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Belgrade Media Report 5 May 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 5 May 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Are you threatening Serbia with a genocide lawsuit? (B92)
Selakovic: EU must put Pristina under pressure over commitments (Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
Gonzalez: Spain does not recognize Kosovo, supports Serbia (Tanjug/RTS)
Office: Pristina’s provocation unsuccessful buying time (RTS)
Opposition demand: Free national frequency for professional TV channel in Serbia (N1/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Inzko presents 59th report on B&H to UN Security Council (O kanal)
Russia’s representative to UN SC Evstigneeva says Inzko’s report is unbalanced and does not reflect real situation in B&H (FTV)
Kovacevic: HR’s criticism towards the RS is something that RS officials have already gotten used to (ATV)
Minister Schallenberg: Territorial integrity and sovereignty of B&H are unquestionable and cannot be subject of any negotiations (Hayat)
Cavusoglu: Main Turkish goal in Balkans is to preserve peace and stability in region and increase its welfare (Nezavisne)
Former HRs Lajcak, Bildt warn EU has neglected Western Balkan region, which led to occurrence of non-papers predicting new divisions (N1)
RS parliament prepares initiative for talks on possible solutions for B&H calling on FB&H institutions, Bosniaks and Croats to engage in political dialogue on B&H’s future (FTV)
Cubrilovic: We should talk among ourselves, without influence by foreign factors, to reach certain level of consensus on functioning of B&H (Nova BH)
SNSD’s initiative on peaceful dissolution does not have support of opposition parties in the RS; Vukovic: PDP will not take part in any talks on peaceful dissolution in B&H because this topic is doomed to failure in advance (BN TV)
Reactions to alleged document of EEAS (Glas Srpske)
Montenegro

We care about Montenegro and the Western Balkans (RTCG/CdM)
Krivokapic: Fundamental agreement can’t be inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of MNE (CdM)
Joanikije chose Democrats, but will the SPC choose him? (Dnevne novine)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev, Varhelyi and Edtstadler at joint press conference: This day is an expression of solidarity and unity (Republika)
Mickoski meets Edtstadler at the Austrian Chancellery (Republika)
Varhelyi: Start of accession negotiations requires progress from Skopje and Sofia (Republika/MIA)
Albania

Rama reiterates the invitation to the opposition (Radio Tirana)
Basha’s order to new opposition MPs (ADN)
Rama: Defender Europe 21, a turning point of US-Albania relations (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Serbia vows to never impose sanctions against Russia, says ambassador (Izvestia)
Bosnia and Herzegovina must end discrimination to ensure its EU future (EurActiv)

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Belgrade Media Report 4 May

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Publication of non-paper a strategy of circles closer to Pristina (Tanjug/RTS)
Vucic: Elections to be held in March or April (Blic)
Patriarch: I believe in the coexistence of Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija (Radio Belgrade/Tanjug)
Selakovic visits Spain’s Congress of deputies (RTS/Tanjug)
Selakovic: Spain and Morocco important, friendly countries that didn’t recognize Kosovo (Tanjug)
Selakovic: Foreign Ministry to get economic diplomacy sector by end-May (Tanjug)
Vulin: Creating of Serb world is solving national question of Serbs (Novosti)
Russian Balkan Center opened in Belgrade (Tanjug/RTV/Politika/Novosti)
Dacic: Inter-party talks under EP auspices in Serbia not before June (TV Pink/Beta/N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Campara: I am warning Vulin, you will break your teeth on every attempt to start process of uniting of Serbs to detriment of B&H (Oslobodjenje)
Dodik accuses US Ambassador Nelson of undiplomatic behavior: Nelson should not speak on behalf of B&H citizens, which he often does, because citizens did not give him mandate for that (N1)
US Embassy: Our stance on Dayton Peace Accords and future of B&H remains unchanged (Glas Srpske)
Palmer says it is up to people of B&H to bring relations in B&H in order, expresses support of USA (N1/ Dnevni list)
Russian Embassy reacts to Nelson and Palmer’s statements (N1)
Maas rejects claims that Germany took part in drafting non-papers that allude to changing borders in region (O kanal)
Dodik: The RS has prepared its own non-paper (Nova BH)
Dacic: Good thing about non-papers is possibility of autonomy of northern part of Kosovo and merging of the RS with Serbia (RTRS)
RS government sends 25th report to UN Security Council (RTRS)
B&H CEC will not be included in negotiations on changes to Election Law (N1)
Glas Srpske gets insight into document of EEAS that allegedly reads EU is strengthening pressure on B&H regarding changes to B&H Election Law with aim to speed up its European path (Glas Srpske)
Croat Caucus in HNC Assembly launches initiative to give Serbs status of constituent people in HNC (FTV)
SNSD, HDZ B&H delegates in B&H HoP voted against inclusion of Serbian language and Cyrillic alphabet in constitutions of several FB&H cantons (FTV)
Croatia

