi: B&H needs to make progress in all 14 key priorities from EC’s Opinion (FTV)
MEPs comment situation in B&H during presenting of Enlargement Package; Warn about dangers of Dodik’s behavior (Oslobodjenje)
Appointment of five experienced US diplomats to positions in charge of region means US is returning ‘in grand style’ (EuroBlic)
Croatia

PM welcomes B&H deputy chairman in Zagreb (Hina)
Montenegro

Boskovic: Nothing helps, government has come down, institutions are destroyed, new elections likely to happen (Dnevne novine)
Escobar: Montenegro and United States are not only friends but also allies (Gov. Press office)
Latest EC report on MNE: Composition of Assembly unprecedented (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Mickoski calls on opposition to unite to topple the government (Republika)
EU releases report on Macedonia – progress and reforms assessed as moderate (Republika)
Varhelyi: EU has to deliver for Macedonia and Albania by year’s end (MIA)
Albania

Key EU report says opening talks with Albania is overdue, highlights concerns on reforms, elections and freedoms (Tirana Times)

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Belgrade Media Report 19 October

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Pristina experienced political defeat; new police actions possible (Tanjug/RTV)
Vucic: We can do much together with Hungary (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Petkovic: Serb List leaving Pristina institutions in north of the province if ZSO is not formed (NSPM/Tanjug/N1)
EC to recommend opening of two clusters with Serbia (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Dacic: Opposition to propose representative for media monitoring bodies (Beta/Tanjug/RTS)
Venice Commission praises Serbia’s constitutional amendments (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

RS government holds special session and discusses decisions on returning competencies to RS (N1/BNTV)
Prosecutor’s Office of B&H forms case against Dodik (Nova BH)
US Embassy: US ready to use sanctions against those who undermine Dayton Peace Agreement; UK Embassy: UK uses sanctions when and where it considers it to be most effective (Hayat)
Dodik votes against all items discussed at session of Presidency (ATV)
SDA: Laws and decisions passed by B&H parliament can only be changed by B&H parliament; Dodik is endangering peace and stability (Nezavisne)
Mothers of Enclaves of Srebrenica and Zepa’ appeal to international institutions to stop Dodik’s violation on UN Genocide Convention (Dnevni list)
Covic, Izetbegovic meet Covic: Our joint priority is to stabilize political situation in B&H ASAP (N1)
FAC holds session to discuss Borrell’s report on situation in Western Balkans: Serious concern over situations in B&H, Kosovo expressed (N1)
EU Foreign Affairs Council extends EUFOR mission in B&H (FTV/Nova BH)
Croatia

Grlic Radman: Croatia has support for stance on B&H and W. Balkans (Hina)
Montenegro

Minority government backed by DPS and DF a way out of political crisis (Pobjeda)
Abazovic and Radulovic pay a working visit to Washington D.C. (Gov. Press office)
Protest in Podgorica (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

SEC: VMRO-DPMNE won 22, SDSM 9, DUI 3 mayors (Republika)
Zaev one day after the first round of local elections: Now the most important thing is unification (Republika)
Ahmeti thanks voters: I will never disappoint you (Republika)
OSCE/ODIHR: Local elections showed the need for substantial law reform (Republika)
Albania

