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Belgrade Media Report 28 January 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 28 January 2020
LOCAL PRESS

• Stefanovic: We want to talk with the authorities in Montenegro to lower tensions (RTS)
• Djuric: We expect concrete solutions soon (Tanjug/Politika)
• Grenell: Letter of intent on rail transport possible next week (Tanjug)
• Borrell to help move Belgrade-Pristina dialogue forward (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Complications regarding formation of authorities continue (BHT1)
• Izetbegovic: We will not become NATO Member State until we all agree about it; it will be difficult to reach agreement on changes to Election Law (Glas Srpske)
• SDA’s Duvnjak: I do not expect SNSD to participate in Federation of B&H authorities, especially not at post of Federation of B&H Vice President (Oslobodjenje)
• Bosniak leaders condition Darko Culum’s appointment in SIPA with Osman Mehmedagic’s new mandate in OSA B&H (ATV)
• Miletic submits initiative to OHR for adoption of amendments to B&H Criminal Code (Hayat)
• Dodik: It is not fine that EU refused to start EU negotiations with North Macedonia (RTRS)
• Merkel to launch initiative for start of talks with Albania and North Macedonia at EU summit in March (O kanal)
Montenegro
• Djukanovic: We won’t allow another attempt to destroy Montenegro (CDM)
• Amfilohije is the only negotiating address (Pobjeda)
Albania
• Rama press conference with Merkel: Donors’ Conference would be of great help to our country (Radio Tirana)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

• Hungary border patrol fires warning shots to stop crossings (AFP)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 28, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 28, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Statement by the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, UK, and the U.S. (media)
• Quint, LVV and LDK to meet at 17:00 (Indeksonline)
• Maliqi has a proposal for LVV and LDK (media)
• LVV’s Abazi hopes power-sharing agreement with LDK will happen (media)
• AAK deputy leader Ardian Gjini’s interview to Telegrafi
• LVV does not give up Assembly Speaker’s post (ekonomiaonline)

Serbian Language Media:

• President of Montenegro: “There can be neither Great Serbia nor Great Albania, it can only be great tragedy” (Tanjug, B92)
• Stefanovic: Vucic to meet Djukanovic soon, the attack might be ethnically motivated (B92, RTS, Tanjug)
• Jeremic: ”If the Law on SPC passes in Montenegro, this will happen in Kosovo also” (Danas, KoSSev)
• US envoy Grenell satisfied with efforts to resume Serbia-Kosovo rail services (FoNet, N1)
• Ahmeti: It doesn’t cross my mind to allow construction in Badovac (KIM radio, Kosovo Online, Koha Ditore)
• ”KRIK out loud”: Behind the yacht photo (KIM radio)

Opinion:

• China Buying Balkans Influence, Competing with West (Balkan Insight)

International:

• Belgrade – Pristina Eurowings Service Will Begin In Summer 2020 (simpleflying.com)
• BIRN Fact-check: Has the Import Tax Aided Kosovo’s Economy? (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo, Serbia Make ‘Good Progress’ In Working Out Railway Deal Details (RFE)
• The Brief – Is Mini Schengen all it’s cracked up to be? (Euractiv)
• Fighting Words: Journalism Under Assault in Central and Eastern Europe (reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Plemetina: Windows of local football club’s changing room broken (Radio KIM)

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OSCE Broadcast Report 27 January

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• VV-LDK meeting ends without any agreement, next one with Quint presence (Klan Kosova, TV21, KTV)
• Veseli: If cowards run away from responsibility, country soon goes to the polls (RTK)
• Grenell: Kosovo-Serbia meeting on railways went well, more issues were discussed (KTV)
• Holocaust Day remembered (Klan Kosova)
• Thaci: Serbia denying “Balkan Holocaust”, Djuric: Don’t abuse Jewish victims (N1)
• NATO Deputy SG: We intervened in Kosovo to prevent a new genocide (KTV)
• Indictment filed against a woman who joined ISIS (Klan Kosova)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 28

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• LVV, LDK agree to include Quint ambassadors in the talks (media)
• Veliu: LDK will not accept new offers from LVV (Zeri)
• Bahtiri: Konjufca’s resignation will not happen (RTK)
• Veseli: If cowards shy away from responsibility, elections are imminent (Telegrafi)
• “Lack of transparency in Kosovo-Serbia meeting in Berlin raises questions” (Zeri)
• Konjufca to participate at Western Balkans Summit in Brussels (RTK)
• Albanian PM comments on Mini-Schengen initiative (Telegrafi/Top Channel)
• Borell announces plan to visit Kosovo and Serbia (media)
• Germany removes Kosovo from security clearance list (media)
• Former newspaper editor reports attack on his home (Bota Sot)

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