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Belgrade Media Report 13 October 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 13 October 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Brnabic: Serbia continues to work on further improving overall relations with China (Tanjug)
Vucic thanks China for supporting Serbia’s territorial integrity (RTS/Tanjug)
Petkovic: Serbs will leave Pristina institutions if ZSO is not formed (RTS/Tanjug)
Djuric: Pristina investing huge efforts to suspend dialogue (RTS)
Odalovic: Serbia not hiding mass graves (Tanjug/Kosovo Online)
Borrell: Reaching an agreement is a matter of months, not years (FoNet)
Russia: We expect a clear reaction from the EU on the intention of “erasing broders” between Albania and so-called Kosovo (RTV/Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Covic and Dodik meet Vucic in Belgrade; Covic: Meeting represents continuation of regional talks on EU integration and economic recovery of Western Balkans, as well as 25th anniversary of DPA (FTV)
Izetbegovic on Vucic’s meeting with Dodik and Covic: I would have gone to meet with Vucic if he had invited me, Zagreb and Belgrade should not intervene towards B&H (FTV)
FB&H entity Vice President: Dodik, Covic continue denying Bosnian institutions (N1)
EU FMs express unequivocal support to EU perspective of B&H, call on political subjects in B&H to refrain from inflammatory rhetoric during pre-election period (RTRS)
Croatia

Grlic Radman to request EU foreign ministers’ discussion on Western Balkans (Hina)
Montenegro

Krivokapic soon to set up the Christian Democratic Party? (Dnevne novine)
Vujovic: Krivokapic may consolidate SDP if he wants to (Pobjeda)
Albania

Meta calls PM to resign (ADN)
Rama calls on President to decree changes of Electoral Code (Radio Tirana)
Rama-Merkel discuss Albania’s progress on EU Integration (ADN)
Meta: No EU talks’ opening without respecting 5 June agreement (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 12 October

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Serbia prepared to discuss compromise, but not ultimatum (Beta)
Dacic: Security Council session on Kosovo and Metohija scheduled (Tanjug/Politika)
Vucic: Important decisions next week (Tanjug/B92)
Petkovic: Thaci not for dialogue, his signature not worth anything (Tanjug)
Lajcak: Brussels expects a far-reaching decision from Vučić on the Kosovo issue (FoNet)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Commissioner Varhelyi visits B&H (BHT1)
Izetbegovic: B&H is responsible for everything the EU criticized it in its Report (BHT1)
Dodik: B&H will not manage to centralize itself at expense of RS for sake of European path (RTRS)
Dodik: B&H will not be EU member if it means removing competencies from RS and transferring them to state-level (ATV)
Dodik: There can be no war in B&H; RS deserves recognition just like Kosovo does (ATV)
SDP B&H, NS, NiP and NBL submit request for no-confidence vote against SC government led by PM Nenadic (FTV)
There is no doubt that reshuffling of SC government will result in reorganizations in TC and ZDC (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia

Pompeo in Dubrovnik warns Croatia against close ties with China (Hina)
Montenegro

Djukanovic – Varhelyi: Montenegro remains on its European path (CdM)
Jokovic and Knezevic: Participation in government should be in proportion to the election result (CdM)
Ibrahimovic: Bosniak Party members started consultations about entering new govt (Dan)
Albania

The majority changes unilaterally the Electoral Code (Tirana Times)

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Belgrade Media Report 09 October 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 9 October 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Brnabic: EU membership Serbia’s key foreign policy priority (Tanjug)
Vucic: A big assignment for the new pro-European government (Tanjug/B92)
Djuric appointed Serbian Ambassador to the US (Tanjug/Politika/RTS)
Falconi: EC report shows foundation in place, progress limited or non-existent (Radio Sto Plus/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Members of B&H Presidency travel to Brussels to meet EU officials (Hayat)
Belgium ‘constituent’ model and federal units are model for B&H (Vecernji list)
US Embassy to B&H urges political leaders to implement political and economic reforms to bring country closer to EU (Oslobodjenje)
‘United Srpska’ to file appeal with Court of B&H over B&H CEC’s decision (ATV)
B&H politicians, political parties react to decision of B&H CEC to ban ‘United Srpska’ participating in local elections (ATV)
Chinese Embassy in B&H sends protest letter to B&H FM Turkovic (ATV)
Turkovic: B&H should always condemn jeopardizing of human rights and rights of minorities (Hayat)
B&H HoP convenes: Information on illegal and unprofessional activities of B&H Minister Turkovic not adopted (BHT1)
B&H HoP rejects report on work of B&H CoM and B&H CEC in 2019 (N1)
Croatia

Deputy PM says war crimes perpetrators should answer regardless of ethnicity (Hina)
Montenegro

