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Belgrade Media Report 3 June 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 3 June 2020


Vucic to Chinese President: We support China’s sovereignty, integrity and security (Politika/Beta)
Vucic: Nice they decided on everything, but Serbia will still have a say as well (RTV/Tanjug/B92/RTS)
Brnabic: Pristina to abolish taxes, and then dialogue to resume (RTV/Tanjug)
Odalovic: It seems to me Hoti is readier for compromise (RTS)
Lajcak intends to renew the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina in June (Beta/B92)
According to an Albanian film, Serbs stole Albanian history (RTS)
Another 69 cases, 6,852 recovered (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

SBB B&H leaves ruling coalition at B&H level, to remain part of cantonal authorities (O kanal)
Dodik: Radoncic resigned because of SDA (Oslobodjenje)
Bozinovic: Radoncic and I did more in couple of months than all others in years (Dnevni avaz)
COMEUFOR Trischak sends letter to thank Radoncic for close and friendly cooperation (Dnevni avaz)
Radoncic’s resignation makes complex political situation in B&H even more complex (Dnevni list)
RS parliament rejects Resolution on Respecting Victims of Fascist Regime and Movement in WWII (ATV)
B&H CoM reaches agreement on distribution of IMF funds (ATV)
HDZ B&H says it rejects SDA’s attacks on HDZ B&H, argues pressure on judiciary is unacceptable (Dnevni list)
EUD to B&H: Independence of prosecutors and judges must be ensured (FTV)
US Embassy in B&H: Threats and pressures against police and prosecutors are unacceptable (Vecernji list)
Another 18 coronavirus cases reported in B&H (N1)

No new cases of Covid-19 infection in Croatia (N1)

Darmanovic: Serbia’s top state officials seize on every opportunity to fuel tensions in Montenegro (CDM)
Pazin: If there’s honesty and goodwill, we are very close to solution in dialogue between govt and SPC (CDM)
According to Medojevic, Amfilohije used to be a sovereigntist (Dnevne novine)
Montenegro declares the coronavirus pandemic over (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Spasovski: No need for another state of emergency, elections on 5 July (MIA)
Osmani: No alternative to 5 July elections (MIA)
Nikoloski: elections only after the epidemic has been put under control (Republika)
Miloshoski: Now’s not the time to bid with election dates (MIA)
Covid-19: 101 new cases in North Macedonia, 10 patients recover, 4 die (MIA)

US Ambassador Kim: If consensus is not reached, the parties should not continue with the requests (Radio Tirana)
Albania faces high number of new Covid-19 cases (ADN)


Trump’s Ex-Intelligence Adviser to Stay as Kosovo-Serbia Envoy (Bloomberg)
Rouhani: US cruel sanctions not to disturb Iran-Serbia economic ties (IRNA)
Serbian servicemen to take part in Victory Parade in Moscow on June 24 (TASS)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 3, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 3, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Avdullah Hoti elected new prime minister of Kosovo (media)
• Fight against Covid-19 and economic recovery, priorities of new govt (media)
• Hoti presents composition of his cabinet (media)
• U.S. embassy, Grenell welcome the formation of new government (media)
• EU congratulates the new Kosovo government (media)
• Thaci pledges to cooperate with new government (media)
• Haxhiu: New government, illegal (Klan)
• Selimi: This is Thaci’s government not one of people (Telegrafi)
• Veseli: PDK will not support Hoti-led government (Kallxo)
• Haradinaj: Hoti government is not against anyone (Klan Kosova)
• Hoti government with a convicted minister (Kallxo)
• Kosovo government holds meeting ahead of Assembly’s vote (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• New Kosovo government voted, Serbian List has two ministers (RTS)
• Brnabic: Pristina not to conduct populist politics (Tanjug)
• RFE: Lajcak to restart Belgrade–Pristina talks soon; Vucic: After bans lifted (N1)
• Vucic on situation in US, Kosovo issue (B92)
• Vucic spoke with Rohani, Iran committed at respecting territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia (RTS)
• Várhelyi expects significant EU’s investments in Western Balkans (N1, BETA)
• Last Serb in western Kosovo Decani town dies at 58 (N1)
• No new Covid-19 infection cases in Serb-populated areas (Kosovo-online)


• America’s Never Been Less Likely to Help the Balkans (Balkan Insight)


• Kosovo picks new government promising deal with Serbia (Reuters)
• Hoti elected prime minister (Balkan Insight)
• Opinions Split over Legality and Effect of Kosovo’s Reciprocity Measures (Balkan Insight)


• Insults, Leaks and Fraud: Digital Violations Thrive amid Pandemic (Balkan Insight)
• Kon: It is time to suspend introduced measures (B92)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 3

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• 13 new cases of coronavirus in last 24 hours (media)
• Thaci: New government will have my support (media)
• LDK announces names of its ministers in new eventual government (media)
• Osmani: Transitional govt until new elections, best option (Koha)
• Mustafa: We will have a government with a full mandate tomorrow (media)
• Haziri doesn’t trust the Hoti government (media)
• Source: Some MPs in the coalition will vote against (Lajmi)
• Abazi says LDK agreed to give SL leading posts, including DPM (media)
• Constitutional Court kept no records of sessions on Thaci’s decree case (Koha)
• EP rapporteur calls on all parties to respect Court’s decision (media)
• Konjufca: LDK is now group of close interests, Thaci gave them the govt (T7)
• Svecla: Vote on Hoti government tomorrow, very likely to fail (KTV)
• Vetevendosje: Protest are becoming inevitable, but not tomorrow (media)
• New round of Kosovo – Serbia dialogue, maybe in June (RFE)
• EU calls on Kosovo to review decision on reciprocity with Serbia (RFE)
• Grenell to continue to serve as Presidential Envoy for Kosovo-Serbia talks (media)

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