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Belgrade Media Report 22 May 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 22 May 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Relations between Serbia, Croatia important for stability of region (Beta/RTS)
• Odalovic: Quint’s message does not fit anywhere (RTS)
• Kuburovic: No extradition discussed with Brammertz (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Croat ministers boycott B&H CoM session (FTV, RTRS)
• Covic: HDZ B&H is not conditioning formation of B&H CoM and Federation of B&H government (Dnevni avaz)
• After SDA accepted Dodik’s request on IPAP, DF threatened it would call off coalition with SDA (Dnevni list)
• Russia sees RS as main political and economic partner in B&H (ATV)
Republic of North Macedonia
• North Macedonia receives positive signals about the launch of accession talks (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Zaev and Ahmeti meet to plan their purge of corrupt government members (Republika)
Albania
• Basha warns again: Local elections will not be held (ADN)
• Rama-Thaci meeting (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• US Wants Kosovo Army to Be in Control of the Disputed Territory – Analyst (Sputnik)
• Frontex launches first joint operation outside EU, in Albania (EurActiv/AFP)

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Admiral Foggo: KSF transition to be in close coordination with NATO (media)

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Admiral James Foggo, commander of the Allied Joint Force Command Naples, said during a visit to Kosovo where he met Kosovo’s Minister of Defence, Rrustem Berisha, and the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) Commander, Rrahman Rama, that the transition of the KSF into an army should take place in close coordination with NATO. The focus of […]

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Civil society organisations seek clarification about Veseli’s name mentioned in criminal case (Koha/Klan)

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A group of twenty-four civil society organisations have raised concerns over the failure of Kosovo institutions to clarify the context in which the name of the Assembly Speaker Kadri Veseli was mentioned in a video clip which is a subject of criminal investigation into an alleged case of usury. “It is not the first time […]

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“Indecent proposal” that Angela refused (Tanjug, B92)

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Several EU leaders were trying to persuade Angela Merkel at a summit in Romania on May 9 to accept a leading position in the EU, but she refused. Three people were familiar with the situation who wanted to remain anonymous told this to Bloomberg, after conversations on that topic took place behind closed doors. They […]

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Meta: Not so easy to redraw borders (RTK)

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President of Albania, Ilir Meta, spoke in critical tones about the option of Albanians being united in one state. Speaking at a conference in Tirana organised by the George C. Marshall on the topic of security challenges in the Balkans, Meta said: “We are hearing things like why don’t all Albanians unite? But in this […]

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Vucic’s Kosovo plan at the special Assembly session (Politika, N1)

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Today’s edition of Belgrade’s daily Politika writes about the upcoming Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s meeting with representatives of the Serbian List as well as the leaders of all Serbian institutions in Kosovo. The meeting was announced for Friday and will discuss further steps. As stated by the Director of the KiM Office, Marko Djuric “all […]

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Thaci again pokes Belgrade in the eye (B92, Vecernje Novosti)

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Announcing the concept of a meeting with the Serbian delegation in Paris on July 1, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has once again “poked Belgrade in the eye,” Belgrade based daily Vecernje Novosti write today. Daily write that he announced he would present at the talks hosted by French President Emamnuel Macron the idea that Presevo, […]

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Drecun: Quint attempt to undermine results of Srpska Lista (TV Most, Tanjug)

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The international community must respect the electoral will of the Serbian people in Kosovo, Chairperson of the Serbian National Assembly Committee for Kosovo and Metohija Milovan Drecun said, TV Most reports. Drecun added that the joint statement of Quint member states on mayoral elections in the four northern Kosovo municipalities is an attempt to undermine […]

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Kurti and Mustafa agree to push ahead no-confidence motion (media)

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Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti met today leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) Isa Mustafa. In a Facebook post, Kurti wrote that they discussed the motion of no confidence against the current government of Kosovo led by Ramush Haradinaj. “Kosovo needs economic development and not institutional corruption,” Kurti wrote. He added that the citizens […]

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Srpska Lista fined: EUR 2000 per poster (Tanjug, B92, RTK 2, RTS)

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Srpska Lista, whose candidates won mayoral elections in the four northern Kosovo municipalities was fined in total EUR 6000 for the three electoral posters, Tanjug news agency reported. Srpska Lisa was fined for breaching the rules in electoral campaign as it placed the posters and leaflets on the places not foreseen for that, including public […]

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Serbia Needs Kosovo’s Respect, Not Its Land (Foreign Policy)

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Peace talks have fallen apart again in the Balkans—but Greece and Macedonia show the proper way forward. ”We are here to build bridges and break down walls,” said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to his Macedonian counterpart, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, during his visit to North Macedonia on April 2, the first ever by a […]

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UNMIK Headlines 22 May

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• German Chancellor Merkel to meet Kosovo PM Haradinaj in Berlin (media)
• Roth: No border changes, Kosovo has met visa liberalisation criteria (Zeri/Koha)
• Meta: Kosovo deserves visa liberalisation (media)
• Vucic reacts to Quint statement, says it doesn’t make sense (Zeri)
• Kosovo Assembly seeks justice for Dubrava Massacre (media)
• Risk from “soft division” keeps 30 government decisions suspended (Koha)
• Admiral James Foggo to visit Ministry of Defence today (Lajmi)
• Jahjaga: Corruption is killing Kosovo (Epoka)
• Apostolova: Only 10 percent of businesses owned by women (Epoka)
• Former KLA fighter reveals what he testified about in The Hague (Koha)

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