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Belgrade Media Report 14 August

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LOCAL PRESS

Brnabic: Serbia will not stop seeking justice for the killed Serbian children in Gorazdevac (Tanjug)
Vucic: we will take part in talks in White House (TV Pink/Tanjug)
Djuric: Essential for Serbia to have a populous and influential state like India on its side in international arena (Tanjug)
Dacic: Arrest of Hasanov internal matter of Azerbaijan (RTV/Tanjug)
Vulin: No Serbian soldiers injured in Lebanon (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: B&H does not have a foreign policy, there is one policy conducted by SDA (Srna)
Field and CEC President Bakalar discuss elections (Nezavisne)
Cikotic tells one thing to public, SDA does another (EuroBlic)
Montenegro

PACE won’t monitor the elections (CdM)
Sehovic: We will never enter into alliance with deniers of Montenegro (Dan)
“Resolutely for Montenegro” coalition has the highest rating (CdM)
Mugosa: Montenegro opens its borders to Serbia tomorrow (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski: If no one forms a government, and parliament doesn’t dissolve itself, Spasovski will be interim prime minister (Republika)
Milososki: Instead of the Constitution, Pendarovski chose Zaev, who does not have 61 signatures from MPs (Republika)
VMRO-DPMNE freezes relations with President’s office (MIA)
Zaev-Ahmeti meeting: Foundations have been laid for progress (MIA)
US Ambassador Byrnes congratulates Zaev on mandate to form government (Republika)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Azerbaijani ambassador to Serbia detained as suspect (Trend)
Trump White House Will Host Talks for Leaders of Serbia, Kosovo (Bloomberg News)
US concerned about Serbia’s intention to buy Chinese weapons (InfoBrics)

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Belgrade Media Report 13 August

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic with Irinej: Discussing all important national topics (B92)
Patriarch Irinej: Talks on Kosovo and Metohija uncertain, situation is difficult (Tanjug/B92/Nova)
Dacic: If Pristina does not respect agreements, we will continue with the campaign of withdrawing recognition (TV Prva/RTV/Tanjug)
Vulin: Serbia must neither forget nor forgive (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H Procurement Review Body rejects appeal in case of tender for printing of ballots (Nova BH)
CEC starts process of verification of political entities for local elections in Mostar (Hayat)
SDP and NS sign coalition agreement in Mostar for elections in December (O Kanal/FTV)
Entrance of 155 illegal migrants prevented near Zvornik (Srna)
Montenegro

Voting in Montenegro can be conducted with an expired document, even from the SFRY period (Vijesti)
Markovic: There is no public officials’ campaign, we are only doing our job (CdM)
Djeljosaj: We are going to win two terms of office (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski hands mandate for formation of new government to Zaev (MIA)
DUI: We have not reached agreement with SDSM yet (Sitel TV)
Xhaferi cancels the session of parliament which would’ve revealed if Zaev has the necessary majority (Republika)
Kasami to skip meeting initiated by Ahmeti, proposed new model (MIA)

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Belgrade Media Report 12 August

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: I have a vague idea who will be in the government (B92)
Vucic says Serbia still thinking about buying Chinese anti-aircraft system (Beta)
Vulin: None has offered to give Serbs in B&H something that they never had (TV Pink)
Lutovac: We will persuade majority of citizens to vote against incumbent government (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Decision on complaint for printing ballots today (Nezavisne)
Cikotic discusses migrant crisis with representatives of local authorities in Bihac (FTV)
Certain individuals want migrants on Serb property (Glas Srpske)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: We’ll take Montenegro to its goal – European quality of life of citizens (CdM)
Markovic: We work hard and make best use of potentials, while they boycott the state and even earn salary for doing it (CdM)
Beslin: Serbian nationalism only recognizes Montenegro’s right to renounce itself (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

Xhaferi: It would be unconstitutional to entrust a mandate without having an elected speaker of parliament (TV21)
Pavle Trajanov: Request for Albanian prime minister unacceptable, the party that will accept such blackmail should be removed from the political stage (Kanal 5)

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Belgrade Media Report 11 August

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LOCAL PRESS

Kuburovic: We will not drop warrants against KLA members (Novosti)
Vulin: Pristina wants to include its policemen in patrols (Tanjug)
Chinese Ambassador: Kosovo and Metohija issue to be solved within Resolution 1244 (Napredak/Politika/Tanjug)
Stefanovic in Azerbaijan – support to principles of territorial integrity (RTS)
United Opposition of Serbia established (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bihac Mayor Fazlic, Advisor to Director of B&H Border Police Hoffmann, B&H Service
for Foreigners’ Affairs Deputy Director Buzar comment on migrant crisis in B&H (FTV)
Cikotic, Varhelyi discuss migrant crisis in B&H (FTV)
Montenegro

