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Belgrade Media Report 10 February 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 10 February 2020

• Vucic: I do not believe they will offer anything good to the Serbs (Tanjug/RTS/Beta/B92)
• Brnabic: New methodology for accession negotiations pragmatic (TV Pink/Tanjug)
• Dacic: Serbia will not do everything to join EU (Beta/Novosti/Politika)
• Drecun: Kurti trying to squeeze Thaci out of the dialogue (TV Pink/Tanjug)
• Office for Kosovo and Metohija condemns ban for basketball players from Batocina to cross Jarinje (RTS/Tanjug/Politika)
• Measures taken to improve election conditions (Tanjug)
• EU officials: Citizens to have as wide range of policies as possible in election (Beta)
• Fajon on visit to Serbia: As if there are parallel worlds, institutions, media (FoNet)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• B&H Constitutional Court rules that Article 53 of RS Law on Agricultural Land is unconstitutional (N1/ATV/RTRS)
• B&H HoR fails to support appointment of Spiric as member of Commission for Commission for Appointment and Supervision of work of APIK (FTV)
• Palmer condemns proposal for appointment of SNSD’s Spiric as member of B&H parliament’s Commission for APIK (BHT1)
• Minister Turkovic: United States has not forgotten B&H (Dnevni avaz)
• Cvijanovic on press release of B&H Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding Spiric’s appointment (RTRS)
• SNSD Executive Committee convenes: Bosniaks are blocking appointments of Serbs to posts in B&H institutions (ATV)
• Cvijanovic meets members of US Congress in Washington (ATV)
• Cvijanovic: Interest for B&H in US administration is decreasing (RTRS)
• Dodik: Inviting Trump, Pope Francis for marking of 11 July in Srebrenica is private initiative of Komsic, Dzaferovic (RTRS)
• Covic: B&H and Russia should strengthen inter-parliamentary cooperation (Vecernji list)
• Swedish media criticize Croatia: Don’t let them join Schengen (TCN/Index)
• Djukanovic: This is an attempt to bring Montenegro back to the middle ages (CDM)
• Boskovic: We won’t tolerate an escalation of violence in Montenegro (Pobjeda)
• EU does not provide guidelines on how a country should regulate religious freedoms (CDM)
• Guterres: Montenegro plays an important role in the region (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev: Parliament may postpone dissolution if there is blocking of legal solutions (Republika)
• Nikoloski in US: After change of government, 2020 will not be a lost year for citizens and road to EU integration (Republika)
• No date before elections: New Enlargement Commissioner crushes government hopes of EU talks in March (Republika)
• Bushati: EU accession, now more demanding (ADN)


• What Prevents Serbia From Exploring Aftermath of 1999 NATO Bombings? (Sputnik)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 10, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 10, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• PM Kurti to visit Tirana tomorrow (media)
• PDK boycotts Assembly presidency meeting (media)
• Ruling coalition, opposition divide parliamentary committees (Kallxo)
• Basketball club from Serbia refused entry to Kosovo (Klan Kosova)
• Engel unconvinced with Trump’s mediation of Pristina-Belgrade talks (Express)
• Haxhiu plans to visit the north to see work of institutions there (RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• Dacic: I expect nothing from new Kosovo government (Tanjug, Radio KIM)
• Blic daily on Merkel-Vucic meeting, plan for Kosovo (B92, Blic)
• Census lowered to three percent, 40 percent of women on the election lists in Serbia (Tanjug, B92)
• Basketball players banned to enter Kosovo, Office for KiM, Srpska Lista react (KoSSev)
• Janjic: Reciprocity would mean endless conflicts (RTK2, Radio kontakt plus)
• Lawyer Vasic says no conditions for hearing in Ivanovic’s case to be held tomorrow (Kosovo-online)
• Prosecutor Syle Hoxha is retiring, controversial court cases remain (TV Most, Kosovo-online)


• New EU Enlargement Strategy Leaves Balkans Unimpressed (Balkan Insight)


• New Kosovo PM Says Ties With Serbia Should Be Based On ‘Symmetry’ (RFE)


• Record number of women in government ‘inspirational’ (Prishtina Insight)
• Maternal deaths ‘lost in the system’ (Prishtina Insight)
• Rumena Ljubic: Solitude is my greatest enemy (Radio Gorazdevac, KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, February 10

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• Thaci optimistic Kosovo-Serbia dialogue to end with mutual recognition (RTK)
• Dialogue and reciprocity with resolutions (Koha)
• EU Council calls informal meeting of Western Balkans leaders (Zeri)
• German Chancellor Merkel invites PM Kurti for visit (Epoka e Re)
• Der Spiegel: Kurti and Osmani can make the change in Kosovo (RTK)
• Haxhiu: Vetting process in justice will commence within 24 months (RTK)
• British national tests negative for coronavirus (media)
• Vucic: We are in a difficult situation, nothing good for Serbs (RTK)

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