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Belgrade Media Report 06 March

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• Brnabic: No increased migrant pressure on Serbian borders; zero tolerance for persons trying to cross the border illegally (RTS)
• Dacic: Foreign exchange between Serbia, Russia should be increased (Tanjug/Beta)
• Vulin: Serbia is not a colony (RTS/Tanjug/Beta)
• US asks Serbia to stop buying arms from Russia (RFE/N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik: B&H Presidency already decided that B&H AF will not be deployed at eastern borders; Komsic: By refusing to engage B&H AF in protection of borders, Dodik takes responsibility for all possible consequences of migrant crisis (RTRS)
• Dodik meets with Ivantsov and Koc respectively, says RS representatives in B&H will not participate in decision-making until disputable decision of B&H CC is withdrawn (RTRS)
• Stoltenberg: North Macedonia soon to become member of NATO (Hina)
Markovic forms expert team for the negotiations with the Metropolitanate (CDM)
Amfilohije accepts Markovic’s call for dialogue (CDM)
Pazin: Law on Freedom of Religion obliges everyone to respect legal order of Montenegro (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Sekerinska and Dimitrov will not be holders of candidate lists due to bad ratings (Republika/Vecer)
• Pendarovski-Sobotka: Austria gives unequivocal support to Macedonia’s EU perspective (Republika)
• Meta publishes letter addressed to Brussel: ‘Demounts’ lie mounded in Commission’s Report (ADN)


• Dendias: Evidence that border migratory movement is spurred by Turkey (ekathimerini.com)
• Migrants dodge tear gas as Greek-Turkish border crisis deepens (Reuters, by Lefteris Papadimas, Joseph Nasr)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 06, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Vraniqi: Grenell being misused for internal political purposes in Kosovo (media)
• Thaci authorises Ministry of Finance to sign new agreements with EU (Telegrafi)
• Kosovo Special Prosecution launched investigation into Prekaz events in 1998 (Kallxo)

Serbian Language Media:

• Atlantic Council associate and Beacon vice president: “The campaign in the US should not diminish the interest in the situation in the Balkans” (RTS)
• AmCham Kosovo concerned over tariffs (KoSSev, N1, RTS)
• US asks Serbia to stop buying arms from Russia, RFE reports (N1, B92, Beta)
• Dacic, Godfrey on armament Serbia bought from Russia, dialogue with Pristina (N1)
• Vulin said Serbia can buy weapons wherever it wants (N1)
• “Access point to the sea, this is a compromise offered to Serbia” (B92, Kosovo-online)
• Grenell denies Kosovo politician’s claim Washington won’t stop aiding Pristina (KoSSev, N1, RTS)
• Tadic: Vucic has better circumstances for resolving Kosovo issue, than those Djindjic, Kostunica and I had (Danas, Voice of America)


• Serbian Minister confirms first coronavirus case in Serbia (Serbian media)
• 53 people got tested for coronavirus over a one-month period in Kosovo (media)
• Serbian government meeting on migrants began; Vucic issued orders to the army, police and BIA (B92, TV Prva, Blic, Vecernje Novosti)
• Prof. Corac: 160 million tons of waste from Kosovo will end up in artificial lake on Ibar River near Raska (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, March 6

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• Kurti calls for unity, says alliance with U.S. cannot be broken (Koha/Telegrafi)
• Grenell: Partial tariffs harm Kosovo’s economy (media)
• Borrell: I am committed to support advancing the EU-facilitated dialogue (Klan)
• “Thaci resumes efforts to paralyse Specialist Chambers” (Koha Ditore)
• U.S. rep to OSCE speaks about dialogue and fight against corruption (Kallxo)
• Germany, France expected to send envoys to Pristina next week (Express/Zeri)
• Kosnett briefed on the situation of non-majority communities in Kosovo (Epoka)

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