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Belgrade Media Report 2 July 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 2 July 2020

LOCAL PRESS

SNS declares victory at repeated voting (RTS/Tanjug)
SPS-JS: Coalition won 12.5 percent of votes (RTS/Tanjug)
POKS: We didn’t cross census (RTS/Tanjug)
Ljajic: Two people from Sjenica died after a misunderstanding (RTS)
Obradovic proposes negotiations to Vucic (Beta)
What are the expectations from Germany’s EU presidency? (RTS)
Another 359 cases (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Meeting of leaders of SDA, HDZ B&H and SNSD will probably take place next week; Leaders to discuss appointments at state level (O kanal)
SDA’s Maric optimistic changes to B&H Election Law on Mostar will pass B&H parliament (Oslobodjenje)
B&H FM Turkovic sends diplomatic note to Serbian counterpart Dacic, asking for consent to deployment of two medical teams from B&H to Novi Pazar (Hayat)
EU opens borders for citizens of 15 countries excluding B&H, B&H reacts by reciprocal measures (Hayat)
Weber: EU’s list of safe countries seems to be result of political trade (Hayat)
New regime for entrance of B&H citizens to Croatia enters into force (BH Nova)
B&H confirms 180 new Covid-19 cases (N1)
Croatia

Croatia hands over EU presidency to Germany (HRT)
In Croatia, 81 new cases of coronavirus infection, two people died (N1)
Montenegro

Borders with Serbia to be open when conditions allow (CDM)
Institute for Public Health confirms another 28 coronavirus cases (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Commission drafts negotiating frameworks for Albania and North Macedonia (MIA)
Dimitrov: Good news from Brussels, EC adopts draft-negotiating framework (MIA)
Language designated as Macedonian in EU negotiating framework (MIA/360 Degrees)
North Macedonia reports 173 new cases of Covid-19, 15 patients have died (Libertas)
Albania

Rama: The blue corridor, an ambition and a priority, which will connect the south of Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece (Radio Tirana)
Albania reports 82 new cases and 3 deaths (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Orbán says Hungary won’t open borders to any non-EU countries except Serbia (Politico)
Dr. Alona Fisher-Kamm – An interview with Israel’s ambassador to Serbia (The Jerusalem Post)
Serbia, The Election of Losers (Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso)

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Belgrade Media Report 30 June 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 30 June 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vulin: Edi Rama’s friendship cannot be trusted (Tanjug/RTV)
Loncar, Brnabic: Hospital in Novi Pazar has enough medical equipment, health workers (Tanjug/RTS)
Loncar, Brnabic booed in Novi Pazar (N1)
Schieb: Serbia’s EU integration depends on progress in reforms (FoNet)
Due to worsening epidemic situation, CRTA won’t monitor vote in Serbia, CIP will (Beta)
Another 276 cases (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CEC: Budget of institutions of B&H not adopted yet (BNTV)
RS Emergency Situation HQ adopts decision on closing down all quarantine facilities as of 1 July (BHT1)
Crisis HQ of FB&H Ministry of Health strengthens measures of prevention from spreading of Coronavirus (Hayat/O kanal)
Dzaferovic calls upon B&H institutions to help Sandzak region in Serbia in their fight against Coronavirus pandemic (N1)
Another 109 Covid-19 cases in Bosnia and one fatality (N1)
Croatia

Skoro says in favor of Croat federal unit in B&H (Hina)
Electoral Commission issues rules for voting during pandemic (HRT)
PM discusses EU Presidency with foreign diplomats (HRT)
Bozinovic: List of 15 countries for open borders to include Bosnia and Herzegovina (Hina)
Croatia reports 52 new cases of Covid-19 (N1)
Montenegro

Montenegro opens today last chapter in negotiations with the EU (CDM)
Another three cases of coronavirus in Montenegro (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Sela: Albanians believed for years, but always disappointed by parties (MIA)
Dimitrov to Siljanovska: Do you want to have Prespa Agreement rescinded? (MIA)
Skopje, Ohrid airports to reopen 1, 2 July with Wizz Air flights (Republika)
North Macedonia reports 126 new cases of Covid-19, 4 died (Libertas.mk)
Albania