Albania-Kosovo set up a joint Secretariat for the implementation of agreements between them (Radio Tirana)
Basha reveals details from meeting with Kosovo Deputy PM (ADN)
European Integration/Commission publishes progress report on Albania and other aspiring countries (Radio Tirana)
Soreca-Ibrahimaj: Essential to redouble efforts to move the reform agenda forward and improve the business climate in Albania (Radio Tirana)
Slovenian Ambassador from Korca: Albania has done everything necessary to open negotiations (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 18 October 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 18 October 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Selakovic: UNMIK necessary, balance of responsibility artificial (Tanjug/RTS)
Selakovic: Guterres shares position of UNMIK Head on Pristina’s actions (RTS)
Brnabic: Finding compromise solution to Kosovo in Serbia’s interest (Novosti)
Vucic: I want close relations with UK, but I’m nobody’s fool (TV Prva/Beta)
Serb List declares election victory in Kosovo’s Serb-majority municipalities (N1)
Brnabic sends congratulatory letter to Serb List (RTS)
Drecun: Serbs told Kurti at the elections that there is nothing from the false state of Kosovo (RTS)
Petkovic congratulates Serb List (RTS/Tanjug)
Ambassador: Serbia values highly Holy See’s stance on Kosovo (Politika/Beta)
Positive opinion of Venice Commission for changes to Constitution (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Presidency meets Linhard; Dodik: B&H is stable in terms of security, but will never be united (ATV)
Dodik: RS has right to its own army; I would not sacrifice peace for the RS (RTRS)
Dodik: Proposal of Izetbegovic to add Jasenovac to imposed law is humiliating (ATV)
Dodik and Izetbegovic rule out possibility of their meeting (ATV)
Komsic and Dzaferovic label Dodik’s announcements as adventurism (ATV)
SDA Presidency convenes in Banja Luka; Izetbegovic: It is up to OHR to react to current situation (Nova BH)
SDS Main Board: SDS to attend special RS parliament session if scheduled, but will not follow Dodik’s initiatives and policies (BN TV)
Borenovic: We have to say we are fed up of Bakir’s motions before B&H CC, we are fed up of Dodik’s false referendums, we are fed up of imposed Inzko’s laws and we are fed up and had enough with Covic’s frustrations (Oslobodjenje)
State prosecutor Pasic asks for case to be formed against Dodik over threats to B&H (N1)
EUFOR: Entities cannot unilaterally withdraw from state institutions (Dnevni avaz)
Escobar: We will be working to isolate those who do not want inclusive and democratic Western Balkans (FTV)
Radoncic dismisses possibility of armed conflicts as highly unlikely (Face TV)
Sarovic: I truly believe how Dodik is biggest danger to RS and B&H (Face TV)
Turkovic meets Linhart, Turkovic says Austria and Minister Linhart understand current challenges that B&H and the region face (Hayat)
TV/ATV)
Montenegro

Nikolic: Government in Montenegro on the verge of collapse (CdM)
Djukanovic: Government dysfunctional and needs to be replaced (CdM)
Kentera: Montenegro mustn’t be governed by Serbia, Russia or China… (CdM)
Rising Reinke: Stay true to vision of secure, democratic, multiethnic Montenegro (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Mickoski declares a major victory for VMRO-DPMNE (Republika)
Zaev blames his minor partners for the defeat, insists that his coalition will survive (Republika)
BESA’s Kasami says he is in the lead in the race in Tetovo, as he heads to a run-off against Teuta Arifi (Republika)
Albania

Open Balkans finalized/The Rama-Vucic-Zaev agreement becomes official (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 15 October

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: It’s not Kurti who came up with this idea, it’s designed by others (Politika/B92)
EU calls for dialogue, says unauthorized actions by Kosovo authorities should be avoided (Beta)
Vucic discusses northern Kosovo with Borrell (Beta/RTS)
Russia’s fierce message to NATO: KFOR to fulfill its obligations in keeping with Resolution 1244 (Politika/Beta)
Godfrey: Serbia, US partners in facing joint challenges (Beta/RTS)
Selakovic: 3.100 days without progress (Tanjug/B92)
Petkovic: Kurti is generating a crisis for a handful of votes (RTS)
Serbia ready to hand over case of Edin Vranj and 26 other cases to B&H (Novosti)
Brammertz: I am grateful to Vucic (B92)
Dodik: High time to establish control over forces under Pristina authority (Novosti)
US President nominates Christopher Hill new Ambassador to Serbia (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

RS officials comment Vucic’s claim that great powers will demand abolition of RS: RS can resist all pressure (Nezavisne)
Dodik invites Ambassadors of EU member states for meeting in Istocno Sarajevo; Quint Ambassadors fail to attend meeting; Dodik: This is not about secession, people should not be afraid, there will be no war (FTV)
PIC Ambassadors meet; OHR: PIC expects from all leaders to dismiss rhetoric that leads to destabilization (O Kanal)
EUD: EU supports territorial integrity and sovereignty of B&H (Hayat)
Stano: Commitment of EU to territorial integrity, unity and sovereignty of B&H is only framework (BHT1)
US Embassy: US steadfastly supports B&H sovereignty (Dnevni avaz)
NATO: We support sovereignty and integrity of stable and safe B&H (Dnevni avaz)
Schmidt and Linhart discuss crisis in B&H (BHT1/N1)
RS President says RS leadership has been trying for months to hold talks with political parties in FB&H to jointly resolve problems, Croats ready for talks but Bosniaks reject them (RTRS)
Sarovic: SDS supports transfer of competences to RS; SNSD is dragging RS into chaos and dead ends (BN TV)
Trivic: It is Dodik’s wish to live in constant political chaos and constant political crisis, which he believes he would profit from (Nova BH)
Nesic: Dodik and SNSD do not deserve this much attention (Dnevni avaz)
Banjac: B&H must return to original Dayton Agreement (Nezavisne)
Niksic: This is the most radical that we saw from Dodik until now; B&H has never been in such big crisis since Dayton Agreement; I do not think HR is passive (FTV)
Croatia