National Coordination Body: Pre-election campaign facilitated (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Parliament sworn in once MP terms are verified, says Pendarovski’s office (MIA)
Unsuccessful Zaev – Ahmeti meeting: No agreement on government formation reached (Republika)
Mickoski: Ahmeti told me he will try to negotiate with Zaev, I wished him good luck (Republika)
MoI says regulation on bilingual police uniform emblems should be sent to the government (Republika)
Albania

Integration / Germany has set these conditions for Albania (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 10 August

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LOCAL PRESS

Brnabic: Belgrade sending messages of peace and reconciliation to Zagreb (TV Prva/FoNet)
Patriarch Irinej calls for reconciliation of Serbs and Croats (Politika/Beta)
Bosniaks’ ‘stop’ to war crimes investigations (Novosti)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CEC allows political parties to monitor printing of ballots (ATV)
Comments to B&H CEC decision (N1/ATV)
In Mostar, 38 political parties and nine independent candidates apply for participating in elections (Dnevni list)
Leaders of SDP B&H, NiP, NS and NBL sign agreement on joint political action in Sarajevo Canton (O Kanal/Nova BH)
Vucic and Borenovic meet in Belgrade (BNTV)
Dodik, Vulin react to statement of Izetbegovic who said that “Serb side got too much through DPA” (RTRS)
Montenegro

Veljovic: We haven’t received any requests related to the murder of the journalist from Malta (CdM)
Son of slain Maltese reporter: My mother was also investigating Djukanovic’s connections (Vijesti)
Mustafic: Owing to the policy we pursue, we expect greater support (CdM)
European Parliament won’t observe elections in Montenegro (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

Is the deadline for entrusting the mandate running: Xhaferi has not yet notified Pendarovski that the parliament is constituted (Kanal 5)
Zaev: It is not true that we have a preliminary agreement with DUI (TV Telma)
Taravari claims that they would enter into a coalition with DUI if Ziberi is the prime minister (TV Telma)
VMRO-DPMNE: SDSM to say who will be the prime minister (Republika)
Arsovski: VMRO-DPMNE in communication with all parties (Republika)
SDSM: Meeting between Nikolovski and Grubi doesn’t mean that an agreement has been reached (360 Degrees)
Albania

The US Embassy reacts after the investigation of Ylli Ndroqi: SPAK to continue the work! (Radio Tirana)
Albania starts verifying suspicious accounts with 82 countries around the world (Radio Tirana)
Greek Minister speaks on maritime talks with Albania (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 07 August

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: The situation is not easy for Serbia (B92/Tanjug/RTS)
Cooperation of US and Serbia for peace and prosperity (Tanjug/Beta/RTS/RTV)
Godfrey: US supports Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (TV Happy/Tanjug/RTV)
Drecun: Goal of law on KLA is to intimidate witnesses and prevent truth on crimes (Tanjug/RTV)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Reactions to statements of Palmer in RS (Srna/ATV)
Croatia

Croatia’s Deputy PM: Messages from Knin may be beginning of new Croatia (N1)
Pupovac: Anyone who thinks state can be excuse for war crimes is seriously mistaken (Hina)
Montenegro

Two-month political engagement – the argument for Interpol’s decision (Pobjeda)
Holder of the “For the future of Montenegro” coalition list resorts to inflammatory rhetoric (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

SDSM: We are holding serious talks to form government (Republika)
Mickoski and Ahmeti met to discuss a possible coalition (Kanal 5)
Ahmeti meets with Zaev to see if they can restore trust after the bitter campaign (Republika)
DUI denies reports that it agreed to have Lazar Elenovski as the next Prime Minister (Republika)
SDSM reportedly plans to propose Sekerinska as speaker of parliament (ABC)

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Belgrade Media Report 05 August

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LOCAL PRESS

Serbia, RS mark Remembrance Day for Serbs killed, expelled in armed operation “Storm” (RTS/Tanjug/B92)
Boris Milosevic in Knin – Emotions are still fresh (B92/Tanjug)
Vucic, Botsan-Kharchenko discuss Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (RTV/Tanjug)
Mrkonjic: No chance cabinet could be formed without Socialists (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: Croats have been trying to present this day as homeland gratitude day (RTRS)
Milanovic’s statement denying ICTY verdict on JCE sparks reactions in B&H (N1)
B&H CEC certifies another 13 coalitions, one independent list (Nova BH)
CEC announces possible further postponement of local elections in B&H (ATV)
Dodik: There is no reason to further postpone elections (ATV)
Turkovic signs Milinic decision for position in Beijing (Glas Srpske)
Croatia

