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Belgrade Media Report 23 December 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 23 December 2019

• Brnabic to EU ambassadors: Serbia remains committed to reform process, EU membership (Tanjug)
• Vucic: Belgrade meeting to be historic (Tanjug)
• Cadez: “Little Schengen” initiative has produced results (RTS)
• Vucic: Tahiri threatening with war and nobody reacts (RTV/Tanjug)
• High level of strategic partnership with Russian Federation (Tanjug/Beta)
• Dacic in Moscow: Russia always on Serbia’s side (RTV)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• DF: Serbian Minister Vulin should know border between Serbia and B&H is on Drina River, this will soon be border between NATO and Serbia (BN TV)
• B&H CoM composition to be confirmed (BHT1, ATV)
• Parties still without agreement on Mostar (Oslobodjenje)
• OHR: Elected leaders of this country should be ashamed for failing to comply with ECHR ruling (N1)
• RS parliament to discuss information about Program of Reforms of B&H (ATV)
• Croatia Presidential Election: Grabar-Kitarovic, Milanovic go to round two (TCN)
• Milanovic: We are going into second round but not to war, wars are over (Hina)
• Grabar-Kitarovic calls on Skoro’s voters to vote for her in runoff (Hina)
• Djukanovic: Serbian Orthodox Church and some parties are seeking to implement ideology of Great Serbian nationalism (CDM)
• Djukanovic on ‘mini Schengen’: A Balkan union cannot replace the EU (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Twelve days until Zaev resigns (Republika)
• Xhaferi says interim prime minister can be elected the same day Zaev resigns (Republika)
• Tirana: Participants of ‘Regional Meeting Western Balkans’ says doors remain open for B&H to joint Mini Schengen (N1)


• Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Serbian newspaper Srpski Telegraf, published on December 20, 2019 (Russian Foreign Ministry)
• What Macron plans for Europe (Politico)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 23, 2019

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 23, 2019

Albanian Language Media:

• Haradinaj: Don’t lift the tariff and don’t stop the Dukagjini highway (media)
• Russia’s strategic interests and tools of influence in Western Balkans (media)
• Rugova: No alternative to LDK-LVV coalition government (Telegrafi)
• Dialogue: A new chapter with old consequences (Express)
• Agim Veliu: LDK is more than a political party (Klan)
• Osmani: We want agreement with Serbia but not at cost of Kosovo borders (Koha)
• LVV to Veliu: We did not request President’s post (Express)

Serbian Language Media:

• “Europe will support ‘mini-Schengen’ initiative with 1.2 billion euros” (B92, Tanjug)
• ‘Mini Schengen is not a replacement for EU and it doesn’t mean new Yugoslavia’ (N1)
• What happened with “poisoned ballots” from Serbia? (Tanjug, B92)
• Gracanica citizens to self-organize as a protection against thieves until a solution found (KIM radio, RTS, Gracanica radio)


• In the Balkans, a disruptor poised for power (politico.eu)
• ‘Mini-Schengen’ risks driving a wedge between Albania and Kosovo (Emerging Europe)


• Europe ‘will feel’ new refugee wave, warns Turkey’s Erdogan (DW)
• “White Peony” award to Milorad Trifunovic and Bajram Qerkini, “Black Peony” to Kosovo Assembly (Radio kontakt plus)

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OSCE Broadcast Report 22 December

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• Tahiri: Mini-Schengen creates economic nucleus for Serbia (Most monitored broadcasters, TV21)
• Serbia should stop campaigns against Kosovo’s integration (TV21)
• No investigation results about allergy caused by envelopes with ballots from Serbia (KTV)
• President receives 435 amnesty requests (KTV)
• Ombudsperson finds many violations in Roma woman’s assault case handling (KTV)
• Bosnia Presidency Chairman: Kosovo is independent state, that’s my own stance (N1)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, December 23

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• Assembly session three days away, LDK insists on ‘balancing’ of posts (Zeri)
• LVV, LDK to make final efforts for an agreement (Koha)
• Veliu: No agreement until president’s post is defined (Express/Bota Sot)
• Hamiti: People with authoritarian mentality want absolute power (RTK)
• Albanian PM Rama defends Mini-Schengen in face of criticism from Kosovo (Koha)
• Palokaj: Yes to meetings with Serbian leaders, but with dignity (Koha)
• Basha: No Mini-Schengen without Serbia apologising to Kosovo (Kallxo)
• Meta: Serbia to stop campaigns against Kosovo’s integration (Zeri)
• Haradinaj justifies depleting Kosovo’s reserve fund (Klan Kosova)
• Gashi: 15 witnesses are being interviewed on Astrit Dehari’s case (media)
• Railways in Kosovo north under Serbia’s administration (media)

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