Rama to Hoti: Albania will help Kosovo in all its processes (Radio Tirana)
Rama showed support for the leaders of UÇK (Radio Tirana)
Rama meetings with political leaders in Kosovo (Radio Tirana)
Greece confirms opening its borders with Albania (Radio Tirana)
Another 69 COVID-19 cases (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

The Brief – Going to the polls after COVID-19 (EurActiv)

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Belgrade Media Report 29 June

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LOCAL PRESS

Pahor informs Vucic on postponement of Brdo-Brioni Process (RTS)
Michel: Belgrade–Pristina dialogue under EU auspices key to European integration (FoNet)
Serbia will not open any new Chapters (N1)
Djuric: Beating Serbs in Gazimestan points to Pristina’s rule by fear (Tanjug)
If Thaci were convicted, Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Joschka Fischer and Wesley Clark would also have to be convicted (Tanjug/RTV/B92)
Russia counts on RS (Novosti)
Crisis Response Team introduces new measures (Tanjug)
Another 242 cases (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik says appointments at level of B&H will be discussed more detailed next week (ATV)
Nikola Spiric takes over post of B&H HoP speaker (ATV)
B&H not on list of countries for which EU borders will be opened as of 1 July (N1)
Transit of certain number of B&H citizens through territory of Croatia to Neum was not allowed on Sunday; B&H Ministry of Foreign Affairs to request introduction of reciprocal measures for Croatia (O kanal)
Recommendations of FB&H Crisis HQ became orders on Sunday (FTV)
B&H sees another 128 Covid-19 cases, one fatality (N1)
Croatia

President says postponement of elections theoretically possible, but won’t happen (Hina)
Voting rights assured during pandemic, says Bozinovic (HRT)
HRejting: Major parliamentary elections poll Restart 60, HDZ 54 (TCN)
Croatia reports 34 new cases of Covid-19 (N1)
Montenegro

Chaos in Budva municipal assembly: Tear gas, insults, threats… (CDM)
We won’t organize religious processions, claims MCP (CDM)
Institute for Public Health confirms 17 new coronavirus cases (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: We took bold decisions, Mickoski has no stance on important issues (MIA)
Mickoski: Time to beat our political opponent (MIA)
Kasami: Time for DUI to go into opposition (MIA)
North Macedonia reports 132 new cases of Covid-19, 12 died (24.mk)
Albania

Cakaj-Grenell: No plans for partition of the Republic of Kosovo, no territorial exchanges (Radio Tirana)
Cakaj meets Reeker and Palmer: US-Albania relations, of irreplaceable significance and with an inalienable value for Albania (Radio Tirana)
Meta working lunch with V-4 Group countries: A period of great challenges for Europe (Radio Tirana)
Rama on a two-day visit to Kosovo (Tirana Times)
Consensus reached, the agreement on the changes in the Electoral Code disclosed (Radio Tirana)
In Albania 64 new Covid-19 cases (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Serbia’s Vučić: Kosovo talks must go on despite Thaçi indictment (Politico)

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Belgrade Media Report 26 June 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 26 June 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Grenell and Vucic rescheduled the meeting (Tanjug/B92)
Vucic: I expect Serbia to become a member of the EU by 2026 (Tanjug/B92/RTS)
Fabrizi: Vucic’s visit to Brussels shows readiness for talks with Pristina (TV Prva/FoNet)
“There’re indications that they’ll sign an agreement, why meet at the White House?” (Tanjug/B92)
Sapic says he is ready to join cabinet (Beta)
Another 193 cases (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: RS purchases three helicopters from Russia, B&H will not be member of NATO (RTRS)
Coordination of Serbs Mostar: Serbs need equal representation in Mostar (FTV)
Dodik: I will impose topic of migrants and demand they be expelled from B&H (ATV)
Croatia implements 14-day self-isolation obligation for citizens of B&H and other countries (O kanal)
SDA: Croatia’s decision was hasty and shortsighted (Hayat)
Other reactions to introduction of self-isolation for B&H citizens in Croatia (N1)
B&H reports 140 new Covid-19 cases in one day (N1)
Croatia

Prime Minister issues message on Independence Day (Hina)
Croatian general election preview (TCN)
Croatia reports 56 new cases of Covid-19 (N1)
Montenegro

