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Belgrade Media Report 29 November 2018

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 29 November 2018
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: We don’t have control over one inch of Kosovo (B92/Tanjug)
• Dacic: We don’t need a verbal reaction, but for taxes to be abolished (RTS)
• Dacic: Pen is not a tool Haradinaj uses best (TV Prva/B92)
• Djuric urges EU to help stop escalation of situation in Kosovo and Metohija (RTS/Tanjug)
• EP adopts resolution on Serbia (Beta)
• NATO commander warns Kosovo it could face isolation (Tanjug/B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Crnadak: Brussels’ reaction to Pristina’s decision to introduce 100 percent tax on goods from B&H and Serbia will be essential (TV1)
• Leaders of SDA and DF Izetbegovic and Komsic meet; DF refuses to form coalition with SDA, SDA to try to find solution with smaller parties (Hayat)
• Deadline to submit lists of candidates for B&H HoP and RS CoP expires, SNSD to have most reps in Serb caucuses (RTRS)
• HR Inzko: Dodik’s request for closing down of OHR is unrealistic (Glas Srpske)
• B&H Directorate for Coordination of Police Bodies informs Dodik that no police agency other than Directorate can secure Presidency members (FTV)
• Cvijanovic: I have no confidence in B&H judiciary (Srna)
Croatia
• Parliament to debate historical revisionism in Croatia (Hina)
fYROM
• The reconciliation body still has not discussed “reconciliation” (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Bundestag: Macedonia needs to accelerate reforms (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Independence Day, Albanian state leaders divided (ADN)
• Meta honors former Croatian President with ‘National Flag’ decoration; Mesic reacts against the border correction for Kosovo (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini speaks to President Thaci of Kosovo (EEAS)
• Kosovo’s prime minister: We will not accept Serbia’s violation of our sovereignty (The Washington Post)
• Former UN president Jeremic backs indicted Hong Kong businessman (AP)

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EP Resolutions Press Balkan Hopefuls to Continue Reforms (Balkan Insight)

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European Parliament resolutions on five Balkan countries that have either opened accession negotiations – or hope to do so – stressed the need to speed up reforms – while hailing Macedonia’s potential breakthrough with Greece. European Parliamentarians adopted country resolutions on Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania on Thursday, underlining that each one must improve […]

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Kosovo Orders Second Retrial for Organ-Trading Defendants (Balkan Insight)

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The Appeals Court in Pristina ordered a second retrial for the owner of Kosovo’s Medicus clinic and his head anaesthetist, who were convicted in May of carrying out illegal transplant operations to sell kidneys. The Court of Appeals in Pristina on Tuesday once again ordered a retrial for the Medicus clinic’s owner Lutfi Dervishi and […]

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Mitrovica North: Students protest, urge Europe not to remain silent (KIM Radio)

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Protest of students from Pristina University temporarily located in Mitrovica North took place today under the slogan “Europe, res non verba!” KIM Radio reports. During the protests, students urged the international community not to turn a blind eye to the discrimination of entire people, and to stand in defense of their own values. Students also […]

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Merkel tells Pristina: End “war” with Serbia (Tanjug, B92)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has called on interim Kosovo institutions to “end a trade war” with Belgrade, B92 reports. Merkel’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert said Germany has “zero understanding” for Pristina imposing a 100 percent tax on products from central Serbia. He also told Bloomberg agency that Germany “would have preferred Serbia to allow Kosovo […]

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“Why didn’t they leave Haradinaj’s government?” (Danas)

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I think the resignations should have been submitted at all levels, and not only that mayors of the northern municipalities do so. I think it makes no sense to call for the national unity and remain in Kosovo government and institutions, deputy leader of the Civic Initiative Freedom, Democracy, Justice (GI SDP) Ksenija Bozovic said, […]

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Government: 100-percent tax is not aimed against Serbs in Kosovo (media)

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Several news websites cover a statement issued by the Kosovo government today in which it rejects claims that the 100-percent tax on products from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are aimed against Kosovo Serbs. “Claims and statements by different actors both in Kosovo and abroad that the 100-percent tax on goods originating from Serbia and […]

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Around 20 cases of domestic violence reported in Gracanica in 2018 (RTK)

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On the occasion of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, a movie “Not Your Property” was shown in Gracanica yesterday, RTK 2 reports. In the movie, women from different Kosovo communities speak about their experiences and fight against violence. A debate followed the movie, including representatives of institutions and civil society. Domestic violence takes […]

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President Vucic: It’s clear, negotiations are “ad acta” (Tanjug)

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Commenting on Ramush Haradinaj’s letter to the Washington Post, President Vucic says this means that the (Kosovo) negotiations have been put “ad acta.” Asked by a journalist about Haradinaj’s claim he is ready to recognize Kosovo in exchange for a part of its territory, Vucic asked “what he should say at all, and whether he […]

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Bahtiri calls urgent meeting of Mitrovica assembly (media)

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Mitrovica Mayor Agim Bahtiri has called an urgent meeting of the Municipal Assembly for tomorrow to initiate changing the law on administrative boundaries between municipalities in an effort, as he said, to unify two municipalities of Mitrovica. In a letter to municipal councilors, Behtiri said the meeting is being convened following the resignation of Mitrovica […]

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EP adopts resolution on Serbia (BETA)

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Members of the European Parliament adopted in Brussels a resolution in which it is estimated that Serbia has made progress in economic reforms, BETA news agency reports. It has been stated it is crucial that tangible results are achieved in judicial reform, anti-corruption and media freedoms. The European Parliament has also adopted six of the […]

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CDHRF: Mogherini is seeking to bring down Haradinaj through Thaci (Koha)

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The Pristina-based Council for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedoms (CDHRF) issued a press release today claiming that EU High Representative Federica Mogherini is trying to bring down Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj through President Hashim Thaci. “Federica Mogherini, by asking President Thaci to revoke the 100-percent tax on Serbian goods, is interfering flagrantly in […]

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