Malenica: The purpose of the request of the Prosecutor’s Office of B&H is to defame Operation Flash (HRT)
Montenegro

URA and DPS together against the SPC: Is the vote in the Constitutional Committee of the parliament of Montenegro an announcement of a new coalition? (Vijesti/Novosti)
Markovic: Political crisis can be overcome through elections; DPS ready to resolve situation together with civilian and European forces (CdM/Vijesti)
Abazovic, Zaev: Relations between Montenegro and North Macedonia are an example that other WB countries should follow (Gov. Press Service)
Albania

Venice Commission: Constitutional Court has no jurisdiction to review the validity of local elections (Radio Tirana)
Basha meeting with the US congressional delegation; US our strategic partner (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 14 October 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 14 October 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: We have some malicious people in the international community who want conflicts and want to drag us into them (B92/RTS/Tanjug/Politika/Beta/Novosti)
Vucic tells Gendarmerie to be ready (RTS/Beta/N1)
Peaceful but tense in northern Kosovska Mitrovica (RTS)
Drecun: Pristina crossed all red lines by using firearms (RTS)
Godfrey: Strong pressure (Novosti)
US Embassy: Present Ambassador Godfrey remains focused on his job (Beta)
NATO: We’re fully focused on situation in Kosovo as per UNSCR 1244 of 1999 (N1)
Borrell calls for urgent end to violence in northern Kosovo (Beta/B92)
Selakovic: Gratitude to Argentina for supporting our territorial integrity (Politika/Tanjug)
Selakovic thanked Eritrea for its consistent support on the issue of Kosovo and Metohija (Politika/Tanjug)
Relations between Serbia and DR Congo have traditionally been good and friendly for 60 years (Tanjug/RTV)
Friendship between Serbia and Bangladesh dates back to the early days of the NAM (Tanjug)
Use the potentials to improve cooperation with Belarus (Tanjug)
Venezuela firm in supporting Serbia’ territorial integrity (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: RS will initiate procedure of restoring of its competence with or without support of RS opposition (RTRS)
RS opposition says they support genuine DPA, but what Dodik is doing by announcing return of RS competences can be very dangerous for RS (BN TV)
Reactions of other RS politicians to Dodik’s latest announcement on independent RS in scope of Dayton B&H (EuroBlic)
Crnadak: HR is reality and he already visited Belgrade twice and talked to Serbian officials (Oslobodjenje)
Dodik expects fight against law imposed by Inzko will continue before B&H CC (Nova BH)
Covic perceives SNSD’s initiatives in the same way he perceives those who want to dismantle B&H and create a state without three constituent peoples; Magazinovic: Everything that Dodik is doing has characteristics of coup d’etat (FTV)
OHR Press Service currently unable to specify when they can provide answer on whether OHR would react to political situation and Dodik’s announcements; EUD and US Embassy express support to territorial integrity and sovereignty of B&H (N1)
Komsic, Dzaferovic meet Roth and warn that current developments undermine constitutional organization of B&H (N1)
Leadership of B&H HoP meets over coffee, agree they will continue talks; Izetbegovic says he is ready to talk with Dodik without international mediation even about application of law former HR imposed (BHT1)
Croatia

Bozinovic: EU unprepared for new migrant wave, Croatia nod doing dirty work (Hina)
Montenegro

Knezevic: If negotiations fail, we’ll boycott government laws and require international intervention for new elections (Pobjeda)
Zekovic: Government and Becic block parliament; instead of dealing with citizens’ problems, they deal with their positions (CdM)
Krivokapic: If I am a problem, dismiss me; if you want elections, tell that to citizens; position on DF once majority declares (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski talks with Portuguese FM to lift EU blockade (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania

Strong message of Yuri Kim: Leaders on all sides must make difficult, but necessary changes for a better future (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 13 October

