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Belgrade Media Report 11 December 2018

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 11 December 2018

LOCAL PRESS

• Czech Republic values Serbia’s constructive approach to problems in Kosovo (Beta)
• Pellegrini: Slovakia explicitly against formation of Kosovo army (Tanjug/B92)
• Djuric: New measures would threaten future of both Serbs and Albanians (RTS)
• Joksimovic: Two chapters important, but Serbiacold have opened more (RTV/Tanjug)
• Fabrizi: Road to EU depends on Serbia (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• FAC discusses issues regarding Western Balkans (BHT1)
• Croats and Serbs together in fight against desecration of status of constituent people (Dnevni list/Srna)
• Komsic accuses Croatia of undermining B&H and its sovereignty (N1)
• Covic informs Orban that post of Croat member of B&H Presidency was once again taken away from Croats (ATV)
• B&H CEC passes decision to call and hold early elections for mayors and heads of nine cities, municipalities in B&H (ATV)
Montenegro
• Chapter 27 opened in Brussels: Great success for Montenegro (TMN)
fYROM
• Xhaferi: Constitutional amendments to be voted on January 15 (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Zaev: there will be no general amnesty law (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Hahn: I hope Gruevski’s extradition will happen, but it’s unlikely (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Students refuse PM calls for dialogue (ADN)
• New protests hit Albania, Rama reacts (ADN)
• Vasili: The end of Rama inevitable (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Ninth meeting of the Accession Conference with Serbia at Ministerial level, Brussels, 10 December 2018 (EEAS press release)
• Germany urges Kosovo to drop tariffs on Serbia (Reuters)
• Kosovo prime minister warns Brussels of risk to Balkans stability (The Financial Times)

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Sami Lushtaku is also invited by Special Chambers (Koha)

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Former KLA commander, Sami Lushtaku, was invited for  by the Special Court for an interview. His lawyer, Arian Koci, has informed wrote on his Facebook account that “with the authorization of my client Mr. Sami Lushtaku, I inform you that Mr. Lushtaku has received an invitation to appear  at the Kosovo Specialized Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) in […]

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Slovakia “explicitly against formation of Kosovo army” (B92, Tanjug)

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Slovakia is explicitly opposed to the transformation of the Kosovo Security Forces into an armed force, Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini has said. At a press conference after his meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic in Bratislava on Tuesday, Pellegrini “stressed that his country continues to strongly support the territorial integrity of Serbia, and […]

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Kosovo does not currently have support of the allies to create the army (Gazeta Express)

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Mirsolav Lajcak, Slovakia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said that the European Union has already made it clear that the Kosovo-imposed tax on products originating from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina should be lifted immediately. He also spoke about the transformation of the KSF into the Army, saying that Kosovo does not have the support of its allies […]

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Specialist Chambers call another KLA commander for interview (Klan Kosova/Insajderi)

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Klan Kosova and Insajderi report that Nazif Mehmeti, former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander, has been the most recent person to be called for interview by the Specialist Chambers. Mehmeti’s attorney confirmed his client was called to appear over three dates in January of next year at the offices of the Specialist Chambers in The […]

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Domestic violence: the way it begins, the same way it usually ends (Radio kontakt plus)

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On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day and the end of the global campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence”, a screening of the documentary “Not Your Property” took place last night in Mitrovica North, followed by a debate on the topic of violence against women, Radio kontakt plus reports. Within the […]

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Pacolli: Fight against corruption needs to be coordinated (media)

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Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli said at a joint French-German conference on fight against trafficking of firearms in the Western Balkans region that Kosovo is committed to be active part of this effort. He said crime and trafficking are cross-border issues and need to be fought through coordinated steps. “Republic of Kosovo with all state […]

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Tahiri: Allowance for prosecutors not unlawful (Klan Kosova)

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Minister of Justice Abelard Tahiri rejected accusations that the government’s decision to provide special allowance to prosecutors who work on cases of corruption is unlawful and that this has already been set out in the 2018 and 2019 budget. Tahiri also said that next year Kosovo Assembly will vote on the new law on Criminal […]

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Smoke and Mirrors: The Balkan Hub of Global Cigarette Scam (Balkan Insight)

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It claimed to have kicked the habit. But Montenegro is again at the heart of a global trade in illegal cigarettes. Its Balkan neighbours risk getting hooked too. In the nineties, illegal cigarette shipments used to leave Montenegro’s port of Bar by speedboat, darting across the Strait of Otranto into the waiting arms of the […]

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Greece’s surprising position regarding Kosovo’s visa liberalisation (IBNA)

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The two most powerful countries of the European Union, Germany and France were not willing to discuss the issue of Western Balkans and Kosovo in Monday’s debates at the EU Council of Ministers meeting. Those countries who have spoken, have expressed their concern about Pristina’s plans to vote on Friday in favour of the transformation […]

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Indictment raised against Novo Brdo mayor Svetislav Ivanovic (RTV KIM, KoSSev)

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Serious crimes department of the Basic Prosecution in Gnjilane, following investigation, raised an indictment against Novo Brdo mayor Svetislav Ivanovic, over as they said, misuse of official authority, Radio KIM reports. Svetislav Ivanovic told RTV KIM he does not know anything about the indictment, and that he went to the prosecutor’s office and gave a […]

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Germany urges Kosovo to drop tariffs on Serbia (Reuters)

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PARIS (Reuters) – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday urged Kosovo to rescind, or at least suspend implementation of 100 percent tariffs that Pristina has slapped on Serbian goods, warning against any further escalation of tensions. Maas, speaking in Paris at a meeting on curbing the spread of small arms from the Balkans, said […]

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