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Belgrade Media Report 12 February 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 12 February 2020

• Vucic: Non-interference in Montenegro’s internal affairs (RTS/Sputnik)
• Stefanovic: I appreciate US pressure on Pristina, but it seems it could be greater (RTS/Tanjug)
• Vulin: Why do the authorities in Montenegro have a problem when somebody from Serbia is coming (RTS)
• Gojkovic at Russia-Serbia Parliamentary Commission session (Tanjug/RTV)
• Cucic: Enough room for migrants in reception centers (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: B&H CC’s decision on Law on Agricultural Land of RS is attack on territorial organization of B&H (RTRS)
• Ramic on B&H CC’s decision on Law on Agricultural Land of RS: OHR should impose law (N1)
• Talks on formation of FB&H government fail to bring results; OHR, US Embassy, EUD call for formation of authorities at all levels of power (N1)
• Commission for Appointment of SC government rejects all 12 candidates for new convocation of SC government (FTV/Oslobodjenje)
• Colo: HDZ B&H has to stop with obstructions and only international community can make them do that (Oslobodjenje)
• Palmer: We are worried about Russian intentions about Western Balkans (N1)
• Kosarac hosts meeting on Croatia’s intention to build nuclear landfill near border with B&H (Hayat)
• Government to provide legal aid for survivors of Serb concentration camps (HRT)
• Tensions within the HDZ continue to rise ahead of intra-party elections (HRT)
• Metropolitanate hasn’t launched initiative for assessment of constitutionality of new law (CDM)
• Erdogan to visit Montenegro soon (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Macedonian parliament ratifies the NATO accession protocol (Republika)
• Zidan: Macedonia has done more than any other EU candidate (Republika)
• Di Meio: Regardless of methodology, EU talks shouldn’t be delayed (Republika)
• Mini-Schengen provokes first ‘dispute’ of Albania and Kosovo PMs (ADN)
• Kosovo may be positive example of good governance in region (ADN)
• Ruci: Kurti’s government to successfully overcome challenges (ADN)
• Opposition leader guarantees support to Kosovo’s PM (ADN)


• Serbian leader lauds upcoming WWII victory celebrations (TASS)
• Balkan spies ‘feed’ EU’s police database via Czechs (EUobserver)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 12, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 12, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Konjufca proposes not to apply for INTERPOL this year (Gazeta Express)
• Haxhiu: Government annulled two unjust decisions (media)
• Haradinaj slams decision to cancel salary raise, calls it “senseless” (media)
• Government dismisses national coordinators appointed during Haradinaj’s term (media)
• Kurti to participate at Munich Security Conference together with Grenell and Vucic (Klan, RTK)

Serbian Language Media:

• “Trump sent Grenell to ask Vucic, Thaci and Kurti a single question” (Tanjug, B92)
• Vucic to meet Grenell in Munich, Kurti will probably be in Germany (Tanjug, Radio KIM, N1)
• Reeker: We’ll stand by Serbia as partner and friend on its path to EU (VoA, N1)
• Odalovic: Revoking tariffs major challenge for Kurti (RTS)
• Returnee in Istok arrested over alleged war crime, Office for KiM, Serbian List condemn arrest (Tanjug, RTV)
• Milena Ivanovic: Fact that Silvana Arsovic is indicted is scandalous (Kosovo-online)


• Kosovo’s New PM Visits Albania in First Official Trip Abroad (AP/NYT)
• Journalists’ Abductions, Killings in Kosovo ‘Not Properly Investigated’ (Balkan Insight)
• Suspects Plead Not Guilty to Kosovo Serb Politician’s Murder (Balkan Insight)


• Kosovo Faces Challenge to Resolve Battles over University Accreditation (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, February 12

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• Custin: Grenell never said U.S. investments in Kosovo will be cancelled (VOA)
• Grenell: Drop the tax to let investments work (media)
• Kurti: Visit to Tirana was not part of foreign policy (media)
• KFOR supports Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (RTK)
• Kurti to meet Vucic in March? (Gazeta Express)
• Wigemark: There is political interference in Kosovo judiciary (Koha Ditore)
• Italian FM requests from Kosovo resumption of dialogue (Epoka e Re)
• EP draft resolution urges visa liberalisation for Kosovo (media)
• Government expected to annul decision on salary increase (Telegrafi)
• EULEX requests for the rule of law to be priority in Kosovo (RTK)
• Kurti nominates Avni Zogjani Deputy Minister (media)
• Ivanovic’s former associate accused as accomplice to his murder (Zeri)

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