Plenkovic: Legitimate right to defense is not and cannot be excuse for wrongdoing (Hina/N1)
Milanovic: The Croatian war was a just war (Index)
Milanovic: A joint criminal enterprise was one of the dumbest and ugliest fabrications (HRT)
Medved: This government has corrected an injustice (Hina)
Montenegro

Election race made official (In4S)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev starts negotiations for government: He did not say whether he still thinks that DUI is not worth five pennies and it should go into opposition (Republika)
You can’t become Prime Minister with 46 seats either, Ahmeti replies to Zaev (Republika/Koha)
Mickoski: VMRO begins talks to form a new ruling majority (Republika)
DPA says it will join a possible ruling coalition with SDSM (Republika)
Albania

The electoral agreement of 5 June is officially a law (Radio Tirana)
DP vows to transform Albania’s political climate (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 04 August

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LOCAL PRESS

Days of suffering of Serbs Croatia for 25 years celebrates as victory: Operation Storm anniversary (Telegraf)
Brnabic: It was an ethnic cleansing of Serbs and Milosevic cannot change that fact (TV Pink/Tanjug)
Serbian associations condemn Boris Milosevic’s possible attendance at Croatian celebration (Tanjug)
Brnabic: I am one of the candidates for prime minister, coalition with Sapic probable (TV Pink/B92)
Vulin: Greater Albania notion is major security threat (TV Pink/Beta)
The first Serbian MP under the hijab: My appearance stirred attention (B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Official Gazette of B&H publishes decision on local elections in Mostar on 20 December (Vecernji list)
Komsic: I am sorry that Milanovic is unnecessarily raising tensions (Oslobodjenje)
Stevandic: Operation “Storm” – crime and shame (Srna)
Shameful act (Avaz)
B&H parliament starts collective vacation in August (BHT1)
Croatia

Medved: Entire gov’t in Knin is message calling for united approach (Hina)
Remembrance ceremony for 100 Serb civilians killed in 1995 held in town of Dvor (Hina)
Montenegro

Even the Russian Orthodox Church shows interest in the elections in Montenegro (CdM)
Djelosaj heads list of Albanian coalition (In4S)
SNP: Single opposition appearance formula for success whereby current government is being sent to political past (In4S)
Krivokapic: We’ll win at least 26 seats (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

No parliamentary majority: First constitutive session ends, parliament speaker not elected (Republika)
Buckovski expects that Zaev will split the AA/Alternative coalition in an attempt to form a short-lived government (Republika)
Albania

Opposition sues Interior Minister (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 03 August

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LOCAL PRESS

Serbian parliament confirms mandates of MPs at constitutive session (Beta/N1)
Vulin: I still believe that Milosevic will not go to Knin (TV Pink/Tanjug/B92)
Dacic: Enough with lies that Serbian government is ready to recognize Kosovo (Beta)
Djuric on Brussels talks: We sent clear message, language of blackmail not to be spoken with Serbia (Tanjug/RTV)
Lajcak: Meeting in Brussels another important step in Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dzaferovic calls on Croatian President Milanovic to once again consider his intention to decorate Jelic on occasion of anniversary of Operation ‘Oluja (Al Jazeera/FTV)
HNS in B&H: awarding Croat Defense Council is act of recognition of its role in defending B&H (Al Jazeera)
Registrations of 77 coalitions verified (Oslobodjenje)
B&H is close to local elections, while results of general elections were not fully implemented (N1)
Kesic: US and EU have to accept that their policy of opposition to changing borders in Balkans is doomed to fail (ATV)
Croatia

Plenkovic: Milosevic’s attendance in Knin is a very useful and good thing (HRT/Hina)
HVO and HV made sacrifice in war together. That is why their recognition must be equal (Vecernji list)
Montenegro

Darmanovic,Reeker: Partnership with US at top of Montenegro’s foreign policy agenda (CdM)
Markovic will head the DPS list (CdM)
DPS finishes consultations with municipal managements (CdM)
Krivokapic confirms political engagement: Coalition agreed, leaders on the list (Dan)
A person outside the party will lead DF electoral list (Pobjeda)
A government’s man to lead anti-government coalition?! (Dnevne novine)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski says he will give the mandate to any candidate who assures him he can get to 61 votes (Republika)
Pendarovski hints at a government without DUI (Fokus/Almakos)
Mickoski: If no one succeeds to form a government, I do not rule out the possibility of new early parliamentary elections in the fall (Republika)
Osmani: We haven’t discussed rotating premiership, I expect government of the two major communities (Sitel TV)
Sela: If DUI does not fulfill its promise for an Albanian prime minister, it should go into opposition (Republika)
Albania