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LOCAL PRESS

Importance of spirit of multilateralism, international cooperation, solidarity (Tanjug/RTS/Politika)
Message of peace and togetherness sent from NAM summit (RTS)
Selakovic thanks India for supporting Serbia’s territorial integrity (Tanjug/Politika)
Wang: NAM an indispensable force in international relations (Tanjug/Politika)
Serbia committed to gender equality, empowerment of women (RTS/Tanjug)
Mihajlovic, Safari discuss cooperation (Tanjug)
Vucic: We haven’t used NAM to campaign against Pristina (Beta/Politika)
Petkovic: Local elections in Kosovo and Metohija of crucial importance (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Brnabic: I call on the international community, KFOR and NATO to react urgently (Tanjug/Kosovo Online/B92/RTS)
Petkovic: Kosovo police shoot Serbs in north of Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug)
Vucic heads to Raska for meeting with Kosovo Serbs (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik announces implementation of project ‘Independent RS within Dayton B&H’ (RTRS)
Borenovic: We will not support SNSD’s initiative that may endanger RS (RTRS)
Sarovic, Milicevic and Crnadak oppose Dodik’s initiative for RS’ withdrawal from B&H AF, ITA, and HJPC (ATV)
Kovacevic: Opposition should realize importance of this moment for RS (ATV)
Osmanovic: Dodik will either succeed in becoming some sort of hero in the RS or he will be sanctioned (Nova BH)
Several MEPs ask for sanctions against RS, EC still needs to respond; EU Delegation calls on politicians to focus on reforms and EU accession (Oslobodjenje)
Komsic said the other day there will be no American sanctions during current fiscal year (Dnevni list)
Dodik claims RS has support of Russia in process of return to original DPA (Nezavisne)
RS law on non-application of Inzko’s decision banning genocide denial published in RS Official Gazette (N1)
SDP says it wants to stop brutal attacks on the state, will request meetings with Schmidt and Sattler (Dnevni list)
Decision on cancelling exercise of Serbian Army, B&H AF reached at working lunch in Vares at which Serbs, Croats were not invited and allegedly, Podzic, Komsic, Dzaferovic and Masovic attended (Glas Srpske)
Dzaferovic criticizes Dodik for taking part at summit in Belgrade; Kosarac responds: Dzaferovic uses political positions in order to cover up responsibility for war crimes (O Kanal)
Turkovic: Clear European prospects is key to security and stability of entire Western Balkans region (Hayat)
NATO Parliamentary Assembly holds annual session; Stoltenberg says NATO supports reform processes in B&H (Oslobodjenje)
Croatia

Milanovic tells troops: You are first of all Croatian Army, then Army within NATO (Hina)
Montenegro

Abazovic: Citizens should not be held hostage to the desire for positions (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: An Albanian president will be elected when all citizens are ready to vote for him (Libertas)
Albania

Kim: We urge authorities to act on this and other recommendations of OSCE/ODIHR regarding 25 April election (Radio Tirana)
Morton: Fruitful discussion with Basha (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 12 October

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LOCAL PRESS

Brnabic: Exceptional cooperation of Serbia with UN (Tanjug/Novosti)
Selakovic: UN SC Resolution 1244 guarantee of peace, stability (RTS/Tanjug/Politika)
Selakovic thanked Zimbabwe for principled and consistent support for Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty (Tanjug)
Selakovic thanks Angola for firm stance on Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug)
Selakovic: No open issues in Serbia-South Africa relations (Tanjug)
Brnabic thanks India for respect of Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty (Tanjug)
Brnabic thanks Iraq on principled position concerning Kosovo and Metohija and respect for Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty (Tanjug)
Vucic: Gratitude to Angola for support to Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty (Tanjug)
Vucic thanks Algeria for principled position of non-recognition of unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo (Tanjug)
Relations of Serbia, Kuwait progress towards strategic cooperation (Tanjug/RTV)
Vucic, Al Saud discuss strengthening of dialogue, economic ties (Tanjug)
Vucic, Bangladeshi Foreign Minister discuss bilateral cooperation (Tanjug)
Mbella Mbella: NAM a concrete force advocating peace (Tanjug)
Agreement on military technical cooperation signed with Azerbaijan (RTS/Tanjug)
Guterres: NAM plays important role in today’s world (Beta/Politika)
Dacic: Majority of NAM countries recognize Serbia’s integrity (RTV/Tanjug/FoNet)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik accuses US, some of EU countries of destabilization of B&H at NAM summit (BHT1)
Dodik holds several meetings on sidelines of NAM summit in Belgrade: There is room for engagement of companies from B&H in infrastructure (RTRS/ATV)
Dacic: Dayton agreement is the red line for Serbia (Glas Srpske)
Selakovic: I expect Zvizdic to at least support Serbia’s territorial integrity (Nezavisne)
Izetbegovic says there will be no talks without international friends; Dodik reminds that it is precisely because of work of foreigners that B&H is in situation it is in (FTV/RTRS)
If Dodik will be held accountable for blockade of B&H, who will be held accountable for blockade of FB&H? (Dnevni list)
HNS Presidency discusses political situation in B&H and Election Law issue (FTV)
Djonlagic: HDZ B&H has finally admitted it is against implementation of ECHR’s judgments (Dnevni list)
Croatia

