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Belgrade Media Report 27 August 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 27 August 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Dzaferovic will not tell Serbia what to do (RTS)
Djuric to Hoti: Mutual recognition will never be on the agenda (RTS)
U.S., EU ambassadors welcome Serbia’s joining EU declaration on Belarus (Beta)
Belgrade hopes Lukashenko won’t be angry with Serbia for joining EU Declaration (FoNet)
Ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs: New elections will be held soon (VIP)

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Bosnia & Herzegovina

HR Inzko says all parts of DPA need to be respected; If someone says that he respects DPA, then he also has to respect HR and B&H CC (FTV)
OHR: Mandate of HR in accords with Annex 10 of general framework peace agreement and resolutions of UN Security Council (Nova BH)
B&H Presidency Chairman Dzaferovic: Meeting of Dodik, Vucic should never have taken place (Nova BH)
Zvizdic: Belgrade meeting had the goal of raising tensions ahead of the upcoming elections and defining Dodik as the protector of national interests of Serbs in B&H (FTV)
SDS leader Sarovic: B&H Presidency member Dodik’s visit to Belgrade to speak about DPA is planned heightening of tensions used to conceal economic issues in RS (Hayat)
SDA accuses Dodik for his political engagement during war; Savcic: Goal of their words is to preserve inter-ethnic tensions (RTRS)
SNSD’s Kovacevic: SDA will complete demolition of B&H with its arrogant and aggressive policy (Dnevni list)
Hearing upon appeals in Mladic’s case completed before MICT; Defense requests acquittal while prosecution seeks life sentence with declaring him guilty of genocide in six municipalities besides Srebrenica (Hayat)

Croatia

Pupovac: Adults responsible for stopping hate produced by war (HRT)
Protest against restrictive Covid-19 measures to be held in Zagreb (HRT)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: Anti-Montenegro coalition formed in Belgrade (RTCG)
Bogdanovic: Specific political subjects are still committed to the idea of the occupation of Montenegro (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Gov’t proposal, program submitted to parliament, lawmakers to elect cabinet members Saturday (MIA)
Albania
Albania’s Rama lends support to Montenegro’s Djukanovic (N1)

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Belgrade Media Report 26 August 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 26 August 2020

LOCAL PRESS

The meeting of the political top of Republika Srpska with the President of Serbia (B92)
Vucic: Serbian side traveling to meeting in Washington “ten times more prepared” than Pristina (RTS)
EC spokeswoman confirms expert meeting as part of Kosovo dialogue (N1)
Djuric: Serbia’s position in Washington, Brussels to rely on constitution, resolution 1244 (Beta)

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Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dzaferovic: RS can only be administrative unit within B&H’s constitutional and legal structure or stop existing as entity (RTRS)
Zvizdic: Nobody from B&H must interfere in elections in Montenegro (Dnevni avaz)
Hearing upon appeals against first-instance verdict to wartime RS Army Commander Mladic starts before MICT Appeals Chamber (BHT1)
Croatia

Deputy PMs attend commemoration for Serb civilians killed after Operation Storm (HRT)
Pupovac: Plenkovic, Milanovic have made step forward in commemoration of victims (N1)
Montenegro

Markovic: Montenegro is developing even in times of crisis (CDM)
Sehovic: You show love for Montenegro in deeds, not just words (CDM)
The church must respect the political institutions of Montenegro (Pobjeda)
Camaj: Our goal is to improve the status of Albanians (Dan)
Protest walks in several municipalities (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Parliament confirms resignations of cabinet candidates from MP posts, verifies mandates of replacements (MIA)
DUI’s Nuredini along with others gives up MP mandate (MIA)
President Pendarovski submits decisions declaring state of emergency to be confirmed by Parliament (MIA)
Albania
Belarus crisis, Rama to travel to Vienna (Tirana Times)
Germany supports the offer of OSCE to solve the crisis in Belarus (Radio Tirana)
Speaker of Parliament of North Macedonia, Xhaferri sends a thank you letter to speaker Ruçi (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 25 August 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 25 August 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Infrastructure projects to be discussed in Washington (Politika)
Milivojevic: Recent statements of US Ambassador to B&H activated yellow alarm (RTS)
Serbian, Russian military chiefs discuss security situation, cooperation (Beta, N1)
Serbian Government relaxes some coronavirus measures (B92)
REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Media carry content of documents that Dodik recently sent to Serbian President Vucic, documents mention the RS’ right to self-determination, autonomy of the entity, and talks on defining the demarcation between the RS and the FB&H (FTV)
Dodik, Cvijanovic, Zunic: Nothing disputable in discussion with Vucic on Wednesday (ATV)
B&H Presidency member Komsic: Neither I nor Presidency Chairman Dzaferovic have been informed about Presidency member Dodik’s documents for Serbian President Vucic (FTV)
Dzaferovic: Vucic’s declarative statements are insufficient (N1)
SBB B&H leader Radoncic: SBB B&H is leaving authorities at B&H, FB&H and cantonal levels (O kanal)
DF: Unless our coalition partners support appointment of Malicbegovic by the end of this week, DF will consider that the coalition lost its purpose (BHT1)
SBB B&H leader Radoncic requests urgent interrogation of OSA Director Mehmedagic due to alleged interference of B&H in elections in Montenegro (FTV)
Niksic comments Radoncic’s letter: We will act in line with competences (Dnevni avaz)
Croatia

