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Belgrade Media Report 8 June 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Monday 8 June 2020


Brnabic: If there are no new barriers we can sit at the negotiating table (RTV/Tanjug)
Brnabic: Pristina’s decision great news for everyone (Tanjug/Novosti/Politika)
Vucic welcomes removal of trade barriers between Belgrade and Pristina (TV Prva/Beta)
Vucic confirms attendance at Victory Parade (RTS/Tanjug)
Vucic receives letter from Chinese President (RTS)
Dacic thanks Kenya for its consistent position on the Kosovo issue (Tanjug)
Obradovic calls opposition parties to withdraw candidates (FoNet)
Jeremic: Grenell working on final solution, many indications pointing to territorial exchange (Beta/NSPM)
SzS: Regime manipulating numbers of COVID-19 cases and threatening nation’s health (Beta)
Another 73 cases (B92/RTV)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Respirators Mafia turns journalists into targets (Dnevni avaz)
Arnaut: Our Party will not form new majority in FB&H with HDZ B&H and SBB (Face TV)
Dodik: DNS can appoint new minister but that person cannot be from Prijedor (ATV)
DNS not to participate in elections in coalition with SNSD (RTRS)
Kovacevic: Meeting with DNS to be held (RTRS)
General Edwards: Stability and security of B&H are of vital importance for NATO (Dnevni avaz)
Plenkovic discusses B&H’s EU, NATO paths with Covic (N1)
Increased number of illegal migrants reported in B&H (BHT1)
Another 32 coronavirus cases in B&H, health authorities advise caution (N1)

Plenkovic opposed to wire fence on Croatia-Bosnia border (Hina)
No new coronavirus cases reported in Croatia in last 24 hours (N1)

Statement of Ana Brnabic too hypocritical, we can’t reopen border with Serbia until next Monday (CDM)
Darmanovic: If our country’s safety is jeopardized, NATO mechanisms will help (CDM)
US Ambassador to Montenegro: American government calls on all actors to start constructive dialogue (Pobjeda)
Markovic: Montenegro has opened its borders to 131 countries (CDM)
Nrekic invites Kosovo citizens to go on holiday in Ulcinj (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

Decision on elections will depend on government’s position on state of emergency (MIA)
Minister Chulev: Elections necessary, but public health comes first (MIA)
Osmani: North Macedonia to receive EU draft negotiating framework by midweek (MIA)
Slovenia introduces 14-day quarantine for arrivals from North Macedonia (MIA)
Macedonia ranks 103rd in coronavirus response (Republika)
In North Macedonia 127 new Covid-19 cases, 3 patients die (Republika)

Electoral Reform, parties reach agreement (Tirana Times)
New electoral code paves way for upcoming elections in Albania (ADN)
Meta with Thaci; They expressed willingness to boost cooperation (Radio Tirana)
European Commission is expected to propose today the negotiating framework for Albania (Radio Tirana)
In Albania 17 new Covid-19 cases (Tirana Times)


Serbian President Says Kosovo’s Tariff Move ‘Opens Possibility’ For Resuming Talks (RFE/RL)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 8, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, June 8, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• Thaci: Kosovo is ready to resume dialogue with Serbia (media)
• Osmani: Kosovo ready for dialogue but not the type Thaci wants (media)
• Nagavci: Thaci no longer needs state of emergency to take power (media)
• Czech diplomat tipped to replace Apostolova in Kosovo (RFE)
• Lajcak to visit Kosovo, Serbia at earliest convenience (Klan Kosova)
• Latifi: Specialist Chambers chief prosecutor expected to resign post (Kallxo)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic confirms attendance at Moscow Victory Day Parade (Beta, N1)
• Vucic: I gave up on big initiatives; I am waiting for a proposal for Kosovo (RFE, N1)
• Jeremic: Grenell works on final solution, many indicators of exchange of territories (BETA, N1)
• Janjic: Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina will take place in two streams, intensive negotiations from August to March (Kosovo Online)
• Specialist Prosecutor’s Office denies that Jack Smith resigned (KoSSev)
• Ristic: Serbs in Kosovo fear forthcoming elections (N1)
• Rakocevic: Thaci absolute ‘master of situation’ (Radio KIM)
• Lavrov in Serbia on June 18th and 19th (media)
• Kosovo North: No infected with coronavirus in the last 24 hours (Kontakt plus radio)
• UNS: Serbian press available in Kosovo again (N1)


• Do Not Rush Enlargement (visegradinsight.eu)


• Serbian President Says Kosovo’s Tariff Move ‘Opens Possibility’ For Resuming Talks (RFE)


• Media Literacy Project: News that tells you how you should feel is not used to inform but manipulate you (KoSSev)
• New coronavirus cases rise sharply (Prishtina Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, June 8

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• 40 new cases of coronavirus in last 24 hours (media)
• Health Minister: Situation with coronavirus is under control (media)
• PM Hoti: Starting Monday, free movement in Albania and region (media)
• Haxhiu reacts to further easing of coronavirus restrictions (media)
• COVID-19: Three kindergartens in Pristina close (media)
• Hoti: Kosovo removed all obstacles (media)
• The U.S. expects speedy resumption of dialogue (Koha)
• Kosovo’s ex-PM Kurti announces public gathering on 12 June (media)
• Vetevendosje: 150,000 signatures for new elections in one week (media)
• MCC resumes programs for Kosovo (media)
• Hoti welcomes unlocking of US funds (media)
• Osmani reacts to allegations made against her father (media)
• Vucic: I am waiting for a proposal for Kosovo (media)
• The EU remains Kosovo’s best route to peace with Serbia (Prishtina Insight)

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