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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 13, 2019

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 13, 2019

Albanian Language Media:

• Hoti: We rejected a similar model to the Mini-Schengen in 2016 (media)
• Maas: Germany remains opposed to Kosovo-Serbia change of borders (DW)
• Lebet: Border changes do not create sustainable peace (Koha)
• Kurti: We have harmonized eighty percent of our governing program (media)
• Mustafa: Prior to certification of results, we can meet with Kurti only for coffee (RTK)
• Kosovo NGOs request from EC not to elect Alexei Kondratiev rapporteur for Kosovo (RTK)
• Kurti: As PM, I will work with communities to remove prejudices (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Dacic: Only compromise solution ensures lasting peace (RTS, TV N1)
• Self-determination ‘fights’ in favour of votes from Serbia, appeals to Supreme Court (KoSSev)
• Simic: Kurti is not defending Serbian List but his three mandates (Kosovo-online)
• Kosovo prosecution still without official information on “poisoning” case (KoSSev)
• Vucic’s remarks on Macron, Thaci meeting, elections in Kosovo (Prva TV, B92, Tanjug)
• Vucic: Serbian heritage in Kosovo needs protection (RTS)
• “Western Balkans six would save € 3.5 billion by implementing “mini Schengen”” (B92)
• Detention of Zlatan Krstic extended for two more months (Radio KIM, Kosovo-online)

Opinions:

• What does Macron really want on Western Balkans? (EUobserver)

International:

• Kosovo’s Thaci Insists On Resuming Dialogue With Serbia ‘Without Conditions’ (RFE)
• Ghana Withdraws ‘Premature’ Kosovo Recognition (RFE)
• Montenegro Rejects Balkan ‘Mini Schengen’ Proposal (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo Warns Council of Europe about Russian Rapporteur Candidate (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Roof of newly constructed Basic Court in Gracanica collapsed (Gracanica-online, KoSSev)

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Belgrade Media Report 13 November 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 13 November 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Dialogue can be continued if Pristina lifts taxes (Tanjug/TV Prva)
• Vucic: UNESCO charter must be respected (Tanjug)
• Dacic: Only compromise solution ensures lasting peace (RTS/Tanjug/Beta)
• Ghana confirms it withdraws recognition of Kosovo (RTS/Tanjug/Beta)
• Serbia signs cooperation agreement with Eurojust in fight against cross-border crime (Tanjug)
• Rama: Pristina threatens Albania’s foreign policy (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• RS parliament adopts 20 conclusions calling for consistent implementation of DPA, rejecting of Bonn Powers and requesting abolition of OHR (Hayat)
• Opposition fails to support conclusions adopted by RSNA, say they are not result of joint acting (BN TV)
• RS parliament session and adopted conclusions spark reactions of Federation of B&H (N1)
• Izetbegovic: RS parliament’s conclusions represent unconstitutional and non-implementable attempt to impose entity on state of B&H (FTV)
• PIC SB to discuss RS parliament conclusions next Tuesday (Nezavisne novine)
• Komsic meets Macron in Paris, tells him B&H is not a time bomb (BN TV)
• Dodik: Komsic stated personal opinion in Paris, not official stance of B&H Presidency (N1)
Croatia
• Croatia’s Presidency can advance relations between EU and Russia (Hina)
Montenegro
• Rakocevic: Technical government is not acceptable (Dan)
• Brajovic: Idea of technical government should be rejected once and for all (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Pendarovski and Macron meet in Paris (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Paris Peace Forum- President Meta met with French President Macron (Radio Tirana)
• Rama: Chinese tourists will not need visas for the “Balkan Schengen” (Radio Tirana)
• Merkel: EU should do more to open negotiations on Albania and North Macedonia (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• EU’s gatekeeper laments bloc’s message to would-be Balkan members (Financial Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, November 13

