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UNMIK Headlines 31 August

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• Pre-election coalition registration deadline expires, LDK,VV to run alone (media)
• Mustafa: True elections do not involve pre-election coalitions (RTK)
• Vetevendosje calls on its members to apply for election (media)
• Quint countries issue statement on forthcoming elections (media)
• U.S. appoints Matthew Palmer Western Balkans envoy (media)
• Kosovo leaders welcome Palmer’s appointment (Zeri)
• Pacolli reacts to Dacic at EU-Western Balkans meeting (KP/Koha)

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Statement by the SRSG on the occasion of the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances

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On the occasion of the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMIK Zahir Tanin reiterated the UN’s commitment to supporting efforts to determine the fate and whereabouts of persons still missing in Kosovo. While noting that 70 percent of cases related to missing persons in […]

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Kosovo leaders pay homage to missing persons on International Day of the Disappeared (media)

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Kosovo leaders have expressed support for the plight of families of missing persons on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci said that determining the fate of missing persons was vital to Kosovo. “On this international day we call on international institutions to do more towards resolving the […]

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Apostolova: Kosovo should do more for missing persons and their families (Indeksonline)

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On the International Day of the Disappeared, Head of the EU Office in Kosovo and Special Representative Nataliya Apostolova called on Kosovo institutions to do more for missing persons and their families. Our thoughts go to missing persons and their families. Through our support to Forensic Institute, EU offers practical support in solving the fate […]

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EULEX commemorates International Day of the Disappeared (media)

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The EU rule of law mission has issued a statement on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances saying that it was imperative that the concerned parties to exchange reliable and relevant information on the fate of 1,653 missing persons. “Coordination between stakeholders must improve and communication with family associations strengthened. The continued […]

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Belgrade Media Report 30 August 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 30 August 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic announces diplomatic offensive for September (TV Pink/Tanjug)
• Vucic to go to UN, Vatican in September (Tanjug/RTV/RTS)
• No new conditions for Serbia – Brussels source (Tanjug)
• Ljajic: EC message nothing new, Serbia no exception (Tanjug)
• Lajcak: Reality is that Kosovo is not recognized by five EU members; Serbia cannot move in several directions at once (Tanjug)
• Djuric, Braathu on upcoming elections in Kosovo and Metohija (Tanjug/RTV)
• Vucic meets former MEPs in what looks like EU shuttle diplomacy in Serbia (Beta)
• Former MEPs meet with authorities, opposition in parliament (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Komsic: Dodik’s claims are unrealistic; My stance is clear, I will not approve appointment of B&H CoM chair-designate without ANP (Oslobodjenje)
• Berton says PIC held session on Thursday to be ready in case of realization of Dodik’s threats (N1)
• Wigemark suggests considering option of snap elections if solution to problem of implementation of election results in B&H is not found; B&H MPs agree (BN TV/Avaz)
• Crnadak attends informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Helsinki (Hayat/BN TV)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Dendias: I made it clear to Dimitrov that Greece would insist on strict implementation of the Prespa Agreement (MIA)
Albania
• Meta reveals the only institution that can oppose him (ADN)
• CoE reacts on closure of two talk shows in Albania that criticized Rama (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• The unfulfilled promise of the revolutions of 1989 (The Washington Post)

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MFA: Kosovo, equal participant at Helsinki meeting (media)

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Kosovo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it was attending the informal meeting of EU and Western Balkans leaders in Helsinki, chaired by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, as an equal party. In a statement to the press, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Minister Behgjet […]

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Odalovic reacts to Pristina intention to seek international arrest warrant for Vladimir Cizelj (Danas, RTS)

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Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Secretary General Veljko Odalovic said that Vladimir Cizelj is a man of serious integrity, a patriot, committed to the same goal as an entire Serbian Government and the Serbian President and it is to dismantle “the self-declared Kosovo state”, Danas daily reported. I do not know what Pristina is guided […]

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Lajcak: Serbia cannot move in several directions at the same time (RTS, Tanjug)

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Slovakia Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak said that announced signing of the Free Trade Agreement between Serbia and Eurasia does not bring Serbia closer to its strategic goal, which is the EU membership, RTS reports. “If you are serious about your European orientation then you do not make political choices that do not bring you […]

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Families Lose Hope of Finding Kosovo’s Missing (Balkan Insight)

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Inadequate investigations by international organisations and political tensions between Pristina and Belgrade have meant that several hundred Serbs who disappeared during and after the Kosovo war have not been found. Andrija Tomanovic, the head of the surgery clinic at the Clinical Hospital Centre in Pristina, called his daughter Jelena on June 24, 1999 at around […]

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Kosovo Imam Dismissed for Backing Theory of Evolution (Balkan Insight)

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The Kosovo Islamic Community has dismissed an imam for “contradicting Islamic principles” and “spreading falsehoods” after he said he accepted that Darwin’s theory of evolution is correct. Drilon Gashi, a young and unconventional cleric who served for two years as imam at the mosque in the village of Vitomirica in Kosovo’s Peja/Pec municipality, said on […]

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Hahn: Revoking the tariffs is crucial (RTS)

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EU Commissioner for Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said in Helsinki that the positive outcome of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue is of crucial importance for the European perspective of an entire Western Balkan region, RTS reports. He urged Pristina authorities once again to revoke the tariffs on the goods from Serbia. “It is crucial that the tariffs […]

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