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Belgrade Media Report 14 February 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 14 February 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic: Serbia strengthens its international position (RTS/Tanjug)
• Drecun: US harshening stand towards Pristina (RTS)
• Moscow: Organ trafficking in Kosovo must be processed (Tanjug/Sputnik)
• Agreement between Serbia and US on extradition confirmed (RTV/Tanjug/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: I expect government formed within month (Srna)
• SDA and HDZ discuss formation of government (N1)
• EP concerned over slowdown in B&H, calls for swift government formation (N1)
• Pompeo and Lajcak discussed political situation in B&H (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia
• No war reparation discussions with Serbia (Hina)
• Tajani apologizes after meeting Croatian and Slovenian MEPs (Hina)
Montenegro
• Boskovic in Brussels: Montenegro coherently conducts NATO policies (CDM)
• Germany supports Montenegro’s further EU development (TMN)
fYROM
• Skopje and Athens inform Guterres on name North Macedonia entry into force (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Bulgarian government endorses Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Sekerinska attends her first NATO ministerial, refers to Macedonia as “North Macedonia” (Republika)
• Two days of national mourning declared (Republika)
Albania
• Xhacka to meet with Defense Ministers in Brussels (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• How migration crisis has damaged the EU integration of the Western Balkans (European Western Balkans)

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Belgrade Media Report 13 February 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 13 February 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Pristina’s nervous, West did right things verbally (Tanjug/B92)
• Stoltenberg: Pristina’s moves disappoint some NATO members; NATO to re-examine support to Kosovo (Tanjug/B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Annual National Program removed from agenda for the 4th time (Srna)
• Petrovic: Waiting for Bosniak’s to agree (ATV)
• New US Ambassador to B&H, Eric Nelson, sworn in (N1)
Montenegro
• Stoltenberg: Montenegro’s NATO membership is encouraging (CDM)
Croatia
• Tajani’s explanation of controversial remarks does little to ease concerns (HRT)
fYROM
• Zaev and SDSM run away from early parliamentary elections! (Republika)
• Mickoski: As much as you are running away Zaev I will defeat you in parliamentary elections, the people will defeat you, Macedonia will win! (Republika)
• Slovenia ratified Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol (Meta)
Albania
• Meta: The Balkans’ future is not border change (AND/ALB UK TV)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• China’s Influence in Balkans Poses Risks, Report Warns (BIRN)
• Serbia-Kosovo relations: Confrontation or normalisation? (European Parliament
• Think Tank)
• Guaido Was Recruited by the US a Decade Ago – Venezuelan Envoy to Russia (Sputnik)

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Belgrade Media Report 12 February 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 12 February 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic, Leancă: Friendly relations between Serbia and Moldova (Tanjug/RTS)
• Vucic: Thank you for not recognizing Kosovo (Tanjug/B92)
• Djuric on Haradinaj’s statement: This is not 1999 (TV Pink/Tanjug)
• Jeremic: SzS against delineation and Kosovo’s UN membership (Beta)
• SNS to discuss elections next week (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Sarajevo opens European Youth Winter Olympic Festival; Propaganda as the only truth (N1/Srna)
• Majkic: Very bad message sent to world (Srna)
• Council of Ministers’ Chairman calls for adoption of B&H’s program for NATO (N1)
• Cooperation between SNSD, Freedom Party and Northern League agreed (Srna)
Croatia
• Croatian politicians condemn remarks made by President of European Parliament (HRT)
• Prime Minister Plenkovic rung Tajani over his controversial statement (Hina)
• Tajani: No territorial claims on Croatia and Slovenia (Hina)
fYROM
• Zaev raises NATO flag; President Ivanov’s office received an invitation for the NATO ceremony only after it was over (Republika)
Albania
• Albanian Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee supports Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol (ADN)
• DP seeks pre-electoral agreement (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Gains and Losses for Greece After the Birth of North Macedonia (Greek Reporter)
• After the Prespes accord: Turkey’s presence in FYROM (ekathimerini.com)

