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Belgrade Media Report 20 January

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic and Dodik on Dayton Agreement: No changes without consent of Serbian people (B92/Beta/Tanjug)
• Djukanovic: We will not withdraw the law, Vucic has an open invitation to come to Montenegro (Tanjug)
• Selakovic: Djukanovic’s argumentation legally unfounded (Tanjug)
• Djuric: Dialogue to resume only after taxes are abolished (RTS)
• Serbian ministry signs letter of intent on Belgrade-Pristina flights (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Covic announces changes to Election Law, reorganization of Federation of B&H government and formation of Federation of B&H authorities (FTV)
• Covic certain that local elections will be held in Mostar in 2020 (Hayat)
• Dodik: Covic has right to demand changing of Election Law (N1)
• Komsic: Changes of Election Law need to be within European standards (Dnevni avaz)
• Dzubur says changes to Law on Elections must not be precondition for formation of Federation of B&H government (Oslobodjenje)
• Borenovic: Amending of Election Law necessary to enable free and fair elections (BN TV)
• SDA, SBB B&H and DF prepare new agreement that entails for Viteskic to temporarily chair sessions of Sarajevo Canton Assembly (Hayat)
• Komsic confirms NATO Political Committee greenlighted Program of Reforms of B&H (Dnevni avaz)
• Dodik: Self-proclaimed Montenegrin Metropolitan does not deserve any attention (Srna)
• Stevandic: Believers have the right to protect the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro (Srna)
Croatia
• Croatian President Elect Zoran Milanovic gives first TV interview (Nova TV)
• Croatia and Austria push for EU entry talks with North Macedonia and Albania (Hina)
Montenegro
• Message for Amfilohije: Government is formed in the elections (CDM)
• DF: EU to get involved in church issue (CDM)
• Azerbaijanis, Russians and Hungarians have invested the most in Montenegro (Pobjeda)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on direct flights between Belgrade and Pristina (Press release)

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Belgrade Media Report 17 January 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 17 January 2020
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic congratulates Mishustin : I am certain we will continue development of friendly relations (RTS)
• Vucic: Elections to be held on 19 or 26 April (TV Prva/Tanjug/RTS)
• Djuric: Belgrade devoted to dialogue, the problem is in Pristina (RTV/Beta)
• Joksimovic: Candidate Countries Should Join Debate on New EU Enlargement Methodology (Beta)
• Cadez: Serbia, region can count on US support (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik, Ivantsov: Any changes to DPA would be death sentence for B&H (RTRS)
• Dodik: Sarajevo needs to return property of Serbian Orthodox Church (RTRS)
• National agreement required in B&H without international interventions (Srna)
• EU to present new methodology for accession of candidate countries and possible candidates to EU (Nezavisne)
Croatia
• Plenkovic on working visit to Germany (HRT)
Montenegro
• Visegrad group wants WB to take part in the discussion on Europe’s future (RSE)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Ahmeti says he was given an offer to partition Macedonia, but he rejected it (Republika)
• Interior Minister Culev discusses election preparations with members of the diplomatic corps (Republika)
Albania
• Commissioner Varhelyi: EU should open accession negotiations with Albania before the Zagreb summit (Radio Tirana)
• Elections in Serbia, Albanians in Presevo Valley united (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Last Chance Saloon: Can the EU and Balkans be Reconciled in 2020? (BIRN)

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Belgrade Media Report 16 January 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 16 January 2020
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Serbia will not give up until the real perpetrators of this crime are discovered (RTS)
• Cadez: Atlantic Council supports Little Schengen initiative (Tanjug)
• Djilas presents “Serbia 2020” Program (Beta)
• Witness to KLA crimes against disloyal Albanians removed (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Cvijanovic and Vucic comment claims of Nacional that Milanovic and Erdogan talked about need to change DPA (RTRS)
• Croats in B&H should not choose between Serbs and Bosniaks (Vecernji list)
• Delegations of SDA and HDZ B&H meet to discuss solving of key problems at state, entity and local level including solution for local elections in Mostar (Vecernji list)
• SDS, PDP, Our Party, SDP and Independent Bloc discuss ways to change Law on Elections of B&H (Nezavisne)
• OHR provides interpretation of current situation in SC Assembly concluding Kristic is legitimate speaker (BHT1)
Croatia
• Croatia sees Montenegro as next EU member state (Hina)
Montenegro
• Markovic: We are open to dialogue about conceptual agreement (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Varhelyi pledges that enlargement toward Balkans will be a priority for the EU (Republika)
• Pendarovski meets Varhelyi (Republika)
• Xhaferi tells Varhelyi he hopes Macedonia will open EU accession talks in March or May (Republika)
• VMRO has a plan to fast-track Macedonia toward the EU, Mickoski tells Varhelyi (Republika)
• New bribery tape – Zaev says “f… the name” (Republika)
Albania
• Venice Commission to discuss Albanian parliament addressed questions at March session (Radio Tirana)
• EU should carry on the enlargement process (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Serbia’s campaign to reduce the number of countries which recognise Kosovo is working (Emerging Europe)

