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Belgrade Media Report 05 March 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 5 March 2020

• Vucic: Us recognizing Kosovo but getting nothing – there will be none of that (RTV/Tanjug)
• Joksimovic: Importance of maintaining open communication with France (Tanjug)
• Patriarch Irinej at the State Department (RTS/Politika)
• SzS announces election boycott at all levels (Beta/Tanjug)
• Popov: Migrant numbers dropping (N1)
• First election list submitted to RIK: SNS collected 50.000 signatures in a few hours (Tanjug/B92)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Mostar: Delegations of SDA, HDZ B&H meet; No progress reached at meeting (BHT1)
• Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says proposed amendments on formation of B&H CC are fully in line with DPA and legal priorities harmonized between B&H citizens (RTRS)
• UK Ambassador Field: UK seriously takes all attacks at legal and constitutional framework of B&H (Dnevni list)
• B&H officials comment on migrant crisis (BHT1)
• EU Defense Ministers hold informal meeting in Zagreb (Jutarnji list)
• Borrell: I told Turkish leadership that unilateral actions will bring no solutions; Western Balkans is priority for EU and me personally (Jutarnji list)
• NATO’s Stoltenberg, Ministers of Defense of EU member states meet in Zagreb to discuss new migrant situation (HRT1)
• Zagreb: Plenkovic, Stoltenberg discuss security challenges (HRT1)
• Darmanovic: Hostile propaganda against Montenegro was launched in Belgrade (MINA)


• Vucic: Most Serbs Prefer a ‘Frozen Conflict’ with Kosovo (Foreign Policy)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 5, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 05, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Periskopi: Thaci and Vucic were presented with draft agreement at White House meeting
• Thaci: Lajcak voted against Kosovo’s membership to Interpol (Kallxo)
• Veseli: Kosovo deserves better (media)
• “Thaci’s second attempt at preventing work of Specialist Chambers” (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: Washington absolutely that tariffs are revoked, no recognition and Serbia to get nothing (Kosovo-online)
• Borrel for the continuation of the EU-sponsored Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (NMagazin, euractiv.jutarnji.hr)
• Serbia ranked ‘partly free’ in Freedom in the World report (N1)
• Jankovic: Americans ‘dragged’ Vucic to Washington, visit below his level (Danas, FoNet)


• Trump is looking for a foreign policy coup in the Balkans (aljazeera.com)
• Don’t Trust Serbian or Kosovo ‘Kings’ to Achieve Peace (Balkan Insight)


• Vucic: Most Serbs Prefer a ‘Frozen Conflict’ with Kosovo (Foreign Policy)
• Populist Shrug Off Protests In Central And Southeast Europe (Balkan Insight)


• Bosnia confirms its first case of coronavirus – regional TV (Reuters)
• “If the Greek border falls …” (B92, Tanjug)
• Kosovo Citizens ‘Haven’t Heard of’ President’s Reconciliation Initiative (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, March 5

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• Thaci: U.S. is taking the lead of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (media)
• PM’s office: U.S. will not withdraw troops from Kosovo (RTK)
• Haziri speaks after LDK senior leadership meeting (RTK/Telegrafi)
• Nagavci: President to respond to Kurti’s meeting request (media)
• Veseli responds to Kurti’s request for meeting, sets the place (Zeri/Insajderi)
• BIRN publishes air, rail, and road links agreements (Prishtina Insight)
• Thaci: I was not interviewed by Specialist Chambers (Zeri/Telegrafi)
• Kurti recaps on the government’s one-month performance (media)

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