Borovo hate speech suspects placed in police custody (N1)
Members of IAWG tasked with drawing changes/amendments to Law on Elections of B&H appointed (Vecernji list)
Montenegro

Joanikije: Fundamental agreement for now just a draft, government’s position pending (CdM/Radio Svetigora)
Timonier: Nationalist forces in region survive and are an obstacle to reconciliation (Dnevne novine)
Republic of North Macedonia

Osmani in Berlin: Macedonia delivered and deserves to start the EU negotiation process (Republika)
Maas: Dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria to be resolved by experts, without external pressure (Republika)
Albania

Presidency calls for full administration of April 25 election process (ADN)
DP’s Chair refuses to recognize election results (ADN)
The socialists discuss the removal of President Meta (Tirana Times)

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Belgrade Media Report 29 April 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 29 April 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Non-paper surprise, Serbia to face growing pressure (Tanjug/RTS)
Vucic to Godfrey: Belgrade ready for open talks with Pristina (FoNet)
Fabrizi: Serbia should show commitment to achieve progress (N1)
No statements from Serbian ruling, opposition parties after meeting (N1)
Serbian parliament backtracks on adopting resolution on EP report (N1)
Janjic: Serbian Minister Vulin’s statement related to solution for Kosovo and RS is political propaganda not official stance of Serbia (Al Jazeera Balkans)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Nelson: The future of all citizens is single B&H of two entities, three constituent peoples (Dnevni avaz)
SDA: We have been warning of dangers of rhetoric that Ambassador Nelson talks about; Other reactions to Nelson’s blog (Nova BH)
US Embassy: State Department’s Chollet calls on B&H leaders to discuss progress on key reforms and reaffirms Blinken’s message (Dnevni avaz)
Dodik: Komsic left meeting with Borrell after I highlighted his illegitimacy (FTV)
Dzaferovic: Dodik acted inappropriately towards Komsic during meeting with Borrell; I will not be candidate for member of B&H Presidency in 2022 (Nova BH)
SNSD: Postponement of discussions creates room for harmonization of joint conclusions with opposition and public in general, we will not accept any kind of HR’s ultimatums or deadlines (ATV)
US, UK Embassies to B&H criticize rhetoric of genocide denial and glorification of war criminals (Oslobodjenje)
Izetbegovic will reject all proposals for electoral reform in order to push legitimate Croat representatives out of political scene after 2022 elections (Glas Srpske)
Croatia

Plenkovic: State is functioning normally, I am not squabbling with President Milanovic (Hina)
Grlic Radman says Ambassador Biscevic enjoys government’s support (Hina)
Montenegro

Krivokapic: Leposavic expressed his personal position on Srebrenica, and he wasn’t entitled to that (CdM)
Moscow silent on government messages that Russians can come unconditionally (Pobjeda/Business FM)
Albania

Socialists secure 74 mandates as the opposition moves towards non-recognizing the results (Tirana Times)
US DOS: Respect for the results of legitimate elections strengthens Albania’s democracy (Tirana Times)
UK pushes Albania to investigate alleged 25 April polls irregularities (ADN)
Ambassador Bucci congratulates Rama on elections’ victory (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 28 April