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Belgrade Media Report 15 January

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic, Borrell discuss Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Tanjug/RTS)
• Why didn’t Grenell visit Pristina and what is Walker doing over there (Tanjug/RTV)
• Stefanovic: 28 adult Serbs in Syria, Iraq, warns participation in foreign wars punishable (Beta)
• Antonijevic expects new meeting with MEPs; topic will be lowering electoral threshold (Tanjug/Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik and Vucic’s statements provoked only couple of reactions from Sarajevo (Oslobodjenje)
• Still no agreement on Bozovic’s appointment as B&H Minister of Human Rights and Refugees (N1)
• Dzaferovic rejects media allegations in which he was tried to be brought in connection with Iranian general Soleimani (O kanal)
Croatia
• Plenkovic presents priorities of Croatia’s EU Presidency to European Parliament (Hina)
• Plenkovic: Croatia won’t become hotspot for migrants (Hina)
Montenegro
• Minister Darmanovic: There’s room for dialogue with SPC (MINA)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev: US continuously supports the realization of our strategic interests (Republika)
• Mickoski – Byrnes: Fair and democratic elections key to Macedonia’s future (Republika)
Albania
• Albanian political forces reached an agreement to implement electoral reform by 15 March (Radio Tirana)
• OSCE and US Embassy hails the agreement reached by political parties on the electoral reform (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 14 January

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: There is no RS without Serbia (TV Pink)
• Dacic: National priority of Serbia in the past year, and in the year ahead, is certainly the fight for the preservation of sovereignty and territorial integrity (RTS/Beta/Tanjug/RTV)
• How the US and Russia see the solution of the Kosovo issue (RTS)
• Dacic: Law on Freedom of Religion destabilizes relations between Serbia and Montenegro (RTV)
• Opposition: If regime can change threshold, it can postpone elections (N1)
• Milivojevic: Initiative for lower election threshold to create quasi democracy in Serbia (Beta)
• Report against Inzko to follow (Novosti)
• Belgrade students’ requests on Montenegro submitted to Serbian Presidency (Tanjug/RTV/Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: RS will remain military neutral and this stance needs to be respected; RS has all characteristics of state (ATV)
• Yes to Rescue Unit of B&H, but only temporarily (EuroBlic)
• SDP B&H, Our Party, People and Justice and Independent B&H List to sign agreement on joint participation in the upcoming local elections in B&H (FTV)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Spasovski celebrates NATO, rather than acknowledging that “North” did not bring anything to the people (Republika)
• Commissioner Varhelyi set to visit Macedonia (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Montenegrin Law on Religious Freedom: Polarization that benefits the government(s)? (European Western Balkans)

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Belgrade Media Report 13 January 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 13 January 2020
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Taiwan is an integral part of China (RTS/FoNet)
• Vucic: The time of Serbia’s acting irresponsibly is over (TV Pink/B92/Tanjug/Beta)
• Dacic, Shieb discuss situation in Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug/Beta/RTS)
• Djuric: Albanians not united as they used to be (TV Pink/Tanjug)
• Lutovac denies DS is divided (N1)
• Election threshold to be lowered to three percent (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• HR Inzko: RS is not state and it cannot secede (Dnevni avaz)
• HR Inzko announces he will file report to UN SC because of Dodik’s statements on RS as state, RS politicians strongly criticize this announcement (Nezavisne)
• Salkic: Announcements about secession of RS endanger peace in B&H (Dnevni avaz)
• Komsic: Serbia does not respect CC B&H decision by which RS Day is declared unconstitutional (Hayat)
• French Senator Meurant: RS Day is proof of patriotism and love for people, there is nothing negative about it (ATV)
• Russian Embassy to B&H does not agree with assessment that marking of RS Day is unconstitutional (RTRS)
• West is breaking you apart because it cannot dominate (EuroBlic)
• Dodik and Serbian officials deem there should be discussion on UK government’s document that proves RS leadership had no intention of occupying Srebrenica (ATV)
Croatia
• Plenkovic says EU, UK should show maturity in negotiations (Hina)
• Croatia’s EU Presidency new chance for SE Europe (Hina)
• Milanovic’s presidential term opportunity to improve Croatia-B&H’s relations (Hina)
Montenegro
• Boskovic: We protected Montenegro’s territorial integrity and independence (CDM)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Pazin: Law on Freedom of Religion was adopted so that everybody can have equal rights (BBC)
• Von der Leyen: EU must keep its promise to North Macedonia and Albania (Politico)