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• Macron gets Thaci and Vucic together in Paris (media)
• President Thaci’s interview for Radio Free Europe
• Vetevendosje appeals ECAP decision before the Supreme Court (media)
• Simic: Constitutionally, Serbian List needs to be part of government (Telegrafi)
• Kosovo’s foreign ministry rejects Ghana’s derecognition (media)
• Montenegro rejects Mini-Schengen idea (Koha Ditore)
• Pacolli: We will not accept a Russian rapporteur for Kosovo (Kallxo/Telegrafi)

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Belgrade Media Report 12 November 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 12 November 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Withdrawal of Kosovo’s recognition victory for Serbia’s policy (Tanjug/RTS)
• Vucic: Talks with Macron in three parts (Tanjug/RTS)
• As for Macron, we knock on an open door and there is no dilemma (Tanjug/B92)
• Djuric: Serbs brutally denied right to vote (RTS)
• Borisov: Gas supplies from Bulgaria to Serbia to begin by May 2020 (TV Prva)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: Rights, competences and obligations of RS need to be defended (RTRS)
• Salkic: RS parliament session represents continuation of separatist activities (FTV)
• Dzaferovic: If DPA is questioned, so are B&H entities (FTV)
• Other reactions to RS parliament special session (N1)
• SDP Presidency: Whole country is in crisis, directed by SDA and HDZ B&H with help of their partner SNSD (Oslobodjenje)
• Mektic: Serb Ministers in B&H CoM will ask for removal of ANP from agenda of Tuesday’s session of CoM (BHT1)
• Turkey starts deporting former ISIL soldiers to their countries of origin; Mektic: B&H will accept only individuals that one unambiguously identifies as B&H nationals (BHT1)
Croatia
• Foreign Minister says NATO role beyond question (Hina)
Montenegro
• Montenegro has to think carefully about ‘mini-Schengen’ (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Pendarovski meets with Macron in Paris (Republika)
• Zaev: We agreed in Ohrid on measures to improve movement of people, goods and services through the region (Nezavisen vesnik)
• DUI does not want early elections in April (Sloboden pecat)
Albania
• Ruci calls on the EU countries to verify the reforms our country has undertaken (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Von der Leyen locks horns with Macron over EU enlargement (EurActiv)
• What does Macron really want on Western Balkans? (EUobserver)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 12, 2019

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 12, 2019

Albanian Language Media:

• Tripartite meeting between Macron, Thaci and Vucic (Lajmi)
• Thaci: Balkans integration in NATO and EU, the only perspective for peace (media)
• Vjosa Osmani reacts to Vucic’s claims (media)
• Why Kosovo fears the Balkans “Mini-Schengen”? (Radio Free Europe)
• Kurti: Ohrid summit should not have taken place (RTK)
• Vetevendosje appeals ECAP decision before the Supreme Court (Koha)
• Egyptian Liberal Party has a condition for Kurti (Indeksonline)
• EU: Dialogue must resume and import tariff lifted (Telegrafi)
• Rama furthers ties with Vucic, while Dacic convinces Ghana to retract Kosovo recognition (Express)
• Kurti: Government will be more active in supporting Presevo Valley Albanians (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic on meeting Macron and Thaci today: I was realistic and open (RTS)
• Vucic after meeting Macron last night: With Armagnac from 1914, we ended very good one-hour conversation” (Tanjug, B92)
• Vucic: Thaci didn’t tell Macron what he really meant (Tanjug, B92)
• Novosti: Kosovo has lost majority in the UN (Vecernje Novosti, Tanjug, B92)
• Djuric: Kurti clearly opted for past (RTS)
• “Free flow of goods, services and people more important than withdrawing recognition” (Tanjug, B92)

International:

• Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ): Macron’s gift to the Russian authorities (NZZ, Sputnik, B92)
• Belgrade Condemns Kosovo’s Invalidation of Votes from Serbia (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, November 12