Markovic: Dialogue should be held in the institutions (CDM)
National Coordination Body bans religious and political gatherings in open public spaces (CDM)
Institute for Public Health confirms another 35 coronavirus cases (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

SEC dismisses complaints over early election campaigning (MIA)
Zaev: We cannot go back to where we used to be (MIA)
Mickoski: VMRO-DPMNE will protect nation’s dignity (MIA)
Alliance for Albanians and Alternativa hold campaign convention in Tetovo (MIA)
North Macedonia registered 163 new cases of Covid-19, 3 persons died (24.mk)
Albania

Accusations against Thaci and Veseli, Rama: Experimental trial that throws mud on all Albanians (Radio Tirana)
Albanian Acting Minister in Washington for Kosovo-Serbia agreement (ADN)
Former minister urges Kosovo-Serbia dialogue to continue (ADN)
In Albania 77 new Covid-19 cases (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Kremlin Says Monitoring Impact Of Accusations Against Kosovo Leader On Talks With Serbia (UrduPoint News/Sputnik)
Broken Or A Breakthrough? Surprise Kosovo War-Crime Charges Have Put Balkan Talks In Limbo (RFE/RL)

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Belgrade Media Report 25 June

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LOCAL PRESS

Drecun: They wanted to trade in Washington in order to be removed from indictments (RTS)
Gratitude for Brazil’s firm and principled support on non-recognition of so-called Kosovo (Tanjug/RTS)
Djuric: Terror against Serb population in Metohija continues (RTS)
“Presently, Pristina is a big factor of insecurity, and as for Vucic…” (Tanjug/B92)
Petritsch doubts US success in Belgrade – Pristina talks (N1)
Local elections in Sabac to be repeated (Glas Podrinja/N1)
RIK rejects all complaints about Serbia’s elections; ENEMO: Race imperiled (Beta)
Another 137 cases (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Victory Parade held in Moscow; Dodik attends ceremony (ATV)
New EUROPOL report: Western Balkans is still home to radical groups (Dnevni list)
Croatian President Milanovic refers to B&H as state with three entities (O kanal)
Mesic: Story about third entity is dangerous for the region (Dnevni avaz)
Increasing the number of infected in B&H: 119 new cases in one day (N1)
Croatia

Croatia imposes new 14-day quarantine for travelers from four Balkan countries (N1)
Croatia reports 95 new cases of Covid-19, a total of 2,483 (N1)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: SPC is an instrument in the hands of the Great Serbian nationalism (CDM/HRT)
Markovic: Nowhere in the world can you see MPs boycotting the parliament for four years (CDM)
Another six persons in Montenegro test positive for coronavirus (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: The citizens alone decide who will be the next prime minister (MIA)
Vote for renewal of Macedonia, VMRO-DPMNE’s Mickoski tells Ohrid rally (MIA)
Telma poll: SDSM holds slight lead over VMRO-DPMNE (MIA)
North Macedonia reports 153 new cases of Covid-19, 6 patients died (24.mk)
Albania

Meta: KLA’s war resulted right and decisive (ADN)
Bushati: Vucic has a ‘one color’ parliament and more MPs than Putin and Erdogan (ADN)
Bushati: Possible indictments cannot deviate historical significance of Kosovo liberation war (ADN)
The Political Council concludes its work with the Electoral Code (Radio Tirana)
Albania tops 2.192 cases as Coronavirus spreads (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Kosovan president’s war crimes indictment puts West in a bind (Politico)
Hashim Thaci’s past catches up with Kosovo’s future (DW)
Indictments Are against Individuals, Not an Attack on KLA, Says Former Chief Prosecutor Clint Williamson (Exit news)

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Belgrade Media Report 24 June 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 24 June 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic attends Military Parade in Moscow (RTS/Tanjug)
Vucic after meeting Putin: “We discussed issues I cannot talk about in public” (B92)
Vucic with Putin on Kosovo and Metohija: Russia respects Serbia’s stands (RTS/Tanjug)
Brnabic: Serbia appreciates EU’s efforts to resolve Kosovo issue (Tanjug)
Godfrey: US is offering Belgrade and Pristina a chance (Danas)
Serbian opposition agrees – parliament illegitimate (Beta)
Another 143 cases (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Sattler meets B&H parliament Commission for EU Integration (FTV)
Oslobodjenje interview with B&H Presidency member Komsic (Oslobodjenje)
Dodik arrives in Moscow for Victory Day parade (RTRS)
RS Crisis HQ extends protection measures by 6 July (BHT1)
B&H records 88 new Covid-19 patients, no new fatalities (N1)
Croatia

