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Belgrade Media Report 09 August 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 9 August 2019
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: Arrival of new ambassadors proves they expect important things (TV Prva)
• Authorities and opposition hold new meeting on election conditions (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Komsic and Dzaferovic will not support candidate without decision on sending of ANP (BHT1)
• Izetbegovic: RS’ opposition parties made plan re NATO path of B&H; Sarovic denies Izetbegovic’s claims (BNTV/TV1)
• Cvijanovic: Agreement on authority formation does not contain anything that is damaging for RS (ATV)
• NATO is not insisting on MAP (Nezavisne)
• Council of EU appoints Sattler new EUSR in B&H (N1)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Rama Shifts Blame to EU for Not Opening Negotiations (Euronews)

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Elections need to bring change, not stability (Prishtina Insight)

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Aidan Hehir writes that the upcoming snap elections could break the hold of the old political guard and bring much needed change for Kosovo citizens. The forthcoming elections expected to be announced this month come at a critical point in the history of Kosovo. Some may argue that the elections couldn’t have come at a […]

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Thaci decrees new commanding structure (media)

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The President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci decreed today the new structure of the Kosovo Security Force, which is the first one after transformation of the KSF into an army. Thaci claimed KSF will be ready to serve, cultivate and strengthen peace in Kosovo and the world. “Based on the new legal package for the KSF, […]

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Veseli: Kosovo borders are sacred and untouchable (media)

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Kadri Veseli spoke today at the ceremony for the admission of 337 new members to the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) stressing that Kosovo is not a threat to anyone but that at the same time will not allow anyone else threaten it. He said Kosovo’s territorial integrity and its borders are sacred, untouchable, now and […]

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337 recruits join Kosovo Security Force (media)

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The ceremony of certification 337 new recruits to the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) took place at the “Adem Jashari” barracks in Pristina today, media report. On the occasion, KSF Commander Rrahman Rama urged the recruits to demonstrate maximum engagement in the transitioning process into an army. “FSK is a credible and multiethnic force, ready to […]

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Ruzic: Unacceptable support of the National Council of Albanians to Pristina’s decision on Serbian passports (Blic, Vecernje Novosti)

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Minister of State Administration and Local Self-Government of Serbia Branko Ruzic describe as unacceptable and as misuse for political purposes the support given by the National Council of Albanians to ”temporary institutions in Pristina” after the decision to ban the crossing of the administrative line between central Serbia and Kosovo with a Serbian passport, reports […]

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Kosovo’s analyst: Vucic and Thaci discuss territory swap all the time (N1)

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Fisnik Halimi, an analyst from Pristina, said on Thursday no one from Washington ever said that US National Security Advisor John Bolton would visit Serbia or Kosovo, and added that America was entering its election phase and that Pristina – Belgrade problem should be solved until the beginning of 2020 at the latest, N1 reported. […]

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Carpenter for VoA: Elections stop Serbia-Kosovo agreement, what is plan B if the exchange of territories plan fail (Serbian media)

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American Balkans experts Michael Carpenter told the Voice of America that the coming elections in Kosovo and Serbia could slow down the process of reaching an agreement to normalize Belgrade-Pristina relations. Carpenter, formerly a senior Department of Defense official for Russia, the Balkans Eurasia, said that election season is a very bad time to reach […]

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Carpenter: Difficult to reach Kosovo – Serbia agreement in time of elections (media)

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Michael Carpenter, former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense with responsibility for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, the Balkans, said in an interview to Voice of America that upcoming elections in Kosovo and elections in Serbia in 2020 could slow down efforts for an agreement between Belgrade and Pristina. “Kosovo does not have a Prime Minister, and […]

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OSCE Broadcast 08 August

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• Syla responds to Tanin’s request regarding his suspected Serb staff member (Klan Kosova)
• MFA accuses Serbian authorities for obstacles at the border (KTV)
• ICK condemns vandalising of Muslim graves in Prishtinë/Pristina (RTK)
• O’Connell criticizes Ministry of Integration for announcing external vacancies (KTV)
• Kosovo’s opposition ready to create future Government (GazetaExpress)
• Kosovo threatens North Macedonia with trade tariffs (GazetaExpress)
• Veseli: Morina will not be extradited to Serbia, he will soon return to his family (KTV)

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Morina’s case is not so simple (B92, Deutsche Welle, Politika)

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Serbia expects Northern Macedonia to extradite Tomor Morina, accused of committing war crimes in 1999 This expectation is based on the legal acts and a bilaterally signed Agreement on extradition. Still, this will not be so simple, Deutsche Welle reports. Skopje Basic Criminal Court stated that conditions for Tomor Morina’s extradition to Serbia were not […]

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UNMIK Headlines 9 August

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• Haradinaj to FAZ: I have never threatened witnesses (media)
• MFA: Kosovo committed in implementing freedom of movement agreement (media)
• CEC mobilises secretariat (Koha)
• Konjufca: Assembly dissolution delayed as LDK doesn’t have PM candidate (T7)
• Surroi: Government would have fallen in autumn, it lost legitimacy (Telegrafi)
• Shala: North Macedonia to remove barriers or face reciprocity (Epoka e Re)
• Berisha: Serbia’s reckless statements incite interethnic tensions (Bota Sot)
• Veseli: Tomor Morina to return to his family soon (RTK)
• Italy expels suspected Kosovar member of Islamic group (media)

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