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• ECAP declares ballots from Serbia invalid (media)
• Haxhiu: ECAP, an influenced and not serious institution (Epoka)
• Bajrami: Looks like we won’t have a new government till 2020! (media)
• Thaci meets Macron: Kosovo is ready for a peace agreement (media)
• Kosovo Foreign Ministry reacts to Dacic’s claims: Filthy propaganda (media)
• Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti’s interview with Report TV
• “Difficult for countries that have not achieved peace to create other areas” (Koha)
• Visa liberalisation for Kosovo in the hands of EU countries (Lajmi/Bota Sot)
• Two years of defensive diplomacy (Koha Ditore)
• Gucati: Specialist Chambers could summon Thaci too (Epoka)
• Mukwege: 20 years on, no convictions for conflict-related sexual violence in Kosovo (media)
• Osmani: Unacceptable for UN to completely ignore Kosovo civilian victims (Telegrafi)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 11, 2019

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 11, 2019

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: We will establish the Commercial Court (Kosovapress)
• Thaci to meet Macron, will speak about visa liberalisation (media)
• Kosovo Foreign Ministry reacts to Dacic’s claims: Filthy propaganda (media)
• Missing persons families: New government to condition talks with Serbia (Koha)
• Serbian officials threaten state of Kosovo (Zeri/Gazeta Express)
• Lushi: Those who want Kosovo to join Mini-Schengen are fools (media)
• ECAP gives right to NISMA requests recount of votes at over 1400 polling stations (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Ghana: Decision to recognise Kosovo was premature (Tanjug)
• Ghana revoked recognition of Kosovo (B92)
• Ohrid Agreement: Open borders, labor and student exchange, travel with ID cards only (B92, Tanjug)
• RCC welcomes idea of creating a single market in the region (Beta, N1)
• Matthew Palmer: “Mini Schengen has US support” (B92)
• Officials in Pristina, Belgrade trade insults (N1, KoSSev)
• Billboards on Armistice Day placed in northern Kosovo (Vecernje Novosti)
• Assistant Director of the Office for KiM: Kosovo Government cannot be formed without the Serbian List (Radio Beograd, Radio Mitrovica Sever)
• New EC President: Keep enlargement in Western Balkans sustainable (SRNA, N1)
• “EU’s decision is a disaster” (Tanjug, B92, Blic)

Opinions:

• EU’s ‘no’ to Western Balkans could spark conflict (DW)
• “As for Macron, we knock on an open door and there is no dilemma” (B92, Tanjug)

International:

• Macron questioning NATO in Economist interview raises eyebrows about his methods (euractiv.com)
• Europe risks losing strategic clout in Western Balkans (euractiv.com)

Development/Humanitarian:

• Kosovo miners on strike over conditions and pay (Beta, KoSSev, N1)
• Nobel laureate commends Kosovo for addressing conflict-related sexual violence (media)

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Belgrade Media Report 11 November 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 11 November 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Western Balkans need clear and precise indications of European future (Beta/RTS)
• Vucic on ‘mini Schengen’: Nothing better created in Balkans over past 30 years (Beta)
• Palmer: Mini Schengen has US support (B92)
• India has understanding for our principled position on territorial sovereignty and integrity (Tanjug/RTS)
• Continuity of Serbia-US dialogue assessed positively (FoNet)
• Dacic: Ghana withdraws recognition of so-called Kosovo (TV Prva)
• Dacic demands apology from Albania over Cakaj’s statement (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Ohrid: Serbia, Albania, North Macedonia sign agreement on entering countries with IDs, call on B&H, Montenegro to join them; Zvizdic: Vucic and Rama guarantee that this is not attempt to replace European integration of Western Balkan (FTV)
• Komsic summons French Ambassador to discuss President Macron’s statement on B&H (TV1/BHT1)
• Bosniak officials criticize Macron’s statement as unfounded (TV1/RTRS/N1)
• Mektic: B&H has not had any serious terrorist threats for years (TV1/BHT1/FTV)
• Dodik thanks Macron for revealing truth about B&H (TV1/ATV/RTRS)
• SDS and PDP launch initiative to enable temporary formation of commissions in parliament to unblock work of B&H HoR (Hayat)
• Mektic deems main problem of migrant crisis is lack of accommodation capacities and lack of coordination at all levels (BNTV)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev says the “Mini Schengen” will be good for the region, as Vucic insists it will not be a “new Yugoslavia” (Republika)
• Mickoski on the Mini Schengen initiative: For us, the only option is to join the EU (Republika)
• Zaev asked Alexander Soros for money and Edi Rama for more Albanian votes (Republika)
Albania