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LOCAL PRESS

Dacic: Every time dialogue was stopped it was exclusively because of Pristina (RTS/Tanjug)
Petkovic: Pristina manipulates with so-called non-paper (RTV)
Bilcik: Serbia not ready for EU membership (N1)
Djuric meets with Reeker (Tanjug)
First meeting on dialogue without EP mediation to be held on 28 April (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

EC President’s office say EU unequivocally supports integrity of B&H (Dnevni list)
B&H Presidency members hold online meeting with Borrell; Dodik: Interest of RS is to discuss open issues (ATV)
Dzaferovic: B&H will remain integral (Oslobodjenje)
Dodik: PIC is maintaining stereotype that the RS is to be blamed for everything (RTRS)
Viskovic: PIC stances are hypocritical; Other reactions to PIC SB’s statement (RTRS)
Sarovic: There will be no war, but stories about referendum, third entity or abolition of entities will continue for as long as these parties are in power (Oslobodjenje)
B&H HoP forms inter-institutional working group that will be tasked with preparing amendments to B&H Election Law (ATV)
B&H HoP rejects SDP’s proposals of changes to B&H Election Law preventing dual mandates (N1)
Covic with State Department’s Chollet: Political agreement on electoral reforms and limited changes to the Constitution are necessary (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia

Milanovic to recall ambassador to Serbia over his alleged disregard for ethnic Croats (Hina)
Montenegro

Abazovic: We shouldn’t spark tensions over the agreement with SPC (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

In addition to vaccines, Macedonia will receive high-speed railroad line from Vucic (Republika)
Pendarovski meets top EU officials, says Macedonia is ready to resume talks with Bulgaria any time (Republika)
Zaev congratulates Edi Rama in Albanian (Republika)
Albania

Rama declares victory as elections are marked again by vote-buying (Tirana Times)
President delivers a message to the citizens (Radio Tirana)
EU calls for acceptance of result (Radio Tirana)
Rapporteur for Albania in Bundestag: We need cooperation and not warfare! (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 27 April 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 27 April 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Meeting on dialogue will not be easy for either side (Tanjug/RTS)
Borrell: Reforms, alignment with EU foreign policy required (Tanjug/RTS/Beta)
Bilcik: Vucic commitment to reforms crucial (N1)
Vucic: We will analyze the non-paper, recognition of so-called independence of Kosovo unacceptable (Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
EC: We haven’t seen non-paper; Bloc is against border changes (N1/Beta)
Dveri agrees to take part in inter-party dialogue (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

PIC SB condemns moves of RS regarding peaceful separation in B&H (O kanal, Nova BH)
Russian Embassy to B&H responds to PIC SB’s statement: Inadequate steps were taken by all sides (RTRS)
Dodik: Croats are meaningless because Bosniaks sideline them, I am convinced B&H will fall apart (Dnevni list)
Izetbegovic reveals that few years ago Pahor asked him about breakup in B&H (BHT1)
RS parliament expected to discuss proposal of initiative for talks between RS and FB&H and three constituent peoples on possible solutions for B&H (BHT1)
B&H HoP to discuss changes to Election Law eliminating double functions in legislative and executive institutions (Nezavisne)
Montenegro

Ministers Spajic, Milatovic: Croatia strongly supports Montenegro’s European path (Gov. PR Service)
Republic of North Macedonia

Mickoski: The Macedonian Spring is coming (Republika)
Albania

Vote buying marks Albanian elections (Tirana Times)
Joint Observation Mission of the OSCE/ODIHR, the OSCE PA and PACE make preliminary remarks on elections in Albania (Radio Tirana)
Last ballot boxes to be counted – results (ADN)
NATO’s Defender 21 exercise kicks off (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

U.S. Commitment to the Western Balkans (Press Statement)

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Belgrade Media Report 26 April

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic after talks with Lajcak: Ready for dialogue, we understood Kurti’s messages (Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
Von der Leyen: EU ready to support Belgrade-N. Macedonia railway (Tanjug)

Drecun: Continuation of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue not disputable, the agenda is (RTS)

Vucic: I don’t expect pressures in Brussels but talks on Serbia’s future (RTS)

