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Belgrade Media Report 30 December 2019

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 30 December 2019


• Brnabic: “Serbia 2025” project (Tanjug/RTS/Beta)
• Vucic: Serbia to experience rebirth by 2025 (Tanjug/Beta/RTS)
• Vucic: A main prerequisite is to preserve peace and stability in the region (TV Prva/B92)
• Djuric: Moraca and Ostrog the same as Gracanica and Decani (RTS)
• Djuric: Gathering around five principles of national policy (Politika/RTV/Tanjug)
• Vucic: Both Sarajevo and Dodik criticized us because of Serbia’s national defense strategy (RTS)
• Vulin: I expected Sarajevo’s gratitude to Serbia’s Defense Strategy (Tanjug/Novosti)
• Fabrizi: Continuation of Kosovo negotiations top priority for EU (Blic/Beta)
• Parliament passes army act (Beta)
• Serbian parliament ends regular session with incidents (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H Presidency split on Serbia’s new National Security and Defense Strategy (Fena/Srna/N1)
• Dodik to ask Serbia to remove RS from their Defense Strategy (N1)
• Becirovic: Vucic revealed his true plans with adoption of Defense Strategy, he is on road that leads to The Hague (Oslobodjenje)
• Bosnian political parties slam Serbia’s Defense Strategy as anti-Bosnian (N1)
• OHR spokesperson: Serbia agreed to respect B&H’s sovereignty (Fena)
• Dodik: Law on Freedom of Religion and Legal Status of Religious Communities does not do credit to state which claims that it advocates rights of all its citizens (FTV)
• Gatherings of citizens held in Pale, Banja Luka and Trebinje to protest against Law on Religious Freedoms in Montenegro (O kanal)
• Djukanovic signs Law on Freedom of Religion or Belief (CDM)
• Parliament adopts Law on absolute freedom of use of national symbols (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Outgoing Prime Minister: The interim government must organize free and fair elections and continue working for the benefit of citizens (Republika)
• Government accepts VMRO-DPMNE’s proposal for early ratification of NATO Treaty (Republika)


• Freedom to plunder? Russian Church slams contentious religious law approved in Montenegro (TASS)
• Hundreds protest in Serbia against new Montenegro church law (Euronews/AP)
• Montenegrin Police Says Four Officers Injured in Clashes With Anti-Church Law Protesters (Sputnik)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, December 31

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• Kurti rejects Thaci’s invitation for the third time (media)
• Haziri: LVV to have strong reason to bring us back at the table (RTK)
• UK: LVV, LDK to overcome differences, form new government (media)
• Apostolova calls for swift formation of new institutions (Zeri/Klan)
• Haradinaj: Kurti should form the government or move away (RTK)
• Rama about Kurti and Mustafa: Seats more important than Kosovo (media)
• LVV changes statute, its leader can keep (T7/Zeri)
• Former Kosovo Serb minister accused for abusing official post (Telegrafi)

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