Albanian parliament changes Constitution, adopts reform of electoral system (ADN/Exit)
Basha condemns the changes (ADN)
Meta decrees 5 June agreement (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Szijjártó: István Pásztor Deserves Appointment as Assembly of Vojvodina President (MTI-Hungary Today)

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Belgrade Media Report 29 July 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 29 July 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Dacic: Serbian side not acquainted that there will be some document on the agenda in Brussels (RTS)
Djuric will be handed a draft comprehensive agreement implying de facto recognition of false state of Kosovo (Novosti/RTS/B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

SBB B&H’s Cavka answers Dodik: B&H’s sovereignty is unquestionable (Dnevni avaz)
Montenegro

DPS: Metropolitan Amfilohije and things that matter to him (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Institutions should be formed as soon as possible, conclude Ahmeti and Holstein (MIA)
VMRO-DPMNE in effort to form parliamentary majority, Mickoski tells Holstein (MIA)
North Macedonia sending platoon to NATO’s Kosovo mission (MIA)
Albania

President urges SP to give up unilateral constitutional changes (ADN)

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Belgrade Media Report 28 July

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LOCAL PRESS

Dacic: Serbia to resume derecognition campaign, if Kosovo continues lobbying (TV Pink/Beta)
Dacic: Belgrade to carry on if international community does not react to Pristina’s announcements (TV Prva/Beta)
Djuric with Botsan-Kharchenko about problems of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija (RTV/Tanjug)
Stankovic: I don’t recommend anyone to underestimate Serbia (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H HoR adopts harmonized text of Proposal of Law on Budget (O kanal)
Arnautovic: Sole reason for scheduling elections in Mostar for 20 December is the Election Law and fact that changes of law came in force on 18 July (Oslobodjenje)
EuroBlic publishes part of recently declassified US documents which show former US president Clinton advocated attack on Serbs following massacre in Srebrenica (EuroBlic)
Dodik: It is time to review idea of Clinton from 1995 and for Serbs to have referendum on secession (ATV)
SSS B&H holds protest against amendments to Labor Law, calls on FB&H government to withdraw it (Nova BH)
Croatia

Opposition agrees with President’s criticism of Covid-19 response team (Hina)
Montenegro

DPS and DF tried to discredit Becic, Democrats claim (Pobjeda)
Davidovic: We have an obligation only to the people and the church (Dan/In4s)
Republic of North Macedonia

AA/Alternativa coalition holds protest in Skopje against election fraud (MIA)
SDSM: We’ll form a government much more committed to people’s interests (MIA)
After the new statute, VMRO will promote new local and national level officials (Republika)
Alliance of Albanians rejects DUI proposal for a new unified Albanian platform (Republika)
Albania

Parliament approves motion to not impeach President Meta (Tirana Times)
Electoral reform: US & EU call for consensus (Tirana Times)

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Belgrade Media Report, 27 July 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 27 July 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic with Chinese Ambassador about Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (RTV)
Vucic grateful for Israel’s position to respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia (RTV/RTS)
Vucic: If Pristina is not calmed down by mentors, we will be five times more successful in withdrawals of recognitions (RTS/B92)
Dacic: Serbia will have an answer to Hoti’s announcement on continuation of lobbying (RTS/Tanjug/Sputnik)
Djuric: They should better send Pristina the Brussels agreement, you cannot enter the UN with a tank (RTS)
Lajcak, Reeker discuss Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

HDZ B&H announces it will not support anything that newly-appointed B&H Minister of Security Selmo Cikotic proposes (BHT1)
Covic: Unacceptable precedent was made by announcing organization of special elections for Mostar (BHT1)
Officials in B&H react to Covic’s letter (N1)
Croatia

President says would like to see Deputy PM Milosevic at “Storm” anniversary (Hina/N1)
Montenegro

Preparation of electoral rolls underway, leaders of parties promised to increase women’s representation to 40% (Dan)
Elaborate preparations of DPS: Support beyond expectation (CDM)
DPS: We will defeat the policy personified by the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro (CDM)
Democrats running independently in Budva elections (Dan)
Dacic laments the destiny of Knin Serbs, while he himself shaped it (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

AA/A spokesperson: We don’t exclude anyone, but it would be very difficult with DUI in the government (MIA)
Osmani: These are the five pillars of the Albanian platform (Republika/TV21)
Albania

Socialist majority is changing the constitution (Tirana Times)

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