Godfrey: Unresolved Kosovo issue main obstacle on EU path (Beta/Tanjug)

Vucic likely to attend dialogue with opposition that is not mediated by MEPs (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Slovenian government issues statement on disputable non-paper (BHT1)
OHR: Entities do not have right to secession (Glas Srpske/RFE)
SDA: Dodik hides responsibility for secessionist policy with lies (Hayat)
Osmanovic writes to EP, expects from EP to condemn the non-paper (Oslobodjenje)
Dodik: It is clear that concept of unified B&H under principles of SDA and international community has not succeeded (RTRS)
Ivanic: It is obvious that non-paper most of all benefited Dodik and Izetbegovic; Constitution changes are not possible; CoM is not inefficient as if it does not exist (Oslobodjenje)
Radmanovic: Non-paper goes in favor of creating of Greater-Albania and there is no doubt it was created in Albanian kitchen (Glas Srpske)
Niksic: Ethno-nationalist leaders in B&H have lost touch with reality and they are either trying to persuade everyone that everything is good or to increase tensions with warmongering (Face TV)
Dodik: Position of RS is clear, High Representative in B&H is not welcome (RTRS)
Istraga.ba publishes NATO’s document sent to B&H which clearly shows that B&H is aspirant to NATO membership and has activated MAP (O kanal/Istraga.ba)
Komsic confirms authenticity of NATO document (N1)
Cikotic at own initiative stops deployment of B&H police officers to UN Mission in South Sudan (RTRS)
Croatia

President: Croatia flag removal from ambassadorial residence in Belgrade could not happen in Zagreb (Hina)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: Montenegro ready to share experiences with Kosovo for progress on EU and NATO path (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Protesters demand release of the imprisoned patriots and early elections in October (Republika)
No progress in the latest round of talks between Macedonian and Bulgarian historians (Republika)
Macedonian diplomats plan a mass vaccination trip to Serbia (Republika/MKD.mk)
Albania

Preliminary election results (Tirana Times)
First reaction of the Socialist party after the closure of voting stations (Radio Tirana)
Opposition leader announces victory (ADN)
Kim and Soreca: Be patient and accept the election result! (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 23 April 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 23 April 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: We will do our best to boost friendship with US (Tanjug)
Vucic: We are ready to continue dialogue, compromise a goal (Tanjug/RTS)
Maas: Right time for results in Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta)
Selakovic: Scandalous political audacity of Vjosa Osmani (RTS)
Petkovic: Any kind of revision impermissible (RTS)
Porfirije: Consent reached on Agreement with Prime Minister Krivokapic (Tanjug)
Jansa’s extras in Balkans’ (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Leadership of Serbia visits Banja Luka (RTRS)
Serbian and RS officials condemn warmongering rhetoric following alleged non-paper and calls for peaceful dissolution of B&H (RTRS)
Turkovic comments visit of Serbian delegation and Dodik statements; Calls for ending of obstructions (Hayat)
Vucic awarded Key to City of Banja Luka; Mayor Stanivukovic causes scandal with hidden microphone (ATV)
US Ambassador Nelson comments on inflammatory rhetoric in B&H (FTV)
Sattler meets Dzaferovic: EU supports B&H sovereignty and territorial integrity (FTV)
Zvizdic: There cannot be dissolution of B&H without conflict, B&H needs stronger internal dialogue (Oslobodjenje)
Ivanic: I believe neither Serbia nor Croatia are interested in break-up of B&H (FTV)
Zunic says time is right for dialogue of RS and FB&H on future of B&H (EuroBlic)
Sattler, Nelson meet with Izetbegovic, Covic to discuss necessary reforms (Oslobodjenje)
OHR: RS authorities should offer public and transparent explanation about procurement of weapons for the RS MoI; Salkic said that many police officers in RS participated in genocide against Bosniaks (Dnevni list/Fena)
Croatia

