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Belgrade Media Report 09 March 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 9 March 2020

• Vucic: Kurti is right (Tanjug/Beta/B92)
• Dacic: Kosovo issue poses greatest political and security challenge (Tanjug/RTS/RTV/Beta)
• Jeremic: Vucic agreed to Kosovo getting a seat in UN (VoA/N1)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Constitutional Court’s decision on Law on Agricultural Land of RS published in Official Gazette of B&H (FTV)
• Dodik: OHR and Constitutional Court of B&H are part of package against RS which aims to undermine constitutional and Dayton position of RS (RTRS)
• PDP not to endorse Proposal of Law on Constitutional Court of B&H prepared by SNSD and HDZ B&H (BN TV)
• Only one Serb minister appointed in new government of Sarajevo Canton; Jelicic goes from Croat to Serb during intermission (RTRS)
• SDA will propose law on Mostar together with SBB and DF (Dnevni avaz)
• Ambassador Sabolic: It is necessary to change Election Law to prevent possibility for one people to elect representatives of other people (Dnevni avaz)
• Dodik: Deployment of members of Armed Forces of B&H to border with Serbia and Montenegro is unacceptable (N1)
• Croatia willing to help refugee children on Greek islands (Hina)
• Markovic to Irinej: Scenario of a religious and national state is not acceptable in Montenegro (CDM)
• Government ensures environment for successful negotiation of expert teams (CDM)
• Pazin: Argumentative dialogue can lead to solution (RTCG/VoA)
• Nuhodzic to Patriarch Irinej: There are no signs that conflict might erupt in Montenegro (MINA)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev and Sekerinska to head MP lists (Republika)
• DUI completes candidate lists for MPs in upcoming elections (Alsat-M)
• DPA to run alone at elections (Alsat-M)
• Culev: Macedonia will close the southern border (Republika)
• Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, CAA open letter to US President Trump (ADN)


• Erdogan holds Brussels talks as situation on Greek border gets nasty (EurActiv/AFP)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 9, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 09, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: Without punishment of war crimes, there can be no justice (Koha/Zeri)
• Kurti doesn’t attend meeting with Thaci (Koha)
• Thaci thanks LDK for constructivity (media)
• Haradinaj: Thaci showed no document from his meeting with Vucic (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic on Kurti’s text that agreements reached through coercion and threats have no value, compares it with Kosovo case (Tanjug, B92)
• Jeremic on Kosovo membership in UN, elections in Serbia (Voice of America, N1)
• Mihajlovic: Jeremic spreads misinformation (Danas)
• Vucic: “US won’t give up pressure, some EU countries have sympathies for Kurti” (RTS, Tanjug, Kosovo Online)
• Double-headed eagle painted on wall of Serb school in Preoce village (RTS)


• Kurti: Agreements reached through coercion and threats have no value (FAZ/Koha)


• Facebook Extends Political Ads Rules to Balkans Before Elections (Balkan Insight)


• Kosovo considering stepping up preventive measures against coronavirus (media)
• International Women’s Day Marked Across Balkans (Balkan Insight)
• More Balkan Countries Confirm First Coronavirus Cases (Balkan Insight)
• Balkan States Beef up Borders against Migrant ‘Security Threat’ (Balkan Insight)
• Post-War Kosovo Becomes Hub for Mine-Clearance Expertise (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, March 9

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• Thaci calls meetings with political leaders (media)
• Thaci: Some people want to prevent agreement with Serbia (RTK)
• Grenell reiterates call for dropping of tariff (media)
• Kurti and Haradinaj call for dialogue coordination (Koha Ditore)
• Hoti: No need for dialogue conference, Kosovo has legitimate institutions (media)
• Gender equality demanded on International Women’s Day (Koha Ditore)
• Assembly to hold special session to mark International Women’s Day (media)
• Haxhiu pledges €900,000 for domestic violence shelters (Kosovapress/Koha)
• Kosovo cancels flights to Italy’s northern region due to coronavirus fears (media)

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