Plenkovic: 5 July remains election date (Hina)
War, missing, Croatian minority’s status remain in focus of Serbia-Croatia relations (Hina)
Bozinovic: Border regime with B&H and Serbia likely to be changed (Hina)
Croatia reports 22 new Covid-19 cases, a total of 2,388 (N1)
Montenegro

Tensions in Budva continue: Police stand guard in front of the Municipal building (CDM/RTV Budva)
Nuhodzic: Montenegrin institutions will act decisively and strongly to prevent violence (CDM)
Markovic: Montenegro has proven to be the most promising and closest to EU membership (CDM)
Institute for Public Health confirms five new coronavirus cases (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Dimitrov: Let’s give Berlin a good argument to help us (MIA)
Roth: W. Balkans to remain an important issue during Germany’s EU presidency (MIA)
Borders to reopen Friday, airports to start operating as of 1 July (MIA)
PM: Opening of borders not a political decision, based on Commission’s opinion (MIA)
North Macedonia reports 136 new Covid-19 cases, 43 patients recover, 8 die (MIA)
Albania

Bushati urges Presevo Valley to unite for national identity (ADN)
Rama: Albania doesn’t have to meet 15 conditions (ADN)
Calavera: There are not 15 conditions to open the first round of talks, they must be met in the future after the opening of talks (Radio Tirana)
Rama in his capacity as OSCE Chairperson-in-Office addressed the 2020 Annual Security Conference (Radio Tirana)
Albania ends state of emergency but some restrictions remain (ADN)
Covid-19 Safety protocol for public transport published (ADN)
In Albania 67 new Covid-19 cases (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Meeting with President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic (The Kremlin)

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Belgrade Media Report 23 June

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: We are dealing with painful issues, compromise is not easy for Serbia (Tanjug/B92)
EC: Belgrade and Pristina teams in Brussels on 25 June in separate meetings (N1)
RIK: 70.57 votes processed, SNS is the absolute winner – turnout higher than 50 percent (B92)
Djuric: Voter turnout in Kosovo and Metohija 60 percent, SNS wins nearly 86 percent (RTS)
OSCE: Election in Serbia marked by political polarization and opposition boycott (Beta)
Tiodorovic: No rationale for reintroducing state of emergency (TV Prva/Beta)
Another 102 cases (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Avaz interview with Serbian President Vucic (Dnevni avaz)
RS officials congratulate Vucic on election victory (ATV)
HDZ B&H Presidency holds session (Hayat)
SNSD will not support solution for Mostar elections agreed by SDA and HDZ B&H (FTV)
NS President Kojovic slams SDA-HDZ B&H agreement on Mostar (Dnevni list)
SC and TC most affected by Coronavirus in FB&H (N1)
RS Minister of Health Seranic: Increasing number of infections in significant number of municipalities in the RS is concerning (ATV)
Another 53 coronavirus cases reported in B&H (N1)
Croatia

Milanovic on official visit to Montenegro (HRT)
Croatian President cancels visit to Russia (Hina)
Milanovic: I don’t see any legal basis to postpone election (Hina)
In Croatia 30 new Covid-19 cases today (N1)
Montenegro

Milanovic to Djukanovic: Montenegro will be the next EU member; Kosovo issue must be resolved (CDM)
Djukanovic: I am dispelling nationalists’ illusion about Greater Serbia (CDM)
Democrat deputies entered the Municipal Assembly of Budva (RTCG)
Amfilohije invited for an informative talk (RTCG)
Montenegro records 51 Covid-19 infections (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

PM Spasovski congratulates Serbia’s Vucic and SNS on election victory (MIA)
Nikoloski rejects DUI demand that the next Prime Minister is an ethnic Albanian (Republika)
Traveling without coronavirus test, quarantine for Macedonians only possible in Serbia, Albania, and Kosovo (MIA)
EC: Decision on opening of borders with Western Balkans in hands of member-states (MIA)
SEC inspects polling stations for safety and health protocols (MIA)
In North Macedonia 118 new cases of Covid-19, 74 patients have recovered, 4 people have died (Libertas)
Albania

