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UNMIK continues its mediating role between Kosovo and Interpol (RFE, RTK, Gazeta Express)

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Kosovo and the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has not interrupted all contacts and communication, as stated on Wednesday by the Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj. The Prime Minister Haradinaj and the government of Kosovo said they have cut off communication and do not recognize the UN mission UNMIK, as representing structure of Kosovo. […]

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Belgrade Media Report 07 February 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 7 February 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Dacic to represent Serbia at UN Security Council session (srbija.gov.rs)
• Dacic: Kosovo especially risky region for recruiting jihadists (Politika)
• Dacic: Thaci and Haradinaj – good cop, bad cop (Tanjug/VoA)
• Scott: US continuously urges Pristina to abolish taxes (RTS/Beta)
• Britain supports Serbia’s EU path (Beta)
• Selakovic: Important for Serbia to awaken, campaign is transparent (RTS)
• EP: Pre-accession assistance should be suspended if democracy and rule of law are not respected (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• SDA: The decision of BH bloc weakens the patriotic political front (Fena)
• All Bosniak parties turned their backs to SDA (Nezavisne)
• High Representative: International community is against imposing of any decisions (N1)
• Completion of the Council of Peoples of RS (Srna)
• Viskovic: Government committed to support UN activities (Srna)
• Komsic welcomes the signing of Protocol on Macedonia’s accession to NATO (Fena)
fYROM
• Zaev’s comment about NATO’s Accession Protocol: This is a big, historical day for all our citizens (Meta)
• Ivanov welcomes the signing of the NATO Accession Protocol (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Gruevski congratulated the signing of the Accession Protocol with NATO (Meta)
• International allies congratulate the signing of the NATO accession protocol (Nezavisen vesnik)
• After visit to Brussels, Mickoski at regional meetings with Plenkovic, Vucic and Jansa (Republika)
Albania
• Basha congratulate Macedonia on NATO Accession Agreement (ADN)
• Minister Xhacka welcomes NATO Accession Agreement (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• (North) Macedonia and the Prespa agreement, success or defeat? (Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso)

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Kosovo President and PM at odds over Serbia border changes (Euractiv)

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Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi and Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj on Wednesday (6 February) resumed their public dispute over possible border changes to end one of Europe’s most volatile territorial disputes. Under the auspices of the EU, former foes Belgrade and Pristina have been searching for a binding agreement on their relationship 20 years after the […]

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German Minister to Albania: Take position against changes of Kosovo’s border (Deutsche Welle, Klan)

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German Minister for Foreign Affairs Michael Roth spoke against exchange of territories between Kosovo and Serbia. He also made a remark on Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama’s “neutral” position during his official statements. Q: Albanian opinion id currently somehow concerned with regards to the diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict between Kosovo and Serbia. Albania’s Former […]

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Haradinaj: Kosovo committed to implement ERA priorities (Telegrafi)

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Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj said today at the meeting of the Ministerial Council for European Integration that Kosovo is committed to continue implementation of the European Reform Agenda (ERA). Haradinaj said that omissions made in the past should not be repeated and called for greater inter-institutional cooperation.

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Truthful reporting in the Balkans is life-threatening (TransConflict)

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The Balkan public needs to know that they can rely on the EU’s backing in their battle for human rights and freedom of the press, and their leaders will have to realize that their continued violation of these rights carries a heavy price tag. Kosovo investigative journalist Parim Olluri knew the assailants who physically attacked […]

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Hague Prosecutors Quiz Kosovo Ex-Commander Selimi as ‘Suspect’ (Balkan Insight)

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The Hague-based Specialist Prosecutor’s Office has interviewed former Kosovo Liberation Army commander Sylejman Selimi – who was recently freed from jail after a war crimes sentence – as a suspect, his lawyers said. Sylejman Selimi, a former wartime guerrilla leader who is now a political adviser to Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, was interviewed as […]

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Kosovo Hires US, UK Law Firms for Hague War Court Cases (Balkan Insight)

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The Pristina government will pay US and British law firms 400,000 euros to provide legal advice on presenting Kosovo’s position to the Hague-based Specialist Chambers, which is expected to try senior ex-guerrillas. Kosovo’s Ministry of Justice told BIRN that it has contracted one American and one British law firm for a total fee of 400,000 […]

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UN Security Council to hold session on Kosovo today (Koha)

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The UN Security Council will convene today to discuss the quarterly report of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. It was uncertain whether the session would actually take place for the fact that countries like the U.S., UK and France think it is unnecessary to hold such frequent meetings on Kosovo, a view not shared by […]

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Surroi calls Thaci “amateur historian” (Kallxo/Koha)

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Publicist Veton Surroi commented on the statement made by President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci that Kosovo’s current borders are not a result of the will of its people but rather a product of Yugoslavia saying that such an observation could be made by an “amateur historian” but not by a constitutional representative of Kosovo. Surroi […]

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Rape allegation made against Kosovo Police employee incite protests (Prishtina Insight)

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Protests will take place on Thursday in Prishtina and Friday in Drenas demanding immediate steps to bring justice and increase awareness on issues of sexual violence in the Kosovo Police. In response to allegations of rape of a minor made against an employee of the Kosovo Police on Tuesday, protests organized in Prishtina and Drenas […]

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A Valentine’s Day for all (Prishtina Insight)

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A fundraising campaign has been organized in the run-up to Valentine’s Day in response to the lack of funding for the domestic violence shelters struggling to protect women and children across Kosovo. Activist Blerta Avdili has organized an online fundraising campaign to raise money to support the domestic violence shelters in Kosovo for Valentine’s Day, […]

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