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Belgrade Media Report 11 February 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 11 February 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic, Schieb discuss Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Tanjug/RTS)
• Dacic: I’ve been around world 25 times campaigning for Serbia (TV Pink/Tanjug/B92)
• Dacic: Everybody condemned taxes, majority condemned decision of army formation (RTS)
• SzS MPs boycott Serbian parliament (Beta/Tanjug)
• Jeremic: Opposition leaders can expect a call from Vucic, there are no secret deals (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik and Covic calling on Bosniak representatives to form government (Srna)
• SDP decided not to go into coalition with national parties (Fena)
• RS Commission for Srebrenica keeps drawing criticism (N1)
• US Embassy and OHR condemn formation of commission for Srebrenica (Fena)
Croatia
• Police arrests three attackers on Serbian water polo players; Government strongly condemns the attack (Hina)
fYROM
• Greek parliament ratifies neighbor’s NATO accession protocol (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Hahn: I’m confident that EU member states will acknowledge this remarkable achievement in June (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Osmani – Palmer: Macedonia expects US support in the upcoming period as well (Meta)
• The presidential elections will be held on 21 April (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Zaev: There is a possible consensus on a presidential candidate, we have a dilemma over early elections (Meta)
Albania
• Local elections on 30 June, List of SP candidates unveiled (ADN)
• Ruci: Albania will probably ratify Macedonia’s NATO Accession protocol on Thursday (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• London ignores threat that “Kosovo army” will pose to Serbs — Russian Embassy (TASS)

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Belgrade Media Report 08 February 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 8 February 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic, Guterres: Full support to mandate of UNMIK in Kosovo (RTS)
• Dacic: One of most positive UNSC sessions for Serbia (Tanjug)
• UNSC united on issue of Pristina’s taxes (Tanjug/B92)
• Vucic: If UNSC is ‘charade’ to you – what are you doing there? (Tanjug/B92)
• Odalovic: Unanimous message sent to Pristina on abolishment of taxes (RTS)
• Scott, Kosnett: Support to Belgrade and Pristina for comprehensive agreement (Politika/Tanjug)
• Germany against change of borders between Belgrade and Pristina (Beta/DW)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Republika Srpska forming commissions to review 1992-95 war events (N1)
• RS Vice-President condemns forming of ‘Commission for Srebrenica’ (Fena)
• Report on obligations in the process of accession to the EU adopted (Srna)
• EUFOR Operational Commander meets with Member of Presidency of B&H (Fena)
Montenegro
• Darmanovic: Russia’s chief target is the EU (CDM/VOA)
fYROM
• Presidential election to be announced today (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Foreign Affairs Committee of US Congress support Macedonia’s NATO membership (Meta)
• Zakharova: Macedonia’s NATO membership could curb its independence (Republika)
• Kosachev: Macedonia’s accession to NATO will not bring anything good (Meta)
Albania
• Meta meeting with US Congress Chairwoman Pelosi (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• ‘Antagonistic gestures and accusations’ drown out Kosovo dialogue hopes, Security Council hears (UN News)
• Zaharova: Pristina’s provocations and Belgrade’s balanced stand (Sputnik)
• Greek lawmakers to vote on FYROM name deal’s last hurdle (AP)
• Why China and Russia are Vying for Influence Over the Balkans (The National Interest)

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Belgrade Media Report 07 February 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 7 February 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic to represent Serbia at UN Security Council session (srbija.gov.rs)
• Dacic: Kosovo especially risky region for recruiting jihadists (Politika)
• Dacic: Thaci and Haradinaj – good cop, bad cop (Tanjug/VoA)
• Scott: US continuously urges Pristina to abolish taxes (RTS/Beta)
• Britain supports Serbia’s EU path (Beta)
• Selakovic: Important for Serbia to awaken, campaign is transparent (RTS)
• EP: Pre-accession assistance should be suspended if democracy and rule of law are not respected (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• SDA: The decision of BH bloc weakens the patriotic political front (Fena)
• All Bosniak parties turned their backs to SDA (Nezavisne)
• High Representative: International community is against imposing of any decisions (N1)
• Completion of the Council of Peoples of RS (Srna)
• Viskovic: Government committed to support UN activities (Srna)
• Komsic welcomes the signing of Protocol on Macedonia’s accession to NATO (Fena)
fYROM
• Zaev’s comment about NATO’s Accession Protocol: This is a big, historical day for all our citizens (Meta)
• Ivanov welcomes the signing of the NATO Accession Protocol (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Gruevski congratulated the signing of the Accession Protocol with NATO (Meta)
• International allies congratulate the signing of the NATO accession protocol (Nezavisen vesnik)
• After visit to Brussels, Mickoski at regional meetings with Plenkovic, Vucic and Jansa (Republika)
Albania
• Basha congratulate Macedonia on NATO Accession Agreement (ADN)
• Minister Xhacka welcomes NATO Accession Agreement (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• (North) Macedonia and the Prespa agreement, success or defeat? (Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso)

