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Belgrade Media Report 27 December 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 27 December 2019

• Brnabic: Authorities working solely for benefit of Serbia and its people (Beta)
• Vucic: We are just one of guarantors of the Dayton (Novosti)
• Disputed articles in the controversial Law on Freedom of Religion (Telegraf)
• Patriarch Irinej deeply distressed over events in Montenegro (RTS)
• Police beat up Bishop Metodije (Beta/B92)
• SzS: Montenegro to declare controversial law null and void, de-escalate tensions (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Komsic on Serbia’s Strategy of Defense: Unless this document is suspended, relations between two countries will be seriously undermined (Hayat)
• Dodik: B&H Presidency did not take position on Defense and National Security Strategy of Serbia which is why Komsic cannot speak neither on behalf of B&H Presidency nor on behalf of B&H (Srna)
• Protest of opposition in RS held in Banja Luka, protestors request removal of Lukac and criticize RS authorities for failure to deliver original Program of Reforms of B&H to RS parliament (BNTV)
• Stanivukovic files criminal report against Lukac (N1)
• SDS launches initiative for removal of Lukac (BNTV)
• Parliament adopts the Law on Freedom of Religion (CDM/N1)
• Markovic following Law adoption: We will make sure that everything runs smoothly (RTCG)


• EU’s broken promises in the Balkans lead to rocky road in 2020 (Deutsche Welle)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 27, 2019

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, December 27, 2019

Albanian Language Media:

• Thaci invites Kurti to give him mandate to form new government (media)
• Kurti turns down Thaci’s invitation, he is not in Pristina (Gazeta Express)
• Konjufca: It was clear to LDK that Vetevendosje would not block Assembly (KTV)
• EU Office welcomes constitution of new Assembly (media)
• Albanian President comments on Vucic’s remarks about Recak massacre (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Drecun: Serbian List must not be marginalized in new government (RTS)
• CI SDP: Ivanovic’s murder trial will be a farce (KoSSev)


• Kosovo Parliament Convenes as Coalition Deal Remains Elusive (The New York Times)
• LDK to Support Kosovo Minority Government From Opposition (Balkan Insight)
• War Commanders Questioned as Prosecutors Step Up Probes (Balkan Insight)
• Western Balkans Have Yet to Embrace Freedom of Information (Balkan Insight)


• Gorazdevac: We’ve survived the worst, but we are slowly disappearing (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, December 27

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• New Kosovo Assembly constituted, Konjufca elected Assembly speaker (media)
• Sources: Thaci to give Kurti mandate today to form new government (Express)
• Kurti: Konjufca’s election was not a surprise (media)
• LVV: LDK seeking to get more than it is entitled to (media)
• U.S., UK, congratulate constitution of Kosovo Assembly (media)
• President Thaci hails constitution of Assembly (media)
• Mustafa: LVV acted in a biased manner (KTV)
• Veseli: LVV-LDK coalition is ‘give or take’ (media)
• Haradinaj: Kosovo to be more vigilant to movement of Russian nationals (Zeri)

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