Plenkovic: NDH is one of most tragic periods in Croatian history (Hina)
Israeli Ambassador: Jasenovac commemoration must be above daily politics (Vecernji list)
Connecting economies of Croatia, Israel and B&H cantons (Hina)
Brkic underlines importance of dialogue and consensus for NATO path: It is important that reform program stays aside from internal political outwitting (Vecernji list)
Montenegro

Abolition of term Orthodox Church contrary to SPC Council document of 2006 (Pobjeda)
Abazovic doesn’t know when government will discuss Fundamental Agreement with SPC (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Durlovski calls on public to turn out for protest on Sunday (Republika)
Albania

US Senate Foreign Relations Committee: We expect all candidates to act in accordance with democratic norms (Tirana Times)
US and EU ambassadors call for a peaceful and orderly electoral process (Tirana Times)
Ambassadors in Albania video message to citizens: Do not sell the vote. Vote for a better future! (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 22 April

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Peace, working together is future (Tanjug/RTS)
Session of Coordination Body for Serbia’s EU accession held (RTV/Tanjug)
Bujanovac joins “Community of Albanian Municipalities in the Region” (Juzne vesti/RTS)
Vucic with Kurti in Brussels in mid-May (Politika)
Dacic calls inter-party dialogue meeting for 28 April (FoNet)
Patriarch tells OSCE mission chief church ready to discuss problems (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dacic’s message to Bosniak politicians in B&H: Do not support independent Kosovo (Dnevni list)
Roth: Fantasies about changing borders belong to failed past (Nezavisne/DW)
US, UK Embassies, EUD condemn negative rhetoric; OHR is silent regarding Izetbegovic’s statements (Dnevni list/RTRS)
Turkovic sends instructions to B&H embassies in regards to non-paper (BHT1)
Reactions to Turkovic’s instruction sent to B&H diplomatic offices regarding non-paper (ATV)
Idea of peaceful dissolution and mentioning of war stir controversy on political scene in B&H (N1)
SDA calls on PIC SB to sanction Dodik due to secessionist threats (Hayat)
Cvijanovic: SDA has undermined all that could have been undermined in already weak B&H and now they want to wage war again and impose sanctions on politicians in RS; RS will not wage war (Srna/RTRS)
RS parties, officials comment Izetbegovic statement, idea of peaceful dissolution; Borenovic calls on Dodik to end political cooperation with SDA (N1)
Leaders of opposition parties in RS meet on Mt Jahorina, discuss preparations for 2022 general elections in B&H, refuse to reveal names of their candidates for Serb member of Presidency, President and PM of RS (N1)
Croatia

Grlic Radman and Logar claim that disputable non-paper does not exist (HRT1)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: Vucic’s self-pitying whining; he puts himself in role of promoter of Greater Serbia politics, redrawing borders would cause war (CdM)
Abazovic promises public debate and VC’s opinion (Dan)
Injac meets with President Pahor (Gov.PR Service)
Albania

Elections, one killed and four wounded in Elbasan (Tirana Times/VoA)
President seeks return to normalcy as murders, wounding’s engulf Albania (ADN)
EU Delegation: We call for restraint and avoidance of violence (Tirana Times)
Soreca: 50 EU teams to monitor polling stations and the counting process (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 21 April 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 21 April 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Petkovic: Resolution for issue of Kosovo and Metohija through dialogue (RTV)
Nabhan: OIS members could withdraw recognition of Kosovo (Tanjug/Politika/Novosti)
Slovak Embassy: We are not changing position on so-called independence of Kosovo (B92/Tanjug/RTV)
Dacic: I am signing first invitation for dialogue with opposition on 21 April (TV Happy/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

RS ruling coalition announces initiative for forming RS’ team for negotiating with FB&H on peaceful dissolution (N1)
Reactions to SNSD’s launching of initiative on talks on possibility of peaceful separation in B&H (N1)
Dodik informs Israeli Ambassador conditions for talks on future of B&H are met (RTRS)
Izetbegovic: War is not likely to happen in B&H; I do not believe that Slovenian non-paper does not exist (O kanal)
RS reactions to Izetbegovic’s statement that Serbs are genocidal people: This is dangerous, insulting, warmongering rhetoric, RS advocates peace, it will not wage wars (RTRS)
Turkovic sends instruction to all diplomatic and consular representative offices on activities after occurrence of ‘non-paper’ for Western Balkans (ATV)
EUFOR: We are competent for implementation of military aspects of DPA (BN TV)
Vucic: Serbia will not recognize independent Kosovo in order to get RS (Dnevni list)
Croatia