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Belgrade Media Report 06 February 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 6 February 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: The world will recognize who is constructive and who is not (Tanjug/RTS)
• US once again calls Pristina to abolish taxes (RTS/VoA)
• Drecun: Kosovo is a black hole of Europe (RTS)
• Patriarch Irinej: Kosovo partition and new borders – unacceptable (Beta/Sputnik/RIA Novosti)
• Arifi: Another border crossing towards Macedonia this summer (presheva.com)
• Opposition representatives sign Agreement with the People in seven points (FoNet/RTV)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Left-center ‘BH Bloc’ parties decide against joining ruling coalition (N1)
• Dodik: Military neutrality is RS’ policy (Srna)
• Gaining candidate status for EU membership would be great progress for B&H (Srna)
• Dodik: There is no chance a war might occur in B&H (N1/VoA)
• B&H’s Prime Minister met with newly elected Ambassadors of Poland and Serbia (Fena)
Croatia
• President of Greece visits Croatia, voices his country’s support (Hina)
• Croatian Defense Minister visits Macedonia (Hina)
fYROM
• NATO countries sign Macedonia’s accession protocol (Republika)
• As SDSM slides in the polls, its leadership considers whether to cut their losses and accept the challenge of early general elections (Republika)
• Nine presidential candidates from VMRO-DPMNE (Meta)
• Zaev – Borisov: We are creating the prospects for stronger economic co-operation (Meta)
• Vajgl: Mickoski will cooperate with the government on the reforms (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Greek parliament to ratify North Macedonia’s accession to NATO on Friday (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• NATO Accession Agreement, Albanian President congratulates Macedonia (ADN)
• Meta from US: The only border change in region is EU enlargement (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Kosovo leader says Russia won’t stop Serbia compromise (AFP)

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Belgrade Media Report 05 February 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 5 February 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Serbia needs to preserve its national interests (TV Happy)
• Odalovic: Provocations disturb Serbs in Kosovo (FoNet)
• Memorial to missing Serb journalists again destroyed (B92)
• Energy Community clears Serbia to join TurkStream (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Need to form coalition of Serb parties at B&H state level (Srna)
• Govedarica: We will respond to SNSD’S call – RS’s interest on the first place (Srna)
• Defense Minister: There is no reason for halting Bosnia’s progress toward NATO (N1)
• Prosecution plans to question 447 witnesses in Atif Dudakovic trial (N1)
Croatia
• Croatia supports Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president (Hina)
fYROM
• Zaev: Macedonia may commence EU accession talks this June (Republika)
• Dimitrov: Macedonia recognizes Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president (Republika)
• Mickoski-McAllister meeting: The government wants to falsify the next presidential elections (Republika)
• Mitchell: Macedonia’s accession to NATO a historic occasion (Nezavisen vesnik)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Macedonia name accord opens more cans of worms than it closes (The Irish Times)

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Belgrade Media Report 04 February 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 4 February 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic: Four countries against Kosovo debate at UN Security Council (Tanjug/B92)
• Vucic: Abolish taxes and end provocations to resume dialogue (B92/Tanjug)
• Dacic: Pristina’s behavior confirmation that Kosovo needs to be debated in the UN (Tanjug)
• Dacic welcomes new Chinese Ambassador to Serbia (Beta)
• Djuric: Adoption of “Trepca” statute a new blow to dialogue (Tanjug)
• Drecun: Apart from political violence, Pristina conducts also legal violence (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Berton: Challenging the name of RS and Croat Declaration are not welcome (N1)
• RS President urges the RS-based parties to join together at B&H’s state level (Fena)
• Dodik: The international protectorate to stop, B&H’s impediment to the development of the Entities and the Cantons (Srna)
• SNSD: We’ll put out of force all the imposed laws, abolish OHR, block NATO path (Fena)
• Govedarica should review documents SDS adopted until 2005 (Srna)
Montenegro
• Protest in Podgorica gathered over 1,000 citizens (TMN)
fYROM
• Macedonia to sign NATO Accession Protocol on 6 February (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Xhaferi: I am prepared to be president if there is no census at the elections (Meta)
• Mickoski: Victory in elections, then against the Prespa Agreement (Republika)
• Gruevski breaks silence in a TV interview: One day I will return (Nezavisen vesnik)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• ‘No More Time to Lose:’ EU Calls on Kosovo to Revoke Serbian Duties (Sputnik)
• Trans-European Transport Networks to breathe new life into Balkans (New Europe)