EP special session for Albania: No opening of negotiations without fulfilling 15 conditions (ADN)
President Meta meets chief negotiator with EU Mazi (Radio Tirana)
Details of the agreement of the Political Councils will be closed within this week (Radio Tirana)
In Albania 53 new Covid-19 cases (Tirana Times/Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Grenell: Economy ‘First Step’ to Serbia-Kosovo Peace (NewsMax)
Serbia: Joint Statement by High Representative/ Vice-President Josep Borrell and Neighbourhood and Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi on the elections (European External Action Service)
Fajon and Bilcik: The dramatic change in the new parliament will present a challenge for the future Serbian government (EWB)

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Belgrade Media Report 22 Jun

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LOCAL PRESS

RIK: 62.73 percent of the electorate processed, 3 lists passed the threshold (Tanjug/B92/RTS)
Votes from Kosovo and Metohija delivered to Vranje (RTS)
Ipsos, CeSID: 93.2% of the votes processed: A convincing victory of SNS (B92)
Vucic declares victory; “More than two million votes” (B92)
Dacic: Absolute winner are SNS and Vucic; we are vice champions (Nova)
Sapic: We have made an extraordinary result (RTS)
Pastor: Historical success (RTS)
Reactions of heads of election lists to election results (RTS)
Djilas: Boycott successful, government won’t have legitimacy (Beta)
Jovanovic: Mass boycott in Belgrade, turnout some 35 pct (N1)
Cajetina municipality remains opposition-held after Sunday’s vote (Beta)
Elections in Belgrade: Changes in several municipalities (Novosti/B92)
Gratitude to Mexico for its principled position on Kosovo issue (Tanjug)
Another 96 cases (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik and Cubrilovic say strong Serbia is guarantee of existence and survival of RS (ATV)
Izetbegovic: Elections will take place in autumn (Glas Srpske)
Prutina’s statement regarding possible further postponement of elections sparks reactions of RS officials (ATV)
B&H politicians comment on SDA-HDZ B&H agreement regarding Mostar (Nezavisne novine)
Radoncic: Neither Izetbegovic nor Covic should take agreement on Mostar as personal success (Face TV)
Dodik: Serbia has clear approach to Kosovo issue and UN Resolution 1244 will be rehabilitated (ATV)
Cvijanovic: Lavrov knows situation very well and we are grateful to Russia which is dedicated to DPA (Glas Srpske)
Salkic: None will be able to erase Bosniaks in the RS and Serb representatives should understand this (Fena)
Bijeljina City Assembly: SNSD takes over posts, SDS loses power after 30 years (FTV)
Radoncic: We expect from IC to put pressure on Dodik and Covic so that issue of illegal migrants is no longer issue for Bosniaks solely (Face TV)
Sattler: Burden of migrant crisis should be borne by all in B&H (Hayat)
PCR tests done in B&H not recognized in the EU (BHT1)
Turkovic: B&H CoM to discuss travel restrictions for neighboring countries in July, Slovenia’s restrictions for B&H citizens are confusing (Glas Srpske)
B&H sees surge in new coronavirus infections, with 93 cases recorded in a day (N1)
Croatia

Croatia tightens border controls with B&H and Serbia (Hina/Jutarnji list)
Bozinovic: Most of new cases of Coronavirus were imported (HRT1)
Croatian President begins two-week foreign tour on Monday (Hina)
Croatia reports 19 new Covid-19 cases, a total of 2,336 (N1)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: There’s no compromise with nationalists (CDM)
Parliamentary and local elections scheduled for 30 August, decided Djukanovic (CDM)
Coronavirus in Montenegro on the rise (CDM)
Erakovic: The situation will get worse if we don’t accept the fact that the virus is there (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

State of emergency expires in North Macedonia, election campaign to be launched Wednesday (MIA)
Zaev: DUI going into opposition after 17 years is healthy for country (MIA)
In North Macedonia 90 new cases of Covid-19, 48 recovered, 9 people died (Libertas)
Albania

