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Belgrade Media Report 12 November 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 12 November 2019

• Brnabic: Withdrawal of Kosovo’s recognition victory for Serbia’s policy (Tanjug/RTS)
• Vucic: Talks with Macron in three parts (Tanjug/RTS)
• As for Macron, we knock on an open door and there is no dilemma (Tanjug/B92)
• Djuric: Serbs brutally denied right to vote (RTS)
• Borisov: Gas supplies from Bulgaria to Serbia to begin by May 2020 (TV Prva)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: Rights, competences and obligations of RS need to be defended (RTRS)
• Salkic: RS parliament session represents continuation of separatist activities (FTV)
• Dzaferovic: If DPA is questioned, so are B&H entities (FTV)
• Other reactions to RS parliament special session (N1)
• SDP Presidency: Whole country is in crisis, directed by SDA and HDZ B&H with help of their partner SNSD (Oslobodjenje)
• Mektic: Serb Ministers in B&H CoM will ask for removal of ANP from agenda of Tuesday’s session of CoM (BHT1)
• Turkey starts deporting former ISIL soldiers to their countries of origin; Mektic: B&H will accept only individuals that one unambiguously identifies as B&H nationals (BHT1)
• Foreign Minister says NATO role beyond question (Hina)
• Montenegro has to think carefully about ‘mini-Schengen’ (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Pendarovski meets with Macron in Paris (Republika)
• Zaev: We agreed in Ohrid on measures to improve movement of people, goods and services through the region (Nezavisen vesnik)
• DUI does not want early elections in April (Sloboden pecat)
• Ruci calls on the EU countries to verify the reforms our country has undertaken (Radio Tirana)


• Von der Leyen locks horns with Macron over EU enlargement (EurActiv)
• What does Macron really want on Western Balkans? (EUobserver)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 12, 2019

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 12, 2019

Albanian Language Media:

• Tripartite meeting between Macron, Thaci and Vucic (Lajmi)
• Thaci: Balkans integration in NATO and EU, the only perspective for peace (media)
• Vjosa Osmani reacts to Vucic’s claims (media)
• Why Kosovo fears the Balkans “Mini-Schengen”? (Radio Free Europe)
• Kurti: Ohrid summit should not have taken place (RTK)
• Vetevendosje appeals ECAP decision before the Supreme Court (Koha)
• Egyptian Liberal Party has a condition for Kurti (Indeksonline)
• EU: Dialogue must resume and import tariff lifted (Telegrafi)
• Rama furthers ties with Vucic, while Dacic convinces Ghana to retract Kosovo recognition (Express)
• Kurti: Government will be more active in supporting Presevo Valley Albanians (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic on meeting Macron and Thaci today: I was realistic and open (RTS)
• Vucic after meeting Macron last night: With Armagnac from 1914, we ended very good one-hour conversation” (Tanjug, B92)
• Vucic: Thaci didn’t tell Macron what he really meant (Tanjug, B92)
• Novosti: Kosovo has lost majority in the UN (Vecernje Novosti, Tanjug, B92)
• Djuric: Kurti clearly opted for past (RTS)
• “Free flow of goods, services and people more important than withdrawing recognition” (Tanjug, B92)


• Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ): Macron’s gift to the Russian authorities (NZZ, Sputnik, B92)
• Belgrade Condemns Kosovo’s Invalidation of Votes from Serbia (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, November 12

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• ECAP declares ballots from Serbia invalid (media)
• Haxhiu: ECAP, an influenced and not serious institution (Epoka)
• Bajrami: Looks like we won’t have a new government till 2020! (media)
• Thaci meets Macron: Kosovo is ready for a peace agreement (media)
• Kosovo Foreign Ministry reacts to Dacic’s claims: Filthy propaganda (media)
• Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti’s interview with Report TV
• “Difficult for countries that have not achieved peace to create other areas” (Koha)
• Visa liberalisation for Kosovo in the hands of EU countries (Lajmi/Bota Sot)
• Two years of defensive diplomacy (Koha Ditore)
• Gucati: Specialist Chambers could summon Thaci too (Epoka)
• Mukwege: 20 years on, no convictions for conflict-related sexual violence in Kosovo (media)
• Osmani: Unacceptable for UN to completely ignore Kosovo civilian victims (Telegrafi)

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