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Belgrade Media Report 10 January 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 10 January 2020
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: We are grateful that Palestine respects Serbia’s integrity (Tanjug/Politika)
• Mutual support of Serbia, Palestine in international forums (Tanjug/RTS)
• Godfrey informs Dacic about current situation in Middle East (Beta)
• Petition initiated with the intention of Serbia filing a lawsuit against Montenegro (Beta/B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Formal parade on occasion of RS Day held (RTRS)
• Dodik: RS is synonym of freedom of Serb people (Srna)
• Dodik: Preserve Serb national identity in B&H and Kosovo and Metohija (Srna)
• Reactions to marking of RS Day (BHT1)
Croatia
• Plenkovic: Croatia will never put up barbed wire towards B&H (Hina)
• No negotiations for Albania without combating corruption and crime (Jutarnji list)
Albania
• Electoral reform, parties’ funding divides united opposition (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Croatia faces border issues during first term in EU presidency (The Irish Times)

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Belgrade Media Report 09 January

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: TurkStream to pay off in 10 to 12 years (Beta/Politika/RTS)
• Vucic: Few world statesman called Serbia and Serbs “a handful of misery” as the newly elected Croatian President Zoran Milanovic once did (B92/Tanjug)
• Dacic: Montenegrin agents will not rule Serbia (Beta)
• Dacic: Five countries in undefined status regarding Kosovo issue (Novosti)
• Dacic, British Ambassador ready to develop cooperation (Beta/Tanjug)
• People at prayer service in front of St. Sava’s Church in Belgrade (Beta/Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Marking of RS Day- January 9th (RTRS)
• Conference on ‘Legal and Political Consequences of Declaration on Proclamation of Republic of Serb People of B&H on 9 January 1992’ starts in Sarajevo (Hayat)
• Tensions in the Sarajevo Canton Assembly do not seem to calm down (Hayat)
• B&H to finally get delegations of parliament of B&H in European and international institutions and organizations (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia
• Appointing Ambassador to Serbia first test of Milanovic-Plenkovic cooperation? (Hina/Vecernji list)
• Institute for Development of Croatia-Serbia Relations set up in Vinkovci (Hina)
Montenegro
• Martinovic: Serbian Orthodox Church should be registered just like other religious communities (Pobjeda)
• Deployment of two Montenegrin soldiers in Iraq might be delayed (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Macron changes position, green light for Macedonia in May? (Republika)
• Alliance, Besa and Alternative to run together in the elections (Republika)
• More than a dozen Macedonian nationals at the two attacked US bases in Iraq (Telma)
Albania
• Rama: The opposition’s decision to be involved in electoral process, a good sign (Radio Tirana)
• Missiles at US troops, Meta urges Iran to respect international laws (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Turkish Stream gas pipeline officially launched in grand ceremony (Neftegaz.RU)

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Belgrade Media Report 08 January

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LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: TurkStream hugely significant for Serbia (RTS)
• Vucic: Pristina would like to implement Podgorica scenario, such preparations are underway (Tanjug/B92)
• First request submitted for assessment of constitutionality of the Law on Freedom of Religion (Tanjug)
• Dacic: We expect new withdrawals of Kosovo recognitions (Tanjug/RTS/RTV/Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H Presidency members congratulate Milanovic on being elected Croatian President (N1)
• Dodik discusses unity of Serb people and relations of RS and Serbia with Patriarch Irinej in Belgrade (RTRS)
• Croat Caucus in SC Assembly initiates mechanism for protection of vital national interest (O kanal)
Croatia
• Plenkovic meets Macron in Paris, presents priorities of Croatian presidency of Council of EU (HRT1)
• Milanovic speaks to the press (Hina)
• Jandrokovic: HDZ to meet and discuss electoral defeat (Hina)
Montenegro
• New Law on Freedom of Religion becomes applicable from today (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• With a Spanish government in place, Macedonia expects to have its NATO accession fully ratified (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• TurkStream to strengthen Turkey’s energy hub position (yenisafak.com)