Tirana International Airport resumes all flights; sea borders also reopen (Tirana Times)
Montenegro is closing its land border with Albania due to the upward trend of infected (Radio Tirana)
In Albania 33 new COVID-19 cases (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Serbia holds parliamentary elections amidst COVID-19 risk (Xinhua)

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Belgrade Media Report 18 June 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 18 June 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Assessments we received from Russia disturbed us (RTS)
Lavrov: We will support a decision that suits Serbia (RTV/Tanjug)
Vucic, Lajcak, Moscow, Washington … (B92/Tanjug)
Vucic We are not going to Washington with a white flag (Novosti)
Vucic: Parliament to give confirmation of a solution to the Kosovo problem (RTS)
Russia-Serbia partnership does not depend on Belgrade’s dialogue with Brussels – article (TASS/Rossiisakaya Gazeta/Kurir/RTV)
Stoltenberg on Belgrade-Pristina dialogue: Washington meeting first step in the right direction (Tanjug)
Djuric: Hoti is burying dialogue (RTS)
Pre-election silence in Serbia starts at midnight, lasts through Sunday evening (FoNet)
Another 94 cases (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

SDA and HDZ B&H reach agreement on local elections in Mostar after 12 years (Hayat)
US Ambassador Nelson comments on SDA-HDZ B&H talks on elections in Mostar (BHT1)
OSCE B&H about Mostar agreement: Use momentum for overall election reform (Dnevni avaz)
UK Ambassador Field about Mostar agreement: We hope this will serve as basis for solving other issues in election process (Dnevni avaz)
Commissioners Borrell and Varhelyi welcome agreement on Mostar (Dnevni avaz)
Niksic: SDP has no obligation to respect any kind of agreement signed by SDA and HDZ B&H, if that agreement is not in interest of citizens of Mostar and B&H (FTV)
SDP’s Zalihic: SDA fulfilled all wishes of Covic (O kanal)
Komsic about Mostar agreement: SDA and HDZ agreed to try to trick one another (Oslobodjenje)
SBB B&H welcomes agreement on Mostar; Final stance after legal experts analyze it (Dnevni avaz)
Dodik comments Belgrade-Pristina dialogue: Vucic will protect country’s and national interests in the best way possible (ATV)
Migrants open fire at members of RS MoI in Banja Luka’s Klasnice (FTV)
B&H’s coronavirus tally increasing, death toll unchanged (N1)
Croatia

President hosts diplomats accredited in Croatia (HRT)
In Croatia 11 new coronavirus cases identified (Hina)
Montenegro

Epilogue of the drama in Budva: Attack on a police officer, broken glass, 23 arrested persons (CDM)
Reinke: All parties to take part in dialogue and avoid violence (CDM)
Coronavirus returns to Montenegro as seven persons test positive (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Hospitals reorganizing capacities to handle surge in Covid-19 patients (MIA)
Albania

Electoral Reform, the commission expects concrete proposals from the opposition (Radio Tirana)
Kosovo-Albania flights restart after long time (ADN)
In Albania 66 new Covid-19 cases (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Moscow to Firmly Counter Attempts to Review Dayton Accords for Peace in BiH, Lavrov Says (Sputnik)
Fajon and Bilčík: Credible, transparent and peaceful elections in Serbia are crucial on the European integration path (EWB)

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Belgrade Media Report 17 June

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic doesn’t expect spectacular, but rational talks in Washington (Beta/RTV)
Dacic: Still uncertain what the topic would be at the White House meeting (B92)
Stano: Brussels dialogue is the main platform for Serbia and Kosovo (FoNet)
O’Brien: Pleased to host Belgrade and Pristina leaders (RTS)
Dimitrijevic: We are awaiting information for conducting elections in Kosovo and Metohija (Beta/Tanjug)
Varhelyi: ODIHR’s report on elections to be basis for EC annual progress report for Serbia (Beta)
Kesic: Grenell would have not organized a meeting in the White House if he was not confident that some form of agreement could be reached (Sputnik/B92)
Another 96 cases (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