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Von der Leyen: EU path for Western Balkans is of ‘great strategic importance’ (Politico.eu)
• Brussels casts Zaev a thin lifeline (New Europe)

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OSCE Broadcast Report 10 Novemebr

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• Thaçi: France can play crucial role in Kosovo-Serbia agreement (RTK)
• Haradinaj: With 100 percent tariff we showed our international friends that Kosovo doesn’t subdue to Serbia (Most monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• Abdixhiku: New mini-Yugoslavia is dead before it is born (Most monitored broadcasters, KTV & RTK)
• Rexhep Selimi summoned by Specialist Chambers as suspect (All monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• Duda Balje quits DSB, to work as MP in Six Plus caucus (KTV)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, November 11

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• Kosovo leaders oppose a Mini-Schengen idea for Western Balkans (media)
• Thaci travels to Paris for Peace Forum (media)
• ECAP to decide on political party complaints today (media)
• Haradinaj: Tariff on Serbian goods should remain until recognition (RTK)
• Maliqi: Kosovo should not become blocker of U.S. projects (Epoka)
• Serbia’s investments in parallel structures in Kosovo (Radio Free Europe)
• “No new initiative can solve main problem of region, Kosovo’s recognition by Serbia (Koha)
• Rexhep Selimi summoned by specialist chambers (media)
• Berisha: Kosovo Assembly should readdress issue of Special Court (Klan Kosova)
• IKD: Prosecutors failed to fight illegally accumulated wealth (Koha)

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UNMIK Observer, Morning Edition, November 9

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• Mustafa: LDK-LVV close to harmonization of programs, some minor differences remain (media)
• Kurti visits French Foreign Ministry (media)
• Jevtic: We want to be part of institutions (Klan)
• Rasic: Belgrade threatened to stop salaries, pensions for those who do not vote SL (T7)
• Dacic expects Albania’s apology for Cakaj’s statements (media)
• Bulliqi: Border demarcation with Montenegro is not over (media)

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Belgrade Media Report 08 November

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LOCAL PRESS

Djuric: Kosovo Serbs will not enter government that doesn’t respect the will of the Serb people (RTV/FoNet/Tanjug)
Gojkovic thanks India for respecting Serbia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty (Tanjug)
Milivojevic: Western Balkans is once again the focus of global politics (RTS)
Serbia completes IPAP 2019-2021 adoption procedure (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

HDZ B&H and SDA delegations meet, still no agreement on formation of authority (BHT)
Niksic: There is Erdogan’s influence in blockade of B&H’s road to NATO (Dnevni avaz)
Information on special session of RS parliament released (Srna)
Inzko meets Guterres, thanks him for UN’s role in B&H (Oslobodjenje)
Dodik files request for constitutional review of law on B&H flag (RTRS)

Montenegro

Radulovic: Macron’s views make us think carefully about Europe’s future (CDM)

Republic of North Macedonia

Falconi: Palmer’s statement of ‘EU’s historic mistake’ is wrong (Nezavisen vesnik)
Zaev: New methodology for EU accession negotiations would give us a fair chance (Nezavisen vesnik)

Albania

Meta: Montenegro is a strategic partner of Albania (Radio Tirana)

 

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Emmanuel Macron in his own words (The Economist)

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