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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 5, 2019

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 05, 2019

Albanian Language Media:

• Meta meets Kurti, Mustafa, calls for quick creation of government (Klan/KP)
• Kusari-Lila: I don’t think any party in Kosovo wants fresh elections (Telegrafi)
• Former minister sentenced to prison for remarks on Recak massacre (media)
• Poll: 59% of respondents prefer import tax on Serbia remaining in force (RTK/Telegrafi)

Serbian Language Media:

• Dacic: Pristina to revoke tariffs and return to dialogue (Tanjug, TV Most)
• “If it was up to Putin back in 1999, we would never have been bombed” (Tanjug, B92)
• Vlajic: Former Kosovo Minister of Local Self-Government and Administration Ivan Todosijevic sentenced to two years in prison (KoSSev)
• Vucic: I am saying too “Racak” was fabricated, will they convict us all? (Tanjug, B92)
• Rakic: If verdict is confirmed, Serbian List will urge Serbs to leave Kosovo institutions (TV Most)
• Fake news about death of Silvana Arsovic (Radio KIM)
• Milena Ivanovic on indictment in Oliver Ivanovic’s murder case (RTV Puls, Blic)


Serbia to Stop Buying Weapons, President Says (Balkan Insight)
Kosovo Tries Serb Ex-Fighter for Deadly Wartime Attack (Balkan Insight)


Justice demanded for missing and murdered journalists in Kosovo (media)
Organizations of persons with disabilities lack support of local authorities (Radio kontakt plus)

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Belgrade Media Report 5 December 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 5 December 2019


• Putin: Serbia will be supplied with gas (Beta)
• Vucic: Military-technical cooperation is excellent (RTS)
• Palmer: US wants normalization of Belgrade-Pristina relations; Serbia’s reliance on Russian army is not good for its progress (N1)
• Vucic: Pristina obstructs talks and dialogue (RTS)
• Djuric on Todosijevic verdict: All rights of Serbs in Kosovo are suspended (Tanjug)
• Dacic: Belgrade expects the international community to influence the new Pristina authorities to abolish taxes (RTS)
• Borrell: I want to go to Kosovo and Serbia, but not before new gov’t is formed in Pristina (Beta)
• Macron: Opening of chapters doesn’t improve life in Serbia (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• PIC SB completes its two-day session, discusses situation at local level, migrant crisis (N1)
• Dodik: PIC is body that is not stipulated by DPA so commenting on its Communiqué is out of place; Migrant crisis is not issue that PIC should be dealing with (ATV)
• HR Inzko: Certainly Mr. Dodik from Laktasi is not one who will interpret DPA (BHT1)
• Palmer, Sattler, Inzko and Kavalec meet with Izetbegovic and Covic to discuss situation in Mostar (Hayat)
• Members of B&H Presidency start two-day official visit to Slovenia, meet Slovenian President Borut Pahor (BHT1)
• NATO Summit ends in London; NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Appathurai: NATO is not imposing anything on B&H (Nezavisne novine)
• Twelve potential Croatian presidential candidates submit nominations (TCN)
• Markovic: Montenegro is in the place where it can contribute to peace and stability (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Xhaferi forwards VMRO proposal for a quick NATO vote to the Government (Republika)
• President Meta in Kosovo, praises the aid given by Kosovo’s authorities (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, December 5

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• Increasing international calls for creation of new government (Zeri)
• Sources: Thaci to convene Assembly’s constitutive session on the 19th (Telegrafi)
• “If no coalition with LVV is reached, LDK will go to opposition” (RTK/Telegrafi)
• Thaci travels to Berlin to speak about dialogue with Serbia (media)
• “Grenell to arrange meeting between Thaci and Kurti in Berlin” (Klan Kosova)
• “Normalisation of Kosovo – Serbia relations means mutual recognition” (RTK)
• Thaci: NATO in Kosovo doing an excellent job (media)
• Appathurai: NATO hopes for agreement between Kosovo and Serbia (Koha)
• Borrell: I cannot visit Kosovo as government is not formed yet (media)
• Varhelyi: I welcome “Mini-Schengen” but I have a condition (RTK)
• Mogherini gets new post at UN (Kallxo)

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Belgrade Media Report 4 December 2019

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 4 December 2019


• Vucic with Putin in Sochi (RTS)
• Vucic and Putin: Strategic partnership between Serbia and Russia is getting stronger (Tanjug)
• Putin: Our stance on KiM is immutable (B92)
• Vucic about meeting Putin: We don’t stab friends in the back (Tanjug, Beta)
• Early helicopter delivery gesture from Russia, Vucic says (Beta)
• Vucic: Reforms of army to continue, no more weapons purchases (Beta)
• Vucic and Cerar discuss bilateral cooperation, ties in the region, EU integration (Beta)
• Varhelyi: Serbia needs to speed up reforms on road to EU (Beta)
• Weber: Continuous momentum in integration needed (Beta)
• Jeremic: SzS not giving up election boycott (Beta)
• Serbia receives agreement to open Chapter 4 in Accession Talks in December (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: NATO membership is not option for RS; This is century of Serb integration (ATV)
• Two-day session of PIC SB begins in Sarajevo (BHT1)
• B&H CoM session takes place; SNSD’s Kosarac: Postponing of B&H CoM’s session and holding of session afterwards only proves disputable behavior of current B&H CoM (ATV)
• B&H Presidency members pay official visit to Slovenia (FTV, Srna)
• Representatives of RS Government confirm that new decision is being prepared with aim of protecting January 9 as Day of RS (Glas Srpske)
• Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis challenges French President Emmanuel Macron over move to block EU enlargement (BHT1)
• Nigerian students participating in World InterUniversities Championships exiled to Bosnia! (TCN)

Republic of North Macedonia
• NATO Summit in London – Zaev: Blocking EU negotiations was unfair (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Pendarovski: France will not veto Macedonia from opening EU accession talks again (Republika)
• Zaev’s corruption gives ammunition to the critics of enlargement, Mickoski tells Weber (Republika)


• Serbia “shielding” Russia from NATO (Russia Today)

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