RS officials: RS CoP should be abolished ASAP (RTRS)
SDA: Dodik’s calls for reducing of RS CoP competencies can lead to disturbance of relations established by DPA (Dnevni avaz)
Komsic: No discussion about abolition of RS CoP without abolition of FB&H HoP (Dnevni avaz)
Dodik: Some representatives of IC say that illegal appointment of members of B&H CEC is good solution, this is evidence they support Muslims and SDA (ATV)
Cikotic: I accepted SDA’s nomination for patriotic reasons (Dnevni list)
Tegeltija: B&H urgently needs new Security Minister (Nezavisne)
Komsic says NATO path of B&H was unblocked (EuroBlic)
Ambassador Sattler: Without adopted revised National War Crimes Processing Strategy there will be no financial assistance of EU through IPA funds (BHT1)
B&H sees another spike in new coronavirus infections, no new deaths reported (N1)
Croatia

Tourism Minister Cappelli: Not likely that borders for B&H citizens will be open, without any restrictions, before 1 July (Hina)
Croatia registers 3 more Covid-19 cases (N1)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: SPC is manipulating people and wants to oust government (CDM)
Tensions in Budva: Carevic and Radovic under arrest (RTV Budva)
Montenegro Airlines: We don’t know when we will be allowed to fly to Belgrade again (CDM)
Montenegro is deploying 30 soldiers to NATO (CDM)
Montenegro deserves to be the next EU member state (CDM)
A person from Budva tests positive for coronavirus (CDM)
Police will not safeguard gatherings with more than 200 participants (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

SEC adopts revised timetable for 15 July elections (MIA)
Spasovski: 15 July a day for decisions and country’s rescue from crisis (MIA)
Mickoski urges for higher turnout (MIA)
We will not form a coalition on the basis of ultimatums, Mickoski tells Ahmeti (Republika)
Polls show VMRO ahead of SDSM-BESA by about 70.000 votes (Republika)
Border crossings to open, measures still in place (MIA)
Today, 193 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in North Macedonia, 46 patients have recovered – 9 people have died (Libertas)
Albania

Meta receives outgoing Serbian Ambassador (ADN)
Electoral Reform, parties disagree on CEC (ADN)
Government reinforces three strict rules after infection’s escalation (ADN)
In Albania 50 new Covid-19 cases (Tirana Times)

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Trump envoy brokers White House meeting for Kosovo and Serbia presidents (The Guardian)

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Belgrade Media Report 16 June 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 16 June 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Recognition of Kosovo will not be a topic in Washington, nor will we allow this (RTS/B92/Tanjug)
Grenell: Representatives of Belgrade and Pristina to meet on 27 June in the White House (RTS)
Putin: Russia support Serbia when it comes to Kosovo and Metohija; it is clear that no decision can be made without the UN SC (RTS/RTV/Tanjug)
Vucic: Brussels agreement did not change constitutional status of part of Serbia (Beta/N1)
Dacic on Grenell’s announcement: The problem is that we don’t trust the Albanians in Pristina (Tanjug/RTS)
Dacic: Serbia to request solution to the Kosovo issue to be verified in broadest international framework, ideally within the United Nations (Novosti)
Dacic, Falconi: Constant improvement of political, economic relations with France (Tanjug)
Processing of all war crimes cases is not suitable for Bosniaks (Politika)
RS will not negotiate again on what has already been agreed upon by (Politika)
Another 59 cases (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

SNSD and HDZ B&H against Cikotic’s appointment to the post of B&H Security Minister (N1)
HDZ B&H insists on amending of Election Law as precondition for formation of new FB&H government (BHT1)
Izetbegovic: In order to reach agreement on local elections in Mostar, it is necessary to solve issue of so called double signature; Comments (BHT1)
SDP, DF and HRS say all parties should be involved in negotiations about elections in Mostar (Dnevni list)
Due to stalemate in public administration reform, Sweden and Denmark decide to withdraw their donations (Nezavisne novine)
SIPA members arrest Topcagic for abuse of office (FTV)
SIPA arrests Councilor in Municipal Council of Novi Grad Sarajevo Hasan Hodzic for taking bribe (FTV)
SIPA arrests man in Sarajevo, suspected of public instigating of terrorist activities and threatening US citizens (Dnevni avaz)
EU borders still closed for citizens of Western Balkan countries (N1)
Tuzla Canton continues to be coronavirus hotspot (FTV)
Inspectors in FB&H intensify controls of catering facilities, supermarkets (O kanal)
B&H reports three new Covid-19 deaths, 45 coronavirus infections (N1)
Croatia