No joint ceremony to pay tribute to Jasenovac victims (Hina)
Montenegro

Does Krivokapic know what he will sign? (Pobjeda)
Status of religious communities under scrutiny of Council of Europe (Dan)
Albania

The political climate becomes tenser after the shooting in Kavaja (Tirana Times)
Will opposition succeed in overthrowing rule of Rama? (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 20 April

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LOCAL PRESS

Petkovic: Brussels agreement important, we insist on its implementation (RTS/Tanjug)
Cooperation between Serbia and Kosovo chambers of commerce and regional initiatives (Beta)
Loud silence of West to announcement on “Great Albania” (Politika)
Serbian and British Armies together in UN Mission in Cyprus (Politika)
Vulin: Serbs should live in one state, Serb national issue should be solved by uniting all Serbs in one state (TV Pink)
Inzko: Do not open Pandora’s box with ‘non-paper (Politika/Tanjug)
Logar: Discussion on alleged ‘non-paper’ is of use to nobody (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Kovacevic: RS ruling coalition to discuss information that possibility of peaceful disintegration of B&H is being discussed at numerous important addresses within the EU (Srna/RTRS)
SNSD RS MPs submit initiative for dialogue with FB&H on future of B&H; SNSD members believe that either the ultimatums in B&H will stop or process of peaceful dissolution will begin (N1)
Jansa condemns protest in Sarajevo as extremist (RTRS)
Bogovic: I never heard anything about change of borders in Western Balkans (Dnevni avaz)
Covic: Fabricated documents aimed at diverting attention from fundamental political issues (Dnevni list)
Djokic: Law on Elections should be changed to eradicate political anomalies (Dnevni list)
Organizing Committee for Marking 26th Anniversary of Srebrenica Genocide requests from OHR to impose law banning denial of genocide (FTV)
B&H’s Commission for Cooperation with NATO unanimously adopts draft document ‘Program of Reforms 2021’ (Hayat)
B&H lacks any progress in implementation of GRECO recommendations referring to judiciary officials and parliamentarians (Oslobodjenje)
Montenegro

Only Krivokapic and Leposavic got acquainted with content of agreement with SPC (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

Mickoski: Bulgaria has no right to demand any additional concessions from us (TV Klan)
Albania

DP secretary for Kavaja wounded by a firearm inside electoral office (Tirana Times/VoA)
Basha accuses PM of assassination attempt (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Serbia’s Marko Đurić urges ‘just solution’ to bitter Kosovo dispute (The Washington Diplomat)

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Belgrade Media Report 19 April 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 19 April 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic expects no pressure in Brussels; Never saw alleged unofficial non-paper (Beta/B92)
Serbia, Russia committed to principles of international law, UN; Danger from giving up UNSCR 1244 (RTS/Tanjug/Politika)
Lavrov dismissed idea of tailoring former Yugoslavia’s borders (Beta/Politika)
Selakovic: Iran supports Serbia in all international organizations (RTS)
Selakovic: Iran’s support regarding Kosovo (Politika/Tanjug/RTS)
Dacic: Preparatory phase consultations for inter-party dialogue begin today (Tanjug/RTS)
Bosniaks call Inzko to impose law on ban on genocide denial (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: Peaceful separation in B&H is only option that will certainly be realized in upcoming period (ATV)
Vucic: Unless we can help, Serbia will not interfere in internal matters of B&H (RTRS)
RS parliament to discuss SNSD’s initiative to launch discussions between FB&H, RS and representatives of constituent people on future of B&H (EuroBlic)
Pahor: Slovenia is sincere friend of B&H, I reject any dangerous ideas about re-tailoring of borders (O kanal)
Jansa informs Dzaferovic disputable ‘non-paper’ does not exist (Nova BH)
Dzaferovic sends letter to Michel expressing concern over alleged Slovenian ‘non-paper’ on B&H (O kanal)
Izetbegovic writes letter to Sassoli and Tusk, warns them about secessionist aspirations (Hayat)
Covic: Reforms in B&H necessary to avoid story about disintegration (O kanal)
International officials comment non-paper (BHT1)
Regional officials comment non-paper on dissolution of B&H (Nova BH)
Ambassador Kalabukhov writes to Oslobodjenje: NATO is problem for B&H and decision about it is up to B&H (Oslobodjenje)
Croatia