Leader of the Croatian Serb Party: We don’t need Belgrade’s tutorship (HRT)
Montenegro

Nuhodzic: I believe election day in Montenegro will pass without incident (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev expected to submit new gov’t proposal Wednesday, Ahmeti says DUI’s candidates unchanged (MIA)
Parliament to determine number of Vice-Speakers at Tuesday session (MIA)
Albania
Albania reiterates offer to mediate Belarus crisis (Tirana Times)

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Belgrade Media Report 24 August 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 24 August 2020

LOCAL PRESS

White House reschedules Kosovo meeting (Nova.rs)
Vucic: Trump might attend Washington meeting between Serbia, Kosovo reps. (FoNet)
Belgrade – Pristina talks in US to focus on infrastructure projects (Politika)
Vucic to discuss Kosovo and Republika Srpska issue with Dodik (Beta)
Vucic: I never spoke against integrity of B&H (Prva TV)
Lavrov: Belgrade-Pristina dialogue has no alternative (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik explains content of document sent to Vucic (FTV)
Dodik and Covic to inform public about violations of DPA at expense of Serbs and Croats (RTRS)
Stevandic: Borenovic is causing divisions ahead of meeting with Vucic (RTRS, Dnevni avaz)
Radoncic: Greater-Serbian nationalism, Russian imperialism and Muslim Brotherhood join forces against pro-European and pro-Western politicians such as Djukanovic, Radoncic and Thaci (Dnevni avaz)
Political parties decide on coalitions for upcoming local elections in Mostar (FTV)
Montenegro

Citizens are to choose between a modern, secular or a theocratic state in elections (MINA)
Provocation ahead of elections: Convoy of cars heading from Serbia to Montenegro (CDM)
Amfilohije urges voters in Montenegro to vote against regime Metropolitan (CDM)
No religious community can be above the state (Pobjeda)
SEC: Everything is ready for the elections; CCE: Numbers are interesting? (TMN)
Republic of North Macedonia

Cabinet line-up complete, deadline for submitting new gov’t proposal is Sept. 2 (MIA)

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Belgrade Media Report 21 August 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 21 August 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: No recognition, I don’t exclude moving of meeting in Washington D.C. (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Vucic: I am closer to opting for government that public views as my second option (TV Pink/Beta)
Dacic calls Trump better option, but affirms non-interference in US internal affairs (TV Happy/Beta)
Formation of new government, SNS Main Board, Serbian parliament session and election of its speaker will waint until Vucic returns from Washington D.C. (Nova)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dodik: We have obligation to turn Serbian President Vucic’s attention to international community’s double standards (Srna/ATV)
Dodik: It is first necessary to return to original DPA and then to approach constitutional changes (RTRS)
Cvijanovic: Things in B&H will start functioning when foreigners give up political-bureaucratized recipes, and domestic politicians have enough political will for things to actually function (Nezavisne)
USC MoI sets control points on entrance to canton and begins police operations on Thursday (Nova BH)
Dodik: RS will not respect decision of USC to ban transport of migrants to this canton (ATV)
Komsic: Dodik is to blame for inflow of migrants as he refused to deploy B&H AF onto Serbian border (FTV)
Montenegro

Djukanovic: Those who wish their children well will not leave Montenegro in the hands of adventurers (CdM)
Djukanovic: I do not understand those who dressed the church in political clothes and introduced it to the political race (CdM)
Markovic: Nowhere in the world can you see churches and monasteries engage in political agitation (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Xhaferi convened the parliament, SDSM and DUI will try to re-elect him as Speaker (Republika)
Byrnes: Looking forward to cooperation with new gov’t towards Euro-Atlantic integration (MIA)
Albania

Pompeo: We support the declarations of Rama (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 20 August 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 20 August 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic: Haradinaj should not waste kerosene traveling to US if he is hoping for a final agreement (TV Pink/Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
Dacic on upcoming White House meeting (Studio B/FoNet/RTV)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

RS politicians and analysts react to initiative of Nelson to change constitution (RTRS)
Other reactions of politicians to statement of Ambassador Nelson (N1)
Una-Sana Canton bans movement and transportation of migrants (N1)
RS to purchase one million Covid-19 vaccines from Russia (Nova BH)
Montenegro

How and when did Abazovic plan cooperation with the deniers of Montenegro? (CdM)
Djukanovic: Montenegro will protect every citizen and resist nationalism (CdM)
Popovic: Coalition Victory – Decisively for Montenegro the only guarantor of preserving Euro-Atlantic path and sovereignty (CdM)
OSCE will monitor the elections in Montenegro with a limited number of observers (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia

