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Hoxhaj: Serbia trying to destabilize the Balkans (media)

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Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj took to Twitter today to argue that Serbia is aiming to destabilize the Western Balkans. “Serbia again today continues its aggressive propaganda against Kosovo through its controlled media to create panic. These threats are desperate actions aiming to destabilize the Western Balkans. As a future member of NATO, the […]

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Haradinaj raises toast with Serbs in Plemetin, pledges to stay close to them (media)

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Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, visited a Kosovo Serb family in Plemetin, near Obilic, today, and pledged that he will always stay close to the Kosovo Serb community. “They told me that our institutional commitment has had a direct impact on improving their lives and that Kosovo is our joint home,” Haradinaj wrote in a […]

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Belgrade Media Report 05 December 2018

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 05 December 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• European Commission: Tariff problem can be solved, Hahn asked Pristina to do it (Beta)
• Meeting with UNMIK regarding the agreement (Vecernje Novosti)
• Chepurin: Pristina’s moves “result of nervousness and dead-end” (Tanjug)
• Scott: The EU and the United States united – abolish the tariffs (Tanjug)
• Vucic and Kurz discuss current political situation (Beta)
• Djuric: Formation of Kosovo army threat to security of Serbia and the region (RTS)
• Drecun: Belgrade can’t prevent creation of Kosovo’s army (N1)
• Brnabic: I hope Serbia won’t have to use army – but it’s an option (Tanjug)
• Moscow: Formation of Kosovo Army violates UN Security Council resolution (Tanjug)
• CIA sending ship full of arms to Kosovo army (Vecernje Novosti)
• Selakovic: Citizens must understand how serious our situation is (Prva TV)
• Minister Joksimovic meets Bundestag’s MP (Beta)
• UNMIK knew all along about atrocious crimes against the Serbs in KiM, purposely kept quiet and refused to give the evidence to the authorities (Kurir)
• Serbia opening two new chapters on December 10 (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik leaves meeting with PIC over absence of RS flag in the room (N1)
• Komsic: Problems between Belgrade and Pristina cannot affect B&H (Dnevni list)
• Palmer: Dodik remains under sanctions of US (TV1)
• B&H gets green light for NATO’s plan activation (N1)
• Dodik: I will stick to RSNA resolution on military neutrality (BN TV)
• Reactions of other B&H officials to activation of MAP for B&H (RTRS)
• RS President Cvijanovic meets Serbian President Vucic in Belgrade (TV1)
Croatia
• CEI Summit in Zagreb ends; Hahn calls for abolition of Kosovo’s customs tariffs (HRT)
• Croatia strongly in favor of Albanian EU Accession Negotiations (Hina)
fYROM
• Zaev: Macedonia has support of the European countries for Prespa Agreement (Nezavisen dnevnik)
• 2/3 of the steps towards the changes in the Constitution have been done (Meta)
• Zaev receives Croatia’s support for EU integration (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Rama in Zagreb calls for opening of Accession Talks (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Tensions soar in the Balkans over plans for Kosovo army (AP)
• Serbian PM: Armed intervention in Kosovo an option (AP)

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Stoltenberg: Kosovo army contrary to recommendations (RTS, Tanjug)

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg assessed that intention of Kosovo to transform its security forces into “an army,” comes at the wrong time, runs contrary to the recommendations of many NATO members and could have serious consequences for Pristina’s Euro-Atlantic integration, RTS reports. SG Stoltenberg said NATO ministers discussed about the intention of Kosovo to […]

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Balkan Cities Enveloped in Smog as Air Pollution Soars (Balkan Insight)

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The capitals of Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Bulgaria have been encased in heavy smog in recent days, with air pollution reaching dangerously high levels in parts of the region. The winter months bring the worst air quality, due to excessive use of coal, excessive traffic, poor spatial planning and the use of solid fuels for […]

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Russia reacts on announcements to form Kosovo army (Tanjug, B92)

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Reacting on Pristina’s announcements to form Kosovo army, Russian Foreign Ministry said it is “violation of UN SC Resolution 1244 and destabilizing, provocative act,” Tanjug news agency reports. “Pristina announced plans to adopt decision on December 14, on establishing Kosovo armed forces,” Russian Ministry said, and warned “that such an act would be direct and […]

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Palmer: U.S. fully support construction of new power plant (Indeksonline)

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The U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Mathew Palmer, said the U.S. support the construction of ‘Kosova e Re’ power plant, the news website reports. Palmer said the new power plant will give Kosovo uninterrupted electricity supply and will have a positive impact on the environment, adding that he is pleased that a U.S. company […]

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Israel discovers Europe’s soft underbelly – the Balkans (middleeasteye.net)

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Israel has been pursuing a more proactive foreign policy in the Balkans, in part aiming to weaken the EU’s stance on the Palestinian issue Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Varna, Bulgaria, as a guest of honour at the Craiova Group summit, a gathering of Serbian, Greek, Bulgarian and Romanian leaders. See more […]

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Soltes: EU must keep its promise and give visa liberalization to Kosovo (Express)

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Igor Soltes, the European Parliament’s Rapporteur for Kosovo, told the news website today that the European Union must keep its promise and give visa liberalization to Kosovo because all the requirements have been met. Asked if the continuous delay of visa liberalization could make Kosovars seek alternative routes to leave their country because of the […]

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Haradinaj to Serbia: Our army is not for the north, but for Iraq and Afghanistan (media)

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Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, said today that Serbia is making false claims by saying that Kosovo is forming its armed forces for the northern part of its territory. Haradinaj said the future armed forces will have no differences from the south and the northern part of the country and he called on Serbs to […]

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Security of Western Balkans paramount to NATO: Chief (Anadolu Agency)

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Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says NATO has ‘strong’ relationship with Western Balkan countries The security of the Western Balkans is “paramount” to the NATO, the alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday. See more at:https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/security-of-western-balkans-paramount-to-nato-chief/1330071

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Kosovo’s New Social Democrats Reach Out to Govt (Balkan Insight)

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Kosovo’s opposition Social Democratic Party, PSD, appears to be cosying up to the government, after criticising other opposition parties’ approach to the dialogue with Serbia. The opposition Social Democratic Party, PSD, led by MPs who left the opposition Vetevendosje party in March, is getting closer to the ruling coalition, analysts say – driven by its […]

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