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Belgrade Media Report 14 May 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 14 May 2019

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic says Patriarch understands his worries about Kosovo (N1/FoNet)
• Patriarch Irinej: Vucic fights for Kosovo heroically (Beta/Politika)
• Consistent, systematic monitoring of human rights (Beta)
• Djuric: Important that Kosovo elections go without incidents (Tanjug/Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• OHR calls Dodik’s rhetoric irresponsible, provocative and consequently unacceptable (N1)
• EUFOR, US Embassy criticize Dodik’s statements on Bosnia’s Armed Forces (N1)
• NATO, OSCE, PM condemn Dodik’s statements on B&H’s Army (Fena)
• Dodik to critics over B&H Army statement: Why all the hysteria? (Srna)
• Dodik and Vucic attend session of Assembly of Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade (ATV)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Pendarovski: Start of EU accession negotiations is a deserved and required step (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Opposition’s rally continues – international community reacts (ADN)

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Mogherini: KSF mandate can change only in line with Constitution (Lajmi)

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The European Union’s High Representative, Federica Mogherini, commented today on the formation of the Kosovo Army by the Kosovo Assembly, saying that the mandate of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) can be changed only through a gradual process and in full compliance with the Constitution of Kosovo. Mogherini also said the EU hopes Kosovo will […]

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Vucic speaks with former US Army Europe commander (Tanjug, B92)

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke on Tuesday in Belgrade with former US Army Europe commander Frederick Hodges. Vucic and Hodges discussed the security situation in South Eastern Europe and the region, as well as problems in the dialogue with Pristina, the president’s press office said in a statement. According to this, Vucic emphasized during the […]

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”It is good to hear the Church’s opinion, but it was beyond every tolerable measure (N1)

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Journalist Djordje Vlajic assesses the appearance of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic at the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Assembly as “some kind of demanding the complicity of the Church in the work that he does with Kosovo”. “I have the impression that it is being done completely outside the institution. The head of state, in the […]

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Veseli visits site where museum of genocide will be built (Klan Kosova)

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Kosovo Assembly President, Kadri Veseli, visited today in Pristina a site where the Museum of Genocide, commemorating the crimes against Kosovo civilians, will be built. Veseli said the museum will have an educational role for future generations and said the construction will begin next year. “Serbia carried out genocide in Kosovo and it will answer […]

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Ahmeti: Mogherini was not happy with Kosovo’s platform for dialogue with Serbia (Koha)

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In an interview with KTV, Shpend Ahmeti, co-head of the Kosovo negotiating team for dialogue with Serbia, said that the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, was not very happy with the content of the Kosovo’s platform for dialogue approved by the Assembly. “We have personally submitted the platform. They […]

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Haradinaj on resolution for Serbian genocide: Time to clarify the past (Koha)

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Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj commented today on the resolution on Serbian genocide in Kosovo that will be voted soon at the Assembly, saying that it is time to clarify the past. “Serbian leaders are denying the crimes that were committed. They don’t want to admit the truth. We need to clarify the past and […]

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Haradinaj: Mogherini in Tirana called for tariff removal to divide Kosovo (Telegrafi)

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Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said today in Pristina that the import tariff on Serbian and Bosnian goods will not be lifted, the news website reports. Haradinaj said that at a recent meeting in Tirana, Albania, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini called for the removal of the tariff “in order to divide Kosovo”. “Mogherini said […]

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Haradinaj comments on Citaku’s remarks about conversation with Trump (media)

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Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj commented today on remarks by Kosovo’s Ambassador to Washington, Vlora Citaku, about her conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday. Citaku said that during that an iftar dinner at the White House, she asked President Trump for the U.S. to be involved in the Kosovo – Serbia dialogue. Haradinaj […]

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Honorary Albanians: Jumping the Queue into Europe (Balkan Insight)

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A growing number of Kosovars are seeking ‘honorary’ Albanian citizenship, some for prestige, others as a route to visa-free travel in Europe or to visit the dozens of countries which refuse to recognise Kosovo’s statehood. But are these always granted on merit? For the best part of two decades, long lines outside European embassies were […]

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Vucic says Patriarch understands his worries about Kosovo (N1, Beta, FoNet)

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Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said late on Monday he informed the Holy Synod of the Serb Orthodox Church about “all my worries,” adding Patriarch Irinej, who said Vucic’s fight for Kosovo was heroic, understood him well, N1 reported. Vucic was present at the Holy Synod annual meeting in the Patriarchy in Belgrade. “Patriarch perfectly understood […]

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Import Tariff Fails to Benefit Kosovo, Study Shows (Balkan Insight)

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Kosovo has not increased its domestic production at all as a result of the steep import tax imposed on Serbian and Bosnian goods, a new report from the GAP think tank says. The food processing industry in Kosovo did not increase production or employment as a result of the 100-per-cent tariff applied to goods from […]

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