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Belgrade Media Report 24 June 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 24 June 2019

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: U.S. wants main role in Belgrade Pristina mediation (Beta)
• Dacic: U.S. sees Paris meeting delay as proof that it’s indispensable (Pink TV)
• Dacic: not realistic to expect only US to join in dialogue (RTS, Beta)
• Djuric: Representatives of Pristina acted arrogantly towards the host in Berlin (RTS)
• Jeremic: Move to cancel meeting in Paris is a circus show directed by Belgrade and Pristina (Danas)
• Vucic: Medvedev told me Russia would protect Serbia’s territorial integrity (Beta)
• Russian Ambassador: Russia has not and will not trade with Kosovo issue (Politika)
• State Department: Belgrade and Pristina must remove obstacles and return to negotiations (Beta)
• US Ambassador: The US will not lead the Belgrade-Pristina process (FoNet)
• Canak would solve Kosovo issue by recognizing Kosovo (Blic)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Covic says there are no more obstacles to formation of state-level authority; Dodik says he is not optimistic; Izetbegovic: It is necessary to find compromise (BHT1)
• Komsic: Contesting of ANP by political representatives from RS is absolutely unnecessary (Fena)
• Commander of NATO Bissel welcomes B&H’s aspirations to become member of EU and NATO, says delivery of ANP could help strengthen cooperation with NATO (Oslobodjenje)
Croatia
• Miroslav Skoro announces presidential run (HRT)
• Slovenian President: Border arbitration ruling will be implemented (Hina)
Montenegro
• Ambassador Reinke: Montenegro has the right to its own choices (Dan)
• Chepurin: Djukanovic will end up as Poroshenko (N1)
• PM Markovic: Venice Commission confirmed our freedom and independence (CDM)
• Brajovic: Montenegro will be first new EU member state (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Tevdovski out, Zaev names himself Finance Minister (Republika)
Albania
• United opposition held its 9th national protest (Radio Tirana)
• Zaharieva: Historical mistake if accession negotiations won’t kick off with Albania and North Macedonia (Radio Tirana)

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Germany will continue support for Kosovo (RTK)

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The Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj met today the German delegation headed by the European Parliament Vice-President Rainer Wieland. They discussed the recent political developments in Kosovo and the region as well as possibility of increase of cooperation between Kosovo and Germany. Haradinaj informed the German delegation about the priorities of the government, with […]

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Survey: 93 percent of Kosovo Albanians against change of borders (media)

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Oxford Professor Anthony Heath presented at “Vox populi on the grand finale between Kosovo and Serbia” organized by Pristina-based RIDEA in Pristina a survey on three main issues between Kosovo and Serbia. He said there is uncertainty among Albanian and Serbian population on what should the final agreement between Kosovo and Serbia be. He presented […]

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Egyptian National Day marked, Kosovo leads in respect of minority rights (Indeksonline)

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The news website reports on a reception held today in Pristina on the occasion of the Egyptian National Day – July 24. At the reception it was said that Kosovo leads in the region in terms of respecting communities’ rights. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said despite the integration of the Egyptian community in the institutions, […]

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Serbia continues to invest in Kosovo, Hoxhaj calls on EU to react (Lajmi)

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Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj has reacted today against Serbia’s investments in mainly Serb-inhabited municipalities in Kosovo, the news website reports. Hoxhaj said that the European Union should condemn and block what he called Serbia’s destabilizing actions. “Serbia continuous colonization projects to change ethnic structure in north of Kosovo. These dangerous acts create tensions, […]

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Thaci: Region can become unstable if agreement is not reached (RTK/Indeksonline)

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Kosovo President Hashim Thaci said today in Pristina that it is in Kosovo’s national interest to reach a legally-binding agreement with Serbia that would include mutual recognition. Speaking at a conference on “Vox populi on the grand finale between Kosovo and Serbia” organized by Pristina-based RIDEA, Thaci said Kosovo wants to clarify its relation as […]

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Secret meetings with Serbian side – Ahmeti clashes with Thaci (Express)

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The news website reports that Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and PSD leader and co-head of Kosovo’s delegation for talks with Serbia, Shpend Ahmeti, clashed in today’s session of the Kosovo Assembly over secret meetings between Kosovo and Serbia representatives. Thaci mentioned a recent meeting in Berlin between Prime Minister Haradinaj’s associates and Belgrade representatives. Ahmeti […]

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Delegation of the German Christian Democratic Union visited Visoki Decani (Kossev)

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A group of senior officials of the German Christian Democratic Union, led by European Parliament Vice-President Reiner Wieland, visited the Visoki Decani Monastery today where they talked about the current situation in Kosovo, as well as about the monastery itself with Abbot Sava Janjic. Visoki Decani monastery announced in a Facebook post that Father Sava […]

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Dacic: Cancellation of Paris meeting proof to US that nothing can be done without them (BETA, TV Pink, TV N1)

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Serbian Foreign Affairs Minister Ivica Dacic said on Sunday the delay of the meeting of Pristina and Belgrade officials in Paris is “someone’s defeat,” but least of which a Serbian defeat. He also told TV Pink that there is not much grief in either Brussels or Washington that the meeting has been postponed. “This is […]

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State Department 2018 Religious Freedoms Report focused on violations of religious rights of SOC in Kosovo, especially Dečani Monastery (Raska-Prizren Eparchy)

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In the most recent report of the State Department on International Religious Freedom in 2018 particular attention was paid to violations of religious and property rights of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) in Kosovo, Raska-Prizren Eparchy said in a statement posted on its web-site. “The SOC and international organizations said Decan/Decani municipal officials continued to […]

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US Ambassador: The US will not lead the Belgrade-Pristina process (FoNet, N1)

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The US Government will not lead the normalisation process between the official Belgrade and Pristina, that is the European Union’s (EU) job, but we will be there to help as much as possible,” US Ambassador to Serbia Kyle Scott said in an interview with FoNet. “But what the normalisation will be like and what an […]

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Russian Ambassador: Russia has not and will not trade with Kosovo issue (Beta, N1, Politika)

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There never was nor will there ever be any trade with the Kosovo issue when Russia is concerned, Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Chepurin said adding that the UN’s Resolution 1244 remains the only basis for a political solution to the Kosovo issue. “The Resolution considers the national interests of Serbia and provides the opportunity […]

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