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Belgrade Media Report 01 February 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 1 February 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Scott: We need to know where Serbia is and where Kosovo (TV Prva/B92)
• Dacic: Serbia ready to give active contribution to fight against terrorism (Tanjug)
• Lukashevich: Kosovo is a point of instability (Tanjug/Sputnik)
• Elias: UN tribunal contributes facts to reconciliation discussion (N1)
• Stanisic, Simatovic released until trial by 2 May (Beta)
• Opposition discussed document it calls Agreement with the people (Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
• Tadic: Boycott is legitimate action (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: Not to allow any review of SDA initiative (Srna)
• Izetbegovic: We wanted to stop the discrimination in RS (N1)
• B&H’s accession to NATO would mean further disintegration of RS (Srna)
• Zaev hopes B&H will become a member state of both EU and NATO (N1)
fYROM
• Germany signs the Protocol for Macedonia’s accession into NATO (Meta)
• Stoltenberg expects all 29-member states to sign Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Zakharova: Name solution should be acceptable for both sides (Nezavisen vesnik)
• SDSM and DUI fight for the same pool of Albanian voters shakes their coalition (Republika)
Albania
• White House called Rama regarding the Kosovo – Serbia issue (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Melescanu: Romania supports opening new chapters in negotiations between Montenegro, Serbia with EU (Stiripesurse)
• Bulgaria will build pipeline to transport Russian gas (Reuters)

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Belgrade Media Report 31 January 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 31 January 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic writes to Trump, seeks support for solving Kosovo issue (Tanjug)
• Kuburovic: Serbia ready to enable access to Hague Tribunal archives (Beta)
• Djilas: It matters who walks not who speaks during protests (N1)
• DS to boycott parliament, city and local assemblies (Beta)
• SDS to boycott parliament (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H Presidency members end their two-day official visit to Brussels (N1)
• Dzaferovic: I am convinced that we will find way to approve B&H CoM Chairman-designate and at same time activate Annual National Program for membership in NATO (BHT1)
• Komsic: B&H Presidency members agreed to hold meeting as soon as they return to Sarajevo in order to find way out of this situation (FTV)
• Dodik: Most important thing is to form government and get EU candidate status (Srna)
• US might now focus on resolving two remaining issues – status of Kosovo and situation in B&H (Nezavisne novine)
Montenegro
• Montenegro and Albania: Albania as the essential part in state policies (CDM)
fYROM
• “North Macedonia” will probably be in use from 15 February (Meta)
• DUI to go with its own candidate in the presidential election (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• EU must bring Serbia and Kosovo back to the table (EurActiv)

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Belgrade Media Report 30 January 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 30 January 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Behavior of Albanians will come back at them (RTS)
• Dacic: If that is so, why aren’t they in the UN? (Novosti)
• Vucic joins by phone Djuric’s meeting with Kosovo Serbs in Zvecan (Beta)
• Vucic welcomes new Chinese Ambassador (Beta)
• Vulin thanks Chepurin for support for Kosovo (Beta)
• Joksimovic: Croatia should not include bilateral issues in accession negotiations (Tanjug)
• Patriarch Irinej counts on Russia’s help in defending Kosovo (Beta)
• They destroyed evidence so they would accuse Serbs for ‘Markale’’ (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Brussels: Delegation of B&H Presidency meets Mogherini (N1)
• PIC SB criticizes SDA’s initiative to file motion with B&H CC for constitutional review of RS name, violation of B&H’s integrity and denial of ICTY’s verdicts (BHT1)
• Bosniak ministers in RS government slam Izetbegovic for saying that SNSD never appoints ‘authentic Bosniaks’ in RS government (EuroBlic)
fYROM
• Rama: Prespa Agreement solves a big gridlock in the region (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Government expecting to receive news from Brussels (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Ahmeti said, then changed his mind (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Mickoski warns about a repeat of the referendum day ballot stuffing if Macedonia holds presidential elections only (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Kosovo President ready for compromise deal with Serbia (Reuters)
• In the Balkans, diplomacy wins a round (The Boston Globe)

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