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Belgrade Media Report 05 February 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 5 February 2020

• Vucic, Godfrey discuss Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, Trump’s Middle East peace plan (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
• Dacic thanks Angola for principled support of Serbia’s territorial integrity (Tanjug)
• Djuric: Kurti doesn’t want agreement, but capitulation (Tanjug)
• Vulin: Kurti doesn’t want negotiations (TV Pink/FoNet)
• Stano: EU Special Envoy for Belgrade-Pristina dialogue just one of the ideas on the table (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• NATO: B&H required to complete registration of military property after it has entered MAP (N1)
• B&H HoR: MPs discuss NATO related issues although this item was not included in agenda (BHT1)
• Kovacevic: It was Ivanic who adopted only condition for MAP (Glas Srpske)
• Dodik against visit of Montenegro President Djukanovic to B&H; Reactions (N1)
• Salkic: Dodik can only dream about post of Federation of B&H Vice President (Oslobodjenje)
• EU is committed to deepening its partnership with Western Balkans, and is offering credible accession perspective for region (Nezavisne novine)
• Inter-Religious Council of B&H organizes joint prayer for all victims of war in B&H (O kanal)
• UN Secretary-General coming to 25th anniversary of Srebrenica genocide (N1)
• Picula: Summit in May will be ‘right opportunity’ for EU and Western Balkans (Hina)
• Djukanovic: Serbian Orthodox Church hasn’t been creating Montenegro but has been trying to erase it (RTCG)
• Different views on other matters must not hinder our EU aspirations (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev now says elections will go ahead as planned, but leaves room to change his mind again (Republika)
• No progress in talks aimed at creating a coalition of opposition Albanian parties (Republika)
• Pendarovski in Poland: I expect Spain to ratify Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol next month (Republika)


• A more credible, dynamic, predictable and political EU accession process – Commission lays out its proposals (European Commission)
• Brussels puts French accent on EU enlargement (Politico)
• Brajovic: We see these political and media pressures as an attempt to threaten our national identity (Balkan Insider)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 5, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 5, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Osmani: Tax to be replaced with reciprocity measures (Indeksonline)
• State Department: Looking forward to building on our strong partnership (Express)
• Speaker Osmani meets Albanian Ambassador Minxhozi (media)
• Braathu: Kurti’s ambition for work could bring about change (RTK)
• New defence minister Quni offers his predecessor cabinet post (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Putin: Russia helps in maintaining stability in Balkans (RTS)
• Djuric: Kurti does not want agreement, but capitulation of Serbia (RTS)
• Rakic: Kurti started mandate with anti-Serbian statements (RTS)
• Varhelyi: To continue dialogue as soon as possible, tariffs must be lifted (RTS)
• Godfrey: Serbia crucial for maintaining stability in the Balkans (BETA, B92)
• Joseph: Election of Kurti should not necessarily move dialogue backward (Radio KIM, VoA)
• European Commission adopts new accession methodology for Western Balkans (N1)


• Advertising the government’s work online (Prishtina Insight)
• EU Proposes Greater Role For Member States In Enlargement Process (RFE)
• Ready Or Not, Albin Kurti Is Kosovo’s Man Of The Moment (RFE)


• First civil society organisations forum in Pristina (Radio kontakt plus)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, February 5

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• Kurti: We will be a government of servants not rulers (media)
• Kurti after meeting Kosnett: We will keep our friends very close (media)
• Kurti: We are not here to appease appetites but to heal wounds (RTK)
• Osmani responds to criticism over removing Thaci’s picture (media)
• Haradinaj: New government should not lift the tax (VOA)
• Stano: EU special envoy for dialogue is an idea (media)
• Braathu: Resumption of Dialogue, necessary for peace in the region (Koha)
• EU and Western Balkans to be more sincere in enlargement process (Koha)
• Bahtiri seeks fund for construction of houses in the north (Kosovapress/Klan)

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