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Belgrade Media Report 28 February

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• Vucic: It is not my job to stop Dodik, but to speak on behalf of Belgrade (RTS)
• Joksimovic: Confirming clear European perspective for Western Balkans (Tanjug)
• V4 advocates quicker accession process for all Western Balkan countries (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik reacts to HR’s statement: Bonn Powers are past, I will fight against Inzko and against anyone else (ATV)
• Dodik’s statements at his Thursday’s press conference cause reactions of B&H politicians (N1)
• Komsic, Dzaferovic host reception on occasion of B&H Independence Day, Dodik fails to attend it (N1)
• Dodik: Reception in Presidency is private party organized by Dzaferovic and Komsic (Srna)
• Komsic: Fight for independence of B&H ended because B&H is sovereign and independent country (Hayat)
• Dzaferovic: Current political moment in B&H is very difficult (BHT1)
• Brajovic: Support should be expressed in the elections, not on streets (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Spanish Congress of Deputies ratifies NATO Accession Protocol (Republika)
• Cakaj at Visegard 4 focuses on Albania’s EU accession and visa liberalization for Kosovo (Radio Tirana)
• German delegation: Germany will continue to support Albania in its EU accession process (Radio Tirana)


• Kosovo: Statement by the Spokesperson on the announcement to lift import tariffs (EEAS)
• Bosnia’s ‘Second Collapse’ is Starting to Look Inevitable (BIRN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, February 28, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kosovo government dismisses boards of Trepca, Infrakos (media)
• Osmani: Important for coalition partners to take joint decisions (media)
• Judah: Kurti defies Grenell’s team while Palmer’s team keeps quiet (media)
• Kosovo requests information from Romania on the killing of two protesters in 2007 (Zeri)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: Western allies will come out with agreed plan for Kosovo (FoNet, Beta, N1)
• A slap from America: “Kurti is making a serious mistake” (Tanjug, B92)
• “No willingness to create conditions for Serbs to live better” (KIM radio, Kontakt plus radio)
• Joseph: Kurti’s decision indicator of US power (Tanjug, Dnevnik)
• Russian MFA Spokeswoman comments on Kosovo Specialist Chambers’ readiness to initiate proceedings (Serbian media)
• Nova.rs website publishes new details about Serb politician murder in Kosovo (Nova.rs, N1)


• Kosovo to partially remove tariffs on Serbian-made goods (Reuters)
• U.S. Envoy Calls Kosovo’s Decision To Partially Lift Serbian Import Tariffs A ‘Serious Mistake’ (RFE)
• Mixed reactions to Kurti’s tariff plans (Balkan Insight)
• EU’s Varhelyi: Accession Talks With Two Balkan States Could Open in Weeks (The New York Times)
• Life in the Shadow of Kosovo’s new Border/Boundaries (Balkan Insight)


• Mehmet Bogujevci: Boxers from Kosovo will participate in the championship in Belgrade (RTK2, Kosovo Online)
• “Turkey will no longer stop refugees” – migrants already heading towards Europe (Tanjug, B92, Reuters)
• Social Media a Help and Hindrance in Balkan Coronavirus Fight (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, February 28

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• Kurti announces partial lifting of tariffs on Serbia and Bosnia (media)
• Grenell: We don’t support Kurti’s half measure (media)
• EU welcomes Kurti’s decision: calls for renewal of dialogue (Telegrafi)
• Kurti did not consult LDK about the tariff (Koha)
• Hoti: They are waiting for us at the White House if we lift the tariff (T7)
• Haziri supports Kurti for conditional lifting of tax (RTK/Klan Kosova)
• Haradinaj reacts to partial lifting of tax, calls Kurti ‘deceiver’ (media)
• Veseli: Nothing new from Albin (media)
• Hoxhaj: Tariff should be lifted, no reciprocity (media)
• Kurti: EU officials should respect independence of Kosovo (Euronews)
• Kosovo President Thaci meets National Security Advisor O’Brien (media)
• PM Kurti meets COMKFOR Risi (media)
• Konjufca meets Lajcak, urges all EU countries to recognise Kosovo (media)

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