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Belgrade Media Report 15 May 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 15 May 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic receives Ossowski (Beta)
• Selakovic: We are more encouraged and stronger following talks in the Patriarchate (RTS/Tanjug)
• Rada Trajkovic sues Vucic and Djuric for endangering her safety (N1)
• Jojic, Radeta to tried in ICTY after witnesses refuse to testify in Serbia (Beta)
• Serbia, B&H, Montenegro sign border protocol (Tanjug/B92)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Erdogan, Putin discuss crisis related to formation of B&H CoM (Nezavisne)
• Radoncic: SBB B&H Presidency will reach decision on whether SBB B&H will become part of authorities on Thursday (N1)
Montenegro
• ODUPRISE Representatives travel to Brussels without opposition (Vijesti)
• Abazovic discussed Montenegrin political crisis with Weiss and Sarrazin (TMN)
Republic of North Macedonia
• VMRO-DPMNE will cooperate with Pendarovski only if it has to (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Zaev’s adviser Taleski is the new NATO coordinator (Republika)
Albania
• Democrats challenge ruling majority: Elections will not be held (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Roth: Albania deserves the opening of negotiations (European Western Balkans)

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Over 400 observers in the upcoming mayoral elections (KIM radio)

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The Central Election Commission accredited today 464 observers for the upcoming elections for mayors of four municipalities in the North, reports KIM radio. Early elections will be held on Sunday for mayors of four municipalities in the north of Kosovo, which will be followed by 464 observers from two political parties, two international missions, European […]

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”Money spent in northern Kosovo is supporting the leaders and not the people” (KIM radio)

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”Where were the millions of euros invested in the north of Kosovo?” was a topic of a debate held on Tuesday in Media Centre in Caglavica, reports KIM radio. Some panelists claimed that there was a detailed report for each euro invested, and that citizens were informed about everything else, others feel that neither councilors […]

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Thaci seeks unity from international representatives in Kosovo (media)

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President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci met today ambassadors and heads of international missions in Kosovo to share with them impressions from the Western Balkans summit in Berlin and the upcoming meeting in Paris. Thaci told international representatives that he appreciates the good will on the part of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French […]

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Kosovo Exhibition Remembers Children Killed in War (Balkan Insight)

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‘Once Upon a Time and Never Again’, an exhibition of personal possessions, stories and photographs commemorating the children killed in the Kosovo war, has opened in Pristina. The exhibition organised by the Humanitarian Law Centre Kosovo opened on Monday, with personal items on display like notebooks, report cards, clothes, shoes, school bags, toys, photos and […]

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Medieval Fortress in Kosovo ‘In Danger of Collapse’ (Balkan Insight)

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The 14th Century fortress of Novo Brdo is again under threat, despite relatively recent rehabilitation work that was intended to deal with damage suffered over many years of neglect, Kosovo’s Council for Cultural Heritage has warned. https://bit.ly/2w8Tuh7

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Hoxhaj: Paris summit, decisive for Kosovo-Serbia agreement (Klan Kosova)

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Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj said the upcoming meeting in Paris between leaders of Kosovo and Serbia will determine whether an agreement is achievable this year. In a Facebook post, Hoxhaj wrote: “2019 is a good opportunity to reach agreement with Serbia but also a missed chance if the Paris Summit doesn’t project the […]

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Danas: ”Vucic threatened bishops with confidential papers”

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Belgrade based daily Danas writes about the meeting of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic with the SPC Assembly and Patriarch Irinej. Patriarch’s praise for President Vucic and his “heroic fight for Serbia, Kosovo and Metohija and all that is related to the Serbian name” are not the position of the Holy Archbishop’s Assembly, as stated by […]

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Official denies that President Vucic “threatened bishops” (B92, Tanjug, RTS)

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Nikola Selakovic said on Wednesday that President Aleksandar Vucic “did not discipline anybody” at the Holy Assembly of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC). According to Selakovic, who is the president’s general secretary, the outcome of the meeting is that now a majority of bishops have a clearer picture of the position and policy of Serbia […]

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May 19 elections referendum for survival of Serb people in Kosovo (RTS, TV Most)

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Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija Assistant Director Petar Petkovic and Srpska Lista (SL) mayoral candidate in Mitrovica North Goran Rakic said yesterday the upcoming elections for mayors in four northern municipalities represent a referendum for the survival and remain of the Serb people in Kosovo, RTS reported. “This victory is needed to prove that […]

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Haradinaj: EU needs to step up visa liberalization process (media)

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Several news websites report that Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said today that the European Union needs to step up the visa liberalization process for Kosovo. After meeting Finish diplomats in Pristina this morning, Haradinaj took to Facebook to note: “When they take over the chairmanship of the EU Council on July 1, we strongly […]

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Fatherland Movement calls for boycott of elections (KoSSev)

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Serb National Movement Fatherland once again called for the boycott of the upcoming mayoral elections in the four northern municipalities, claiming that “the current regime of Aleksandar Vucic forces citizens” to take part in elections, KoSSev portal reported. Fatherland Movement said in a statement all those employed in remaining Serbian public institutions (health care and […]

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