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Belgrade Media Report 6 January 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 6 January 2020
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic has decided not to visit the Serbs in the north of Montenegro on Christmas Day (Tanjug/B92)
• Dacic: Here we have had a Greater Montenegro aggression (RTS)
• Serbian Patriarch Irinej urges authorities in Montenegro to come to their senses (Kurir/Tanjug/B92)
• Drecun: Hybrid operations conducted against Serbia; Djukanovic will not stop (RTS)
• Bozovic refuses to receive protest note (Tanjug)
• Academic community pleads for solution to Montenegrin crisis (Beta)
• Vulin: Declassified British documents prove those who bombarded RS and Serbia knew Oric’s forces provoked conflict in Srebrenica (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik calls on all citizens of RS to come to Banja Luka on 9 January to celebrate Day of RS (RTRS)
• Cvijanovic: RS will last for all times, that is what people have decided (Glas Srpske)
• Salkic calls on Inzko to sanction organizers of 9 January celebration (Hayat)
• UK National Archives declassified documents show that US Administration was divided regarding approach to war in B&H (Nezavisne novine)
• Declassified document on Srebrenica denies verdicts of The Hague Tribunal and plan of leadership of RS to conquer Srebrenica, reactions (RTRS)
• B&H Presidency voices concern over latest developments in Iraq, condemning attack on US Embassy in Baghdad (N1)
• Dodik supported Vucic’s attempts to help Serbian people in Montenegro (Srna)
• B&H officials congratulate Milanovic on being elected new Croatian President (FTV)
Croatia
• Croatia presidential election: Milanovic defeats incumbent Grabar-Kitarovic (Hina)
Montenegro
• Protests against new religious law continue across Montenegro (N1)
Albania
• Cakaj condemns the attack on the Montenegrin Embassy in Belgrade (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Europe’s big problems in 2020 (Politico)

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Belgrade Media Report 3 January 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 3 January 2020
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: The Montenegrin Prime Minister is telling notorious lies (Tanjug/B92)
• Montenegrin charge d’affairs called for talks in the Serbian Foreign Ministry (Tanjug)
• Bozovic: Vucic’s visit is a strong message to Serbs (Tanjug/RTV)
• Serbian churches in Montenegro ringing bells every two hours until Nativity following adoption of anti-Church law (spc.org)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Cvijanovic: RS demonstrated capacity not only to survive but to progress as well (Srna)
Croatia
• Croatia takes over six-month rotating presidency of EU Council (Al Jazeera Balkans)
Montenegro
• President’s Cabinet: There has been no official confirmation of Vucic’s visit (CDM)
• Markovic: Uncivilized attack and terrible reaction of the Serbian authorities (CDM)
• MFA reacts to Russian MID comment (Montenegrin Foreign Ministry)
• Montenegro isn’t a threat to anyone (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev resigns (Republika)
• Zaev’s resignation letter submitted to the parliament (Republika)
Albania
• Albania takes over OSCE chairmanship (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Patriarch Bartholomew: We will never give autocephaly to the “Montenegrin Church” (orthochristian.com)
• Western Balkans left ‘betrayed’ by EU over membership talks (The Guardian)

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Belgrade Media Report 31 December 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 31 December 2019

LOCAL PRESS

• Patriarch Irinej: Major events in Montenegro – this is not only a problem of Montenegro but also of Serbia (RTV/FoNet/Beta)
• Vucic: I’m ready for the highest level meeting with the authorities in Montenegro (B92/Beta)
• Djuric with Kosovo Serb representatives (Tanjug/RTS)
• Fajon doesn’t expect Serbia’s opposition back to parliament before election (Blic/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Tegeltija: Council of Ministers will not be dealing with political issues which might block its work (Nezavisne novine)
• Izetbegovic: During political fight that caused crisis in past year, positions of Serb and Bosniak politicians were clear but HDZ B&H was ambivalent (Hayat)
• Radoncic says adoption of Program of Reforms for NATO is biggest success (Hayat)
• Dodik warns people of working age are leaving B&H, migrants without documents and with suspicious past are coming to B&H, suggests what needs to be done to solve problem (EuroBlic)
• Prosecutor’s Office of B&H issues indictment against Mektic and three others for abuse of office (BN TV)
Croatia
• First presidential debate of upcoming elections held (RTL/Vecernji list)
Montenegro
• Appeal for the condemnation of attempts to jeopardize peace in Montenegro (CDM)
• DPS: Citizens must not allow themselves to be manipulated (CDM)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Oppression of Serbian Orthodox Church fraught with great problems, says Russian ministry (TASS)

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