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Belgrade Media Report 10 December 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 10 December 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Serbs in Kosovo on brink of humanitarian disaster (Tanjug)
• Stefanovic: We will fight for peace to be preserved and Serbs protected (RTS)
• Djuric: Every new measure by Pristina is a one-way ticket for disaster of both Serbs and Albanians (RTS)
• Djuric: Pristina is destabilizing the region (Politika)
• Ljajic: Pristina opened Pandora’s box, crisis of EU authority at work (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H CEC determines results of indirect elections for B&H HoP and RS CoP (FTV)
• EU has reacted to an open letter of former High Representatives (BHT1)
• Lavrov: Protectorate in B&H prevents development of B&H and hampers process of reconciliation (RTRS)
• Dodik: Without dialogue on solutions imposed by HRs, B&H should not exist (ATV)
Croatia
• Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs replies to letter of three former HRs (HRT)
fYROM
• Greek government swifts focus to constitutional amendments in Macedonia – reactions to Zaev’s statements continue (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Macedonian Foreign Ministry responds to Bulgarian Deputy PM Karakachanov’s threat over Zaev’s ‘Macedonian language’ (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Lavrov: Constitutional changes imposed by blackmailing and bribing lawmakers (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• EU Ambassador: Important week for government and opposition (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Macedonia’s Amnesty Caught Between Law and Pragmatism (BIRN)

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Women’s shelter at risk due to electricity bill (Prishtina Insight)

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A shelter for women affected by domestic violence in Prishtina is threatened with closure as a result of lack of funding, putting them more than 7,000 euros in debt to the Kosovo Energy Distribution Service, KEDS. The Center for the Protection of Women and Children in Prishtina has reported that it may close because of […]

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Kosovo government considering full reciprocity vis-à-vis Serbia (Radio Free Europe)

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The Kosovo government is implying it will introduce additional reciprocity measures against Serbia. Although the measures have yet to be defined, they would follow the government’s decision on November 21 to introduce a 100-percent tax on goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Government officials in Pristina said it is expected that reciprocity measures could […]

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Haradinaj says he cannot talk today about “possible measures against Serbia” (Koha)

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Following the 100-percent tax on goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has implied that the Kosovo government could introduce additional measures against Serbia. Asked by KTV on these measures, Haradinaj said he cannot talk about them today. “I cannot discuss them today. The government will meet tomorrow and I […]

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Ymeri: Petrovic’s story, concerning, Serbia cause of lack of integration (RTK)

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Visar Ymeri, MP from the Social-Democratic Party said Serbia is the main reason of lack of integration of Kosovo Serbs in the political, economical and societal life of Kosovo. He added that the pressure exercised on Kosovo Assembly MP Slobodan Petrovic by the Serbian Intelligence Agency is concerning. “The story of MP Slobodan Petrovic about […]

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Assembly session on KSF transformation into army begins on Friday at 10:00 (Lajmi)

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The news website reports that the Kosovo Assembly’s plenary session on the transformation of the Kosovo Security Force into the Kosovo Army will begin on Friday at 10:00. The ceremony at the KSF Ministry will be held at 17:00.

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Gashi: Special court could bring major changes in political landscape (Zeri)

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Pristina-based attorney Tome Gashi said in an interview to the paper today that it is now evident that the specialist chambers will start their work in 2019. “We don’t have the concrete names of suspects of the specialist chambers, except that everything was initiated following the Dick Marty report,” Gashi said. “There may be political […]

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Djukanovic: It is the last moment for EU to request Pristina lift measures (RTS)

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Tensions have shown how much it is necessary to lift the measures introduced by Pristina in order to create an environment for Belgrade-Pristina dialogue continuation, Director of the Centre for Foreign Policy, Dragan Djukanovic told RTS. Speaking for the RTS morning news edition, Djukanovic added new measures that Pristina is announcing would completely deter normalization […]

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Women of Socialists Movement party delivered aid to “Podrzi me” NGO in Mitrovica North (TV Most)

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TV Most reported that on Sunday, December 9, women of the Socialists Movement party (led by Aleksandar Vulin) visited the Association of parents of children with special needs “Podrzi me” (Support me) and donated toys, sweets, food and hygiene products. TV Most added that “for families of children with special needs, every help in these […]

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International Human Rights Day is observed today, protests in north continue (Radio Mitrovcia, Radio kontakt plus)

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Students of Pristina University temporarily settled in Mitrovica North would continue their protests regarding the introduction of 100 percent taxes on the goods from central Serbia, Radio Kosovska Mitrovica reported. As announced, students would gather today near the police station and EULEX office. Meanwhile, Radio kontakt plus reported that on Sunday, December 9, taxi drivers […]

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Petrisch: EU to discuss with U.S. about Kosovo’s army (RTK)

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Austrian diplomat Wolfgang Petritsch said today that the European Union should discuss with the United States about the transformation of Kosovo’s Security Force into an army, in order to find a joint position on the matter. Petritsch told the journalists in Belgrade that Kosovo-Serbia dialogue should be priority in any case and that security in […]

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Apostolova: Prevention of corruption, everyone’s duty (RTK)

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Head of the EU Office in Kosovo Nataliya Apostolova, said strengthening of transparency and accountability is paramount to the issue of combating corruption. In her speech during the conference on the occasion of marking the Week against Corruption, Apostolova stressed that the European Union has worked so far to help Kosovo in fighting this phenomenon, […]

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