Djukanovic to send proposal for prime minister-designate (CdM)
Krivokapic: Today is the day of the victory of democracy (CdM)
Djukanovic: Transition of power is going smoothly (CdM)
Albania

CAA calls Albanian government to fulfill requests on Progress Report 2020 (ADN)
EU calls for improvement of political dialogue in Albania (ADN)
Netherlands discussions on EU Enlargement and Albania (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 08 October

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LOCAL PRESS

Serbia hands in protest note to Albania (Tanjug/RTS)
Godfrey: I am an optimist, compromise solution between Belgrade and Pristina in a year or two (Kurir/Tanjug/RTV)
Bilcik: European Commission report on Serbia objective (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Sattler hands 2020 Report on B&H to B&H Presidency members; Dodik says it will be difficult to agree changes to Constitution of B&H; Dzaferovic: First step would be to adopt amendments to Law HJPC (Nova BH)
B&H CEC bans ‘United Srpska’ from taking part in upcoming local elections in B&H (FTV)
Due to B&H CEC’s decision on ‘United Srpska’ SNSD leader Dodik will ask coalition partners to reexamine their participation on upcoming elections (ATV)
PDP leader Borenovic responds to Dodik’s accusations (BN TV)
Cvijanovic: Problem with CEC is its political involvement (ATV)
Covic sends letter to international officials to warn on lack of progress in implementation of SDA-HDZ B&H agreements (FTV)
SDA calls upon HDZ B&H to behave responsibly and in line with Constitution of B&H, to complete their obligation after which negotiations on Election Law of B&H can resume (Hayat)
Dodik objects behavior of Minister Turkovic because B&H signed joint statement of 39 countries condemning violence of Chinese authorities over Uighur Muslims (Dnevni avaz)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: Steinmeier praises Montenegro’s role as promoter of European values (CdM)
Djukanovic in Germany: New government will have my absolute support for everything aimed at adopting European values (CdM)
Mass: Western Balkans will remain one of Germany’s priorities (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Varhelyi calls on Macedonia and Bulgaria to resolve their dispute (Republika)
Albania

Varhelyi: I have brought good news for Albanians, we are serious about enlargement policy (Radio Tirana)
Varhelyi from the rostrum of the parliament: The future of the whole region is in the EU and our strategic interest is to bring you closer (Radio Tirana)
Rama Vulin Twitter spat: Albanian PM asks Vucic to react (Tirana Times)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Berlin hosts Montenegrin autocrat Djukanovic (Deutsche Welle)

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Belgrade Media Report 07 October 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 7 October 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Joksimovic, Fabrizi: Progress report, economic package at an important moment (Tanjug)
Varhelyi: Serbia can open one chapter this year, on competition policy (Beta)
Djuric: Hoti not for dialogue, wants only recognition (Tanjug/RTV)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Sattler: Past 16 months was the period of stagnation, different blockades and lack of progress in the area of reforms (BN TV)
Varhelyi: B&H needs to make progress in areas of rule of law and restoring of trust of citizens to judicial system (BHT1)
Dodik: I will keep opinion on 2020 Report on B&H to myself, I am not informed about it (FTV)
B&H Presidency members Dodik and Komsic discuss mutual relations, B&H’s paths towards EU and NATO with members of Swedish delegation (RTRS)
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Linde says significant progress must be made in all 14 priorities before B&H is granted status of candidate (Dnevni avaz)
Dzaferovic: B&H is on road to EU membership and it strives to join NATO; Only unreasonable ones are against initiatives like mini Schengen (N1)
Croatia

Milanovic meets with Croat representatives from Serbia, says is willing to visit them (Hina)
Montenegro

Here’s who will be running departments in a new govt (CdM)
Djeka: We won’t join the government comprising Democratic Front (Mne.ul-info.com)
Knezevic: Abazovic told he’d vote for withdrawal of the Freedom of Religion Law (Pobjeda)
Popa: Lack of dialogue and mistrust among political actors recognized (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Key findings of the 2020 Report on North Macedonia (MIA)
Albania

EC report unveiled: Albania ready for Intergovernmental Conference, here are the issues that remain problematic (Radio Tirana/Report TV)
Varhelyi in the European Commission: Albania has met the conditions for the First Intergovernmental Conference (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Key findings of the 2020 Report on Serbia (European External Action Service)
Montenegro has recorded limited progress in justice system (RFE)

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Belgrade Media Report 6 October 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 6 October 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic proposes Brnabic as prime minister-designate (RTS/Tanjug/B92)
Contract on construction of Fruska Gora corridor signed (RTV/Tanjug)
EC presents economic and investment plan for Western Balkans (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dzaferovic with Meta, Rama: B&H and Albania are two friendly countries which do not have serious open political issues (BHT1)
Cvijanovic does not believe current convocation of B&H CEC is capable to implement elections properly (RTRS)
Serbs in Mostar one step away from goal (Nezavisne)
US Senators Brown, Portman present resolution on occasion of 25th anniversary of DPA (BHT1/ O Kanal)
Montenegro