Croatia’s President blasts alleged non-paper on changing borders in Balkans (Hina)
Grlic Radman: Change of borders in B&H is out of question (Jutarnji list)
EU Delegation, US Embassy and OSCE reject Arnautovic’s claims about electoral reform leading to formation of third entity (Vecernji list)
Montenegro

Government ready to sign agreement with SPC, Krivokapic says (CdM)
Albania

Rama confirms existence of map of redrawn borders in Western Balkans (Radio Tirana)
Elections in Albania, Vucic: Basha and Berisha want ethnic Albania (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Iranian President Stresses Need to Maintain Peace, Stability in Balkans (FNA)

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Belgrade Media Report 15 April 2021

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 15 April 2021

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: We expect Putin’s visit by year’s end (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Serbia firmly committed to strengthening strategic partnership with Russia (Tanjug/RIA)
Selakovic: UN SC session important for presenting stance on Kosovo (TV Pink/Beta/Politika)
Brnabic: Gratitude to Iran for support to Serbia and current principled position on unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo; Serbia committed to strengthening bilateral relations with Iran (Tanjug)
Selakovic not officially informed about existence of Jansa’s alleged document on continuation of dissolution of Yugoslavia (Novosti)
Krivokapic: There will be no “Montenegrin spring” but a tourist summer, this government will last (RTS)
Dacic: EP to hold online consultations with all Serbian parliamentary and non-parliamentary parties between 19 and 22 April (RTV/Beta)
Lajcak with Reeker on activities in WB (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Alleged non-paper on WB leaks out: Merging of RS and Serbia, Kosovo and Albania (N1/ necenzurirano.si)
B&H politicians divided over alleged Slovenian non-paper on Western Balkans (N1)
Logar denies allegations on non-paper that Jansa allegedly submitted; MEP Fajon and Jansa resume with mutual accusations regarding this issue (Nova BH)
Nemec: Slovenian authorities never discussed reshaping of borders in Balkans; Analysts Petrovic and Zupljanin comment allegations on Jansa’s non-paper (Glas Srpske)
Ljubic: Greater-Bosniak strategy advocates unitary B&H, Serbs need to get involved in process of changes of B&H Election Law; peaceful dissolution of B&H is not possible (Nezavisne)
Vulic: Part of international community, illegally appointed CEC members and RS opposition planning amendments to Election Law aimed to bring opposition parties back to ruling authorities (ATV)
RS Collegium to discuss awards given to sentenced war criminals (BN TV)
Deadline for revoking of awards for war criminals expires in May; RS official indicate that revoking is possible (N1)
Mayor of Istocno Sarajevo Cosic: If Sarajevo officials ignore request for removal of plaques, B&H CC will give answer (RTRS)
Croatia

Grlic Radman says Croatia will continue to support B&H on its EU path (HRT)
Montenegro

DF admits it needs international assistance to reconcile quarreling government members (CdM)
DF asks from Joanikije to reconcile Krivokapic and Leposavic in a Christian way (Pobjeda)
Abazovic interested in PM position? (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Xhaferi calls for a meeting to resume legislative work in the parliament (Republika)
EU member states decided not to discuss Balkan enlargement at the coming European Council (MIA)
Albania

Kim a message to SPAK: What’s lacking is courage (Tirana Times)
Albanian Helsinki Committee: Electoral subjects should respect the right to privacy and secrecy of the ballot (Tirana Times)
Rama: We managed to vaccinate while the EU left us without vaccines (Tirana Times)

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