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Belgrade Media Report 17 January 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Friday 17 January 2020
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic congratulates Mishustin : I am certain we will continue development of friendly relations (RTS)
• Vucic: Elections to be held on 19 or 26 April (TV Prva/Tanjug/RTS)
• Djuric: Belgrade devoted to dialogue, the problem is in Pristina (RTV/Beta)
• Joksimovic: Candidate Countries Should Join Debate on New EU Enlargement Methodology (Beta)
• Cadez: Serbia, region can count on US support (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik, Ivantsov: Any changes to DPA would be death sentence for B&H (RTRS)
• Dodik: Sarajevo needs to return property of Serbian Orthodox Church (RTRS)
• National agreement required in B&H without international interventions (Srna)
• EU to present new methodology for accession of candidate countries and possible candidates to EU (Nezavisne)
Croatia
• Plenkovic on working visit to Germany (HRT)
Montenegro
• Visegrad group wants WB to take part in the discussion on Europe’s future (RSE)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Ahmeti says he was given an offer to partition Macedonia, but he rejected it (Republika)
• Interior Minister Culev discusses election preparations with members of the diplomatic corps (Republika)
Albania
• Commissioner Varhelyi: EU should open accession negotiations with Albania before the Zagreb summit (Radio Tirana)
• Elections in Serbia, Albanians in Presevo Valley united (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Last Chance Saloon: Can the EU and Balkans be Reconciled in 2020? (BIRN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 17, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 17, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

Thaci: Kosovo has met visa liberalisation criteria (RTK)
Daut Haradinaj asks LVV: Do you want to go to elections? (Express)
Nagavci: Vjosa Osmani wanted to co-govern with Vetevnedosje (KTV)
Osmani: LDK does not initiate Konjufca’s dismissal, I believe in agreement (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Court for KLA crimes without comment on murder of alleged protected witness (Tanjug)
• “Next months crucial, EU faces risk if it doesn’t send a clear signal to region” (TASS, B92)
• Six years since murder of Dimitrije Janicijevic in Mitrovica North (Radio KIM)
• Djuric: Belgrade committed to dialogue, problem is in Pristina (Danas)
• “Major changes” in Serbian government, Vucic says (Prva TV, N1)

International:

• Kosovo PM Dismisses Rama’s Libel Charge as ‘Decoy’ (Balkan Insight)
• Why is Kosovo Taking Home Islamic State Members? (VoA)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 17

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• Kurti: Agreement for the government, not “a deal of monarchs” (media)
• Mustafa says Kurti’s letter is unofficial (RTK)
• Mustafa: I cannot say if there is going to be a coalition, we are committed (RTK)
• “It’s good that whole society is involved in debate on new government” (media)
• Konjufca calls the first Assembly session (RTK)
• U.S. Embassy calls for Oliver Ivanovic’s murder to be resolved (RTK)
• Thaci hails agreement on single electoral list of Albanian parties in Serbia (media)

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