Djukanovic sends an invitation for consultations on prime minister-designate (CdM)
Krivokapic with Milacic: New government to be committed to the interests of Montenegrin citizens (CdM)
Dealing with the past is a prerequisite for strengthening mutual trust (CdM)
Albania

President of B&H on official visit in Tirana, meets with President Meta (Radio Tirana)
Amendments to the Electoral Code approved by 97 votes in favor (Radio Tirana)
The new CEC is created; Ilirjan Celibashi elected Chief Commissioner with 106 votes in favor (Radio Tirana)
EPP accuses Premier of spoiling April elections with Electoral Code vote (ADN)
Majority failed to seek common ground in Political Council; US Embassy (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 2 October 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 2 October 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Djuric: Hoti’s provocations must not remain without an EU response (RTS/RTV/Politika)
Komsic accuses Dacic of advocating Serb-Croat unity in fight against B&H; Dacic slams Komsic and says he is grandson of Chetnik with identity crisis (Politika)
Mihajlovic: UN strong partner in gender equality (Tanjug/RTS)
Time To Bring The Process To An End (CorD)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Varhelyi presents draft Economic and Investment Plan for Western Balkans (RTRS)
All participants of Brussels talks satisfied with results (FTV)
Messages coming from Brussels are encouraging (ATV)
Inzko: I agree with US Ambassador, B&H Constitution needs to be updated (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia

Milanovic slams Izetbegovic over recent visit to Zagreb (HRT)
Montenegro

Vulin is openly promoting Greater Serbia (Dnevne novine)
Republic of North Macedonia

Bulgaria moves to solidify its claim on Ss. Cyril and Methodius (Republika)
Albania

United opposition’s proposal to SP: OSCE / ODIHR should be accepted as a mechanism for resolving disputes (Radio Tirana)
MP Hajdari proposes Political Council meetings’ boycott until lists’ opening (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 01 October

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LOCAL PRESS

Serbian state leadership attends marking of Chinese National Day (RTV/Tanjug)
Dacic: Apostolova informs EU about serious problems faced by Kosovo war crimes court (TV Pink/Tanjug)
Further development of comprehensive cooperation between Serbia, Israel (RTS)
Joksimovic, Schieb: Rule of law, dialogue crucial criteria for progress on EU path (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Presidency members visit Brussels (N1)
Dodik says revision of Dayton Peace Agreement was not discussed at meetings in Brussels as focus was on economic issues (RTRS)
Avaz analyzes change in stance of Dzaferovic and Komsic regarding ‘Mini Schengen’ (Dnevni avaz)
Milanovic: Attitude towards Croats in B&H could become serious problem, Croats will not be minority (FTV)
Croatia

Milanovic did not meet with Izetbegovic because Izetbegovic insisted that Dzaferovic meets with him first, which Milanovic refused (Novi list)
Milanovic: Trump is a rabble-rouser who ruined USA’s international reputation (Hina)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: Nationalist opposition and SPC want to turn Montenegro into Serbian state (CdM)
Albania

Speaker Ruci addressed parliaments of EU member states, vows for implementing the reforms (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 30 September 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 30 September 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Godfrey: Washington agreement shows political commitment, carries huge benefit (Nova S)
Angola does not recognize Kosovo (RTV/FoNet)
Israel interested in developing overall relations with Serbia (Tanjug)
Djuric: Serbia will neither implicitly nor explicitly recognize the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo (RTV/Tanjug)
Stano: EC works daily to set Belgrade-Pristina new round of talks (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Izetbegovic on Zagreb meeting: Sincere talks lasted for hours (Fena)
Komsic says he would like official Zagreb to back off little from B&H and not to interfere in issue of changes to B&H Election Law (ATV)
Dacic comments Dodik’s visit to Zagreb, calls Bosniak leaders ‘hypocrites’ in regards to their policies on Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict (N1)
SDA officials Dzaferovic, Izetbegovic express support to Azerbaijan (EuroBlic)
Montenegro

Krivokapic starts making plans about posts in a new government (CdM)
Knezevic suggests withdrawal of the Freedom of Religion Law prior to formation of new government (CdM)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Risi: KFOR is still dealing with a complex security situation in Kosovo (EWB)

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Belgrade Media Report 29 September

