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Belgrade Media Report 03 March

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• Dacic: Sierra Leone withdraws recognition of Kosovo (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
• Vucic and Thaci met at the White House (VoA/Tanjug/Beta)
• Daily communication between police forces of Serbia, Hungary (RTS/RTV/Tanjug/Beta)
• Lutovac calls DS assembly, suggests that party’s Statutory Commission be disbanded (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Radoncic says B&H will not be able to deal with 10,000 migrants per day; Comments of B&H Border Police officials (O Kanal/BHT1/Glas Srpske)
• SDA Collegium will discuss issue of audio recording on Tuesday; Sarajlic resigns to all party posts (Al Jazeera Balkans)
• Session of HDZ B&H and HNS Presidencies held; Covic optimistic ahead of meeting with SDA (BHT1)
• Vukovic: Recycling the old matrix will be in vain (Dnevne novine)
Republic of North Macedonia
• European Commission confirms Macedonia should start the EU accession negotiations (Meta)
• Spasovski hopes for a date for negotiations (Republika)
• Foreign Affairs Minister Dimitrov interviewed by Greek daily newspaper To Vima: What is important now is for the accession negotiations to start and the division among the people to be overcome (Meta)
• Macedonia increases the number of border policemen and soldiers in case of a new wave of refugees (Meta)
• Thousands supports President’s anti-govt protest as Meta calls on people to rise (ADN)
• Rama: EC report shows that we have successfully done our homework on integration, now it’s up to EU countries (Radio Tirana)
• Cakaj: Tripartite initiative Albania-Croatia-Kosovo established to boost relations (Radio Tirana)
• Yuri Kim: EU accession process and the reforms required will make Albania stronger. We hope EU will say “YES” to Albania (Radio Tirana)
• Maas: Germany committed to a speedy start of EU membership negotiations with Albania (Radio Tirana)


• What is in the Commission’s updates on North Macedonia and Albania? (EWB)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 03, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: We cannot allow our good will be undermined by Serbia (media)
• Konjufca reacts to reports that Sierra Leone has revoked recognition of Kosovo (media)
• Thaci plans to address Kosovo Assembly tomorrow (Telegrafi)
• Grenell reacts to Judah concerning Thaci-Vucic meeting (Klan)
• Kurti: Reciprocity will happen (Klan Kosova/RTK)
• Kosovo, Albania, Croatia form initiative to deepen tripartite relations (Zeri/Klan)

Serbian Language Media:

• Dacic: Sierra Leone 18th state to withdraw Kosovo’s recognition; Pristina: We have nothing to confirm (KoSSev)
• Successful discussion followed by a great dinner with bacon from Wisconsin (B92, Tanjug)
• Vucic and Thaci met at the White House; “I only asked Albanians one thing” (VoA, Tanjug, B92)
• Gerxhaliu: Pristina’s decision to abolish tariffs by the end of this or next week (nova.rs, Tanjug)
• Rama: “I’ve highly appreciated Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. However, he is a big liar” (Kosovo Online, B92, Gazeta Express)
• Djuric: Withdrawal of recognition is a confirmation of Serbia’s persistence (RTS)


• Kosovar, Serbian Presidents Hold ‘Goodwill’ Meeting At White House (RFE)
• Kosovo Lays Out Prospect of Tariff Cut on Serb Goods (AP/NYT)


• Kosovo’s new government includes most women since independence (Al Jazeera)
• Advice To My Younger Self: Women From The Balkans (RFE)
• ‘Balkan route’ countries pledge to stop asylum seekers (euobserver.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, March 3

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• Thaci, Vucic meet behind closed doors in Washington (media)
• Thaci: Meeting with Vucic focused on need for achieving final settlement (RFE/Klan)
• Kurti: Thaci has no authority to sign agreement with Serbia (Telegrafi)
• Kosovo PM Kurti writes to President Trump, Secretary Pompeo (media)
• Kurti: We seek a mature and not a hastened dialogue (RTK)
• Abazi: A document drafted by Thaci cripples Kosovo’s statehood (Bota Sot)
• Kosovo Assembly fails to take decision on tax (media)
• Haxhiu: Our agreement with LDK is to replace tariff with reciprocity (Express)
• Haziri: Eastern Kosovo Albanians should unite with their homeland (RTK)
• Vucic: New withdrawals of recognition of Kosovo expected (RTK)
• Dacic: Sierra Leone has derecognised Kosovo (Klan Kosova)

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