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Belgrade Media Report 22 July 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 22 July 2019

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: No reason to rejoice, Haradinaj’s resignation politically motivated move (B92)
• No comments from EU regarding Haradinaj (Tanjug)
• Djuric: Chase after Serbs started after Vucic’s address (RTS)
• Spain will not change position regarding Kosovo and Metohija (RTS)
• Botsan-Harchenko delivered credentials to Vucic addressing him in Serbian (Tanjug/B92)
• How close our we to an agreement between Serbia and B&H on borders (Tanjug)
• Raskovic Ivic: Decision on boycott of elections should be made carefully (Blic/FoNet)
• Bosniaks expect Inzko to impose law on ban of genocide denial (Politika)
• Gojkovic slates elections for Medvedja Municipal Assembly for 8 September (RTV)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Supreme Court of Netherlands: The Netherlands partly responsible for death of 350 citizens of Srebrenica (BHT1)
• Dodik: If B&H is normal country, Croat, who is against Peljesac Bridge, would not be member of Presidency (Vecernji list)
• Komsic and Dzaferovic reacted to the decision of the RS parliament on the RS’ vital interest in regard to the construction of the Peljesac Bridge (BHT1)
• SDA Presidency holds session (TV1)
• Zeljko Komsic takes over post of B&H Presidency Chairman (BH TV)
• Dodik comments on Haradinaj’s resignation (TV1)
Croatia
• Plenkovic welcomes decision of RS parliament regarding Peljesac Bridge (HRT)
Montenegro
• These countries still haven’t recognized Montenegro (Pobjeda)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Pendarovski: I don’t intend to pardon Zaev if he committed crimes (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Haradinaj meets Meta after resignation (AND)
• Von der Leyen: EU should give Albania its hand, as Europe itself can be damaged if doors are closed (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Why Are the US and EU Allowing a Bully Dictator Like Rama in the Balkans? (Citizen Truth)

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Popov: Several options for resolving Haradinaj’s case, ‘political engineering’ possible (TV N1)

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Director of the Center for Regionalism, Aleksandar Popov told TV N1 resignation of Ramush Haradinaj could unblock the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, if there are no new elections. But in case he returns from The Hague without indictment, it could reinforce his and the position of his political party. Still, Popov did not exclude […]

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Dacic: I do not know if there are 20 alive witnesses (RTS)

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Asked if he considers the Special Court for KLA crimes would manage to safeguard 20 witnesses in the case against Ramush Haradinaj, given it isn’t known what happened with 30 others, Serbian Foreign Affairs Minister Ivica Dacic said he does not know if there is this number of alive witnesses, RTS reported. “I do not […]

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Kosnett: U.S. friendship with Kosovo doesn’t depend on a party or politician (media)

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The United States Ambassador to Kosovo, Philip Kosnett, said in Pristina today that the friendship between the U.S. and Kosovo does not depend on a political party or a political leader. “Our governments might not always agree on policies and while the partnership between the United States of America and Kosovo grows, it will take […]

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LDK MP: If other parties form coalitions, we will have to do the same (media)

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Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) MP, Haxhi Avdyli, said today that his party has yet to discuss a possible pre-election coalition with the Vetevendosje Movement (VV). Avdyli said his opinion is that if other political parties form coalitions, then the LDK too will have to form coalitions. “Party structures have yet to discuss this, but […]

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PDK calls on President Thaci to set election date (Gazeta Metro)

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Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) deputy leader Memli Krasniqi told the news website today that this party wants early parliamentary elections to be held as soon as possible. “We also believe that the President will initiate consultations immediately in order not to lose any time and to set the election date as early as possible,” […]

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Haradinaj: Those invited by Special Court should follow my example (RFE, Kallxo)

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The outgoing Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj was asked by Radio Free Europe if the other politicians summoned by the Special Court should follow his example. “Yes, without wanting to set a standard for everyone, but I think that this is the way I acted, despite the fact that it is not easy. I […]

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Extraordinary elections on 8 September (RTK)

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Sources within the Office of the President of Kosovo reportedly said that extraordinary elections will be held on 8 January. According to these sources President Thaci has decided to proclaim extraordinary elections for 8 September, in accordance with the constitutional and legal deadlines. According to the legal interpretations, extraordinary elections should be held not earlier […]

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Haradinaj’s last message as Prime Minister (Indeksonline)

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The news website reports that outgoing Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, has posted his final message on Facebook before submitting his resignation to Kosovo President Hashim Thaci. “Thank you all. There are many of you that have supported me in the last couple of days. I have never felt alone! The trade for recognition, […]

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Thaci: ICJ ruling forever sealed our right to self-determination (media)

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Kosovo President Hashim Thaci took to Facebook today to comment on the ninth anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s ruling on the validity of the declaration of Kosovo’s independence. “Nine years have passed since the ruling of the International Court of Justice which confirmed our right to declare the independence of Kosovo. This was […]

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“There is no compromise and normalization without truth and justice” (Radio KIM)

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Coordination of Serb Associations of Missing, Murdered and Killed Persons Families in a statement delivered to the media said tomorrow would be 20 years since the killing of 14 Serb harvesters in the village of Staro Gracko, near Lipljan, Radio KIM reports. They added “the compromise and normalization of relations cannot be established with the […]

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Trajkovic: There is no one to revoke tariffs (Danas)

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Resignation of the Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj would have major consequences on Serbia as it would postpone continuation of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue for at least 90 days, or perhaps even longer given that extraordinary parliamentary elections might take place in Kosovo, Belgrade-based daily Danas writes today. The daily added regular elections are to take place […]

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