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Belgrade Media Report 29 October 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 29 October 2019

• Dacic: Much better foreign political position of Serbia (RTS/Tanjug/RTV)
• Former chief of UNMIK’s Regional Serious Crime Unit Stu Kellock: Intelligence services knew who suspects were in journalists’ deaths (RTS/UNS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Izetbegovic: Meeting with HDZ B&H cancelled due to personal reasons, Covic obviously supports Dodik regarding CoM and ANP (TV1)
• Dodik: Reject High Representative’s Bonn powers (Srna)
• Dodik: It is evident that certain IC’ reps accepted conditioning, siding with Bosniak efforts to impose certain decisions which should be reached in regard to ANP (RTRS)
• Dodik: Conditioning and interference of IC and HRs has been lasting for too long and special session of RS parliament will be held precisely because of that (RTRS)
• Covic takes over seat of speaker of B&H HoP, says EU, NATO integration will be his priorities (BHT1)
• Officials in B&H welcome North Macedonia’s President’s initiative for organization of extraordinary summit dedicated to Western Balkan countries’ path to EU (Glas Srpske)
• Minister Grlic Radman comments on Dzaferovic’s claims Croatia runs unilateral policy towards B&H (HRT1)
• Bosnia’s HDZ to back Grabar-Kitarovic for Croatia’s President (Hina)
• Canak: Brussels has done a huge injustice to Montenegro (Dnevne novine)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Nikos Kotzias undertakes international initiative for the Balkans (Nezavisen vesnik)
• The Conference: US Policy in the W. Balkans in focus (ADN)


• North Macedonia PM says EU accession halt putting name deal at risk (ekathimerini.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, October 29, 2019

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Albanian Language Media:

Vetevendosje appeals ECAP decision on Diaspora ballots (media)
Certification of election results, focus of Thaci-Daka meeting (media)
Mustafa confirms Haziri’s role in talks, but not as chief negotiator (Express)
Thaci: Proud of Kosovo army (media)
U.S. expert: Grenell cannot find solution for Kosovo-Serbia dialogue earlier than spring 2010 (Express, VoA)
France: No visa liberalisation for Kosovo until all conditions are met (Express)
“Any internationally-guaranteed Kosovo-Serbia deal is acceptable” (media)

Serbian Language Media:

Heritage Foundation expert says US should be cautious with Serbia over Kosovo (N1, Beta)
US Senate idea: To solve BiH and Kosovo in ”a package” (Kosovo Online, Sputnik)
EU “launches” a new plan for Serbia: Forget membership? (Vecernje Novosti, B92, Kosovo Online)
Detention of 28 persons arrested in Kosovo north extended, Office for KiM reacts (Radio KIM)
CEPS warn of ‘captured state’ phenomenon in Serbia and Montenegro (BETA, N1)
Rationale of the Central African Republic (CAR) on revoking recognition of Kosovo (B92, Sputnik)


Robelli: A justice-loving state or a region of thugs? (Koha Ditore)

Indictments Loom as Questioning of Kosovo Ex-Guerrillas Intensifies (Balkan Insight)
Kosovo Town Files More War Crimes Complaints Against Serbs (Balkan Insight)
Former EU top diplomat becomes security lobbyist (EU Observer)

Humanitarian and Development:

Petition initiated against environmental degradation from hydropower plants (media)
EU to grant 76 mln euro to curb pollution from Kosovo power plant – KEK (SeeNews)

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OSCE Broadcast Report 28 October

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• Vetëvendosje to appeal ECAP’s decision to Supreme Court (All monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• Konjufca: Srpska Lista should recognise state of Kosovo (Most monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• VV-LDK meeting focussed on economy (All monitored broadcasters, Klan Kosova)
• PDK and AAK undetermined about their involvement in dialogue (Most monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• Astrit Dehari – turning point in Kosovo’s justice history (RTK)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, October 29

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• VV, LDK working groups discuss economy, “agree on 90% of topics” (media)
• ECAP rejects LVV’s request to count Diaspora ballots (media)
• Kosnett calls for swift formation of new government (media)
• Vetevendosje deputy leader Glauk Konjufca’s interview to TV Dukagjini
• Haziri appointed LDK chief negotiator for talks with Vetevendosje (media)
• Vetevendosje leader Kurti meets UN Development Coordinator Richardson (Zeri)
• Vetevendosje leader Kurti meets PDTK leader Yagcilar (media)
• PDK, AAK undetermined on possible involvement in dialogue with Serbia (RFE)
• Mogherini to meet Western Balkans leaders (Koha)
• Meta: Final Kosovo-Serbia agreement to be sustainable (Telegrafi)
• 102 additional criminal charges for Serbs suspected for war crimes (RTK)
• Dacic refuses to stop campaign against Kosovo’s recognition (Zeri)
• Dacic: UNSC session on Kosovo to be held on October 31 (RTK)
• “Agreement is impossible if Albanians allowed to dream ‘Greater Albania’” (Klan)

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