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Signed must be implemented, but not according to Pristina’s regulations (RTV/Tanjug)
Dacic: EU plays the deaf and dumb mediator; Conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh can be a warning for all in the region (RTS)
Djuric: If the ZSO idea is dead, then the possibility of success of dialogue is also dead (TV Prva)
Abazovic: It is logical that my coalition wants functions in security services (Danas)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

All three B&H Presidency members to pay official visit to Brussels on Tuesday (N1)
Dodik: Time when only one side in B&H was blamed by EU and international factor for everything has passed, new dialogue is necessary (RTRS)
Komsic: I was slightly surprised with the invitation to visit Brussels, this meeting was not initiated by B&H (FTV)
Tegeltija: B&H could confirm its participation in initiative ‘Mini Schengen’ by end of this year (ATV)
Komsic on meeting of SDA and HDZ B&H leaders with Plenkovic: I am against this type of communication, because Croatia obviously observes us as territory and not as country (FTV)
Croatia

PM: Important to talk with the representatives of all peoples in B&H (Hina)
Plenkovic, Covic and Izetbegovic discuss the rights of Bosnian Croats (HRT)
B&H’s Croat leader: Bosnia can’t function without equality of Croats (Hina)
Montenegro

The Law on Freedom of Religion to be suspended as soon as possible (CdM)
Albania

Opposition Draft on the Electoral Code / Yuri Kim: The opposition took over the responsibilities and continues to stay engaged (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Migrants pitch tents in Serbia, prepare to cross into EU states (Reuters)

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Belgrade Media Report 28 September 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 28 September 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic on Kosovo: We are ready for difficult solutions, as there’re no easy ones (Tanjug/B92)
Lajcak: Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina in Brussels postponed (Tanjug)
Drecun: EU continues to yield to Pristina (TV Pink)
Djuric: Hoti cannot run away from formation of ZSO (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Ambassador: Israel not yet technically recognized Kosovo, process is underway (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Recent Dodik’s statement on possible Serb-Croat declaration to leave B&H resumes to spark reactions (N1)
Mehmedovic: Dayton Agreement needs to be completely revised (Oslobodjenje)
Sarovic and Borenovic harshly react to Plenkovic’s request before UN GA for change of DPA (BN TV)
DF: EU institutions should penalize Croatian Prime Minister Plenkovic (Dnevni list)
Croatia

Plenkovic before UN GA: Equality of Croats in B&H remains our highest priority (TCN)
Croatian officials will discuss status of B&H Croats with US State Secretary Pompeo (Vecernji list)
Dodik: Croats in B&H have been pushed to the limit; if Bosniaks keep insisting on civic state, Croats and Serbs will probably demand to leave B&H (Vecernji list)
Djukanovic: SPC is an instrument of great Serbian nationalism and Russian interests in the Balkans (Jutarnji.hr)
Montenegro

Thorny road to a new government: How to cope with negative emotions (CdM)
Abazovic and Medojevic are potential candidates for the function of coordinator of all security services (Dnevne novine)
Picula: New government should be formed within deadline set by Constitution (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev spoke to Borisov in an attempt to avoid the Bulgarian veto (Republika)
Albania

Croatian Ambassador: Serbia must forget myths (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Serbia to boost ties with Turkey: President (Anadolu Agency)

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Belgrade Media Report 25 September

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: They will provoke a new 17 March and they’ll finish the job (TV Pink/B92/RTV)
Dacic: ZSO closed topic for Serbia as well (TV Palma Plus/Tanjug/RTV)
Drecun: First arrest of Chambers for KLA crimes is crucial step, new indictments being prepared (RTS)
Djuric: Only technical level talks on Monday (Tanjug)
Mandic: Vijesti concern wants to turn dominant victory of Serbian people into somebody else’s victory (TV Pink)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Council of Ministers adopts Revised Strategy for Processing of War Crimes (N1)
Viskovic announces lawsuits over false accusations (RTRS/Srna)
Izetbegovic: SDA defends civic principle, HDZ B&H defends ethnic principle; Serbia “de facto” recognizes Kosovo without saying it “de jure” (FTV)
Montenegro

Djukanovic congratulates Becic: I firmly believe that together we will ensure maximum commitment to Montenegro’s development (CdM)
Djukanovic to put forward proposal for the prime minister-designate by 23 October (CdM)
Djukanovic -Toudic: New political reality is the confirmation of democratic maturity (CdM)
Pesic: Montenegro will continue to implement NATO policies (CdM)
Picula: All political actors must respect state symbols of Montenegro (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Karakacanov says Bulgaria will act to postpone the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia (Republika)
Albania

Electoral reform, opposition – majority clash continues (Tirana Times)
Varhelyi: Constitutional Court should be completed prior to the First Intergovernmental Conference between Albania and the EU (Radio Tirana)
Speaker Ruci met with Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo Tahiri (Radio Tirana)

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