One more coronavirus case confirmed in Croatia, a total of 2,255 so far (Hina)
Montenegro

Djukanovic hands Order of the Montenegrin Flag to senior justice advisor in the US Embassy (CDM)
Pazin: There’s unacceptable concentration of power in courts which reflects in multiple terms of office of presidents (CDM)
Moscow does not believe in Serbian tears (Dnevne novine/Regnum)
Republic of North Macedonia

Political parties agree to hold elections on 15th of July (MIA)
Speaker Xhaferi signs decision scheduling 15 July elections (MIA)
International community welcomes agreement on 15 July elections (MIA)
July 15 elections: Three days for casting votes, 14-hour election day (MIA)
Zaev says health protocols to be coordinated for campaign and Election Day (MIA)
SEC plans election activities, wants protocol for their implementation (MIA)
President Pendarovski declares 8-day state of emergency (MIA)
In North Macedonia 134 new cases of Covid-19, 34 patients recover, 8 die (MIA)
Albania

Cakaj calls Roth: German EC presidency, maximum attention to Western Balkans (Radio Tirana)
EPP calls for inclusion of 15 conditions in resolution (Tirana Times)
In Albania 82 new Covid-19 cases (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Balkan Foes Head to White House as U.S. Swipes Talks From EU (American Journal of Transportation)
Does he want a statue too? Trump to host ‘Serbia-Kosovo’ summit in Washington on ominous anniversary (RT)
Foreign ministers discuss Belarusian-Serbian cooperation over phone (BelTA)

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Belgrade Media Report 15 June 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 15 June 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: I’m afraid there is no solution for Kosovo (B92/Tanjug)
Vucic on Kosovo and Metohija: Serious competition between Washington DC and Brussels (TV Prva/B92)
Dacic: Lack of ideas for compromise regarding Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (TV Pink/Tanjug/RTV)
Botsan-Kharchenko: Issue of Kosovo and Metohija one of key during Lavrov’s visit (RTS)
Jovanovic (Metla 2020): Voting for individuals instead of tickets will vanquish party state (Beta)
Sapic: Judicial independence only if people choose judges and prosecutors (Beta)
OSCE Mission Head: Independent media a challenge for everyone, not just Serbia (FoNet)
Another cases (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

SDA nominates Selmo Cikotic as candidate for post of B&H Minister of Security (BHT1)
Dodik: Appointment of Selmo Cikotic as new Minister of Security of B&H could be accompanied by problems (O kanal)
HNS: Condemnation of Cikotic’s nomination (Dnevni avaz)
SDA: Migrant crisis will be used for special war against B&H, Bosniaks and SDA (Hayat)
Chinese President Jinping thanks Dodik for support (ATV)
‘Klub 100-Plus’ calls on High Representative to immediately and no later than 11 July impose law banning denial of genocide in B&H (O kanal)
FB&H Ministry of Health Crisis HQ gives permission to TC and SC to declare state of epidemic (Hayat)
SNSD Executive Committee discusses deterioration of epidemiological situation (ATV)
B&H’s coronavirus total surpasses 3,000, more than 2,100 recover (N1)
Croatia

Plenkovic says Croatia’s relations with B&H are very important to Croatian government (HRT1)
Appointment of three new members of B&H Central Election Commission causes new political crisis in B&H (HRT1)
Police arrest six in connection with crude anti-Serb banner (HRT)
Two newly infected people in Croatia in the last 24 hours, both from Zagreb (N1)
Montenegro

Andrija Mandic quits as MP (CDM)
Gojko Perovic claims: Limitation on public gatherings is a political decision (Dan)
Border with Serbia remains closed until further notice (CDM)
One person in Montenegro tests positive for coronavirus (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski: Another state of emergency possible only if parties agree on election date (MIA)
Mickoski: First possible election date is mid-July (MIA)
Zaev: Election date is 5 July in line with Constitution, not a matter of personal wish (MIA)
Osmani urges for consensus on elections at onset of July (MIA)
In North Macedonia 103 new cases of Covid-19, 5 patients die, 13 recover (MIA)
Albania

Kim, Hajdari discuss work on EU conditions (ADN)
Covid-19 cases in Albania hit record high (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

EC non-papers note pressures on judiciary and media in Serbia and Montenegro (EWB)

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