SDSM unveils new cabinet line-up (MIA)
‘We Can’ coalition partners back SDSM-DUI deal, set to decide on ministers in new gov’t (MIA)
Ahmeti says Xhaferi to be elected speaker on Thursday, reveals DUI candidates for ministers (MIA)
PES welcomes agreement for social democrat-led government in North Macedonia (MIA)
Albania

President Meta welcomes the political agreement in North Macedonia (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

An Unlikely Partnership in Trouble: Serbia and Azerbaijan (Royal United Services Institute)

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Belgrade Media Report 19 August 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 19 August 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Vucic with Dacic on meetings in US and Brussels (RTS/Tanjug/RTV)
Vucic: There is a progress, we’re not giving up (B92)
Who will be in the government team for protection of Serbian sancitities (RTS)
Stoltenberg: Belgrade – Pristina dialogue only way to lasting solution (N1)
Coalition agreement in Krusevac composed of SNS, SPS, JS, SNP and POKS (Tanjug/RTV)
Sapic, SNS, SPS and Metla form government in Stari Grad municipality (Tanjug/NSPM)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CEC verifies applications of 12 political parties for participation in local elections in Mostar, three applications rejected (Hayat)
Covic: HDZ B&H’s ambition is to finish agreement on election legislation and legitimate representation, in line with agreements signed with SDA, which were partially implemented in Mostar (N1)
Dodik: RS does not want to join NATO; Any changes to Constitution need to be made through agreement of entities (ATV)
Political parties from RS respond to Nelson: Changing Dayton structure is unnecessary and risky, any interfering in rights of RS is also out of question (Glas Srpske)
Covic on Nelson’s statement regarding reform of DPA: That is very demanding job (N1)
Croatia

Grlic-Radman: Support to B&H’s EU path and equality of Croats (Hina)
Banozic: Combat aircraft procurement is of strategic importance for Croatia (Hina)
Montenegro

Krivokapic: The main goal is to withdraw the Law on Freedom of Religion (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: Deal reached with DUI, DPA joins government coalition (MIA)
Ahmeti: This coalition to be most successful yet (MIA)
Xhaferi remains parliament speaker (MIA)
Albania

Albania seeks to mediate Belarus crisis (Tirana Times)

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Belgrade Media Report 18 August 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 18 August 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Brnabic: Primarily economic issues on agenda in Washington (Tanjug/RTV/RTS/B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Deadline for submission of candidate lists of political parties for local elections in B&H expires (Nova BH)
SDA, SBB B&H, DF, SBiH and BPS to form pro-Bosnian bloc in Mostar (O kanal)
Coalition talks ahead of local elections in Mostar enter final stage; Serbs are looking for chance to pass between two blocs (Glas Srpske)
Covic: Croats will achieve equality whether somebody likes it or not (Vecernji list)
Ambassador Nelson: Dayton Agreement and B&H Constitution need to be reformed (FTV)
Viskovic: We are in waiting line for Russian vaccine (ATV)
Ivantsov on Russian vaccine: I hope B&H citizens will soon have chance to protect themselves, no matter whose vaccine is (Glas Srpske)
Republic of North Macedonia

SDSM, DUI say progress made in government formation talks (MIA)
Xhaferi: Rotating speaker or PM a matter of political agreement (MIA/Sitel TV)
Pendarovski: Historical continuity of Macedonian language is indisputable (MIA)
Albania

Ex-president awarded High Medal; Meta gathers all political forces (ADN)
Situation in Belarus, Rama: The situation to be resolved through dialogue (Radio Tirana)

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Belgrade Media Report 17 August 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 17 August 2020

LOCAL PRESS

Dacic: There will be no unpleasant surprises in Washington (RTS)
Djuric: Pristina is trying to obstruct talks in the White House (TV Happy/Tanjug/RTV)
Request to UNESCO to react to threat to Visoki Decani (Tanjug/RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Number of coalitions increases ahead of elections, no principled connection within coalitions (FTV)
Political parties begin announcing names of candidates for upcoming local elections (N1)
DF: Joint participation of pro-Bosnian parties to prevent Covic and Dodik’s overtaking of Mostar (Oslobodjenje)
Viskovic: B&H CEC is illegal but regardless of that, SNSD believes in its election win (Srna/Nova BH)
Results of public opinion research show SNSD has by far greatest support of RS citizens (ATV)
Dodik: RS is not responsible for fact B&H did not get 250 million Euros from EU help for solving of consequences of pandemic (FTV/ATV)
Ambassador Jukic requests explanation from Montenegro authorities about new measures concerning entrance of B&H citizens to this country (RTRS)
Montenegro

Markovic to diaspora: Montenegro is your country, you’re always welcome home (CdM)
President’s Cabinet: Just another untruth of IFIMES (CDM)
The “sleeper agent” of the Serbian Orthodox Church as new DF marionette (Dnevne novine)
Residents of the USA and countries in the region allowed to enter Montenegro (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Talks on government formation continue (MIA)
Albania

Albania humanitarian crisis escalates at Greek border (Tirana Times)

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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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