Activists, intellectuals call for urgent return of US leadership in Balkans (N1)
Civic model in B&H is completely different from Western European model (Vecernji list)
Montenegro

Djeka: PM frivolously texts us to come to meeting (RTCG)
No date for publication of the EC report on Montenegro yet (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

New poll shows VMRO-DPMNE with large lead over SDSM (Republika)
Albania

Balla receives the German Ambassador: A new phase of cooperation with the opposition (Radio Tirana)
New Media Agency, OSCE: Implementation remains a challenge, we will monitor it (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 11 October

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LOCAL PRESS

Welcome home, Vucic tells officials of NAM member states (Tanjug/Beta/B92/RTS/RTV)
Aliyev: Disrespect of territorial integrity impermissible (Tanjug/RTV)
Akufo- Addo: Threat of nuclear weapons persists (Tanjug/RTV)
Shahid: NAM as needed now as it was 60 years ago (Tanjug)
Putin’s message to participants of the NAM Summit (RIA Novosti/Tanjug)
Vucic thanks Russia for support, says meeting with Lavrov their most open to date; Lavrov: Solution for Kosovo must be in line with UN SC resolution
(Tanjug/RTS/Politika/Novosti)
Selakovic: Serbia expects visible reaction from UN to Pristina’s moves (RTS/RTV/Tanjug)
Selakovic: NAM Summit in Belgrade proves Serbia’s reputation (RTS)
Selakovic: NAM has returned to its birthplace (Politika)
Selakovic hosts dinner for ministers who will attend NAM summit (Tanjug)
Vucic to Kosovo Serbs: Go to the polls in as many numbers as possible (Tanjug)
Call to IDPs to vote at elections in Kosovo and Metohija (RTS/Tanjug)
Vulin: Serb world barrier to Greater Albania (Tanjug)
Russia considers Rama’s statement unacceptable (TASS/Tanjug/B92)
Matic: Pristina’s request is gross violation of CEFTA agreement (RTS/Kosovo online)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik announces RS forms teams to work on changes to law on preparation for independent RS within Dayton Agreement (ATV)
Cvijanovic states international factor’s double standards have caused problems in B&H and individual countries in region (Srna/RTRS)
Dodik’s announcement sparks reactions (Nova BH)
SNSD’s officials react to Campara’s request to B&H CC to establish Dodik is temporary incapable to perform duty of member of B&H Presidency (Nova BH)
Dodik’s advisor Tegeltija criticizes opposition for cowardice (ATV)
SNSD officials welcome Dodik’s announcement about withdrawing approval for formation of state institution (RTRS)
Komsic: Some international circles easily dismiss what Dodik is doing (O Kanal)
Izetbegovic: B&H Constitution must be respected (BHT1/Radio BIR)
Dodik says he is ready to talk with any domestic politician in B&H but without presence of foreigners, denies claims of Izetbegovic he refused to meet him (BHT1)
Konakovic: Dodik is testing field to see reactions to his actions (ATV)
Turkovic meets Nelson, Mennutti; Nelson expresses support to territorial integrity and sovereignty of B&H as well as reforms (Oslobodjenje)
US Embassy announces new sanctions against corrupted individuals, Nelson meets EU ambassadors to discuss new sanctions policy (N1)
Field: UK will support US in fight against corruption in B&H (N1)
Sarovic says sanctions against Dodik will affect RS as well (BN TV)
Dodik: I informed Lavrov about our intention to maintain our positions, and that we are ready to reject all imposed solutions (RTRS)
Dodik attends NAM Summit in Belgrade; Kazaz: This causes even bigger damage to B&H reputation (BHT1)
Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Center’s analysis shows genocide denial cases significantly decreased since entry of former HR Inzko’s imposed amendments to B&H Criminal Code in force (AJB)
Croatia

Minister admits police violence, does not fear about Schengen accession (Hina)
Police director: 3 riot officers suspended over violent push-backs of migrants (Hina)
Milanovic: Police can’t act like that; it’s good measures are being taken (Hina)
Montenegro

Cabinet reshuffle better than new election, Jokovic says (Pobjeda)
Martinovic: Democrats find Krivokapic’s proposal acceptable (RTCG)
URA to Krivokapic: Government can only be expert, Prosecutorial Council an absolute priority (CdM)
Djukanovic: We’re determined not the allow repetition of tragedy from the end of 20th century, Montenegrin patriotism awakened (Delo/CdM)
Djukanovic convinced that current phase of enlargement fatigue will end and that Europe will understand that new members should be accepted (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Axios poll: Danela Arsovska holds convincing lead over Silegov, 28.2% would vote for VMRO-DPMNE candidates while 22.7% for SDSM (Republika)

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